Agriculture Archives - State of the Planet

As Agribusiness Sustainability Initiatives Face Flak, Here’s How They Can Do Better

Despite certification initiatives having the objective of sustainability, sugar plantations from Cameroon to Cambodia continue to ignite controversy and conflict.

by Sam Szoke-Burke |September 14, 2020
Various grains for sale in Arusha market, Tanzania

Re-Imagining Africa’s Food Future at the Intersection of Agriculture and Conservation

In order to sustainably feed a growing population, Africa must shift to an agricultural system that recognizes the value of both people and nature.

by Alice Ruhweza, Jeff Worden, and Brighton Kaoma |September 10, 2020

Interns Find Links Between Climate and Arsenic Levels in Rice

The research, from students working with the Center for Climate and Life, also identifies ways to potentially limit arsenic contamination in rice.

by |September 2, 2020
The tropical forest of the Maya Biosphere Preserve in Guatemala

To Preserve Tropical Forests, Empower Local Communities

In a recent webinar, researchers discussed communities in Guatemala that sustainably manage the local forest, creating jobs and income while controlling fires and narcotrafficking.

by |August 19, 2020

Stronger Rains in Warmer Climate Could Lessen Heat Damage to Crops, Says Study

Intensified rainstorms predicted for many areas in the United States as climate warms could more efficiently water some major crops, which would at least partially offset projected yield declines caused by rising heat itself.

by |August 10, 2020

Anillos de Crecimiento de los Árboles Revelan Aumento sin Precedentes en Extremos Climáticos en Sudamérica

Un nuevo Atlas Sudamericano de Sequía revela que las sequías severas expandidas y los períodos inusualmente húmedos sin precedentes han ido aumentando desde mediados del siglo XX.

by |July 7, 2020

Tree Rings Show Unprecedented Rise in Extreme Weather in South America

A new South American Drought Atlas reveals that unprecedented widespread, intense droughts and unusually wet periods have been on the rise since the mid-20th century.

by |July 7, 2020

Huge Land Buys Are Driving Tropical Forest Destruction

A new study finds that investments to establish new oil palm or tree plantations seem to consistently have higher rates of forest loss than other types of activities, such as mining and logging.

by |June 22, 2020
Two field laborers pour harvested rice grains into a specially labeled packet

Climate Risk Insurance for Colombia’s Smallholder Rice Farmers

Insurance payouts based on weather conditions are helping to keep premiums low and enabling millions of farmers access to coverage previously unavailable to them.

by |June 4, 2020

ACToday Experts Take Part in Panel on Climate and Food Security

Experts discussed how climate and the coronavirus will affect food supply chains, and how university-led projects such as ACToday can help take on major challenges like these.

by |May 18, 2020