Sustainable Agriculture News

IRRI and FAO Step Up Joint to Support Sustainable Rice Production

To cooperate more closely to support sustainable rice production in developing countries to improve food security and livelihoods while safeguarding natural resources, FAO and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed.

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Bayer Honours Farmer with 2016 Young Farmer Sustainability Award

Deserving Farmers Receive 6th Annual Young Farmer Sustainability Award and 2nd Annual Produce Innovation Award at Bayer AgVocacy Forum in New Orleans. The Young Farmer Sustainability Award was presented to Tyler Wegmeyer of Wegmeyer Farms, a commercial wholesale, u-pick and agritourism operation in northern Virginia.

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Growmark is Launching New Sustainability Programs

GROWMARK is launching new programs out of its Agronomy division as part of its System-wide Sustainability Initiative called Endure. The programs include a Pollinator Seed Program, Endure Advocate Program, and entry-level and advanced nutrient management training programs.

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AMIRA Group Announces New Range of Organic Products

Amira Pure Foods Private Limited, a part of the NYSE-listed Amira Nature Foods Ltd. (NYSE:ANFI), announced the launch of its new range of premium organic products. The company has tied up with 7500 farmer families to cultivate 12,000 hectares for multiple organic crops.

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Sustainable Agriculture in big businesses

Sustainability is infiltrating the consciousness of business. The marketing strategy of many iconic brands is changing. Rather, sustainability agendas, CSR reports, corporate sponsorships, green initiatives and memberships in a variety of public-private multi-stakeholder initiatives are becoming the norm.

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WBCSD Workshop for Sustainable Agriculture

The workshop gathered 15 sustainability specialists from Indian companies and organizations, including WBCSD members ITC, Jain Irrigation, Monsanto, PwC, Syngenta, and UPL. It helped emphasize the urgency of taking action in view of the important challenges faced by the agricultural sector in India. Representing 17.7% of the GDP (including forestry and fishing) and occupying about 54% of the labor force, agriculture is key to economic growth in the country. Rapid industrialization and urbanization have however substantially increased the pressure on water resources. With 90%, agricultural water withdrawal is above the global average of 70%.

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