Policy makers, researchers, and NGO representatives gathered earlier this year at a workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to discuss strategies on combating food insecurity and adapting to climate change. Attendees at the event—organized by the group Network for Participatory Approaches to Research and Planning ( Réseau MARP Burkina )—heard from several of Burkina Faso’s farmers on how they produce food on degraded lands. The farmers and participants provided interesting insights into climate-smart agriculture methods —including how to scale up these practices throughout the nation.
Cattle are sold by the pound, but the price per pound can make as much difference as total weight, when it comes to the bottom line. That’s why producers who aim for profit weigh everything that goes into that price. The Choice-Select spread has been a leading indicator for decades, but a current analysis suggests it can mislead if taken at face value. Producers today must lift their gaze to the relative values of premium Choice and Prime beef if they want to monitor the market, says Mark McCully, assistant vice president of supply for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).