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South Africa should learn from Brazil about how to tackle 'hidden hunger'
South Africa should learn from Brazil about how to tackle 'hidden hunger'Article

South Africa faces a double burden of hunger and malnutrition, on the one hand, and obesity with associated non-communicable diseases (NCDs), on the other...

Brittany Kesselman 1 day ago

Agricultural innovation needed to improve farmers' resilience to drought, says FAO
Agricultural innovation needed to improve farmers' resilience to drought, says FAOArticle

"Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovations, be it simple solutions or satellite-based technologies, will help prevent a drought from turning into famine and forced displacement and reverse desertification."

2 days ago

AGCO expands footprint in Africa with new office in Morocco
AGCO expands footprint in Africa with new office in MoroccoArticle

The new premises are to serve as the company's regional sales office for West and North Africa...

12 Jun 2019

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FAO gives PMSA treaty combating illegal fishing the thumbs upArticle

The treaty adoption is a boom for global efforts to safeguard global marine resources and achieve food security...

5 Jun 2019

Is zero hunger by 2030 achievable given the huge challenges we face?
Is zero hunger by 2030 achievable given the huge challenges we face?Article

South Africans recently celebrated their 25th Freedom Day. In many respects we have come a long way as a nation. And yet, we are behind in so much development and the slow progress means that we are ultimately failing our citizens...

Andy Du Plessis 20 May 2019

SA student excels in global award for wood-based project
SA student excels in global award for wood-based projectArticle

The research projects, presented in Vancouver, Canada to industry executives at the ICFPA-hosted international CEO Roundtable, were judged against the theme of disruptive technologies that can revolutionise the future of forest-based products and services...

20 May 2019

Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters - you are
Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters - you areArticle

"Ugly" or "wonky" veg were blamed for up to 40% of wasted fruit and vegetables in 2013, as produce was discarded for failing to meet retailer appearance standards...

Miriam C. Dobson and Jill L. Edmondson 14 May 2019

Applications now open for Pitch AgriHack 2019
Applications now open for Pitch AgriHack 2019Article

Selected finalists will pitch their innovations to ICT4Ag and business experts at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra between 3 and 7 September 2019...

26 Apr 2019

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Study identifies Nigeria's leading seed hub in Western, Central AfricaArticle

Nigeria's Value Seeds has topped the Access to Seeds Index 2019 ranking for Western and Central Africa...

23 Apr 2019

What young Zambians have to say about making farming more attractive
What young Zambians have to say about making farming more attractiveArticle

Agriculture is well placed to provide employment for millions across the African continent...

Thomas Daum 23 Apr 2019

Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food supplies
Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food suppliesArticle

As the backbone of developing economies, agriculture not only serves to feed a nation but creates employment and, often, contributes significantly to the GDP...

9 Apr 2019

FAO, ADEPT partner to promote potential of African diaspora in agribusiness
FAO, ADEPT partner to promote potential of African diaspora in agribusinessArticle

Signing an agreement on the side-lines of the high-level event on Food and Agriculture in Times of Crises, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) have joined efforts...

4 Apr 2019

Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the Earth
Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the EarthArticle

Climate change is underway, and human activities such as urbanisation, industrialisation and food production are key contributors...

Silvio Caputo 4 Apr 2019

Global grains market developments, and the implications for SA
Global grains market developments, and the implications for SAArticle

The March 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the United States Department of Agriculture has provided further evidence that the world will have fairly large maize, soybean, and rice supplies in the 2018/19 season. Meanwhile, wheat production...

Wandile Sihlobo 1 Apr 2019

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Tunis to host 2019 Africa Blue Economy ForumArticle

Capital city of Tunisia, Tunis, will host the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) set for 25-26 June this year...

1 Apr 2019

Danone unveils €240m sustainable baby food plant in the Netherlands
Danone unveils €240m sustainable baby food plant in the NetherlandsArticle

Danone has opened a new Nutricia production facility in the Netherlands, to meet growing, global demand for specialised infant formula...

27 Mar 2019

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Why chefs are key in promoting sustainable food systemsArticle

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

25 Mar 2019

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Forest products matter - every day in every wayArticle

According to Frederick Herzberg's motivation-hygiene theory, some things are consumed passively or subconsciously with little thought given to how they are made or what life would be without them...

Jane Molony 25 Mar 2019

Tanzanian farmers don't vaccinate against foot and mouth disease. Here's why
Tanzanian farmers don't vaccinate against foot and mouth disease. Here's whyArticle

Foot-and-mouth-disease is one of the world's most contagious and economically damaging diseases. Infected animals develop lesions on the feet, mouth, and/or mammary glands which cause lameness, loss of appetite and decreased milk yields.

Ashley Railey 19 Mar 2019

Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture
Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquacultureArticle

Launched in 2016 by Morocco, the initiative provides a unified framework, exploring the emergence of low carbon and low ecological footprint on the ecosystems, in building a sustainable and prosperous fisheries economy...

15 Mar 2019

Ethiopia needs to improve production of its "golden crop" Teff. Here's how
Ethiopia needs to improve production of its "golden crop" Teff. Here's howArticle

Teff is in demand because it has various health benefits. It's high in fibre and rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, protein, and amino acids. But what's really contributed to its enormous popularity, is that it's gluten free...

11 Mar 2019

African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmers
African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmersArticle

The Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation has placed two African seed companies at the top of this year's Access to Seeds Index for eastern and southern Africa, for playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity...

7 Mar 2019

Why farmers need to rethink the use of shotgun antibiotics
Why farmers need to rethink the use of shotgun antibioticsArticle

For the livestock sector to play the pivotal role it can and should in global sustainable and safe food production, antibiotics have to return to their proper place in the disease management matrix, says Afrivet's Dr Riaan du Preez.

26 Feb 2019

Will 2019 really be the year of the vegan?
Will 2019 really be the year of the vegan?Article

The Economist recently declared 2019 'The Year of the Vegan'. There can no longer be any doubt that veganism, and the embracing of a greater plant-based diet, is going mainstream...

Tammy Fry 21 Feb 2019

International push to improve food safety
International push to improve food safetyArticle

Greater international cooperation is needed to prevent unsafe food from causing ill health and hampering progress towards sustainable development...

18 Feb 2019

How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobs
How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobsArticle

Agriculture has become a carbon-intensive endeavour. Crop, livestock and fossil fuel use in agriculture account for about 25 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions...

Laxmi Pant 18 Feb 2019

Renewed hope for Lesotho and Madagascar
Renewed hope for Lesotho and MadagascarArticle

African Development Bank President Adesina holds bilateral meetings with H.M. King of Lesotho and President of Madagascar...

14 Feb 2019

Hunger in Africa still rising - new UN report
Hunger in Africa still rising - new UN reportArticle

According to new data presented in joint UN report the Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition, 237 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are suffering from chronic undernutrition...

14 Feb 2019

FAO seeks $940m to meet needs of food-insecure populations in more than 30 countries
FAO seeks $940m to meet needs of food-insecure populations in more than 30 countriesArticle

The FAO is seeking $940m to save the lives and livelihoods of some of the world's most food-insecure populations...

12 Feb 2019

Global food prices show increase in January
Global food prices show increase in JanuaryArticle

Early forecasts for cereal output in 2019 are positive...

7 Feb 2019

New FAO publication highlights why sustainable agriculture policies are key
New FAO publication highlights why sustainable agriculture policies are keyArticle

FAO launches a comprehensive publication that points the way to how we can improve our food systems...

6 Feb 2019

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How agricultural innovation is helping Africa growArticle

Experts predict that advances in science and technology will keep farmers and agriculture professionals on their toes...

1 Feb 2019

Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched
Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launchedArticle

Speaking at the inauguration of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development in Rome this week, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said a major focus on boosting the agricultural sectors and promoting rural development in Africa is needed...

29 Jan 2019

Sustainable water use crucial for the Middle East and North Africa, says FAO director general
Sustainable water use crucial for the Middle East and North Africa, says FAO director generalArticle

"In the Middle East and North Africa region, water scarcity is certainly one of the main challenges for agriculture production and development."

24 Jan 2019

How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy
How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economyArticle

After rapid economic growth averaging 10% every year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia has emerged as an engine of development in Africa.

Gebisa Ejeta 18 Jan 2019

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Devastating pest threatens Africa's citrus industryArticle

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

Nelson Mandela Ogema 11 Jan 2019

Global food prices steady in December
Global food prices steady in DecemberArticle

Cereal prices have offset declining sugar and dairy quotations...

10 Jan 2019

Honey bees are the most important single species for crop pollination.
Managed bees versus wild bees? It's not that simple in South AfricaArticle

There's widespread concern about the global decline of honey bees and the associated loss of pollination services...

Tlou Masehela 10 Jan 2019

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Does African agriculture need a Green Revolution?Article

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...

Xolani Mathibela 28 Dec 2018

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Smallholders' global food production underestimatedArticle

The proportion of smallholder farms globally may be much larger than previously thought, suggesting that their current contribution to global food production could be underestimated, a crowdsourcing study reveals.

Munyaradzi Makoni 18 Dec 2018

Feeding the Future: WorldFish, Skretting address food security in Africa
Feeding the Future: WorldFish, Skretting address food security in AfricaArticle

To contribute to feeding the growing Africa population, Africa must increase aquaculture productivity at a faster rate than the global average...

14 Dec 2018

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Nigeria's depleting fish stocks may pose a threat to regional securityArticle

As a relatively poor country with relatively rich seas, Nigeria is also vulnerable to illegal fishing by foreign vessels, predominantly from China...

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 13 Dec 2018

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Global action required for sustainable agricultureArticle

"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

Global food commodity prices drop in November
Global food commodity prices drop in NovemberArticle

The Food and Agriculture Organisation's Food Price Index, an indicator of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, is now at its lowest level since May 2016...

6 Dec 2018

Seeing food wasted makes us mad - but should it?
Seeing food wasted makes us mad - but should it?Article

There is currently a grand consensus of academics, policymakers and food campaign groups that "something must be done" to reduce food wastage...

Martin Cohen 6 Dec 2018

Transforming the African agribusiness sector: Tech, transparency hold key to inclusive growth
Transforming the African agribusiness sector: Tech, transparency hold key to inclusive growthArticle

According to experts, the African population is expected to double by 2050, which means that food demand on the continent is expected to at least double by then...

Frédéric Massé 3 Dec 2018

Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms
Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farmsArticle

It's now over 50 years since the world was first warned that resources were being used at an unsustainable rate. It has now been estimated that almost one quarter to one-third of the world's land is degraded to some extent.

Philip Dobie 3 Dec 2018

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 resilienceArticle

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...

Rachel Carey, Jennifer Sheridan and Kirsten Larsen 3 Dec 2018

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