Ceres No. 154 - The green revolution revisited: new needs, new strategies

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"The abolition of hunger needs a re-dedication just as in the 19th century when some people looked around and said that the existence of slavery was unacceptable and unconscionable and that it degraded not just the slaves themselves, but all those who lived in the same time that slavery existed. These people were called 'abolitionists.'

I say today we should look around the world and say that a billion people going hungry is unconscionable and unacceptable. We should become the 'new abolitionists' against the scourge of hunger."

Ismail Serageldin, chair of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

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Collaborating on this issue: Delia Kennedy, Lorenza Manzi.

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A hive with a view: The apiculturist of the Opéra
Eco-tuna: Mexican catch spares dolphins
GATT's effect on rice: Plus ca change?
United nations environment programme joins ranks of CGIAR sponsors
A clash of cultures
Living fences last longer
Careful control: IPM in China
FAO in action


Escaping the treadmill
Green evolution
A place for plantations
Mistaken miracles
Africa's wave of the future, or a backwash from the past?
It starts with 'F', and that stands for food!
Rain-forest harvest
The soil's shield: Trees


"I have seen the future, and the future is bicycles!"
Bicycles and the wealth of nations
The busiest people in the world
New hope for Jesús (and others)


Benign lethality: Tools for crop protection
Noted & noteworthy

Till death do us part: Dolphins swim, and die with the tuna sought by Mexican fishermen. A U.S. tuna embargo has forced a change.

The Green Revolution revisited: Research and technology boosted yields in the 1960s and 70s but these may be unsustainable. Whither the new Green Revolution?

The busiest people: In advance of the Fifth International Conference on Women in Beijing, a look at farm women, the load they bear and their need for extension services.

The IPM toolbox: A new book on sustainable methods of pest control ranges from letting ducks do the work to injecting maize with pesticide.