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Three key ingredients to achieve food security in Africa

African farmers face one of the greatest balancing acts of the 21st century - feeding a rapidly expanding population without causing irreparable damage to the environment they rely on...

By Nicolas Mounard 46 minutes ago

Indian Ocean Dipole: The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms...

By Jared Ferrie 3 days ago

Mobile weather platform unveiled for emerging markets

A weather app, designed for developing countries to assist users in predicting severe weather events or disasters, has been launched…

23 Feb 2017

Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

US scientists develop new way to measure crop yields from space

US researchers have come up with a new method of estimating crop yields from small farms in Africa using high-resolution images from the latest generation of satellites...

By Magdalena Mis 15 Feb 2017

Bird flu in Uganda highlights gaps in Africa's plans to manage pandemics

African countries face challenges in detecting such outbreaks because they have weak avian influenza surveillance systems...

By Jeanette Dawa 15 Feb 2017

Failure to help small farmers adapt will compromise future food production

Failure to make our food systems more resilient to climate change will "seriously compromise" food production in many regions and could doom international efforts to end hunger and poverty...

14 Feb 2017

Pulses, powerful allies in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

IYP has helped raise awareness of the benefits of pulses and boosted knowledge sharing and partnerships, but these gains must be strengthened further to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

13 Feb 2017

Is Africa really undergoing a smallholder agricultural revolution?

The general story is that farmers are adopting improved agricultural practices, that productivity is increasing and that rural economies are burgeoning...

By Brendan Brown and Ian Nuberg 8 Feb 2017

Why the US has a lot to gain from investing in Africa's agri-food systems

US farmers and agribusiness can help themselves by helping Africa meet its rapidly growing food needs. This can be done through investments in agri-food systems as well as supporting a sustainable, efficient global food system...

By Thomas Jayne 7 Feb 2017

#WeatherWatch: Is La Niña on her way out?

The movement out of El Niño into La Niña means that South Africa is benefitting from an increased rainfall pattern, a good thing right? Not if it brings increased hail and localised flooding...

By Piers Kenyon 6 Feb 2017

New races of damaging wheat rust found as old ones continue to spread

According to two new studies produces by scientists in collaboration with FAO, wheat rust is spreading further in Europe, Africa, and Asia...

6 Feb 2017

Why microbes are key to solving Africa's food security crisis

Microbial-based solutions, which are formulated from microbes, offer multiple benefits to crops. These include improved growth as well as protection from insects, drought, and other climate-related extremities...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 3 Feb 2017

What does the future hold for Africa's farmers?

Smallholder farmers, lack of equipment and meager harvests: Africa's agricultural sector is widely seen as not being ready to face the future. Modernisation can help increase production but that is easier said than done...

By Daniel Pelz 1 Feb 2017

Horn of Africa faces acute food shortage

Drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have intensified since the failure of the October-December rains. FAO estimates that over 17 million people are currently in crisis...

30 Jan 2017

Eating insects has long made sense in Africa. The world must catch up

Eating insects is as old as mankind. Globally, two billion people consume insects, a practise known as entomophagy. It is more common in Africa than anywhere else...

By Saliou Niassy, Sunday Ekesi 24 Jan 2017

Youth are Africa's future ‘agripreneurs'

The MasterCard Foundation's Young Africa Works Summit presents youth as drivers of Africa's agricultural transformation and employment…

24 Jan 2017

The smart way to help African farmers tackle climate change

The extension service provider's role is enormous and urgent, especially as climate change has brought a new dimension to agricultural research and development...

By Sophie Mbugua 24 Jan 2017

Africa needs to manage food, water and energy in a way that connects all three

There is an increasing global demand for food, water and energy. All three are inter-linked, a fact that has increasingly become the focus of attention for policy makers and governments...

By Agathe Maupin and Mercy Mwanikah Ojoyi 23 Jan 2017

Agriculture and water scarcity - it's time to act

Farming accounts for around 70 percent of freshwater withdrawals in the world today and also contributes to water pollution due to pesticides and chemicals...

23 Jan 2017

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