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The world’s population will grow by an estimated 2 billion people by 2050, which means 9 billion people living on the planet which is already facing huge resource challenges. The global water demand could be up to 30% higher than today.
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This International Women’s Day (March 8th) we’re celebrating some of the strong women who work alongside us to provide healthy, clean and local vegetables to Cambodia.
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This week, Declan Graham, from Project Alba partner New Zealand Plant and Food Research guest blogs for us to talk about the work we’re doing together to improve the quality of vegetables in Cambodia.
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The UN declared the 11th of February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and empowerment.
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The great boom of technology is having great impact on all industries and agriculture is no exception. This is the perfect opportunity to find solutions for new issues: the demand for a greater productivity, high quality products and the challenges of climate change. The UK Food and Agriculture Association estimates that the world population will increase 47%, to 8.9 billion by 2050. The production in agriculture must double in the next 30 years to be able to sustain the population growth and at the same time the amount of arable lands is decreasing.
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Project Alba is an ambitious social enterprise and we are determined to bring new, chemical free crops to market, particularly crops that are high value yet people have struggled grow in Cambodia - like tomatoes. In order to support our farmers and ensure we address and new issues we face in this challenging environment we are expanding the R&D team. Samnang (on the left of the picture) is the latest developer to join the team. He joins: Kate (in the middle), the R&D manager, Lyhen, the testing field manager and 3 staffs including Sathya (on the right of the picture) who is working with us as a developer for more than 4 months and is already one of the backbone of the company.
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The digitalisation of agriculture is helping to deliver a better service to farmers and better food to market. At Project Alba we’re using tech in a multitude of ways to ensure good produce and more efficient production.
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As PA is constantly growing, we always need more and more hands to work with the smallholder farmers that we partner with. With an experienced background Lim was the perfect candidate!
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At Project Alba we think it’s vital that people have choice when it comes to the vegetables they want to buy. They should be safe, free from chemicals and fresh. We also think there should be lots of variety for people! This is one of the reasons why we are testing brand new crops and variations in order to innovate vegetable production in Cambodia.
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Happy World Soil Day! We’re celebrating because we know how vital soil is to the world.
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Guillaume Virag set-up Project Alba alongside a co-founder in 2011. This week he shares the story of his journey to Cambodia and what has spurred him on over the last few years.