“We are currently facing dual threats of climate change and food shortages. By choosing to grow some of our own food, working together, we can reduce our impacts on both. Food grown locally obviously does not have to be transported half way round the world, it is not intensively farmed, and is not sprayed repeatedly with chemicals, all of which have high carbon emissions.“
Irrigation canal revisited - Part 4. #aggpfieldwork #irrigation #prairies #saskatchewan #exploresask (at South Saskatchewan River Irrigation District )
Irrigation canal revisited - Part 3. #aggpfieldwork #irrigation #prairie #saskatchewan #explorecanada (at Spring Creek Road)
A levada is an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the Portugese island of Madeira. They were created from the sixteenth century to carry water across the island from the mountainous west and northwest of the island to the drier southeast, which is more conducive to habitation and agriculture
The total levadas network extends over 2150 km in this island 57 km long, 23km wide in the widest point.
From The World’s archives: A story about a start-up called Backpack Farm that uses mobile technologies to help farmers in East Africa.
Clark Boyd reports:
The company sells smallholder farmers a backpack stuffed full of seeds, irrigation, “green” chemicals and tools along with training manuals and advise on how to farm efficiently. It can cost up to $2,000, but at that price also includes a drip irrigation kit and water tank.
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Fish farming in this country has been problematic, because by the time [farmers] are through feeding the fish they don’t have any profits left. The secret of this system is we have the vegetables. These vegetables can be harvested on a monthly basis. By the time you come to 9 months, you’re already sustaining yourself. So fish income comes in as a bonus, as a wonderful bonus.
It’s a plant that has evolved very little. It still has characteristics of wild plants. The seed is very little, very problematic to sow it. So we need to work on all of those things so we can have better varieties and in that way expand the surface area of where amaranth is grown.
Each day is a risk to the farm. In fact, that’s why some people have left their little fields to do something else, because the fields aren’t profitable anymore.