Japan Forum Launched|
In a major
development, a new "Japan Forum on International
Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development
(J-FARD)" was launched in July 2004.
The Japanese Ministry
of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has
launched a Japan-CGIAR Fellowship Program designed to
support Japanese scientists to expand their expertise in
international agricultural research for
Following the death in 1998
of more than 4,000 people due to floods blamed on
excessive deforestation, China implemented a widespread
ban on logging.
Survival of one of Java's
last remaining biologically-rich natural forests will
depend as much on incentives from community stewardship
as it does on traditional government conservation
IITA scientists are not
generally in the business of breaking up partnerships,
but they make an exception when the partnership is
between two insects that combine to destroy essential
Programs and Property Rights|
intellectual property rights (IPRs) will be a critical
factor in the success of the new CGIAR Challenge
Programs (CPs), ensuring that poor people have
unfettered access to the benefits of modern science.
On a rainy afternoon earlier
this year, 25 journalists gathered under makeshift tents
on a banana farm near Masaka, a town about 80 miles
southwest of Kampala, to listen to farmers describe how
agricultural science increased their prosperity.
Miracle Peanut |
Using ICRISAT parental lines,
Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in the
Philippines, has developed its first high yielding
peanut variety which can be grown in any of the
country's seven regions any time of the year.
News from the Field|
The Government of Côte
d'Ivoire approved the return of the Africa Rice Center
(WARDA) staff to Bouaké, and has established an
Inter-Ministerial Commission to provide the conducive
environment for scientists and staff to resume their
research-for-development activities in Bouaké and M'bé.
and Dairy Markets in Syria|
Milk and dairy
products, particularly cheese, are an integral component
of diets in the Levant. High demand for these products,
particularly in village markets, represents an important
source of livelihoods for poor people.
little things make all the difference. Micronutrient
malnutrition is now firmly on the agricultural research
agenda as HarvestPlus weaves together agriculture and
nutrition sciences as part of its mission to biofortify
staple foods. It is a new way of doing business in the
Prepares to Grow Insect-Resistant
Every year, stem borers voraciously
consume 400,000 tons of maize, causing an estimated $72
million in losses for Kenya. That sum represents over 12
percent of the farmers' annual harvest.