An assortment of legumes.
Legumes have a superpower: they can convert nitrogen in the air into a form plants can use to grow.
Aniel Arruebarenna, a team member from the Centro de Estudios Ambientales de Cienfuegos, prepares to collect flow measurements.
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Cuba's sustainable approach to farming has protected its rivers from the kind of nutrient pollution that impairs many US waterways.
The future of farming is ours to decide.
We all need to eat. Experts imagine how the next agricultural revolution can feed us while fighting climate change and habitat destruction, instead of accelerating it.
Nature and technology can combine to help farms of the future nourish the earth and its inhabitants.
We're not powerless to change the future of food. Nature and technology can combine to nourish both the earth and its inhabitants.
Montse Barado, casa Armengol (Sorpe). In summer, once a week, cattle ranchers and shepherds climb to the communal lands to have a look at the animals and give them some salt.
David Tarrasón i Cerdá,
In the Catalan Pyrenees, women shepherds and cattle ranchers try to valorise the ancestral agropastoral culture to save the mountains from climate change.
The food system urgently needs to be redesigned if we are to avoid crisis.
Developing countries present an opportunity for agroecological innovations to help small-scale farmers.
City Farm is a working sustainable farm that has operated in Chicago for over 30 years.
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Urban farming can make it easier for city residents to obtain healthy, affordable food. But to raise big yields from small pieces of land, farmers need training and support.
A guide to the battle for the future of farming.
In this July 2011 photo, an Inuit fisherman pulls in a fish on a sea filled with floating ice.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
A recent summit in Ottawa on what's known as agroecology has shown that more equitable and sustainable methods of producing food are not only possible, they're beginning to spread around the world.
A diversity of seeds on sale in Nanyuki market, Kenya.
Developing countries could leapfrog industrial agriculture systems by moving to agroecology.
Multiple reports have convincingly demonstrated that agroecology is the most promising pathway to sustainable food systems on all continents. But governments aren't doing enough to support it.
Azteca ants, unsung heroes of coffee pest control.
Azteca ants are self-appointed protectors of coffee plants on Mexican plantations. But they have a lot to contend with from other insects.
The world’s driest areas are tipped to get even drier, with potentially worrying implications for soil productivity.
The world's 'drylands' – already home to 38% of the world's people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.
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We need to break up the industry, not focus on creating a disease-resistant 'superbanana'.
Aided by expanded farming in Asia, there’s been a global increase in greenhouse gases from farming.
The Paris climate summit yielded a pact to reduce air pollutants that contribute to global warming but missed a chance to address the interlinked effects of agriculture and climate.
Community education is a vital part of the Malawi Farmer to Farmer Agroecology project.
Carmen Bezner Kerr
Agroecological techniques that mimic nature – the antithesis of GMOs and high-cost fertilizers – have made farmers in developing countries more resilient to extreme weather.
Drawing inspiration from Buen Vivir, this mural is by the famous Brigada Ramona Parra, a political street art collective in Chile.
Buen Vivir is a concept and practice influencing politics and communities across South America. It involves a radically different way of thinking about collective wellbeing and sustainable living.
Peril from the forests.
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