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Demonstration farms can help revolutionise African agriculture

Farms that are used to teach agricultural techniques and technologies - known as demonstration farms - are a smart investment that can help accelerate the adoption of game-changing innovations...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 8 hours ago

Drought and jobless, hopeless youth, fertile grounds for extremism

"Millions of rural young people face an uncertain future due to the lack of decent rural jobs and continuous loss of livelihoods due to land degradation and falling yields..."

By Ips World Desk 1 day ago

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...

1 day ago

FAO distributes seeds and fertilisers to a million people in north-east Nigeria

"Investing in agricultural assistance today will provide food for tomorrow; and can ensure people have a source of food even when they are cut off from other forms of humanitarian aid."

22 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa

Thabang Mabapa's Selokong Sa Dimelana project grows castor seed crops for the commercial production of castor seed oil as an alternative biofuel. We wanted to find out a bit more about this inspiring young entrepreneur...

By Cari Coetzee 22 Jun 2017

Africa could help feed the world - if its fertile land doesn't vanish

According to the UNCCD, two-thirds of the African continent is desert or drylands. This land is vital for agriculture and food production, but nearly 75 percent is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees...

By Younouss Youn 21 Jun 2017

Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output: study

Climate change could wipe out more than half of Ethiopia's coffee production unless farmers move to higher ground, scientists warned. Climbing temperatures and dwindling rainfall have already degraded prime growing areas...

20 Jun 2017

Zambia hotels winning at sustainability with agricultural and entrepreneurship projects

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel team's agricultural and entrepreneurship projects have had far-reaching impacts in terms of sustainability and socio-economic development...

20 Jun 2017

Nigerian Minister of Finance encourages national roll out of youth agri programme

The programme is expected to create business opportunities and decent employment for 1,000 young women and men along priority agricultural value chains of various enterprises...

20 Jun 2017

BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving SDGs

BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030. They form an important economic block. Together they produce more than one-third of global cereal production...

20 Jun 2017

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

New research station to empower Nigerian farmers in modern agriculture

IITA has unveiled a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun state, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at farm level - this as the organisation marks its fiftieth anniversary...

14 Jun 2017

Gabon creates network of marine protected areas

President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced that his government created a network of 20 marine protected areas in Gabon, including nine marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering 26% of Gabon's territorial waters...

13 Jun 2017

Jill Farrant on breeding drought-resistant crops

With droughts likely to become more common in Africa due to global warming, Farrant hopes her work can mitigate the effect of disrupted weather patterns on food security. She wants to find out how resurrection plants can...

12 Jun 2017

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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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