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Crop Biotech Update

Germany Supports Food Security and Climate-Smart Agriculture

December 23, 2010

The government of Germany supports the initiatives set by the Food and Agriculture Organization in providing food and nutrition security, sustainable livelihoods and climate –smart agriculture. The agency announced that the German government has committed six million dollars to conduct various activities to these ends.

Among the activities include the evaluation and documentation of the effectiveness of existing complementary feeding practices and two other projects aimed at improving nutrition and nutrition education. Funds will also be used in the first phase of a 52-month project to promote the commercial and environmental potential of sisal.

Sisal thrives on marginal land in hot and arid climates and its fiber could be used to generate bioenergy, animal feed, fertilizer and ecological housing material.

For more details, see http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/48884/icode/.