Quantcast elsemanario.net
Sunday, December 21, 2014, videos Videos Photos Photos rss RSS
Home Advertise Contact Us Opinions Contests Subscription Weather Events Member of HDN Español
Recomended Links:    Advertise with Us  |  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES NOW  |  Consumer Tips  |    
City
Education
Economics
Immigration
Chispa
National News
International News
Health
Travel
From the Editor
Publisher's Note
Whitehouse Updates
Sports
Local News
Cover Story
Environment
State
Username:
Password.
Forgot your password?
Register
Classifieds
More
 
Font Size Menos Texto
Posted on 03-24-2011
Rate this article
Bookmark and Share
U.S.-Brazil Alliance


By Jake Caldwell

of boosting yields and less a result of increased land use.
The country is undoubtedly using more land for agriculture. Land under cultivation has increased by one-third and numerous challenges remain to ensure biodiversity conservation is not overrun by agriculture and deforestation in the cerrado and Amazon regions. In general, however, agricultural production is 10 times the level of land use. Grain production in the cerrado increased 129.7 percent from 1991 to 2007 but the corresponding area cultivated increased by only 25.9 percent.
Brazil’s success increasing yields is less about importing and attempting to replicate other nations’ identical agricultural successes of the past. That approach rarely works. Brazil’s achievements are instead more noteworthy for blending agricultural research and innovation with actual conditions on the ground.
As Brazil developed its agricultural sector, both the private and public sector dedicated resources to agricultural research and the United States provided considerable support. Brazil focused on enhancing soil quality, low-technology cross-breeding of plant varieties, and a willingness to explore innovative techniques such as no-till agriculture that results in more nutrient and carbon-rich soil.
Brazil has also made impressive commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 36 percent to 39 percent by 2020 by reducing deforestation by 80 percent in the Amazon and 40 percent in the cerrado savannah.
Brazil can put this knowledge and experience to use in helping the rest of the developing world enhance its agricultural development.
Today’s rising global food prices are a harbinger of things to come. FAO experts estimate global agricultural productivity must double in 40 years to keep pace with increased demand and a projected global population of 9.1 billion in 2050.
Climate change’s impact on agriculture and development in developing countries is projected to be particularly acute. More than 1 billion of the world’s poor depend on agriculture ...
<- Back | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Next ->

  
 
Your Opinion
Top Stories
América: Hazardous to immigrants’ health?
camara America is a nation of immigrants drawn from all parts of the world by the promise of freedom and a good life. But a substantial body of evidence suggests that for the newly arrived, life in the United States can be hazardous to their well-being. When immigrants arrive, they are on average ...
Too many Latino children are uninsured
camara A recent study last month finds that over 11 percent of Latino children are uninsured, compared to 7.1 percent of all kids nationwide. Study author Sonya Schwartz is a research fellow with the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families, which released the ...
Farmworkers in unpredictable situations
camara In the exposé “Food Chains”, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. There is ...
Taking the fracking fight to big oil
camara Rosanna Esparza parks her Prius in a sea of pickups. Across the street a makeshift flagpole has been erected in a truck bed to hoist Old Glory above the palm trees. We’re in Taft, California; a town built on one of the largest oil fields in the country. It’s a fitting place for the local ...
"Our Community Our Partners"
   PDF Version
 
Channels
City
Education
Economics
Immigration
Chispa
National News
International News
Health
Travel
From the Editor
Publisher's Note
Whitehouse Updates
Sports
Local News
Cover Story
Environment
State

Advertise
HDN Internet
This Publication - Internet
This Publication - Print Version

Contact Us
HDN
El Semanario
Staff

Opinions
Columnists
Editorials
Reader's Letters
e-mail the Editor

Subscription

Weather

Events

Member of HDN

Español

About Us

Subscription

Contact Us

News Archive

Copyright

Copyright 2014, El Semanario. This site is powered by Hispanic Digital Network(TM)
  Logo