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'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems
'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems

"Systems thinking" can help deliver a framework to simulate solutions to pressing food concerns, like the presence of aflatoxins in groundnuts in Africa...

20 Nov 2018

Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law
Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law

A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can't obtain permits...

By Barbara van Koppen 14 Nov 2018

Banks urged to plough into Africa's agribusiness
Banks urged to plough into Africa's agribusiness

African banks, insurance institutions and investors have been challenged to relax their stringent requirements for the funding of emerging agribusiness ventures on the continent...

12 Nov 2018

AfDB looks to turn African savannah into global food basket using agritech
AfDB looks to turn African savannah into global food basket using agritech

The AfDB is leading efforts to wake the 'sleeping giant' that is the African savannah and turn it into the cradle of the continent's green revolution...

8 Nov 2018

Rice fields in Madagascar. There is a project in the country to increase climate resilience in the rice sector. Shutterstock
The private sector, agriculture and climate change. Connecting the dots

Agriculture plays a key role in food security in Africa. It is also crucial to the economic sector, accounting for between 40%-65% of jobs...

By Richard J.T. Klein 15 Oct 2018

Global actions needed to combat fall armyworm
Global actions needed to combat fall armyworm

Fighting fall armyworm requires global efforts as the pest could spread to more countries, warn scientists...

By Gilbert Nakweya 2 Oct 2018

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack
African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa
Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa

Food losses and waste are an enormous drain on natural resources. Roughly one-third of the annual food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted...

13 Sep 2018

What role can Africa play in contributing to global food security?
What role can Africa play in contributing to global food security?

According to Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank, the time has come to view investment and development opportunities in Africa through a totally different lens...

4 Sep 2018

DAFF cautions Oriental Fruit Fly in the Orange River
DAFF cautions Oriental Fruit Fly in the Orange River

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has warned the public on the detection of the Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) in the Orange River area within the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality...

31 Aug 2018

The feed processors' approach to salmonella
The feed processors' approach to salmonella

One of the most common practices for the control of salmonella in feed products was the use of formaldehyde as a feed additive. However, the EU Commission has recently voted to ban the use of formaldehyde for this purpose (EU 2018/183)...

25 Jul 2018

Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries
Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries

The world food import bill has broadly tripled since 2000 to reach $1.43tn in 2017, while it has risen around fivefold for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages...

10 Jul 2018

Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general
Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general

Forests and trees contribute far more to human livelihoods than is commonly known, playing crucial roles in food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural economies...

6 Jul 2018

Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June
Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June

The decline is driven primarily by lower benchmark price quotations for wheat, maize and vegetable oils including those made from soybeans...

5 Jul 2018

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%
Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don't need to imagine. That is exactly what happens every day when an estimated 815 million people around the globe go hungry...

By Paul South 27 Jun 2018

African Development Bank approves $15m equity investment in AFSF to boost agribusiness in Africa
African Development Bank approves $15m equity investment in AFSF to boost agribusiness in Africa

In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank Board has approved a $15m equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agribusiness SMEs and enhance food security in Africa...

15 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

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

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

39 countries hit by severe food insecurity
39 countries hit by severe food insecurity

Underscoring how persistent conflicts and adverse climate shocks are taking a toll on food security, no country exited the list...

11 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

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New app uLima will optimise the farming potential of Africa

The uLima mobile platform provides farmers across Africa with access to a toolset, database and the latest market information with information on crops, seed, soil, livestock, agri-chemicals, weather updates and market prices, all at their fingertips...

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

From left to right: Nuradin Osman (AGCO Vice President and General Manager Africa), HE Emmanuel Mwamba (High Commissioner in South Africa - Republic of Zambia), Martin Richenhagen (AGCO, Chairman, President, CEO) and Gary Collar (AGCO Snr Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific and Africa)
Serving Africa from Africa: AGCO opens Africa headquarters in Johannesburg

"AGCO is making major investments in Africa to engineer food security and support sustainable productivity through technology and innovation... As a 'first mover' in innovation, we are meeting the challenge to grow more food with fewer resources head-on."

22 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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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

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies
Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

What do we need to do to humanely sell meat to the world? Three experts: an agricultural specialist, a veterinarian and a religious scholar, answer...

By Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein 11 May 2018

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Hidden danger: Why soil pollution should be a top priority globally

Little is know about the scale and severity of soil pollution, which poses a serious threat to agricultural productivity, food safety and human health...

3 May 2018

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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

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