Agroecology in Action: Harnessing the Power of Orphan Crops

Any approach to boost productivity and food security must fit Africa’s myriad, small and distinct ecosystems. Read More

Agroecology in Action: with Professor Pedro Sanchez

Where in the world are agroecological approaches building soil health, beating pests and helping farmers stay productive while protecting the planet? Professor Pedro Sanchez, Director of the Agriculture & Food Security Center at the Earth Institute at Columbia University continues our “Agroecology in Action” series with this guest post. Simply put, agroecology is a form of agriculture that takes maximum advantage of ecological processes. In some situations, nature is able to function as a closed system; take a tropical forest for example. When nutrients are finely balanced in the system, they are recycled, meaning there is no need for extra nutrient inputs to be added. Agriculture however, requires a regular harvesting of crops. This results in large amounts of essential nutrients being removed from the soil. Agroecological approaches must return these vital components to the soil, to ensure the soil stays healthy and can continue to grow the crops we require. This can be achieved through efficient fertilization— mineral, organic, or for the best results, both. Read More

Agroecology in Action: Keeping Pests at Bay in the Safest Way

Fintrac President tells Farming First how her team works with farmers to create maximum pest resistance with minimal environmental impact using Intergrated Pest Management. Read More

Agroecology in Action: Building Healthier Soils and a Healthier Planet

Dr. J. Scott Angle, CEO of IFDC, discusses how Integrated Soil Fertility Management can help soils to stay healthy and grow the food our planet requires both now and in the future. Read More