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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 16 Apr 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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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