Agroecology as innovation
Agroecology as innovation

Recently, the High Level Panel of Experts of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released its much-anticipated report on agroecology. The report signals the continuing shift in emphasis in the UN agency's approach to agricultural development.

As outgoing FAO director-general, Jose Graziano da Silva has indicated: "We need to promote a transformative change in the way that we produce and consume food. We need to put forward sustainable food systems that offer healthy and nutritious food, and also preserve the environment. Agroecology can offer several contributions to this process."

By Timothy A. Wise 11 Jul 2019

Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies
Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies

Farmers are used to dealing with weather, but climate change is making it harder by altering temperature and rainfall patterns, as in this year's unusually cool and wet spring in the central U.S. In a recently published study, I worked with other scientists to see whether climate change was measurably affecting crop productivity and global food security.

10 Jul 2019

Tap digital solutions to transform Africa's agriculture
Tap digital solutions to transform Africa's agriculture

Despite digital technologies in African, agriculture is worth $2.6bn and reaching over 33 million registered users, its benefits can only be realised if policymakers and developers put farmers first, a report says.

By Laura Owings 8 Jul 2019

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Using citrus and grape by-products to preserve food

In SA annual postharvest food losses and wastes amount to 10 million tonnes, with about 95% of the food wastage occurring along the value chains prior to reaching the consumer. According to an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University (SU), large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives.

4 Jul 2019

International, pan-African organisations commit to collaboration on blue economy
International, pan-African organisations commit to collaboration on blue economy

Fishing, aquaculture, shipping, ports, energy and finance industries all came under the spotlight at the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF2019) held in Tunis, Tunisia late last month.

4 Jul 2019

The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation
The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

Like other vegetable and animal fats, palm oil follows food-supply trends that have been well documented since the 18th century. For example, in France the calorie intake per capita peaked around 1900 and has since been stable.

By Jean-Marc Roda 2 Jul 2019

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CTA awards 4 grants to support blockchain use in agriculture

CTA has awarded four grants to support the use of blockchain in agriculture across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). With CTA's support Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Erba 96 and Nitidae will implement blockchain projects in Côte d'Ivoire; Papua New Guinea; Sierra Leone; Trinidad and Tobago; and Uganda.

1 Jul 2019

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Global demand for avocado has local farmers firmly focused

According to a 2019 report from the European Union titled Opportunities for South African emerging farmers in the European sustainable market, even with a 4% global market footprint, South Africa is still punching far below the growing avocado demand, which has seen a steep increase in international market prices.

28 Jun 2019

New study urges smarter use of small pelagic species to strengthen food security
New study urges smarter use of small pelagic species to strengthen food security

According to a new FAO working paper investigating an array of species and related livelihoods that too often are undervalued, small freshwater fish around Africa offer a large and underrecognised opportunity to boost food and nutrition security.

27 Jun 2019

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Key insights into Africa's wheat market

According to a new report published by IndexBox, the revenue for Africa's wheat market amounted to $15.5bn in 2017, rising by 11% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price).

26 Jun 2019

Would you eat meat grown from cells in a laboratory? Here's how it works
Would you eat meat grown from cells in a laboratory? Here's how it works

For many of us, eating a meal containing meat is a normal part of daily life. But if we dig deeper, some sobering issues emerge.

By Leigh Ackland 26 Jun 2019

Western Cape farmers urged to join business chambers
Western Cape farmers urged to join business chambers

Agricultural leaders and farmers are urged to put their weight behind their local business chambers functioning under the AHi Western Cape, says the President of Agri Western Cape Cornie Swart.

25 Jun 2019

Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health
Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health

There is no doubt that Africa is grappling with numerous challenges such as climate change, low agricultural productivity, poor health standards, rapid growing population and poverty.

21 Jun 2019