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    Feeding Africa from Africa: Smallholder farmers to leverage on AfCFTA

    Senamiso Ndlovu, 32, is a smallholder farmer with big food production dreams. The seed of her farming ambitions is the growing urban food demand...

    By Busani Bafana 14 Jun 2021

    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

    Deforestation is driven by global markets

    The world is at a crossroads, as humanity tries to mitigate climate change and halt biodiversity loss, while still securing a supply of food for everyone...

    By Ruben Valbuena and Thomas Lovejoy 11 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

    Ivory Coast sells 2021/2022 cocoa contracts after wrangle over premium

    The world's top cocoa producer Ivory Coast had sold 950,000 tonnes of cocoa in contracts by the end of May for the 2021/2022 season at a country discount...

    By Ange Aboa 10 Jun 2021

    Report reveals soil pollution as one of the world's major challenges for ecosystem restoration

    Worsening soil pollution and waste proliferation threaten the future of global food production, human health and the environment, and require an urgent global response...

    7 Jun 2021

    New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture

    Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided...

    By Anja Gassner, Philip Dobie and Terry Sunderland 7 Jun 2021

    Goodleaf merges with Highlands Investments to create R650m cannabis company

    South African premium CBD brand Goodleaf is merging with Highlands Investments, formerly Canopy Growth Africa, in a deal that will see the combined company be valued at approximately R650m...

    4 Jun 2021

    Global food prices rise at rapid pace in May

    FAO Food Price Index posts fastest monthly increase to reach highest value since September 2011...

    3 Jun 2021

    Report: Gender-responsive research key to farm productivity, tackling Africa's agricultural threats

    The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development has released a report highlighting how gender-responsive agricultural research and development coupled with an intentional focus on addressing inequalities in access to innovations between men and women, can propel agricultural-driven development...

    27 May 2021

    Ivory Coast, Ghana push cocoa industry to boost premium payments

    Ivory Coast and Ghana, which together produce about two-thirds of the world's cocoa, introduced a $400 per tonne premium this season termed the living income differential to increase wages for farmers, many of whom live in poverty...

    By Ange Aboa 14 May 2021

    Michel Doukeris to succeed Carlos Brito as AB InBev CEO

    Brito will step down after 15 years as CEO and 32 years at the company...

    6 May 2021

    Global citrus market holds strong despite Covid crisis

    The production of major types of citrus fruits, except that of lemons and limes, grew in 2020 thanks to good weather conditions in most producing regions...

    6 May 2021

    International food prices continue to rise in April

    FAO Food Price Index posts 11th consecutive monthly increase, new forecasts point to growth in world wheat and maize output...

    6 May 2021

    Ghana's farmers aren't all seeing the fruits of a Green Revolution

    Realities on the ground tell a different story from the claim that a Green Revolution ensures food security and increased income for smallholder farmers in Ghana...

    17 Jun 2021

    Luxury fashion label Chanel invests $25m in new climate adaptation fund

    Chanel is backing a new climate adaptation fund that aims to raise $100m by 2025 to invest in projects to promote sustainable agriculture, protect forests and support small-scale farmers in developing countries...

    By Michael Taylor 11 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

    Greening the planet: We can't just plant trees, we have to restore forests

    Planting trees can sometimes be a carbon-offset box-ticking exercise, but reforestation is a long-term commitment that supports communities, promotes biodiversity and tackles the climate emergency...

    By Tristram Hales, Benoit Goossens and Mike Bruford 21 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

    Women are a mainstay of fishing in West Africa. But they get a raw deal

    The contributions that women in West Africa's fisheries make to the sector are widely un(der)paid, undervalued and largely invisible...

    By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood and Sayra van den Berg Bhagwandas 4 May 2021



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