Methane produced by India’s livestock population, considered the world’s largest, can significantly raise global temperatures, says a new study designed to help predict climate change linked to greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions from farm animals. Results of the study carried out by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University ofRead More →

A recent study finds orchid bee diversity is supported by forest patches along rivers near oil palm plantations in Brazil. The study lends evidence that remnant patches of forest support the movement and survival of plant and animal species in deforested landscapes. Brazil’s new forest code revisions greatly reduce orRead More →

Agroforestry is a technique of growing trees and shrubs with crops, and is the focus of a new Mongabay series. Beside carbon sequestration, increased food security, biodiversity, topsoil depths, medicine and fiber production, plus other benefits accrue to agroforestry. Roger Leakey has studied, taught, and written about agroforestry techniques forRead More →

by Dan Ashby and Lucy Taylor In Madagascar, farmers are cutting down forests and burning them to make way for rice cultivation. The practice is traditional but now illegal because of the harm it causes to natural areas. Many species are already threatened with extinction due to forest loss. With theRead More →

A former lobbyist for the pesticide industry now leads the deregulatory team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Visitor logs show old ties remain strong. by Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Danielle Ivory, The New York Times. This story was co-published with The New York Times. At a private meeting in September, congressional aidesRead More →

By Eldon Opiyo [NAIROBI] A team of scientists has received US$100,000 grant to refine a mobile application (app) that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose crop diseases, and aims to help millions of African smallholders. The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas team won the grant during big dataRead More →