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of vegetation in the lives of urban and rural children is. Is it true that children are not interested in plants or playing outdoors? In the study, the concept of “nature” encompasses all places outdoors that includes vegetation. The purpose of this

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In the 13 countries and Caribbean islands where the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) has programs in Latin America, the agricultural sector is still the dominant economic force. Over half the population of these countries lives in rural areas, in spite of high migration rates to the cities. Agriculture is the primary economic activity: Agriculture generates 68% of the foreign exchange necessary to buy imported products; it contributes 20% of the gross domestic product of these economies; agriculture is the single most important source of employment (employing from 40% in Peru to 70% in Haiti) of the entire labor force; and agriculture contributes about 50% of the value added to these economies.

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and training on flowers and ornamental plant production practices for the rural Senegal volunteer project. The schedule turned out to be very workable. After the day in the Winrock offices, we were able to visit several roadside ornamental plant

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A pilot sustainable rural initiative project was introduced to build capacity among trade associations consisting of women engaged in fruit agribusiness. The purpose was to improve production and encourage local processing of horticultural commodities of economic importance like citrus, pineapple and mango fruits. Training the trainer approach was used to extend simple techniques of food preservation including partial processing and juice bottling to potential entrepreneurs. Skills were transferred primarily to selected extension specialists who coordinate grassroots training. The training and visit technique was utilized to measure adoption rate among the rural people. Impact of the scheme on postharvest food loss reduction is discussed in this presentation; there is ample opportunity to optimize resource utilization and increase income generation through applied horticultural technology.

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The agri-business industry is faced with an unprecedented demand for its product – food. It has been estimated that the world food supply must be doubled just to feed the present population. There is little doubt that the technology exists to do this, given the inputs of water (if available), fertilizer, pesticides and increasing the area under cultivation. Many are seriously questioning whether our ecosystem can continue to tolerate the effects of intensive agriculture. These effects can include erosion, contamination of water supplies by sediment, fertilizer nutrients, pesticides and animal waste, and food processing wastes. Of course, other sectors of the economy also are over-stressing the environment, as witness the problems in the transportation, oil and electrical power industries.

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Thirteen farmers' markets have been established in west-central Nebraska with varying degrees of success. Sales and seller participation in the active markets have varied from year to year. Farmers' markets in small communities, as well as in larger metropolitan areas, can be successful.

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Modern life separates people from nature. This is also true in Taiwan, despite Taiwan having diverse natural resources, ranging from mountains in rural landscapes to flatland sightseeing areas in urban and suburban settings. What we have known

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Rural-Urban Task Force, The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences.

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pollinators in rural and urban landscapes in North Dakota, assess the potential of these 27 perennial flowering taxa to attract other beneficial insects as well as insect pests, and determine which native and non-native bee species are visiting these 27 taxa

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