AGCO unveils innovative Farm in a Box initiative for Africa's rural communities

Capacity-building and agricultural mechanisation are a priority to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming in Africa...

9 hours ago

10 tech startups to participate in Airbus, GIZ #Africa4Future programme

Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit have announced the top 10 African tech startups that will take part in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme...

1 day ago

A new way to curb nitrogen pollution: Regulate fertiliser producers, not just farmers

Reducing nitrogen pollution around the globe is an urgent environmental goal, but extremely challenging - in part because the main human source is agriculture...

By David Kanter 1 day ago

Devastating pest threatens Africa's citrus industry

East Africa could soon be facing the threat of a citrus fruit sap-sucking pest with the potential to collapse its regional fruit industry...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 14 Jan 2019

African countries should turn to lower risk solutions to fight fall armyworm

The caterpillars of the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an invasive moth, can potentially feed on over 350 different species of plants...

By Melanie Bateman 11 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Food security and the planet are on a collision course

Food security and environmental sustainability are on a collision course and now, more than ever, we need to see a drastic change in the type of meat and dairy consumed by the majority of the world's population...

By Kevin Coetzee and Michelle Adelman 7 Jan 2019

Does African agriculture need a Green Revolution?

Agricultural sectors across Africa need their own green revolution building on local knowledge and culture, as well as a green disruption building on new digital and other technology...

By Xolani Mathibela 2 Jan 2019

The tech fix that won't secure food supplies

Scientific and technological advances from crop breeding to fertilisers to a range of irrigation techniques have powered agricultural production in a bid to keep up with the food demands of a rising population, but for some years now, that growth has faced natural resource limits...

By Anita Makri 24 Dec 2018

Unmeltable chocolate and bean-to-bar: A cocoa expert highlights 3 sweet trends

'Tis the season to eat chocolate. And for the chocolate industry, there's nothing sweeter, since this is the time of year when it enjoys a spike in sales and, at least for some, rising profits...

By Kristy Leissle 21 Dec 2018

Drone piloting project reshapes Africa's agricultural productivity

Eight pilots have successfully passed their drone flight training in Tunisia following a two-week intensive training period organised by the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia, the African Development Bank and Busan Techno Park...

14 Dec 2018

Global action required for sustainable agriculture

"No country alone will be able to overcome all the challenges we face fully, so we must act globally. Nobody must be left behind."

13 Dec 2018

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

Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain

Access to finance is needed to unlock Africa's agricultural potential but it cannot be focused on just one aspect of the value chain at the expense of others...

6 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

Small businesses in Africa will be on the frontline of climate change

Climate change is going to have huge consequences all over the world, especially in Africa...

By Kate Gannon, & Declan Conway 6 Dec 2018

Food security: Africa should be the answer

The focus that agriculture currently enjoys is a golden opportunity for science and skills transfer to position Africa as the solution to the food security conundrum, argues Peter Oberem...

By Peter Oberem 28 Nov 2018

We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

Fish and other seafood needs to be included in conversation in order to build more sustainable and climate-friendly food systems...

By Philip A Loring and Ratana Chuenpagdee 28 Nov 2018

The battle for the future of farming: what you need to know

Most concede that there is an urgent need to radically transform our food systems. But the proposed innovations for more sustainable food systems are drastically different...

By Michel Pimbert and Colin Anderson 22 Nov 2018

'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems

"Systems thinking" can help deliver a framework to simulate solutions to pressing food concerns, like the presence of aflatoxins in groundnuts in Africa...

20 Nov 2018

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