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More scientists, researchers needed for interdisciplinary plant disease research network

A plant science conference in Uganda which drew together dozens of world-class researchers from across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK this month has confirmed the growing strength of a network whose collaborations promise to deliver solutions to devastating crop diseases in the years ahead.

2 days ago

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

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

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

A new life for olive oil waste

Scientists have devised a process of converting olive mill wastewater into biofuel, fertiliser and clean water...

By Ben Coxworth 5 Mar 2018

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

How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

19 Sep 2017

Ethiopia Soil Map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fight

Nationwide survey of soil conditions is leading to more effective use of fertilisers and could boost food security...

By Pius Sawa 30 Sep 2016

Yara expands investment in Africa

Global agriculture company Yara International ASA today announced the purchase of Greenbelt Fertilizers, a leading distributor of fertilizers in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, for USD $51 million...

7 Dec 2015

AECI plans to reduce its reliance on a weak SA

JSE-listed AECI plans to start producing explosives in Australia by year-end‚ as the chemicals and explosives firm looks to reduce its reliance on South Africa's weak mining and manufacturing sectors.

By Nick Hedley 30 Jul 2014

Crunch time for fruit exports

After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.

16 Sep 2013