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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

Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system
Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system

Failure to rein in global temperature rises could cause the marine food web to collapse, devastating the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who rely on fisheries for food and income, scientists have warned...

By Thin Lei Win 11 Jan 2018

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Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

The country is staring at a food shortage following declined maize and wheat production in the North Rift region - the country's grain basket - this season, caused by disease outbreaks and erratic weather...

By Barnabas Bii and Stanley Kimuge 5 Jan 2018

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Can agriculture and the climate fix their 'unhappy marriage' in 2018?

The world has "barely started to fight this battle" to make agriculture greener - and the coming few years will be decisive...

By Thin Lei Win 4 Jan 2018

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More people went hungry in Africa in 2017. But new initiatives also bore fruit

Though the 2017 rise in food insecurity is disheartening, some African countries have made progress over the last decade. And there were some initiatives that deserve a special mention for the precedents they set...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 3 Jan 2018

Bamboo - untapped green gold
Bamboo - untapped green gold

Ethiopia has the largest area of bamboo in Africa. However, this green gold is poorly managed and exploited, say expert investors...

By Girmachew Gashaw 22 Dec 2017

Rwanda's agricultural revolution is not the success it claims to be
Rwanda's agricultural revolution is not the success it claims to be

The Rwandan government - supported by major international donors - has high ambitions to modernise and professionalise its agrarian and land sector to reduce poverty and create economic growth...

By Multiple authors 20 Dec 2017

East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security
East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security

Despite the technology being seen as key to tackling low crop yields, climate change and emerging diseases, many countries remain averse to GM technology over safety and trade-related concerns...

By Johnson Kanamugire 11 Dec 2017

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Global Soil Organic Carbon Map a powerful tool for sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation

Conserving and restoring soils, as a major carbon storage system, is critical for both sustainable agriculture and mitigating climate change. FAO launched a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil...

6 Dec 2017

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A close up look at the social networks of Lake Victoria's fisherfolk

The fisheries of Lake Victoria support the livelihoods of around three million people. But there have been widespread concerns that fish stocks and catches are declining due to overfishing and the widespread use of illegal gear...

By Fiona Nunan 28 Nov 2017

The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive
The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation...

28 Nov 2017

AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors
AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors

It's the first tool to paint a complete picture of ODA funding flows for all development sectors, and the only tool to analyse funding flows with an FAO lens - focused on agriculture, food security, nutrition, and rural development activities...

24 Nov 2017

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High-tech tracker to battle ancient wheat plague

The tracking technology used to halt the deadly Ebola and Zika viruses could now be turned against wheat rust as scientists try new ways to stop the fungus devastating world grain crops...

By Thin Lei Win 17 Nov 2017

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New online Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook to help steer food systems in sustainable direction

Climate-smart agriculture is one of the approaches to steer the needed transformation in the world's agriculture and food systems in ways that are both productive and sustainable...

13 Nov 2017

Global food import bill set to rise, boost in tropical fruit exports likely
Global food import bill set to rise, boost in tropical fruit exports likely

According to FAO's latest Food Outlook report, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to $1.413 trillion. Higher import costs come at a time when inventories are robust, harvest forecasts are strong and...

10 Nov 2017

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New guide to help ensure health and safety of workers in banana sector

Bananas are the most traded agricultural product in the world, and attempts to lower production costs often leads to disastrous consequences on the rights of workers and on the environment...

9 Nov 2017

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Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warn

If the world's major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive...

By Alex Whiting 24 Oct 2017

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WAZA signs MoU to help make sustainably produced palm oil the norm

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the RSPO have signed a five-year MoU to further transformation of markets and make sustainable palm oil the norm...

20 Oct 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Africa holds the key to feeding the world's population
#WorldFoodDay: Africa holds the key to feeding the world's population

Africa holds the key to feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Dr Akinwumi Adesina says during Norman Borlaug Lecture...

20 Oct 2017

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New campaign launched to contain a major threat to banana production

Fusarium wilt poses a major risk to the production of bananas - the world's most traded fruit. With more than 400 million people relying on the fruit as a staple food or source of income, it could...

19 Oct 2017

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