SA venture to benefit from new Mondelez impact investing platform
SA venture to benefit from new Mondelez impact investing platform

Inmed Aquaponics Social Enterprise is among the first to receive capital through Mondelez International's new impact investing platform Sustainable Futures...

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Why it pays to link products to places - and how African countries can do it
Why it pays to link products to places - and how African countries can do it

How geographical indications can provide economic and financial advantages to a product's place of origin...

By Samuel Samiai Andrews 24 Feb 2021

Farmers fight back: Making animal feed from a locust plague
Farmers fight back: Making animal feed from a locust plague

Kenya is battling some of the worst locust plagues in decades, but startup The Bug Picture hopes to transform the pests into profits...

By Baz Ratner 23 Feb 2021

Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat founder. Credit: Beyond Meat
PepsiCo and Beyond Meat partner to develop plant-based snacks

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat have teamed up to form The PLANeT Partnership, a joint venture to develop, produce and market snack and beverage products made from plant-based protein...

27 Jan 2021

Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the Covid-19 response
Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the Covid-19 response

Covid-19 is deepening global food insecurity, as the pandemic's economic impact adds to existing challenges...

By Jules Siedenburg and John Paul Cauchi 26 Jan 2021

Flare-up of ASF with more than 100 new cases worldwide
Flare-up of ASF with more than 100 new cases worldwide

The total number of ASF outbreaks in progress rose from 7,865 to 7,927, with 4,228 outbreaks in Romania alone, and 1,336 in Vietnam. Of the new outbreaks, 74 were reported in Europe and 40 in Asia. The data is included in a biweekly survey released by the OIE...

21 Jan 2021

PepsiCo aims for net-zero emissions by 2040
PepsiCo aims for net-zero emissions by 2040

PepsiCo plans to more than double its science-based climate goal, targeting a reduction of absolute greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by more than 40% by 2030...

18 Jan 2021

Mutant roots reveal how we can grow crops in damaged soils
Mutant roots reveal how we can grow crops in damaged soils

Researchers have unearthed a 'biological switch' which could boost crop yield worldwide...

By Malcolm Bennett, Bipin Pandey and Sacha Mooney 18 Jan 2021

New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communities
New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communities

Despite their enormous value, mangroves are being removed at an alarming rate. A new tool aims to help communities reverse mangrove loss and tap into conservation programmes and funding.

By Trevor Gareth Jones 15 Jan 2021

Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil - changing the soy industry could stop it
Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil - changing the soy industry could stop it

Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country...

By Angela Guerrero and Malika Virah-Sawmy 4 Jan 2021

FAO seeks funds as Desert Locust swarms threaten food security in Africa, Yemen
FAO seeks funds as Desert Locust swarms threaten food security in Africa, Yemen

Despite intense efforts to control the pest throughout 2020, a new generation of Desert Locust swarms is threatening livelihoods and food security in the Horn of Africa and Yemen...

23 Dec 2020

Almost 90% of the world's animal species will lose some habitat to agriculture by 2050
Almost 90% of the world's animal species will lose some habitat to agriculture by 2050

Our research shows we could feed the world sustainably - but conservation will have to become a lot more proactive...

By David Williams and Michael Clark 22 Dec 2020

Global agriculture trade remains steady through pandemic
Global agriculture trade remains steady through pandemic

Between a global pandemic and politically turbulent climate, livestock industries have eagerly looked toward international policies and trade. Now that 2020 has nearly come to an end, specialists in policy, trade and economics can evaluate trends and offer a future outlook, writes Jaclyn Krymowski for Global Ag Media...

By Jaclyn Krymowski 11 Dec 2020

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Singapore approves cell-cultured chicken bites - who will be the first to try them?

Cultured meat made from animal cells without animal slaughter has been approved for sale for the first time...

By Chris Bryant 7 Dec 2020

New test for Johne's disease could be a game-changer
New test for Johne's disease could be a game-changer

A promising new test for Johne's disease in dairy cattle has been developed at the Institute for Global Food Security and School of Biological Sciences at Queen's University Belfast...

4 Dec 2020

Global food prices rise by 3.9%
Global food prices rise by 3.9%

Global food commodity prices rose to a nearly six-year high in November...

3 Dec 2020

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Overcoming water challenges in agriculture

FAO's The State of Food and Agriculture 2020 takes a new look at water shortages and scarcity in the world...

26 Nov 2020

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Global agtech market value to reach $22bn by 2025

The agtech market is comprised of services such as agricultural sensors for crop management, GPS field mapping, and supply chain management...

26 Nov 2020

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Legal recreational cannabis sales to grow 376% globally by 2025

Recreational cannabis sales will drive global legal market growth by 376% over the next five years, outpacing medical and CBD, according to Euromonitor International...

11 Nov 2020

We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser - it could make farming more sustainable
We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser - it could make farming more sustainable

If rolled out worldwide, our method could replace a quarter of all the synthetic nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture...

By Prithvi Simha, Björn Vinnerås and Jenna Senecal 10 Nov 2020

Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it
Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it

Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate...

By John Lynch 9 Nov 2020

#ConsciousLiving: Ashaki driving purpose-led beauty through impact sourcing
#ConsciousLiving: Ashaki driving purpose-led beauty through impact sourcing

Through her natural haircare brand Ashaki, Nthabiseng 'Joy' Duff has set out to prove that the beauty industry can be a positive force for change...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Oct 2020

Zuneid Yousuf
Covid-19 and AfCFTA: why now is the time to maintain momentum despite the global pandemic

The buzz and excitement around the continent's trade agreement, hailed as the answer to a fully integrated pan-African economy, has undoubtedly slowed its pace since the secretariat became operational in April 2020...

By Zuneid Yousuf 15 Oct 2020

Global forest sector: Providing solutions for pandemic recovery
Global forest sector: Providing solutions for pandemic recovery

In its statement released in Rome, Italy today, the Advisory Committee of Sustainable Forest-based Industries referenced the essential role that forestry and forest products have played during the pandemic - and how they can help drive much-needed economic recovery...

9 Oct 2020

Global food prices up 21% in September
Global food prices up 21% in September

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' Food Price Index averaged 97.9 points during the month, up 2.1% from August and 5.0% higher than its value in September 2019...

8 Oct 2020

Professor Njuguna Ndung’u
Business as usual in post-pandemic recovery will only reinforce economic hardship

Africa's low level of economic diversification is a leading factor in the continent's economic fragility. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the risks of countries' over-dependence on a single natural resource such as oil...

By Njuguna Ndung'u 28 Sep 2020

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems
FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

23 Sep 2020

Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth Map
Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth Map

Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has developed a new tool anyone, anywhere can access to obtain multidimensional maps and statistics showing key climate and environmental trends wherever they are...

17 Sep 2020

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming - but who will really benefit?
The fourth agricultural revolution is coming - but who will really benefit?

AI, robots and other technologies could transform farming - for worse as well as for better...

By David Rose and Charlotte-Anne Chivers 16 Sep 2020

Honey-alcohol fermentation experiment with chopped “moerwortel” plant additive, Glia prolifera. Neil Rusch
Does alcohol have an undisclosed African heritage?

Alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world. But where was the first alcoholic beverage brewed and consumed?

By Neil Rusch 15 Sep 2020



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