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Insights into the global coconut oil market

The current demand for various different oils designed to be used for health and beauty purposes constitutes the main driving force behind the market. However, the coconut oil market will continue to decline as a result of the steadily decreasing output in the major producing countries...

2 days ago

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More scientists, researchers needed for interdisciplinary plant disease research network

A plant science conference in Uganda which drew together dozens of world-class researchers from across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK this month has confirmed the growing strength of a network whose collaborations promise to deliver solutions to devastating crop diseases in the years ahead.

3 days ago

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When big data meets overfishing

New technologies offer opportunities to combat overfishing, particularly for countries with limited means to patrol their waters or enforce legislation...

By Thin Lei Win 3 days ago

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Insights into the global grains market

It is expected that global cereal grains consumption will grow to 3.0 million tonnes by 2025. In the medium term, consumption of cereal grains will grow at a slow rate, mainly due to increased demand for cereal grains in Asian and African countries.

3 days ago

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Data-bait: Using tech to hook globe's multi-billion-dollar fishing cheats

"The industry is developing very fast ... basically, the oceans will be fully traceable. There is no place to hide..."

By Thin Lei Win 16 May 2018

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New practical guidelines to promote more transparent, pro-poor forest concessions

The voluntary guidelines offer suggestions on how to shift from short-term harvesting objectives, which can lead to forest degradation or even deforestation, to long-term forest management, building the case for truly sustainable forestry in the tropics...

14 May 2018

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies
Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

What do we need to do to humanely sell meat to the world? Three experts: an agricultural specialist, a veterinarian and a religious scholar, answer...

By Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein 11 May 2018

Insights into the global vanilla market
Insights into the global vanilla market

Due to harvest cuts in Madagascar and Indonesia, the vanilla market dropped to 7.1K tonnes while demand for vanilla continues to grow. The supply shortage has led to a record level price increase...

10 May 2018

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Going beyond farm-to-fork to encourage healthier food systems

The world's trade and regulation rulebook needs a reboot in order to bolster trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap. "To assure that future food systems will provide healthy food for all people we'll need a big change."

9 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

Key insights into Asian meat and poultry market
Key insights into Asian meat and poultry market

The rise in living standards and the rapid pace of urbanisation have led to a significant increase in production and consumption of meat in Asia in the last decade...

4 May 2018

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Food prices steady, output in cereals expected to decline

April saw the FAO Food Price Index remain steady. Sugar prices continued to decline while prices for cereals and dairy products continued to rise...

4 May 2018

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Key insights into global pineapple market

Global production of pineapples reached 26.9 million tonnes in 2016, with an upward dynamics over the last nine years...

3 May 2018

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Hidden danger: Why soil pollution should be a top priority globally

Little is know about the scale and severity of soil pollution, which poses a serious threat to agricultural productivity, food safety and human health...

3 May 2018

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GI labelling promotes inclusive food systems, sustainable development

"Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environmental considerations at the heart of the value chain."

2 May 2018

Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day
Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day

More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend the inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum...

30 Apr 2018

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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

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Key insights into the global garlic market

In 2016, global garlic consumption stood at $18.1bn, +8% more than the year before. It is anticipated that the next nine year period will see an upward trend in garlic cultivation due to a number of factors...

25 Apr 2018

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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

24 Apr 2018

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African youth demand a seat at the table

Elections on the continent are increasingly yielding younger leadership...

By Busani Bafana 24 Apr 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

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Papers to help improve labour safety in agriculture, forestry sectors

The back-breaking jobs in the agriculture and forestry sectors are some of the most dangerous. To reduce health risks, FAO has published two papers mapping ways to improve worker health and safety...

19 Apr 2018

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Honeybees hog the limelight, yet wild insects are the most important and vulnerable pollinators

A broad library of evidence suggests there has been a widespread decline in their abundance and diversity since the 1950s. This matters because such insects are critical both for the reproduction of wild plants and for agricultural food production...

By Philip Donkersley 16 Apr 2018

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Researchers developing drought-tolerant African crops

Drought impacts negatively on maize and sorghum, staple crops for many African countries. When combined with legumes, they supply nutrients in a form that ensure high-quality protein diets for humans and animals...

11 Apr 2018

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El Niño affected two-thirds of the world's harvests

"During recent years, researchers' ability to predict these oscillations has improved significantly. With this research, we highlight the potential of utilising this improved forecasting skill in agricultural planning."

10 Apr 2018

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The next great water crisis may be under our feet

Around 44% of irrigated food production worldwide uses groundwater as a water source. And as surface water becomes more scarce or polluted, agriculture will demand more and more groundwater...

By Karen G. Villholth 10 Apr 2018

The cotton bollworm is hybridizing with the corn earworm in ways that could result in a damaging mega-pest (Credit: CSIRO)
Two major crop scourges are hybridising to produce a new mega-pest

Australian scientists have found evidence that two of the world's most damaging pests have hybridised to create a dangerous mega-pest with pesticide-resistant genes and warn that its spread throughout the global agricultural community could be devastating...

By Rich Haridy 10 Apr 2018

Newly-discovered coastal current has direct implications for fishing industry of Madagascar, SA
Newly-discovered coastal current has direct implications for fishing industry of Madagascar, SA

The existence of a coastal current off Madagascar has been discovered by South African, Malagasy and French researchers. Understanding the South-West Madagascar Coastal Current has direct implications for the management of local fisheries south of Madagascar...

10 Apr 2018

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Eco-farming can solve hunger, climate crises, experts say

Asian farmers are growing rice and rearing fish in the same fields to increase their income and reduce weeds, while Ghanaians are using crop residues as compost to boost yields. Such eco-farming techniques could deliver nutritious, environmentally friendly food for a growing world...

9 Apr 2018

AB InBev plans to build $100m brewery in Tanzania
AB InBev plans to build $100m brewery in Tanzania

Global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is looking to build a $100 million brewery in Dodoma, Tanzania...

9 Apr 2018

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