Top tweets from G8 Open Data for Agriculture – Day 1

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Delegates from around the world are convening in Washington D.C. this week at the G8 conference on Open Data for Agriculture. The goal of the conference is to: “Obtain commitment and action from nations and relevant stakeholders to promote policies and invest in projects that open access to publicly funded global agriculturally relevant data streams,…
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Open Letter on Open Data from CABI’s CEO to G8 Delegates

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Check out the latest message from CABI’s CEO on¬†revitalising food security¬†challenge through open data.¬†He and other¬†Plantwise reps are¬†reporting live from DC for the G8 Conference on Open Data for Agriculture today and tomorrow.¬†Download pdf of his letter here.
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Separating the grains from the chaff, and all the pests that move with it

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Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland, and Roger Day, CABI Africa While responding to a food¬†crisis in Tanzania in the 1970s, evidence indicates that the larger grain borer (Prostephanus truncatus) was inadvertently introduced into Africa through an infested food aid shipment[1]. Following this introduction and a later introduction in West Africa, the larger grain borer…
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National Plant Protection Organisations to share their experiences of Plantwise with IPPC delegates

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This week, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is holding its 8th session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM8) at the FAO headquarters in Rome. This conference will be a chance for members to discuss current plant protection issues, particularly with regard to plant pests. Plantwise has been invited to host a side event…
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Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease Spreads To Uganda

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Maize Lethal Necrosis disease, which was first reported in Kenya and Tanzania, has now spread to Uganda, raising concerns for food security in the country. The Ministry of Agriculture has warned that Maize Lethal Necrosis has been reported in districts in eastern Uganda, including Busia and Tororo. A spokesman for the Agriculture Research Organisation, Robert…
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Plantwise Photo Of The Month- April

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To read more about the work Plantwise is doing in Bolivia follow this link. To read Spanish factsheets specific to Bolivia on the Plantwise Knowledge Bank click here.
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Crowdsourcing: citizen farmers help in the fight against climate change

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Farmers in India are helping in to fight the effects of climate change by lending their data collection skills for research into wheat. Biodiversity International is working with partners such as the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and the IFFCO Foundation as part of an initiative called Seeds4Needs. This initiative aims to identify the crop…
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Plantwise launches in Ghana

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Plantwise, a global initiative run by CABI, was launched in Accra, Ghana last week. The initiative involves establishing plant clinics, which farmers can attend to get advice on plant health from trained plant doctors. In addition to the knowledge they acquire through the training programmes, these plant doctors can make use of the Plantwise Knowledge…
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How Mobile Technology is Transforming Livestock Farming In Kenya

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Farmers and vets across Africa are increasingly using mobile phones to issue alerts about potential pest and disease outbreaks.¬†The recent introduction of mobile phones that use the open source Android operating system or the iPhone iOS operating system and include GPS and Google Maps have provided new opportunities for developing mobile phone applications, allowing communication…
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Plantwise Photo Of The Month- March

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