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The Vetiver System for Soil and Water Conservation

The Vetiver System is used in more than 100 countries for soil and water conservation, infrastructure stabilization, pollution control, waste water treatment, mitigation and rehabilitation, sediment control, prevention of storm damage, and many other environmental protection applications (through bioengineering and phytoremediation). The vetiver plant, Chrysopogon zizanioides, is the main component to all Vetiver System bioengineering […]

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10 Recommended Strategies for Wise Water Use through Food and Agriculture

March 22, 2013 is the 20th anniversary of World Water Day. Although about 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water, only 0.001 percent is fresh and available for human consumption. The largest portion of this—70 percent—is used for agriculture. Global agricultural water consumption is expected to increase by approximately 19 percent by […]

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New water-saving irrigation technology developed in China

WUHAN — Chinese scientists have developed a new irrigation technology that consumes 50 percent less water than drip irrigation technology.

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South Africa: WWF-SA and Woolworths partner for sustainability

The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) and retailer Woolworths on Thursday announced a three-year partnership to drive greater sustainability through selected Woolworths products and operations. The partnership recognises the growing congruence between WWF-SA’s and Woolworths’ interests in the conservation of energy; freshwater ecosystems; the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices; and the protection […]

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VIDEO: Profiting from on-farm rain water harvesting tanks

Farming Futures has created this short film to help farmers and land managers learn about the benefits of rain water harvesting and rainwater tanks. The video follows the story of Elwyn Griffiths on his Shropshire chicken farm. The rainwater tank system they have installed saves them £100,000 a year in water rates and has huge […]

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Water scarcity affecting profitability of South African farms

Dwindling profitability and water scarcity have left South Africa with less than two-thirds of the number of food-producing farms it had in the early 1990s, says the latest agricultural trends report by the World Wide Fund for Nature in South Africa. The report indicates that failed land reform projects and the flight of commercial farmers […]

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South Africa’s winemakers use technology to cut power & water costs

South Africa’s wine producers are increasingly using modern wine-making technology in a bid to reduce power and water costs, says winemaker Johan Weidenman of Spruitdrift, in the Olifants River wine district. Weidenman said his winery had spent about R18m importing new grape-crushing machines from Germany. The machines reduced the process by at least three steps, […]

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Rainwater Harvesting: Essential to Feed the World

Whether it’s bread, meat, milk or fruit, whatever we eat demands water. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that we need to increase agricultural production globally by 70% to feed the projected 9 billion people expected on the planet by 2050.

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Water Innovation Starts with the Farmer

At the forefront of an important agricultural revolution in the developing world is not a leading scientist or a tireless advocate. Instead, the leader is a farmer. His name is Purushottambhai Patel, from the state of Gujarat in Western India. He is a smallholder farmer with eight cows, three hectares of tobacco, rice, potatoes and […]

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