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Using real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently launched the  Water Productivity Open Access Portal (WaPOR) to monitor and report on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East. The tool has gone live, tapping satellite data to help farmers achieve reliable agricultural yields and optimized irrigation systems. Additionally, productivity databases and underlying map layers  can […] Continue Reading

The carbon trade off

“We’re at the forefront of understanding how we can make the most of soils to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,” said Rolf Sommer, principal soil scientist. Research shows that, small farms emit higher quantities of Green House Gas emissions(GHG) per calorie of food produced compared with larger ones this is because tilling the soil […] Continue Reading

Have global emissions changed since the Paris agreement?

A lot has happened since countries met in Paris in 2015 and agreed on an accord to combat climate change. So far, more than 140 countries have ratified or otherwise joined the Paris Agreement, representing more than 80 percent of global emissions. Several major economies, including Canada, Germany and Mexico, have also developed long-term plans […] Continue Reading

Food insecurity and climate change

The World Food Programme has designed an interactive website that will allow users to explore different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change, and how this could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of […] Continue Reading

Landsat-based tool helps spot deforestation

Deforestation is a global problem, more so in the developing and the underdeveloped world, thanks to ineffective laws and corrupt administrations in some parts of the world. But help is at hand. Now, when a new road appears in the dense forests of Peru, or a patch of forest is felled Malaysia, anyone with an […] Continue Reading