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

FAO, IIAD launch new African veterinarian training programme
FAO, IIAD launch new African veterinarian training programme

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, have launched a new veterinarian training programme...

31 Oct 2018

FAO director-general stresses importance of job creation in rural areas
FAO director-general stresses importance of job creation in rural areas

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has warned that migration risks depriving African countries of the young people they need to modernise their agriculture sectors...

29 Oct 2018

IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board
IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board

European retail giant Carrefour has joined other participants involved in building the IBM Food Trust blockchain network...

11 Oct 2018

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs
Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 17 Jul 2018

Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award
Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award

Nigerian agri-tech startup Farmcrowdy has won the African Digital Business of the Year Award for its solution that makes farms available for sponsorship...

By Tom Jackson 17 Jul 2018

Beninese, Nigerian startups selected for Food Connection Challenge
Beninese, Nigerian startups selected for Food Connection Challenge

In all, the Food Connection Challenge received 88 applications from Benin and 228 from Nigeria, with an independent jury selecting those SMEs they considered the most promising and the best fit for the programme.

By Tom Jackson 2 Jul 2018

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

Key insights into the global lemon market
Key insights into the global lemon market

The global lemon market totalled $13.9bn in 2016, which was 19% more in 2015. This according to the World: Lemons and Limes - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025, released by IndexBox.

22 Jun 2018

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Repositioning family farming in global agriculture

The UN has officially declared 2019 to 2028 as the decade of family farming - aiming to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development...

By Ntswaki Motaung 14 Jun 2018

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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world's poor at risk

Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops - particularly rice and wheat - respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesising more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains...

By Kristie Ebi 13 Jun 2018

FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture
FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture

FAO's set of 20 interconnected actions offers a practical guide for countries on how to strengthen food security, generate decent employment, spur rural development and economic growth, conserve natural resources and respond to climate change...

8 Jun 2018

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New app uLima will optimise the farming potential of Africa

The uLima mobile platform provides farmers across Africa with access to a toolset, database and the latest market information with information on crops, seed, soil, livestock, agri-chemicals, weather updates and market prices, all at their fingertips...

1 Jun 2018

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Mainstreaming biodiversity crucial for securing global food security

Together with healthy agricultural ecosystems, biodiversity provides the ecological foundations for food production, which play a critical role in humankind...

31 May 2018

These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs
These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs

Powerful genetically modified plant technologies can quickly yield new plant varieties, but their adoption has been controversial. But now a new genome-editing technology known as CRISPR may offer a good alternative...

By Yi Li 23 May 2018

Toward sustainable ammonia production
Toward sustainable ammonia production

Ammonia is a critical ingredient in agricultural fertilisers. With a growing world population, escalating demand for food and energy and the looming perils of fossil fuel induced climate change, there is an urgent need to make ammonia synthesis more sustainable by using renewable energy sources...

By Xiaofeng Feng 22 May 2018

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Can bees battle climate losses? Harvests aren't sweet as hoped, farmers say

Beekeeping is supposed to help farmers hold onto an income as crops fail during drought - but dry weather is hurting bees too...

By Moraa Obiria 21 May 2018

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More scientists, researchers needed for interdisciplinary plant disease research network

The Connected Virus Network Launch Conference drew dozens of world-class researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, confirming a growing network whose collaborations promises to yield solutions to devastating crop diseases...

18 May 2018

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Data-bait: Using tech to hook globe's multi-billion-dollar fishing cheats

"The industry is developing very fast ... basically, the oceans will be fully traceable. There is no place to hide..."

By Thin Lei Win 16 May 2018

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies
Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

What do we need to do to humanely sell meat to the world? Three experts: an agricultural specialist, a veterinarian and a religious scholar, answer...

By Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein 11 May 2018

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Hidden danger: Why soil pollution should be a top priority globally

Little is know about the scale and severity of soil pollution, which poses a serious threat to agricultural productivity, food safety and human health...

3 May 2018

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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

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Key insights into the global garlic market

In 2016, global garlic consumption stood at $18.1bn, +8% more than the year before. It is anticipated that the next nine year period will see an upward trend in garlic cultivation due to a number of factors...

25 Apr 2018

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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

24 Apr 2018

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Papers to help improve labour safety in agriculture, forestry sectors

The back-breaking jobs in the agriculture and forestry sectors are some of the most dangerous. To reduce health risks, FAO has published two papers mapping ways to improve worker health and safety...

19 Apr 2018

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Honeybees hog the limelight, yet wild insects are the most important and vulnerable pollinators

A broad library of evidence suggests there has been a widespread decline in their abundance and diversity since the 1950s. This matters because such insects are critical both for the reproduction of wild plants and for agricultural food production...

By Philip Donkersley 16 Apr 2018

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Researchers developing drought-tolerant African crops

Drought impacts negatively on maize and sorghum, staple crops for many African countries. When combined with legumes, they supply nutrients in a form that ensure high-quality protein diets for humans and animals...

11 Apr 2018

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The next great water crisis may be under our feet

Around 44% of irrigated food production worldwide uses groundwater as a water source. And as surface water becomes more scarce or polluted, agriculture will demand more and more groundwater...

By Karen G. Villholth 10 Apr 2018

The cotton bollworm is hybridizing with the corn earworm in ways that could result in a damaging mega-pest (Credit: CSIRO)
Two major crop scourges are hybridising to produce a new mega-pest

Australian scientists have found evidence that two of the world's most damaging pests have hybridised to create a dangerous mega-pest with pesticide-resistant genes and warn that its spread throughout the global agricultural community could be devastating...

By Rich Haridy 10 Apr 2018

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