Building trust and closing the productivity gap in India

July 6, 2021

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The magic of CGIAR research

October 20, 2021

A recent report from the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation has found that investments in the CGIAR system yield…

Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
A sustainable rice solution for India

October 19, 2021

Traditional rice farming techniques in India are becoming environmentally unsustainable. Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) is an alternative resource-efficient technology that minimizes the…

Africa
Saving the banana from Tropical Race 4

October 19, 2021

A coalition of researchers and scientists at Bayer Crop Science are working together to protect the world’s most popular banana variety from the…

Africa
Making soil maps for African development

October 18, 2021

Most people don’t think much about soils, but soils are important in many ways. Soils provide many ecosystem services including water storage and run-off…

Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
4R Technology is a solution for a sustainable future

October 18, 2021

Over application of fertilizer increases the potential for nutrient losses, including runoff, volatile ammonia emissions, and denitrification while also reducing profitability for the farmer.

Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
Agriculture offers climate change solutions

October 15, 2021

Agriculture is the second-largest contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions around the world, accounting for one-fourth of carbon emissions. Along with GHG emissions,…

Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
The evolving role of Virginia Cooperative Extension

May 11, 2021

Virginia State University’s M. Ray McKinnie shares his thoughts on the goals of the 1890 land-grant university extension system, the impact of COVID-19 on the work of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the perspective of African-American farmers.

COVID-19
U.S. agricultural trade is strong, but challenges remain says USDA secretary

April 1, 2021

Despite supply chain restrictions and the economic downturn created by efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. exported $135.72 billion (US) of American agricultural products in 2020, a slight increase from 2019. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak provided insights on the trade landscape for Virginia and U.S. producers at the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade.

Four girls grab from a bowl of mung beans.
Africa
Mung bean: Nutrient rich legume for Senegal

February 9, 2021

By Ozzie Abaye, Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, and Ann Steensland, Lead, Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative, Virginia Tech…

Agricultural Research and Development
Beyond agriculture: Investing in resilient communities

October 14, 2020

Building sustainable agriculture systems that can withstand shocks like pandemics doesn’t mean only investing directly in agriculture, but in the fabric of society. Food…

A man inspects crops in a field.
Agricultural Research and Development
Saving soybeans from billions in losses by pathogens

October 9, 2020

A team of researchers led by Virginia Tech developed tools using genomic advances that pave the way to new diagnostic tools, disease-resistant soybeans, and…

ACDI/VOCA
Combatting the invasive fall armyworm in Africa

October 9, 2020

Protecting crops, livelihoods, and food security through agronomic training and technology. Last year, fall armyworm cost Africa’s maize-producing economies approximately…

A woman and her husband harvest rice in a field.
Agricultural Research and Development
Exploring COVID-19’s impact in Southeast Asia

June 9, 2020

The productivity and sustainability of our agriculture and food systems are constantly threatened by pandemic outbreaks of disease and pests. The Harvest…

A man examines rice in a field.
Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
Monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in India

May 27, 2020

The productivity and sustainability of our agriculture and food systems are constantly threatened by pandemic outbreaks of disease and pests. The Harvest…

Two men pose in a field next to a pomegranate bush.
Agricultural Research and Development
Tom Thompson: Reflections on my Trip to India

May 14, 2020

During a recent pre-pandemic trip to India, I saw agricultural productivity successes and challenges in action. Sent on behalf of…

A child eating.
Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
Hunger Projected to Double in 2020

April 28, 2020

The productivity and sustainability of our agriculture and food systems are constantly threatened by pandemic outbreaks of disease and pests. The Harvest…

Stock image showing edible food thrown into a trash can.
Agricultural Research and Development
Food Loss and Waste in a Time of Pandemics

April 14, 2020

The productivity and sustainability of our agriculture and food systems are constantly threatened by pandemic outbreaks of disease and pests. The Harvest…

A photo of people at a food market.
COVID-19
Food Systems in a Time of Pandemics

April 7, 2020

As the world hunkers down to combat the spread of COVID-19, our food systems continue to operate. How they operate in these unprecedented times…

A photo of a tractor preparing a field.
Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
Taking a Tailored Approach to Sustainable Farming

October 15, 2019

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to sustainable farming. Recognizing this, Bayer teamed up with independent farmers to…

A farmer poses with a potato harvest.
Agricultural Research and Development
Custodians of Potato Biodiversity

October 15, 2019

By Stef de Haan, agri-food systems scientist, International Potato Center Nine staple crops account for more than 66 percent of…

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ACDI/VOCA
Growth for Good

May 21, 2019

Ana Bilik, president of Tanager, an ACDI/VOCA affiliated international NGO, writes about their work connecting people in food systems around the world to sustainably end hunger and poverty.

Two women carrying pots of water.
Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
Harvesting Water In India

March 22, 2019

For farmers that rely on rain for their productivity and survival, harvesting water is as important as harvesting their crop.

A woman milks a goat while a child sits nearby.
ACDI/VOCA
Giving Women Goats: Why Gender Matters

March 5, 2019

In Uganda, ACDI/VOCA provided goats to women’s groups to increase mothers’ and their children’s access to milk for better nutrition and worked with community leaders and men to help them understand why women needed access to this resource.

Mixed legumes in a wooden spoon on white background.
Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
Pulses: The heartbeat of nutritious, sustainable agriculture

February 11, 2019

In 2019, the United Nations designated February 10th as World Pulses Day in recognition of growing global enthusiasm for a remarkable crop that improves the health and productivity of humans, animals and the environment.

Cover for 2019 GAP Report.
In The News
2019 GAP Report Press Coverage

October 22, 2019

Press coverage of the 2018 GAP Report in Agri-Pulse, Hagstrom Report, DTN News and Feedstuffs.

In The News
2018 GAP Report Press Coverage

January 28, 2019

Press coverage of the 2018 GAP Report in Agri-Pulse, Hagstrom Report, DTN News and Feedstuffs.

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Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training
4R partners promote water quality

January 28, 2019

Farmers use the 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices: choosing the right nutrient source to apply at the right rate in the right place at the right time.

A photo of a piglet.
Agricultural Research and Development
Healthy pigs improve productivity

January 30, 2019

Decades of public agricultural research into animal health, herd management practices and feed grain production has translated into high pork productivity in the U.S.

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