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African agriculture without African farmers
Mass dispossession of smallholder farmers is not a side effect of the ‘African Green Revolution’. It is the whole point.But one point apparently lost on the summit’s attendees is that the project of “agricultural modernisation” which many of them have supported for decades is only making food insecurity worse in recent years, especially in Africa.
will host the ! ABC and the Country Music Association announced on Monday that the 45-year-old country music superstar will make his hosting debut at the 55th annual ceremony in November.
"The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for country music," Bryan says. "Being asked to host the CMA Awards was definitely something I put a lot of thought into before answering. The pressure that comes along with that can be overwhelming, but knowing I get to help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn’t turn down."
India minister's son arrested over deaths at farmer protest
The son of an Indian minister has been arrested on preliminary charges of murder, police said Sunday, a week after the death of eight people during a farmers' protest sparked national outrage. Farmers claimed that a convoy belonging to Mishra and his father -- the junior home affairs minister Ajay Mishra -- slammed into protesters, killing four of them. Angry demonstrators then set fire to several cars and four other people, including a driver and a journalist, were killed, according to authorities and local media reports.
"I mean, growing up in Georgia, I remember watching Vince Gill, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, to name a few. They were so good," the two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year continues. "And then becoming a part of this amazing country music family and sitting on the front row while Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker took the reins, all of these artists are heroes and friends, and I am honored to have my name included in this group."
Bryan, whofor Musical Event of the Year at this year's ceremony, concludes, "I’m looking forward to making it fun and memorable and using this platform to continue to make country music shine."
Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer, notes that the association is "so thrilled to have Luke join us as this year’s CMA Awards host."
Farmers increase pressure on government over emissions target
Sixth-generation farmer Oscar Pearse is part of a growing chorus of farmers who want a 'fair go' in return for supporting an economy-wide aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050. He says his support for the Nationals like many farmers and people in agricultural businesses will be dependent on these decisions. © Provided by Daily Mail ( The National Farmers Federation supports a net zero emissions target by 2050, but they also want appropriate redress for members affected by Australia's previous climate change targets.
"His fun and playful energy is something television viewers have welcomed into their homes week after week as a judge on American Idol, and I know he has something exciting up his sleeve for the CMA Awards," she says. "We cannot wait to bring music fans a magical night of performances and truly some of the most special moments our show has ever delivered in just a few weeks."
Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, adds that the network is "so grateful Luke will host the biggest event in country music."
"That’s my kind of night and it will be yours too," Mills says. "I am excited for Luke to bring the same humor, energy and emotion as host of the CMA Awards that he has for the last five years on American Idol."
This year's nomineesin September, with and leading the pack with five nods each. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 55th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Climate change to force crop switch for small farmers: experts .
Small farmers around the world who grow thirsty crops like corn will face a huge adaptation challenge as the effects of climate change worsen in the coming years, experts warned Wednesday. Corn, also called maize, requires a lot of water to grow, which will add to pressure on farmers to switch to strains that mature earlier, or to switch to more resilient crops such as cassava, peanuts, beans, sorghum and millet. But moving to different crops is easier said than done, as there can be strong market preferences, IFAD said.