Focus issue 175 December 2012
The scramble for natural resources: how science can help
By Frank Rijsberman
Science now needs to find a way to increase food productivity by about 50 per cent over the next four decades – without using more land and water.
The slumbering giant: land and water degradation
By Andrew Noble
The dramatic growth in food production has largely been achieved by two billion small-scale farmers who feed themselves and produce surpluses for local markets.
Helping farmers innovate to harvest more from less
By Trevor Nicholls
Our highest priority has to be to improve resources, systems and methods of extension around the world in order to make better use of what we already know.
More than one way to view urban impact on agriculture
By Xuemei Bai
Blaming urban planning for urban sprawl, or expecting it to solve the problem alone, might be missing the root cause of the symptom.
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