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Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $500k funding
Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $500k funding

The funding comes in the form of a $250,000 convertible grant from the FMO MASSIF Fund and a $250,000 loan from the Rabobank Foundation, which Apollo Agriculture chief executive officer (CEO) Eli Pollak said would allow it to expand its lending reach and greatly accelerate its rate of learning...

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

Fishery management needs to be reworked to counter effects of climate change
Fishery management needs to be reworked to counter effects of climate change

A range of fishery management tools already exist that can be used to respond to climate change, but many will need to be retooled to respond to specific needs in specific contexts...

11 Jul 2018

Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries
Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries

The world food import bill has broadly tripled since 2000 to reach $1.43tn in 2017, while it has risen around fivefold for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages...

10 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war
#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war

Soya bean production remains at the heart of the US-China trade war, hence prices were under pressure on Friday (6 July 2018) on the back of the introduction of tariffs. For context, China is the world's largest soya bean consumer and heavily reliant on imports.

By Wandile Sihlobo 9 Jul 2018

Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general
Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general

Forests and trees contribute far more to human livelihoods than is commonly known, playing crucial roles in food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural economies...

6 Jul 2018

AWIEF's #Value4Her programme is empowering women agri-entrepreneurs in Africa
AWIEF's #Value4Her programme is empowering women agri-entrepreneurs in Africa

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum's #Value4Her project launch took place in Nairobi, Kenya over two days and saw 15 southern Africa-based women agri-entrepreneurs attend stakeholder workshops and keynotes from key gender empowerment and agri-business drivers...

6 Jul 2018

Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June
Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June

The decline is driven primarily by lower benchmark price quotations for wheat, maize and vegetable oils including those made from soybeans...

5 Jul 2018

Beninese, Nigerian startups selected for Food Connection Challenge
Beninese, Nigerian startups selected for Food Connection Challenge

In all, the Food Connection Challenge received 88 applications from Benin and 228 from Nigeria, with an independent jury selecting those SMEs they considered the most promising and the best fit for the programme.

By Tom Jackson 2 Jul 2018

Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides
Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides

Planting season for corn and soybeans across the U.S. corn belt is drawing to a close. As they plant, farmers are participating in what is likely to be one of the largest deployments of insecticides in United States history.

By John F. Tooker 28 Jun 2018

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%
Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don't need to imagine. That is exactly what happens every day when an estimated 815 million people around the globe go hungry...

By Paul South 27 Jun 2018

Key insights into the global lemon market
Key insights into the global lemon market

The global lemon market totalled $13.9bn in 2016, which was 19% more in 2015. This according to the World: Lemons and Limes - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025, released by IndexBox.

22 Jun 2018

African Development Bank approves $15m equity investment in AFSF to boost agribusiness in Africa
African Development Bank approves $15m equity investment in AFSF to boost agribusiness in Africa

In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank Board has approved a $15m equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agribusiness SMEs and enhance food security in Africa...

15 Jun 2018

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Repositioning family farming in global agriculture

The UN has officially declared 2019 to 2028 as the decade of family farming - aiming to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development...

By Ntswaki Motaung 14 Jun 2018

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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world's poor at risk

Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops - particularly rice and wheat - respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesising more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains...

By Kristie Ebi 13 Jun 2018

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

13 Jun 2018

FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change
FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change

"We are working with countries to ready them to take climate action in the near future. This includes enabling the poorest families to produce food while adopting low-emission systems and building their climate resilience."

12 Jun 2018

39 countries hit by severe food insecurity
39 countries hit by severe food insecurity

Underscoring how persistent conflicts and adverse climate shocks are taking a toll on food security, no country exited the list...

11 Jun 2018

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Key insights into the global sesame seed market

The increased global consumption of sesame seeds is mainly due to the heightened demand for the product from the growing Asian and African populations...

8 Jun 2018

FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture
FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture

FAO's set of 20 interconnected actions offers a practical guide for countries on how to strengthen food security, generate decent employment, spur rural development and economic growth, conserve natural resources and respond to climate change...

8 Jun 2018

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EAC tea consumption to increase in the next decade

East African countries could lead the world in growth in consumption of tea during the next decade, even as they occupy top positions in exports of the commodity...

By Maryanne Gicobi 6 Jun 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs
Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

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New app uLima will optimise the farming potential of Africa

The uLima mobile platform provides farmers across Africa with access to a toolset, database and the latest market information with information on crops, seed, soil, livestock, agri-chemicals, weather updates and market prices, all at their fingertips...

1 Jun 2018

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Mainstreaming biodiversity crucial for securing global food security

Together with healthy agricultural ecosystems, biodiversity provides the ecological foundations for food production, which play a critical role in humankind...

31 May 2018

Key insights into the global cinnamon market
Key insights into the global cinnamon market

Driven by the growth of population, the popularity of spices, and the growth of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry, the cinnamon sector is expected to continue an upward consumption trend...

31 May 2018

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What is driving the rise in global tea consumption and production?

Tea consumption has grown particularly rapidly in China, India and other emerging economies, driven by a combination of higher incomes and efforts to diversify production to include speciality items such as herbal teas, fruit fusions and flavoured gourmet teas...

30 May 2018

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Insights into the global strawberry market

The healthy food trend is becoming increasingly popular on the developed markets, thereby encouraging the consumption of natural products, including fruit and berries. This trend is expected to continue in the coming years...

24 May 2018

These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs
These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs

Powerful genetically modified plant technologies can quickly yield new plant varieties, but their adoption has been controversial. But now a new genome-editing technology known as CRISPR may offer a good alternative...

By Yi Li 23 May 2018

Toward sustainable ammonia production
Toward sustainable ammonia production

Ammonia is a critical ingredient in agricultural fertilisers. With a growing world population, escalating demand for food and energy and the looming perils of fossil fuel induced climate change, there is an urgent need to make ammonia synthesis more sustainable by using renewable energy sources...

By Xiaofeng Feng 22 May 2018

From left to right: Nuradin Osman (AGCO Vice President and General Manager Africa), HE Emmanuel Mwamba (High Commissioner in South Africa - Republic of Zambia), Martin Richenhagen (AGCO, Chairman, President, CEO) and Gary Collar (AGCO Snr Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific and Africa)
Serving Africa from Africa: AGCO opens Africa headquarters in Johannesburg

"AGCO is making major investments in Africa to engineer food security and support sustainable productivity through technology and innovation... As a 'first mover' in innovation, we are meeting the challenge to grow more food with fewer resources head-on."

22 May 2018

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

By Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

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