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Pursuing sustainable soil management to combat soil pollution

Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land...

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Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change

There are already several excellent examples of ways in which science has led to dramatic increases in food production and moved farmers in some countries closer to self-sufficiency...

By Frans Swanepoel 19 Jun 2017

African agribusiness partnerships driving growth on the continent

Despite coming relatively late to large-scale food production and export, the continent has a number of advantages driving its ability to boost food production and access new global markets...

15 May 2017

Young Africans create new roads for agriculture

Young Africans are seeking to transform agriculture by using new technologies while contributing to food security and employment...

By Pius Sawa, Reuters 28 Apr 2017

Govt unveils crop disease quarantine

MLN is a destructive disease capable of causing overwhelming damage to maize crops and has already caused significant damage in Central Africa and Western Africa...

By Runyararo Muzavazi 24 Apr 2017

The challenge ahead: Harnessing gene editing to sustainable agriculture

The role of genetic engineering in agriculture and food has generated enormous interest and controversies, with a large-scale embrace by some nations and wholesale bans by others...

By Nteranya Sanginga 31 Mar 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

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

Fertilisers can help African farmers battle climate change

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

By Charlotte Hebebrand 10 Nov 2016

Organic farming gets a bad rap - why it shouldn't

The word organic has nothing to do with organic chemistry even though carbon-rich soil organic matter is important to organic farming. Organic derives instead from the word organism...

By Raymond Auerbach 1 Nov 2016

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

'Less choice for African farmers' after Bayer's Monsanto takeover

A $66 billion merger deal between German chemical giant Bayer and US seeds firm Monsanto could result into the world's largest agribusiness. But what does it mean for African farmers...

By Wanjiru Eunice 19 Sep 2016

Innovative use of fertilisers revives hope for Africa's Green Revolution

Inorganic fertiliser helps boost smallholder farmers' harvests...

By Busani Bafana 5 Sep 2016

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International

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

Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

In recent years, global warming has lead to a rapidly changing climate in India, temperatures across the country have reached soaring highs, negatively affecting the crops of many farmers. In fact, farmer suicides in India reached over 8,000 in 2015 as a result of this. Now, a farming technology startup named Kheyti is hoping to remedy this with their Greenhouse in a Box (GIB).

16 May 2017

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