After farmer Manza Bulacho’s crops were wiped out in a drought that devastated parts of Ethiopia in 2017, the father of 10 hoped a cow could keep him going. Bulacho, 42, who lives near the city of Arba Minch in southern Ethiopia, joined a program that helped him borrow money to purchase a dairy cow and get it insured.
2019's rainy spring is creating problems for farmers across Illinois. Those farmers are already well behind schedule as they struggle to get spring planting season off the ground. Local farmers say this season's rainfall has caused severe delays in their planting, something they haven't seen in decades.
Alarmingly dire situations call for urgent and immediate measures. With 75 per cent of its groundwater already extracted, it is imperative for Haryana to arrest the depleting water table. It must ensure that its schemes reach the last acre and are implemented in totality so that soil health and its hydrological levels are restored.
President Trump’s trade war with China is doing plenty of damage to farmers in this region, but it is also shining a harsh light on an agriculture industry that has been heading for a reckoning since the early 1970s. President Richard M. Nixon’s detente with China started U.S. farmers on the path to becoming Beijing’s agribusiness partners, ripping up the countryside and radically expanding pork operations to feed millions on the other side of the world.
“You’ve seen the weather, you physically just can’t drive (farm equipment) on the ground.” - Philip Keddy, Charles Keddy farms. The weather has been pretty miserable for anyone who has taken time off in the past couple of weeks. But it’s particularly bad for the people who never take vacation at this time of year: farmers.
More than 3,000 farmers in the Philippines are now using a mobile app for Android devices called RiceUp that's significantly increased their earnings. “On average, our farmers would go from $71 a month to $500 a month, which in the Philippines is absolutely crazy,” BYU-Hawaii student Eli Clark said.
A multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI) catastrophe model, like any catastrophe modeling framework, depends on different types of historical data to various extents. Observations from the past are sometimes required for model parameterization, or they may be used for model validation. As uncertainties associated with relevant data sets always pose problems to model developers, the availability of reliable crop data is key to building an MPCI model.
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