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#Potatoes – Crop of the Future? A discussion with Prof Anton Haverkort

Forty years ago, when I was working in Turkey, I met another young man called Anton Haverkort, just setting out on his career. He grew up on a potato farm in the Netherlands, studied potatoes, and came to Turkey to … Continue reading

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Helping plants grow better for improved #food security – from beans in low-input farming to wheat in Australia and rice in China

How do you get the knowledge generated by researchers into farmers’ fields? That is the key issue being discussed by the Association of Applied Biologists this week at a meeting on Knowledge exchange: from research to the food supply chain … Continue reading

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What is world’s oldest agricultural research institute doing? Visiting Rothamsted Research

Last week I spent a day visiting the world’s oldest agricultural research institute – Rothamsted Research. It is in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, about a half hour train journey north of London. I spent about six weeks there between the third and … Continue reading

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Europe’s green revolution and others since

Is history any use in helping us understand what to do to help poor and peasant farmers? The answer is a resounding yes according to Jonathan Harwood.  He’s just published a fascinating book called Europe’s Green Revolution and Others Since … Continue reading

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