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Crop Biotech Update

FAO Launches Save and Grow Initiative

June 17, 2011
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched Save and Grow, an initiative to produce more food for the global population in a sustainable manner. It hopes to help low-income farm families in developing countries to maximize their yields through improved production and healthy agro-systems. According to a FAO press release, the initiative will focus on:
  • Precision farming in terms of irrigation, placement of fertilizers and integrated pest management
  • Ecosystem approach that considers nature's contribution to crop growth and at the same time applies external inputs that crops need
  • Shift from a homogeneous model of crop production to farming systems that are knowledge-intensive and adapted to specific locations; and
  • Investment to support training of farmers on new practices

The FAO release is at http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/80096/icode/.