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    A common soil pesticide cut wild bee reproduction by 89% - here's why scientists are worried

    EU-banned pesticides could not only threaten wild bees where they eat, but where they sleep too...

    By Philip Donkersley 3 Mar 2021

    Farmers fight back: Making animal feed from a locust plague

    Kenya is battling some of the worst locust plagues in decades, but startup The Bug Picture hopes to transform the pests into profits...

    By Baz Ratner 23 Feb 2021

    Mutant roots reveal how we can grow crops in damaged soils

    Researchers have unearthed a 'biological switch' which could boost crop yield worldwide...

    By Malcolm Bennett, Bipin Pandey and Sacha Mooney 18 Jan 2021

    We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser - it could make farming more sustainable

    If rolled out worldwide, our method could replace a quarter of all the synthetic nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture...

    By Prithvi Simha, Björn Vinnerås and Jenna Senecal 10 Nov 2020

    Overview of the African fertiliser market

    The international fertiliser market had a slow start in 2020 and the upcoming Lunar New Year in February might result in a quieter month. Higher freight rates will also have a possible impact on global producer netbacks...

    21 Jan 2020

    Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health

    Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing...

    By Ermias Betemariam 5 Dec 2019

    Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'

    Scientists are calling on African policymakers to act urgently to control the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which threaten the wider ecosystem and food security, and have been banned by the European Union.

    By Munyaradzi Makoni 25 Nov 2019

    Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent

    Most studies on the use of pesticides are funded by those that produce the chemicals but only independent research can inform us about the best agricultural practices.

    By Sébastien Sauvé 13 May 2019

    Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture

    Africa's over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent's capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people...

    By Nteranya Sanginga 10 Dec 2018

    Living Soil: A documentary for all of us

    Our soils support 95% of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years...

    6 Dec 2018

    Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general

    Forests and trees contribute far more to human livelihoods than is commonly known, playing crucial roles in food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural economies...

    6 Jul 2018

    Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides

    Planting season for corn and soybeans across the U.S. corn belt is drawing to a close. As they plant, farmers are participating in what is likely to be one of the largest deployments of insecticides in United States history.

    By John F. Tooker 28 Jun 2018

    Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%

    Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don't need to imagine. That is exactly what happens every day when an estimated 815 million people around the globe go hungry...

    By Paul South 27 Jun 2018

    Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

    Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

    13 Jun 2018

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