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Sustainable forestry: Striking the right balance for investors and the man on the street

For us to know that we are doing the right thing by investing in timber plantations, we needed to have an assurance that the initiative is sustainable and, most importantly, commercially viable - without long-term state support...

By Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais 2 Jun 2017

Alliance Media celebrates Africa Day

On Africa Day 2017, Alliance Media has decided to showcase how they embody the African spirit by making a pledge to plant 5,000 trees across African countries...

Issued by Alliance Media 25 May 2017

#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer

A bit of patience and manners is some of what's required to be successful in the African context, says Jean-Jacques Pierre Oelofse, Wood-Mizer corporate director for emerging markets...

By Sindy Peters 4 May 2017

Technology and big data are helping Cameroonians protect their forests

A project conducted by the African Conservation Foundation and the Environment and Rural Development Foundation shows that emerging technologies and big data can take conservation to a new level...

By Arend de Haas 24 Apr 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

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

Protecting and developing African agriculture in the face of climate change

The weak output in Africa, reinforced by a spike in temperatures and exacerbated by extreme climate events, could create a vicious loop of food insecurity, impoverishment, mass migration and...

By Patrick Dupoux and Younes Zrikem 28 Nov 2016

Fertilisers can help African farmers battle climate change

Fertilisers can spare more forests and pastures from conversion...

By Charlotte Hebebrand 10 Nov 2016

Better forest management needed for building sustainable agriculture

The key message of the FAO's "The State of the World's Forests" is an urgent need to promote more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry...

25 Jul 2016

Growing bamboo market in Africa

Bamboo: Africa's untapped potential resource for economic growth...

By Zipporah Musau 17 May 2016

Sustainable use of natural resources in emerging markets

The perception that the natural resources of emerging markets around the world, including Africa, are being stripped and consumed wholesale...

15 Sep 2015

Empowering women can help drive sustainable forest use in Africa

According to the director and founder of the Cameroon-based NGO REFACOF, Cécile Ndjebet, millions of African women work in forestry, but many lack...

14 Sep 2015

Africa to debate the sustainable future of forests

Despite the fact that forests are essential to mankind's existence on earth, half the world's forest cover has been lost in the last 50 years...

3 Aug 2015

Development targets to alleviate poverty and boost ecosystems in Ghana

Vision 2050 Forestry is calling for renewed and expanded investment in rural Ghana to help farmers, alleviate poverty, and reforest the landscape...

14 Jul 2015

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International

EkoFarmer: High-tech turnkey solution for businesses who want to grow their own

Finish enterprise Exsilio has developed a high-tech solution comprising a redesigned container for growing salad and herbs, among others, in urban environments. Ecological local food can be cultivated efficiently in the 13-metre long farming module known as EkoFarmer.

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AGT Foods CEO scoops EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 title

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, was picked from 59 individuals representing 49 countries and named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. He was chosen not only for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees.

20 Jun 2017

Disrupted agriculture, high food prices deepens food insecurity in Africa

While large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are booming for global food supply, protracted fighting and unrest are increasing displaced and hungry people elsewhere. This according to the new FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation report which shows that 37 countries - 28 of which are in Africa - require external assistance for food.

12 Jun 2017

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

NEW YORK, US - The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table. Working with IBM, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is testing the technology system on mangos in the United States and pork in China.

6 Jun 2017

Highly contagious disease can decimate tilapia populations

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish species for human consumption. According to a special alert issued by FAO's Global Information and Early Warnings Systems, the outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk management measures by intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing health certificates, deploying quarantine measures and developing contingency plans.

29 May 2017

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