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EU Council emphasises FAO's role in sustainable food, agricultural practices
EU Council emphasises FAO's role in sustainable food, agricultural practices

"We welcome the Council of the European Union's reaffirmation of its strong support for FAO and are eager to further our work in the areas emphasised. Our food systems must be made sustainable or, eventually, they won't feed the world."

19 Jun 2018

Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa
Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa

Baobab trees keep soil conditions humid, favour nutrient recycling and avoid soil erosion. They also act as an important source of food, water and shelter for a wide range of animals...

By Aida Cuní Sanchez 15 Jun 2018

How to extend your vineyard's lifetime
How to extend your vineyard's lifetime

Here's how South African wine grape producers can extend the lifetime of their vines through effective water usage, well-planned root management and by eliminating harmful viruses...

14 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

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

Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa
Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa

Agriculture is a risky business in Africa due to dangers such as uncertain weather and poor rural infrastructure, but a new detailed guide on the status of and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) could offer farmers the much-needed break.

By Eldon Opiyo 11 Jun 2018

How farmers' associations are ploughing seeds of change for small-scale farmers
How farmers' associations are ploughing seeds of change for small-scale farmers

The Underberg Farmers Association, to integrate and work more closely with their neighbouring small-scale farmers, actively implements social and community-building strategies to assist them with any aspect of farming...

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

New initiative will improve the sustainability of 9 South African fisheries
New initiative will improve the sustainability of 9 South African fisheries

A nominated advisory group has selected nine South African fisheries for pre-assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard as part of the Fish for Good project, an exciting new initiative by the MSC...

7 Jun 2018

Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops
Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops

"Improving the nutritional quality of sorghum and pearl millet is important, but it is equally vital to determine whether altering the composition of these cereals may lead to unforeseen and/or undesirable consequences that may not be immediately obvious..."

By Dr Alec Basson 7 Jun 2018

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Efforts to stop IUU fishing gains momentum

A growing number of countries are signing up to a global agreement that helps stop illegal fishing...

6 Jun 2018

It's time for Malawi to quit tobacco
It's time for Malawi to quit tobacco

While World No Tobacco Day generally focuses on the health risks of smoking, the harms the tobacco industry inflicts are even broader. It has benefited from exploiting farmers in low-income countries like Malawi...

By Julia Smith 4 Jun 2018

Land reform and hunger in South Africa: Why the two go hand in hand
Land reform and hunger in South Africa: Why the two go hand in hand

Breaking up the land into small-holdings with no capital will catapult the country back in time. South Africans should first be discussing how it can maximise food production...

By Thomas Wolfgang Thurner 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

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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

SACAU calls for African governments to invest in agricultural transformation
SACAU calls for African governments to invest in agricultural transformation

Following rich presentations, panel discussions and plenary sessions, the South African Confederation of Agriculture Unions conference agreed on a number of several key messages covering critical areas...

30 May 2018

Billion-rand opportunities available in SA's green economy - GreenCape
Billion-rand opportunities available in SA's green economy - GreenCape

GreenCape released its free annual market intelligence reports this week...

30 May 2018

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How Nando's creates shared value for farmers in southern Africa

Sam Hirst, Nando's Peri-Peri Farming Initiative manager shared how Nando's creates shared value for small farmers in southern Africa who farm their unique African Bird's Eye Chillies used in the Peri-Peri flavour Nando's is famous for...

28 May 2018

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Grant agreement to enhance supply and utilisation of fertiliser in Africa

FAPA donors and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership have signed a grant agreement which will help increase affordability, accessibility and incentives for fertiliser use among smallholder farmers in Africa and expand the supply and distribution of fertiliser by leveraging investments...

25 May 2018

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From camels to catfish, Algeria boosts fish farming in the Sahara Desert

Farming fish in the desert might sound counterintuitive but Algeria hopes to tap the huge aquifers beneath the Sahara - that covers about 80% of the country - as it seeks new ways to feed its growing population and diversify its oil-based economy...

By Thin Lei Win 24 May 2018

Agricultural trade liberalisation undermined food security
Agricultural trade liberalisation undermined food security

A 'one size fits all' approach to agricultural development with no regard for different circumstances, would be grossly unfair. Worse, it would also worsen the food insecurity, poverty and underdevelopment experienced by most African and other developing countries...

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury 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

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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Can bees battle climate losses? Harvests aren't sweet as hoped, farmers say

Beekeeping is supposed to help farmers hold onto an income as crops fail during drought - but dry weather is hurting bees too...

By Moraa Obiria 21 May 2018

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Bring climate-smart African grains to the dinner table for food security

Despite its low water requirement in comparison to maize, relative drought-resistance and potential benefits for health and sustainable agriculture, sorghum has received little attention in comparison to other crops...

By Mologadi Makwela 21 May 2018

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Kenyan mobile agri-platform to receive a $100,000 boost from Expo Live

The platform aims to improve Kenya's agricultural supply chain by enabling buyers and exporters to source fresh produce directly from smallholders farmers, event without access to the internet - shortening the supply chain, reducing food wastage and boosting farmers' income...

21 May 2018

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More scientists, researchers needed for interdisciplinary plant disease research network

The Connected Virus Network Launch Conference drew dozens of world-class researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, confirming a growing network whose collaborations promises to yield solutions to devastating crop diseases...

18 May 2018

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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 18 May 2018

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