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Where water is scarce, it makes sense to make the most of what you receive for free. An EU-funded project is studying the different ways Africa's farmers can increase the volume of rain and river water collected, to improve crop yields and bridge dry spells.
Published: 17 June 2015
Sustainable rural development can only be accomplished by empowering local people to participate in the development of new techniques themselves. In understanding the importance of irrigation for smallholder farmers, the EU-funded EAU4FOOD project has integrated locals within the innovation process.
Published: 5 June 2015
Europe's smaller agri-businesses will soon be able to tell whether their products are within the EU's strict limits for pesticide residues without having to send samples to the laboratory. This is because an EU-funded project has developed a rapid, easy-to-use portable biosensor that offers testing up to 10 times cheaper than conventional means.
Published: 5 June 2015
Most of the food produced in Africa is supplied by small-scale farmers, many of whom are struggling. New knowledge could help to boost these micro-operations and their contribution to food security, but smallholders are rarely consulted when research agendas are set. An EU-funded project focused on stimulating the necessary dialogue.
Published: 4 June 2015
An EU-funded project has developed a cheaper, energy-efficient and mercury-free water purification system that could be a viable alternative to current technologies in use. The breakthrough could help cut the costs of cleaning water for a range of industries - including aquaculture.
Published: 2 June 2015
Under your feet is something very ordinary but essential to life-soil. It grows the food we eat and regulates the water, carbon and nutrient cycles that shape our environment and climate. To help keep farming sustainable, EU-funded researchers have mapped out the long-term impacts of how farmers use soil, and developed a tool and guidelines to support best practices in farms.
Published: 20 May 2015
"Cases of food poisoning from vegetables affect more people and lead to more hospitalisations than those from meat." While it may come as news to many consumers this fact, revealed by Ana Allende, a food microbiologist with CEBAS-CSIC, will not surprise her colleagues working on a major European research project on food safety.
Published: 12 March 2015
Pollinators like bumblebees are declining in Europe. What are the causes, the consequences and the possible solutions? Researchers know that the causes are multiple: a combination of habitat loss, pathogens, alien species, agrichemical pollution and even climate change.
Published: 15 January 2015
Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture. Feeding the world without damaging the environment is the focus of World Food Day 2014 - and the goal of several EU-funded research projects.
Published: 5 December 2014
Is it possible to produce fertilizer from animal bones? And what are the potential benefits for agriculture and the environment? To find out Futuris went to a test plant in Hungary, where an unusual experiment is under way.
Published: 14 October 2014