The Open Society Foundations are investing in an effort to help smallholder farmers survive severe weather events and natural catastrophes, as part of their broad drive to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Open Society’s impact investing arm, the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), is committing $10 million to the InsuResilience Investment Fund.
Herathhami Dissanayake, 71, a rice farmer from Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka, says he’s despondent about the increase in wild animals raiding the crops in his village. He’s among dozens of farmers who continue to lose their crops to marauding herds of elephants and boars, and are suffering from the loss of income.
According to Livestock Research for Rural Development (LRRD), dairy farming is the single largest sub-sector of agriculture in Kenya. Kenya’s dairy sub-sector contributes about 8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with annual milk production of 3.43 billion L. Although smallholder Dairy farmers make up to 80% of total dairy producers and produce 56% of total milk in Kenya.
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.
It's enough motivation for 10 beekeepers in Fort Portal to increase their investments, employing around 50 young people to collect the venom. Ugandan people are tapping into the increasing global demand for an unusual new product, as they have come up with an innovative way to earn some extra income.
Throughout 2018 and 2019 farmers across the country suffered at the hands of Mother Nature. Wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and most recently massive flooding have wreaked havoc on rural America and farmers’ bottom lines. A $17 billion disaster aid bill, which has met numerous snags along each step of the process, is moving to the House rules committee today, a sign relief for affected producers could be near.
The U.S. Grains Council has strengthened biosecurity safeguards for overseas travelers and USGC-led trade teams in recognition of the severity and spread of African swine fever virus. As part of this updated protocol, no USGC-led or -organized teams will visit swine farms or operations in the United States in 2019, and teams from confirmed ASF-affected countries will not visit any type of U.S. livestock operation.
Farmers in Jammu are harvesting their wheat crop early as the weathermen have predicted a fresh spell of rains in the region due to western disturbances. While the seasonal crop in Jammu is in full bloom, farmers generally wait for an appropriate time for harvesting as sunshine gives full ripening colour and nutrients to the seed.
When surprise hailstorms hit the 6,000 acres Trevor Scherman plants each year with peas, wheat, canola and lentils, his first move isn’t to his truck to assess the damage. These days, it’s to his iPad. Nine mini-weather stations from the Canadian firm Farmer’s Edge, along with daily satellite imagery from San Francisco-based Planet, provide Scherman with an intimate and easily accessible assessment for each of his fields.
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