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Farming with a mixture of crops, animals and trees is better for the environment and for people – evidence from Ghana and Malawi

Farming with a mixture of crops, animals and trees is better for the environment and for people – evidence from Ghana and Malawi

FARMING just one kind of crop in a field at a time, and using a lot of chemicals, pose a risk to both people and nature. This simplified intensive agriculture often goes hand in hand with increased greenhouse gas emissions, land and water degradation, and loss of biodiversity. There’s another way to farm: increasing the number of crop and livestock species. This is biologically diversified agriculture. Growing more than just a single crop year after year is one way to diversify. Farmers might rotate between corn one year, then pigeon peas intercropped with peanuts the second year, and beans the…
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In the ruins of east Ukraine, farmers won’t leave their animals

In the ruins of east Ukraine, farmers won’t leave their animals

HERBERT VILLARRAGA AS the sound of exploding artillery echoes in the distance, Senia, a big white bunny, twitches nervously in the arms of his owner. "He's afraid," explained the farmer, Yevhennia, stroking the rabbit. Here in Yampil, a crater-pocked frontline village in east Ukraine recaptured by Ukrainian forces at the end of September after months under Russian occupation, buildings lie in ruins and most people have left. But not Yevhennia and Ivan, who say they could not bear to abandon their rabbits, ducks, chickens and pigeons. It has not been easy. "We've always kept rabbits. But when (the missiles) started…
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