Open Data & Farming 101

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by Ben Schaap, Tim Davies and Ana Brandusescu, GODAN What is open data? We all make decisions everyday based on different sources of information. Much of that information ultimately starts out as digital data. Open data is about changing the default, so that instead of being locked away for the benefit of a few, data…
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Plant doctors share advice using WhatsApp and Facebook in Central America

by Erica Chernoh and Eduardo Hidalgo, CABI Haga clic para la versión español de abajo   The software application WhatsApp is being used by plant doctors in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras to provide and receive plant diagnostic support. WhatsApp has proven to be popular in many countries, because it is a free communication tool…
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Plantwise Vietnam welcomes the Chairman, Governing Board of CABI

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Report by Dr Sivapragasam Annamalai, CABI Country Coordinator for Plantwise Vietnam Mr. Philip Walters, the Chairman of the Governing Board, CABI visited a plant clinic in Tan My Chanh Village, My Tho City, Tien Giang Province, south Vietnam on the 2nd  November, 2015.  It was his first ever visit to a plant clinic in operation. During the…
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Plantwise Bangladesh National Forum urges government to set up a central diagnostic lab

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For more information, in local language, visit http://www.banglanews24.com/printpage/page/435372.html
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Rice pests are no longer winning: the Khmer Smile is back

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Contributed by Heng Chunn Hy and Ho Chea, General Department of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Hy Broey, a farmer from Choeung Tik Khor village in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, came with her problem to the plant clinic. She had many problems in rice planting and production, especially during the tillering stage. By attending plant clinics…
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Pest management advice in person, in print, on mobile…what next?

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If you take a look at a Plantwise pest management decision guide (PMDG) on the Knowledge Bank, it probably won’t look much different to how it looked before. However, under the covers, this PDF has been created in a completely different way to before. This is because we are now storing each part of the PMDG…
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Free plant clinics set up in Bangladesh

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Ten plant clinics have been set up in Bangladesh to provide practical advice to farmers who have crop problems. Read the full story here
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Farmer Field Day training in Malawi

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On Tuesday, June 3rd, Land O’Lakes held another in a series of Farmer Field Day training events at one of their signature Answer Plot® sites, known locally as Yankho Plot™ sites in Malawi.  This farmer training event was held in Salima district, Malawi, on a plot planted with several varieties of rice.  On this day,…
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How global hunger distribution has changed over the last 25 years #datavis

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The FAO has published its annual report on global hunger statistics. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 declares that the number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million – 216 million fewer than in 1990-92, despite a global population increase of 1.9 billion people. The full report can be accessed…
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For better plant health in Africa: New strategy receives thumbs up

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This week in Douala, Cameroon, the General Assembly of the African Union’s InterAfrican Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC) gave the thumbs up to IAPSC’s new strategic plan. IAPSC Director Dr Jean Gerard Mezui M’Ella thanked all the organisation’s partners who had assisted in the preparation of the plan, especially FAO’s Regional Office for Africa for funding the…
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