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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 2 days ago

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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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El Niño affected two-thirds of the world's harvests

"During recent years, researchers' ability to predict these oscillations has improved significantly. With this research, we highlight the potential of utilising this improved forecasting skill in agricultural planning."

10 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

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Eco-farming can solve hunger, climate crises, experts say

Asian farmers are growing rice and rearing fish in the same fields to increase their income and reduce weeds, while Ghanaians are using crop residues as compost to boost yields. Such eco-farming techniques could deliver nutritious, environmentally friendly food for a growing world...

9 Apr 2018

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Strengthening the role of family and small-scale farmers in scaling up agroecology

According to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva family farmers must remain central to bringing agroecology to scale...

6 Apr 2018

Why ozone poses a challenge to food security
Why ozone poses a challenge to food security

There's substantial evidence that ozone is one of the most phytotoxic (toxic to plants) air pollutants, causing significant damage to agricultural crops worldwide...

By Divya Pandey, Lisa Emberson & Sofie Mortensen 5 Apr 2018

Applications for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize open
Applications for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize open

Feed the Future is calling for applications for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize which offers to fund up to $400,000 in digital solutions aiming to help stop the spread of the pest in Africa...

5 Apr 2018

Agroecology's potential to transform food systems for the better
Agroecology's potential to transform food systems for the better

"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."

4 Apr 2018

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Bayer, WFO launches global Care4Cattle grant to support innovation in animal well-being

Bayer, in partnership with the World Farmers' Organisation, has launched a €30,000 global Care4Cattle initiative towards recognising innovative thinking in advancing animal well-being...

4 Apr 2018

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On dangerous ground: Land degradation is turning soils into deserts

Land degradation can take many forms, but always entails a serious disruption of a healthy balance between five key ecosystem functions. These are: food production, fibre provision, microclimate regulation, water retention, and carbon storage...

By Prof Abbas El-Zein 29 Mar 2018

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Data: The fertiliser that will feed Africa's agricultural transformation

Everywhere we look, technology is being touted as the enabler of a new era of African agricultural prosperity. But how should we, as a continent, approach the adoption of digital technologies across the agricultural value chain...

By Dr Gilbert Saggia 28 Mar 2018

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We know how food production needs to change if crisis is to be avoided - so why isn't this happening?

Business as usual is no longer an option for food and agriculture. The global agriculture system will have to be radically transformed to avoid further environmental and social problems...

By Nina Moeller & Michel Pimbert 27 Mar 2018

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food
Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

With profit-making still at the top of the food industry agenda - and the environmental costs of many food products hidden by complex supply chains - we need more than consumer power alone to achieve a truly sustainable food system...

By Chris West, Bob Doherty & Tony Heron 20 Mar 2018

Let them eat carp: Fish farms are helping to fight hunger
Let them eat carp: Fish farms are helping to fight hunger

Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people...

By Ben Belton, Dave Little & Simon Bush 19 Mar 2018

Disasters cost farmers in developing countries billions of dollars
Disasters cost farmers in developing countries billions of dollars

Between 2005 and 2015, natural disasters cost agricultural sectors of developing countries $96bn in damage or lost crop and livestock production, according to FAO's new report...

16 Mar 2018

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FAO, Google collaborates on new forest data tool

The efficient monitoring and reporting on forest cover and land use is essential in monitoring progress on Sustainable Development Goals and crucial for countries adapting to and mitigating climate change...

7 Mar 2018

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The Doomsday Vault a vital seed backup to protect the world's food supply

This year, the Doomsday Vault near Svalbard - storing seeds of vital crops in an underground vault - marks its 10th anniversary. It is now the iconic home to seeds of around one million unique plants...

27 Feb 2018

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Halting deforestation: Striking the right balance between human and planetary needs

Rapid population growth accelerates global demand for forest products and services. On the other hand, the population growth also increases demand for agricultural production and converting forests to arable land...

22 Feb 2018

Oserian Technical Director, Hamish Ker, explains how the company utilises geothermal power in its greenhouses
Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

14 Feb 2018

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A step towards cleaner oceans: Tracking fishing gear to its original owner

These guidelines will help countries to develop effective systems for marking fishing gear so that it can be traced back to its original owner. Doing so will support efforts to reduce marine debris and IUU fishing...

12 Feb 2018

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Transforming vulnerability into resilience: $1.06bn needed to rebuild agriculture, combat hunger in 26 countries

"Maintaining food production and rebuilding agriculture is fundamental to preventing loss of life from severe hunger and to provide a pathway towards resilience in the midst of humanitarian crises."

9 Feb 2018

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Mobile app to help pastoralists find pasture is here

Pastoralists in arid and semi-arid areas in Kenya will now be able to use their mobile phones to find pasture and water for their livestock following the launch of a new mobile app...

1 Feb 2018

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Nominations open for the 2018 Africa Food Prize

The prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa's agriculture agenda. It puts a bright spotlight on bold initiatives and innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans...

1 Feb 2018

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First Malabo Biennial Report: More needs to be done to address threats of climate change to farmers and food security

"The future of agriculture depends on the management of climate change. There is a need for national investments that are targeted at efforts that address the threats to food and nutrition security within the context of the changing climate."

1 Feb 2018

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New wheat breeding programme cuts a decade off new varieties

NASA experiments to grow wheat in space have inspired Australian scientists to develop a world-first speed-breeding programme that cuts a decade off the time it takes to deliver new varieties...

24 Jan 2018

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Scientists are breeding super-nutritious crops to help solve global hunger

Micronutrient deficiencies, also known as hidden hunger, occurs when there is a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in a person's diet. Supplementation and food fortification has long been used around the world to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies...

By Heather Ohly, Nicola Lowe 23 Jan 2018

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International community must work together to achieve a sustainable, low-carbon livestock industry

"With improved and climate-smart practices, we can quickly put in place more sustainable and 'greener' livestock supply chains."

22 Jan 2018

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The future of food production: Robots revolutionising agriculture

With the aim to revolutionise the farming industry as well as increase their market reach and revenue, organisations have been gearing up for new robotic technologies in recent years...

By Piyush Mandhare 18 Jan 2018

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Study: Honeybees' attraction to fungicide 'unsettling' for food output

Honeybees are attracted to a fungicide used in agriculture with "unsettling implications" for global food production. The finding follows other studies linking fungicides to a worldwide plunge in honeybee and wild bee populations...

By Emma Batha 15 Jan 2018

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