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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

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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

Building back better on food and agriculture
Building back better on food and agriculture

FAO has elaborated a comprehensive Response and Recovery Programme to overcome the impacts of Covid-19 through up-scaled and robust international collaboration...

By QU Dongyu 10 Sep 2020

Global food prices rise in August
Global food prices rise in August

International quotations for sugar, vegetable oils and coarse grains increased from July, while worldwide cereal harvests remain on course to hit annual record...

3 Sep 2020

The imperative to create shared value for Africa through investment in agriculture
The imperative to create shared value for Africa through investment in agriculture

While other industries and sectors may have come to hold greater economic prominence in much of the developed world, in Africa, agriculture remains the most significant economic driver...

By Axel Smeulders 27 Aug 2020

A palm oil plantation in Malaysia. (Shutterstock)
How our food choices cut into forests and put us closer to viruses

Forests provide an essential buffer between people and wildlife - and the viruses they carry. Global agriculture is destroying forests, harming biodiversity and may be putting human life at risk...

24 Aug 2020

Residents of Lamu, Kenya, accuse the government of ignoring their concerns and going ahead with the construction of a huge port. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images
Review of nine African 'blue economy' projects shows what works and what doesn't

Africa has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth $1trn per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime transport, shipping and fishing sectors...

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 12 Aug 2020

Do you know where your coffee comes from? The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing about our supply chains. Here, a woman carries harvested coffee beans in a coffee plantation in Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, in August 2019. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
The coronavirus pandemic requires us to understand food's murky supply chains

Six months ago, you may not have thought much about where your groceries were produced. But chances are you're thinking about it now...

By Cory Searcy and Pavel Castka 6 Aug 2020

Global food prices continue to rise in July
Global food prices continue to rise in July

According to a United Nations report, global food prices continue their upward trajectory for the second consecutive month in July, led by vegetable oils and dairy products...

6 Aug 2020

Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?
Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?

The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions...

By Tom Pugh 31 Jul 2020

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Food giants appointing teams to focus on plant-based products

Food giants muscle in on booming alternative protein market, with dedicated teams to develop and sell plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy...

30 Jul 2020

FAO launches platform to help global community reduce food loss, waste
FAO launches platform to help global community reduce food loss, waste

Gearing up for the inaugural International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 29 September, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has unveiled a new platform...

30 Jul 2020

Fraym launches localised tool mapping populations vulnerable to food insecurity
Fraym launches localised tool mapping populations vulnerable to food insecurity

Geospatial data company Fraym has launch its Localized Food Insecurity Index, a highly detailed targeting tool that maps populations vulnerable to food insecurity...

23 Jul 2020

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Geospatial data platform launches to help build stronger food, agriculture sectors

"The geospatial platform will allow us to design more targeted agricultural interventions and investment plans through a territorial approach - an approach that fosters equality, inclusion and sustainable food and nutrition security."

22 Jul 2020

Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats
Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats

The steep decline in biodiversity is worrying, especially as wild species are important for pollination and pest control...

By Lenore Fahrig 13 Jul 2020

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Global poultry production to reach 137m tonnes in 2020

The countries with the highest volumes of poultry consumption in 2019 were China, the U.S. and Brazil, with a combined 40% share of global consumption...

10 Jul 2020

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings
Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings

The coconut - an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls - causes more environmental harm than many people realise...

By Erik Meijaard 7 Jul 2020

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Nespresso introduces new Ugandan coffee through Reviving Origins programme

Launched in 2019, the Reviving Origins programme aims to restore coffee production in regions where it is under threat...

3 Jul 2020

Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director-general, UN FAO
We must act now to avert an imminent food crisis in Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Africa at a time when the continent is already grappling with multiple crises...

By Maria Helena Semedo 30 Jun 2020

Global food price index falls to a 17-month low
Global food price index falls to a 17-month low

Global commodity food prices fell for the fourth consecutive month in May, as supplies appear strong and demand weakens due to economic contractions triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic...

4 Jun 2020

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