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    How research, collaboration are contributing to food security in Africa

    Professor of Plant Breeding Maryke Labuschagne is working with a group of more than 20 African PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to improve the...

    14 Jun 2021

    Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next

    In 1938, French colonial authorities in what is today Mali started on an ambitious infrastructure plan to transform the desert into an area of agricultural production...

    By Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari and Timothy Foster 10 Jun 2021

    Botswana suspends some SA animal, meat imports

    Botswana said on Monday it had banned imports of cloven-hoofed animals and their fresh products from South Africa after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease was detected in the neighbouring country...

    By Brian Benza 1 Jun 2021

    The 2021 World Food Prize recognises that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition

    Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is the winner of the 2021 World Food Prize for her work identifying small fish as valuable nutrition sources for developing countries...

    By Ben Belton 26 May 2021

    FAO, partners' high-tech response to help win fight against desert locust swarms

    In the past year, waves of the desert locusts have swept across East Africa, Yemen and southwest Asia in massive swarms which have contained up to 80 million in a single square kilometre...

    11 May 2021

    Blockchain could play an important role in future agriculture and food security

    The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has further destabilized global food chains supplies. Technological innovations like blockchain can help address these challenges...

    By Abdul-Rahim Abdulai, Carling Bieg, Evan Fraser and Sarah Marquis 16 Apr 2021

    To what extent does climate change affect food insecurity? What we found in Lesotho

    Large-scale droughts can have cascading impacts on food security. They can reduce yield, increase food prices, trigger changes in consumption and lead to unstable supply...

    By Friederike Otto and Jasper Verschuur 16 Mar 2021

    How Cabo Verde indigenous beans could boost food security

    Indigenous beans could enhance food security in Cabo Verde which depends on food imports...

    By Anyse Sofia Fernandes Pereira Essoh 11 Mar 2021

    Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the Covid-19 response

    Covid-19 is deepening global food insecurity, as the pandemic's economic impact adds to existing challenges...

    By Jules Siedenburg and John Paul Cauchi 26 Jan 2021

    FAO seeks funds as Desert Locust swarms threaten food security in Africa, Yemen

    Despite intense efforts to control the pest throughout 2020, a new generation of Desert Locust swarms is threatening livelihoods and food security in the Horn of Africa and Yemen...

    23 Dec 2020

    Almost 90% of the world's animal species will lose some habitat to agriculture by 2050

    Our research shows we could feed the world sustainably - but conservation will have to become a lot more proactive...

    By David Williams and Michael Clark 22 Dec 2020

    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

    Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it

    Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate...

    By John Lynch 9 Nov 2020

    Business as usual in post-pandemic recovery will only reinforce economic hardship

    Africa's low level of economic diversification is a leading factor in the continent's economic fragility. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the risks of countries' over-dependence on a single natural resource such as oil...

    By Njuguna Ndung'u 28 Sep 2020



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