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Toward sustainable ammonia production

Ammonia is a critical ingredient in agricultural fertilisers. With a growing world population, escalating demand for food and energy and the looming perils of fossil fuel induced climate change, there is an urgent need to make ammonia synthesis more sustainable by using renewable energy sources...

By Xiaofeng Feng 20 hours ago

Can bees battle climate losses? Harvests aren't sweet as hoped, farmers say

Beekeeping is supposed to help farmers hold onto an income as crops fail during drought - but dry weather is hurting bees too...

By Moraa Obiria 1 day ago

Which climate-smart technologies will pay off for African farmers?

Hunger still stalks the continent, and climate change is a key culprit for low productivity. Africa's ability to feed itself hinges on investment in adapting to these conditions and minimsing agriculture's own contribution to climate change...

By Caroline Mwongera 17 May 2018

Data-bait: Using tech to hook globe's multi-billion-dollar fishing cheats

"The industry is developing very fast ... basically, the oceans will be fully traceable. There is no place to hide..."

By Thin Lei Win 16 May 2018

Why merely owning land isn't enough to empower Africa's women farmers

Even when women own land, their husbands are still perceived as household heads. As such, men have better access to public resources such as subsidised fertilisers and agricultural advisory services...

By Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt 16 May 2018

The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

Predatory insects and spiders control pests with none of the health and environmental risks of chemicals. So when we kill these species with insecticides, we are shooting ourselves in the foot...

By Lizzy Lowe & Manu Saunders 15 May 2018

Study highlights agriculture's potential to promote economic development and transformation

"Agriculture is one of the most crucial issues in Africa's transformation agenda... now is the time to change our farming processes."

15 May 2018

SA wine industry ups its research game to adapt to climate change

The South African wine industry is finding new ways to manage climate change by researching smart agri tools, drought tolerant cultivars, water stress management and efficient irrigation management.

15 May 2018

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

What do we need to do to humanely sell meat to the world? Three experts: an agricultural specialist, a veterinarian and a religious scholar, answer...

By Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein 11 May 2018

Exploring the best tactics to combat Fall armyworm outbreaks in Africa

Various tactics - both old and new - are being tested to try and control the Fall armyworm in Africa. These include the use of inter-cropping technology, natural enemies, early warning systems and use of biopesticides...

By Saliou Niassy, Sevgan Subramanian 10 May 2018

Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture

Through the fourth industrial revolution's converging technologies, South Africa has the opportunity to become an early adopter, accelerating its agro-processing development...

8 May 2018

First-of-a-kind study explores the sensory space of South African Chenin wines

South African Chenin blanc wines take centre stage in a first-of-a-kind study that explores the sensory space of wine using data mining and machine learning techniques...

7 May 2018

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

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