Each year an estimated 10-16% of global harvests are lost to plant pests - a loss estimated at $220bn - according to FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally.
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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