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Global food price index drops in March
Global food price index drops in March

Weakening demand and falling oil prices due to the global pandemic drive down international prices for major food commodities

1 day ago

#Covid19: Mitigating the impact on global food trade
#Covid19: Mitigating the impact on global food trade

Millions of people around the world depend on international trade for their food security and livelihoods. As countries move to enact measures aiming to halt the accelerating Covid-19 pandemic, care must be taken to minimise potential impacts on the food supply or unintended consequences on global trade and food security...

2 days ago

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Coronavirus could threaten global agricultural trade

"The growing impact of the Covid-19 coincides with the announcement of a 1,4% retraction in our economy as well as a decline of 7,6% for agriculture in the fourth quarter of 2019."

11 Mar 2020

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Global food prices drop amid coronavirus outbreak

The Food and Agriculture Organisation's latest food price index has reflected a decline in global food prices in February for the first time in four months - averaging at 180.5 points, down by 1.0% from January but still 8.1% higher than a year earlier...

10 Mar 2020

Shoprite hosts first Market Day in Botswana
Shoprite hosts first Market Day in Botswana

In a first for Shoprite Botswana, local producers sold their produce directly to the public at selected Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets...

3 Mar 2020

'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers
'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers

'Bee-washing,' marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee...

By Lila Westreich 24 Feb 2020

Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warn
Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warn

Indigenous and local communities face threats from biodiversity loss...

By Julie Mollins 20 Feb 2020

4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020
4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020

All 16 finalists will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 to expand the scope of their projects...

19 Feb 2020

Bumblebees in crisis: Insect's inner lives reveal what the world would lose if they disappear
Bumblebees in crisis: Insect's inner lives reveal what the world would lose if they disappear

A new study has found that European and North American bumblebee populations have shrank by a third since 1970...

14 Feb 2020

Adidas and Ikea lead 2020 sustainable cotton ranking
Adidas and Ikea lead 2020 sustainable cotton ranking

Adidas has surged ahead to become a global leader in sourcing sustainable cotton...

13 Feb 2020

East Africa locust invasion approaching full-blown crisis
East Africa locust invasion approaching full-blown crisis

Widespread hatching and movement in different directions of the destructive desert locusts could turn into a full-blown crisis in the coming weeks in East Africa and neighbouring countries if not stopped, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warns...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 13 Feb 2020

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Roadmap developed to conserve global insect populations

With an estimated 40% of all insects threatened with extinction, 73 scientists from around the world decided that something needed to be done urgently to protect insect species...

10 Feb 2020

Africa's youth want to cultivate careers, not just crops
Africa's youth want to cultivate careers, not just crops

"We need to ensure that Africa's future farmers not only grow crops but careers as well," argues Sylvia Ng'eno...

By Sylvia Ng'eno 10 Feb 2020

AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025
AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025

Addressing malnutrition and stunting at the 33rd African Union Summit, it was noted that while African countries have made progress, more needs to be done to hit the United Nations malnutrition eradication targets by 2025...

10 Feb 2020

Insights from Senegal: Involving farmers in research is key to boosting agriculture
Insights from Senegal: Involving farmers in research is key to boosting agriculture

Farmers are more likely to adopt and share new practices when their knowledge and experience is taken into account...

10 Feb 2020

Locust invasions are cyclical: African states shouldn't be caught napping
Locust invasions are cyclical: African states shouldn't be caught napping

The best way of dealing with desert locust, as other locust species, is to adopt a preventive management strategy...

By Cyril Piou 7 Feb 2020

UN food agencies offer support to China
UN food agencies offer support to China

In a joint letter to President Xi Jinping, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme paid tribute to the resilience of the Chinese people...

6 Feb 2020

Using technology to plug wastage in Africa's agri value chain
Using technology to plug wastage in Africa's agri value chain

"Technology is a critical enabler to solve many of the challenges experienced in the agriculture sector."

6 Feb 2020

Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it's proving hard to manage
Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it's proving hard to manage

A tree-killing beetle that invaded South Africa two years ago and wreaked havoc in the country's towns and cities still hasn't been declared an emergency plant pest...

By Trudy Paap 6 Feb 2020

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Summit to explore scaling up innovation in agriculture

The fourth Agri-Food Tech & Innovation Summit, hosted by the Africa Agri Council is set to explore the upsurge in new thinking and the game-changing developments in agricultural practices and technology, and what is needed to scale these innovations to reach smallholder farmers and agribusinesses...

5 Feb 2020

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Fishery project makes progress in protecting biodiversity of international waters

Eighteen new areas protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems has been established...

5 Feb 2020

Urgent funding needed to fight desert locust upsurge in Africa
Urgent funding needed to fight desert locust upsurge in Africa

The locust outbreak is the worst to strike Ethiopia and Somalia for 25 years and the worst infestation that Kenya had experienced in 70 years. Djibouti and Eritrea are now being affected...

31 Jan 2020

Management of intact forestlands by indigenous peoples key to protecting climate
Management of intact forestlands by indigenous peoples key to protecting climate

Rights recognition crucial to fend off global warming and catastrophic climate change...

By Julie Mollins 24 Jan 2020

Growing extra trees, shrubs raises smallholders $50/year
Growing extra trees, shrubs raises smallholders $50/year

When smallholder farmers mix trees and shrubs into their lands it increases their revenues by almost $50 per person per year, a study has revealed...

By Gilbert Nakweya 23 Jan 2020

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FAO scales up emergency response against locust upsurge in East Africa

Swarms continue to pour into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia and are rapidly spreading to the centre of the country...

22 Jan 2020

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Overview of the African fertiliser market

The international fertiliser market had a slow start in 2020 and the upcoming Lunar New Year in February might result in a quieter month. Higher freight rates will also have a possible impact on global producer netbacks...

21 Jan 2020

WFP forecasts global hunger hotspots in 2020
WFP forecasts global hunger hotspots in 2020

The World Food Programme's (WFP) analysis of global hunger hotspots in the first half of 2020 shows Sub-Saharan Africa's escalating hunger needs dominating the coming months with millions of people requiring life-saving food assistance...

3 Jan 2020

3 African projects to receive Internet Society Foundation grants
3 African projects to receive Internet Society Foundation grants

The new Internet Society Foundation has issued its first set of medium and large grants (ranging from $12,000 to $30,000 each) to 13 projects, including three from Africa...

20 Dec 2019

Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pest
Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pest

A new $500m initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is leading the way...

By Rémi Nono Womdim 19 Dec 2019

FAO highlights solutions to deforestation
FAO highlights solutions to deforestation

FAO is working with countries to coordinate land use approaches across sectors, ensuring integrated management of forests and agriculture so that both food security and forestry objectives are met...

18 Dec 2019

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