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How some African farmers are responding to climate change and what we can learn from them

As sub-Saharan Africa's climate changes, small-scale farmers are increasingly looking to innovative ways of dealing with challenges. Here are three novel ways African farmers are using adaptive strategies to thrive...

15 Aug 2017

The global food system still benefits the rich at the expense of the poor

While global trade has helped lift many out of poverty, it has not done so evenly. A new way of engaging with the complexity of food systems is needed...

By Laura Pereira 31 Jul 2017

Earth's 2017 resource 'budget' spent by next week: report

Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by next week, said a report Tuesday, 25 July...

27 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Does your brand walk its CSR talk?

Ken Egbas, founder of The SERAS, unpacks some of the awards' most significant impacts on the African CSR landscape...

By Sindy Peters 21 Jul 2017

Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. Impact evaluation data shows that an average of 3,200 community members benefits per fellowship awarded...

20 Jul 2017

Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa

Wastewater is the one resource (unlike land, labour, or fresh water) that is continuously growing in volume and used to cultivate vegetables, grains, animal feed, and fish at a larger scale than we ever realised...

By Christopher A. Scott 18 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

We chat to President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

Lüderitz wind project nears completion

The $13.6m Ombepo Wind Farm, near Lüderitz, is expected to add 5MW of renewable power to the Namibian grid by the end of July.

13 Jul 2017

Africa's tropical forests could be next in line as global food demand grows

Trends in rapid deforestation across the Amazon and Southeast Asia could spread to Africa. In particular, some worry that continued demand for commodity crops will lead to large-scale agricultural expansion...

By Elsa Ordway 13 Jul 2017

Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change

By adopting agroforestry and improved agricultural practices, a community in western Kenya has increased their income and improved their living standards. They are now training other farmers to do the same...

By Susan Onyango 11 Jul 2017

Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail

The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry, initiated by the Competition Commission, has received input from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation...

6 Jul 2017

Humanitarian response eases famine in South Sudan

South Sudan: humanitarian response eases famine, but food insecurity reaches unprecedented levels...

29 Jun 2017

Legacy of trailblazing

“Over the years we realise that there is a huge shift in thinking regarding agriculture in Africa. Increasingly, African agriculture is viewed no longer as just as a development project needing aid, but much more..."

By Kristy Jooste 29 Jun 2017

Is southern Africa facing a food security disaster?

Although domestic food production is expected to rise over the next few decades in response to a rapidly growing population, it is unlikely that the increases will be able to keep pace...

By Alex Porter and Stellah Kwasi 29 Jun 2017

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International

Tips on how to have an ethical elephant experience

Encountering one of natures most majestic creatures, elephants, can be quite an experience. While there are many opportunities to get up close and personal with elephants when travelling to places like Thailand, India, and Sri Lanka, it's important that these encounters happen with the elephants in a happy and humane environment.

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New study: Pesticides increase extinction risk for bumblebee populations

Bumblebee queens are a common sight on a spring day, their large furry bodies flying industriously from flower to flower. At this point they will have just awoken from a long hibernation - the much smaller worker bees die off each year, leaving the new queens to survive winter alone. Eating nectar and pollen from these flowers is therefore essential for the queens to build up their energy and fat stores. Once they are fully restored, which can happen within a few days, the queens will look for a nest-site, perhaps an abandoned mouse nest, where they will build up a honey pot and pollen stores prior to laying eggs and founding a new colony of bumblebees.

By Mark Brown 16 Aug 2017

Three ways to improve commercial shipping's environmental footprint

Do you wear runners, drink coffee or own a mobile phone? The chances are that these products cruised to you on a ship. In 2015, the global merchant fleet carried a record 10 billion tonnes of cargo, a 2.1% increase from the previous year.

By Martina Doblin 16 Aug 2017

Can tourism alleviate global poverty?

Wouldn't it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4% a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in 2009), according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

By Susanne Becken 24 Jul 2017

Hybrid burgers for the health and environmentally conscious

Sonic is to launch hybrid burgers that could potentially be a game changer in the fast food chain industry.

By Bongani Shweni 10 Jul 2017

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