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Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger
Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

The green revolution is estimated to have saved up to one billion people from starvation. Africa needs to stage its own version if its to help save its people from hunger...

By Calestous Juma 3 days ago

Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world
Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world

The global population is careening toward 11 billion by 2100, up 52.7% from the 7.2 billion recorded in 2014.

By Simon Carpenter 3 days ago

Professor Adipala Ekwamu, executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture ()
#GlobalFoodSecurity: How Africa can feed itself and the world

Professor Adipala Ekwamu, executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RuForum), gave an inspiring keynote presentation at the third International Conference on Global Food Security held in Cape Town this week.

By Sindy Peters 7 Dec 2017

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Is sustainable agricultural production, food security possible?

The third International Conference on Global Food Security, currently taking place in Cape Town, has thought leaders from across the globe gathering to share their views on food security...

By Cari Coetzee 6 Dec 2017

Upgrading the cactus pear from a weed run wild to an essential crop
Upgrading the cactus pear from a weed run wild to an essential crop

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), cactus pear should be considered as a valuable asset, especially for food and livestock feed in dryland areas...

4 Dec 2017

Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide - and that's not good
Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide - and that's not good

Global shifts of urbanisation, migration, markets and climate can potentially be compatible with agrobiodiversity, but other powerful forces are undermining it. The future of agrobiodiversity hangs in the balance...

By Karl Zimmerer 1 Dec 2017

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Burning chillis drive elephants away from African farmers' crops

Burning bricks made of dry chilli, dung and water could stop endangered elephants raiding crops, reducing conflicts with farmers trying to secure harvests...

By Thin Lei Win 30 Nov 2017

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New database to help countries manage their animal genetic resources

FAO estimates that more than 25% of the world's local farm animal breeds are currently at risk of extinction. Its new database will help countries better monitor, survey and manage their animal genetic resources...

30 Nov 2017

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#AgriIndaba: Modernised, scalable agri-education is key in training and feeding the masses

How important is modernising agricultural education to the transformation of the industry?

By Cari Coetzee 30 Nov 2017

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Experts: Prickly pear cactus is 'miracle' crop for dry regions

As climate change brings erratic rainfall and prolonged droughts, countries should look to the cactus pear, which can grow in desert-like conditions, experts said on Friday at the launch of a book on the plant...

By Thin Lei Win 29 Nov 2017

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A close up look at the social networks of Lake Victoria's fisherfolk

The fisheries of Lake Victoria support the livelihoods of around three million people. But there have been widespread concerns that fish stocks and catches are declining due to overfishing and the widespread use of illegal gear...

By Fiona Nunan 28 Nov 2017

The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive
The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation...

28 Nov 2017

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Cultivar and technology agency launched

The SACTA was officially launched with the purpose of addressing the lack of new technology for self- or open-pollinated grain and oilseed crops in South Africa...

By Lise Roberts 27 Nov 2017

Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'
Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'

"Using nuclear sciences to feed the world" have led to some major success stories. FAO provides seven examples of how nuclear technology is improving food and agriculture...

By Baher Kamal 23 Nov 2017

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What needs to be done to give Africa's smallholder farmers access to machinery

Mechanisation of agriculture has become a priority across many African countries as the continent gears up to exploit its well-recognised potential to become the world's food basket...

By Thomas Daum, Regina Birner 22 Nov 2017

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Can a mobile app help East African farmers adapt to climate change?

A simple mobile app has been developed to help farmers and local authorities in East Africa choose the right kind of tree to plant - key to helping countries curb their emissions and adapt to a changing climate...

By Isaiah Esipisu 22 Nov 2017

New fish-smoking tech first introduced in Africa launched in Asia
New fish-smoking tech first introduced in Africa launched in Asia

Health hazards, such as smoking inhalation are high and output of intensive labour in the traditional method of fish-smoking is often low but the introduction of new smoking ovens pioneered by FAO is set to change this...

22 Nov 2017

Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces
Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatonnes each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally...

By Thin Lei Win 21 Nov 2017

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How farm dwellers in South Africa think about home, land and belonging

Farm dwellers are not simply wage workers. They identify intimately with the land they live on...

By Donna Hornby 20 Nov 2017

Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum
Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum

Antimicrobial medicines are widely used in livestock, poultry and aquaculture operations to treat or prevent diseases, but efforts to confront the problem are gaining momentum...

20 Nov 2017

Peter Setou at the land reform roadshow in Pilanesberg
Vumelana Advisory Fund roadshows educate land reform beneficiaries on possible outcomes

"There is a lot of public attention on the manner and pace of land transfer, but less attention is given to what happens after the transfer takes place..."

20 Nov 2017

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High-tech tracker to battle ancient wheat plague

The tracking technology used to halt the deadly Ebola and Zika viruses could now be turned against wheat rust as scientists try new ways to stop the fungus devastating world grain crops...

By Thin Lei Win 17 Nov 2017

Agricultural Writers SA awards top farmers, new entrants and agriculturists
Agricultural Writers SA awards top farmers, new entrants and agriculturists

Aiming to give prominence to the work that farmers and agriculturists do in South African agriculture, the Agricultural Writers SA recently hosted awards to honour...

16 Nov 2017

Insect mass-rearing workshop held in SA
Insect mass-rearing workshop held in SA

Just as cattle, fish and other livestock are reared in large numbers for meat or dairy production, so too insects are reared for various purposes...

16 Nov 2017

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How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators

Pollinators are the unsung heroes of food production and some indigenous pollinators are under threat...

By Dirk Swanevelder, Annemarie Gous, Connal D. Eardle 15 Nov 2017

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Agriculture and food systems will play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change

Unless sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food are adopted globally, emissions from agriculture sectors are set to increase, further contributing to climate change...

15 Nov 2017

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You can't eat your smartphone: Why agriculture is the first frontier of African innovation

Technology enables African smallholder farmers to access better information, improve crop yields, secure better prices for their produce, and improve their livelihoods...

By Ashley Boag 14 Nov 2017

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New online Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook to help steer food systems in sustainable direction

Climate-smart agriculture is one of the approaches to steer the needed transformation in the world's agriculture and food systems in ways that are both productive and sustainable...

13 Nov 2017

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