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The long fight for water

The long fight for water - IIF article

On a continent as dry as Australia, nothing is as critical as access to water. There have been plenty of arguments over water use, especially in the Murray Darling basin. They’ve stopped short of war. Wars have been fought over water in the past. The first record of water being used as a weapon dates

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Famous first lady of apples

Famous first lady of apples - IIF article

Tasmania is called the Apple Isle. And yes, a lot of apples grow there. But how did it all start? And how did Australian orchardists become the great apple breeders that we are today? For the origins, we go back to the first days of English colonisation. Captain James Bligh anchored his ship, the Bounty,

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Ugly fruit is beautiful

Ugly fruit is beautiful article

Tom grows bananas on his farm in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. By his own admission, Tom’s bananas aren’t pretty. In fact, they might even be considered ugly. They’re unevenly sized, and many are too small. They are randomly bent, some distorted into the letter C. They are speckled with brown and

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Cutting water with a laser

As our agricultural regions experience hotter and drier weather, farmers are turning to an unexpected tool to help them adapt – lasers. Here’s what happens when farmers use lasers: Water consumption and runoff, energy consumption and irrigation time, all reduce. The area of land available for planting increases, as does farm productivity. So, how does

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3 agtech startups bringing financial inclusion to farmers in Asia Pacific

It may come as a surprise to you that the world’s agriculture industry – the multi-trillion dollar industry that feeds us – operates on a very informal basis in most of the world. From large-scale growers in the Global North to smallholder subsistence farmers in the Global South, a huge amount of business is done

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