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Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent
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

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IPC releases new guidelines to enhance food insecurity, malnutrition analysis

The guideline by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification initiative is set to further hone food security and nutrition analysis processes for better and more actionable information during humanitarian crises...

26 Apr 2019

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Travellers called to comply with SA's import regulations
Travellers called to comply with SA's import regulations

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has called all international travellers, who will be visiting or returning to South Africa during the Easter holidays, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products...

18 Apr 2019

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USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities
USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities

These centres have been created to foster high-quality applied research and build relationships among the education community, the private sector, and policymakers...

3 Apr 2019

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Why chefs are key in promoting sustainable food systems

Chefs play an important role in inspiring people around the world to support sustainable food production, adopt healthy diets and avoid food waste...

28 Mar 2019

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Global hydroponic markets to reach estimated CAGR of 6.5% by 2025

With the advent of advanced agricultural infrastructures and procedures, hydroponics is gaining widespread popularity with its ability to address the need for green vegetables...

11 Mar 2019

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High-tech agriculture: Farmers risk being 'locked in' to unsustainable practices
High-tech agriculture: Farmers risk being 'locked in' to unsustainable practices

Digital approaches in farming are called "precision agriculture", which aims to measure the needs of crops or livestock as precisely as possible to be able to apply "the right amount at the right time". This has proven to be a valuable approach, particularly for crops...

8 Mar 2019

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How we can "bank" water underground for use later on
How we can "bank" water underground for use later on

Since groundwater was developed as a science 150 years ago by Henry Darcy, several ideas using engineering and technology have cropped up on how best to manage it...

By Gaathier Mahed 28 Jan 2019

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WoSA export report shows positive growth of SA wine internationally

The 4% increase in value to R9.06bn reflects the positive sentiments towards South African wine in international markets, despite the 6% decrease in volume to 420.2 million litres of wine sold internationally...

23 Jan 2019

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Stoking conflict between farming and conservation hurts everyone
Stoking conflict between farming and conservation hurts everyone

Agriculture and the environment are not mutually exclusive, and polarisation of the issues only undermines progress toward successful and sustainable solutions...

By Philip A Loring, Sarah Minnes and Valencia Gaspard 22 Jan 2019

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World Agritech Innovation Summit 2019 names Aerobotics as one of 13 startups to watch out for

Aerobotics has been named one of 13 startups to watch in this years' World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, which takes place between 19 and 20 March in San Francisco, California...

21 Jan 2019

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Microbial aromas might save crops from drought

If you've ever walked in a forest following the first rainfall after a dry spell, you would recall a sweet, fresh and powerfully evocative smell. This earthy-smelling substance is geosmin, a chemical released into the air by a soil-dwelling bacteria called actinomycetes...

By Ruth Schmidt 4 Jan 2019

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Global mutton market dominated by China
Global mutton market dominated by China

China is the world's largest producer, consumer and importer of sheep meat, according to the ABSA Agribusiness 2018 spring outlook...

By Karabo Takadi, Wessel Lemmer and Pieter de Jager 18 Dec 2018

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Feeding cities in the 21st century: Why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilience
Feeding cities in the 21st century: Why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilience

This article is part of a series focusing on the politics of food - what we eat, how our views of food are changing and why it matters from a cultural and political standpoint...

By Rachel Carey, Jennifer Sheridan and Kirsten Larsen 6 Dec 2018

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UN helps developing nations improve forest monitoring, management
UN helps developing nations improve forest monitoring, management

The UN's REDD programme has boosted forest monitoring capacities through data by generating detailed maps, statistics and studies on forest-use that were not possible previously.

22 Oct 2018

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Tapioca starch market to exceed revenue by 2028
Tapioca starch market to exceed revenue by 2028

High in carbohydrates, and devoid of gluten, grain and nut, tapioca starch has witnessed application in the prevention of food allergies, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease...

8 Aug 2018

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Healthy lifestyle changes impact avocado oil market
Healthy lifestyle changes impact avocado oil market

Increased health awareness among people due to the prevalence of chronic diseases and heart-related disorders, owing to improper diet and lifestyle, is expected to be a major driving factor for the consumption of avocado oil...

1 Aug 2018

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Key findings and insights into the U.S. tomato market
Key findings and insights into the U.S. tomato market

The U.S tomato market totalled $12.8bn in 2017 in wholesale prices, which was $2.2bn (15%) less than the year before and $5.4bn (30%) less than its highest level observed in 2018...

26 Jul 2018

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EU short-term outlook for poultry remains strong
EU short-term outlook for poultry remains strong

Poultry production in the European Union (EU) rose by nearly 4% in the first quarter of the year due to fewer outbreaks of avian influenza and new poultry units coming on stream...

24 Jul 2018

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Yanmar's YT5113A robot tractor (Credit: Yanmar)
Yanmar's robotic tractors bring autonomous vehicles out to farm

Osaka, JAPAN - We've had autonomous cars, autonomous trucks, and autonomous buses, and now Osaka-based diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar is introducing a new line of robotic tractors...

By David Szondy 23 Jul 2018

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Why the farm tyre market is weighed down globally
Why the farm tyre market is weighed down globally

Even though the broader sluggishness in the farm equipment market continues to influence farm tyre sales globally, recent research shows that opportunities exist as global sales are likely to surpass 42 million...

18 Jul 2018

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Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge
Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge

Farming and food chain data being generated with the implementation of IoT by farming machinery has created more entry points for hackers and leaves sensitive information vulnerable. As a consequence, many customers are concerned about data ownership, privacy and security...

20 Jun 2018

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Efforts to stop IUU fishing gains momentum

A growing number of countries are signing up to a global agreement that helps stop illegal fishing...

6 Jun 2018

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First-of-a-kind study explores the sensory space of South African Chenin wines

South African Chenin blanc wines take centre stage in a first-of-a-kind study that explores the sensory space of wine using data mining and machine learning techniques...

7 May 2018

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Key insights into global fonio market

Fonio is consumed mainly in the West African countries, where it is also cultivated. The global fonio market showed steady growth...

26 Apr 2018

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AB Sugar commits to sustainability with 2030 targets
AB Sugar commits to sustainability with 2030 targets

AB Sugar today launches a bold set of commitments with the aim of becoming the world's leading sustainable sugar business...

24 Apr 2018

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Wool outlook for 2018
Wool outlook for 2018

Increased affluence in traditional markets such as China and a growing demand for natural fibres in athleisure wear coupled with an abundant supply have created a "perfect storm" for wool...

By Nico Groenewald 24 Apr 2018

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Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

"GIAHS is also about innovation and opportunities, including broadening access to new markets and businesses such as eco-labelling, agri-tourism, youth empowerment to add value to our agricultural patrimony."

23 Apr 2018

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Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth
Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth

The global bread and bakery product market displayed modest, but sustainable growth throughout the period under review, increasing from 122,000 tonnes in 2007 to 129,000 tonnes in 2016...

23 Apr 2018

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Salmon farms are in crisis - here's how scientists are trying to save them

Sea lice infections have been recorded in salmon farms for decades. But in the last few years, infection rates have rocketed due to more intensive farming practices, with more fish being kept in smaller areas...

By Lyndsay Christie 13 Apr 2018

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