How research, collaboration are contributing to food security in Africa
How research, collaboration are contributing to food security in Africa

Professor of Plant Breeding Maryke Labuschagne is working with a group of more than 20 African PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to improve the...

14 Jun 2021

Feeding Africa from Africa: Smallholder farmers to leverage on AfCFTA
Feeding Africa from Africa: Smallholder farmers to leverage on AfCFTA

Senamiso Ndlovu, 32, is a smallholder farmer with big food production dreams. The seed of her farming ambitions is the growing urban food demand...

By Busani Bafana 14 Jun 2021

Deforestation is driven by global markets
Deforestation is driven by global markets

The world is at a crossroads, as humanity tries to mitigate climate change and halt biodiversity loss, while still securing a supply of food for everyone...

By Ruben Valbuena and Thomas Lovejoy 11 Jun 2021

Luxury fashion label Chanel invests $25m in new climate adaptation fund
Luxury fashion label Chanel invests $25m in new climate adaptation fund

Chanel is backing a new climate adaptation fund that aims to raise $100m by 2025 to invest in projects to promote sustainable agriculture, protect forests and support small-scale farmers in developing countries...

By Michael Taylor 11 Jun 2021

Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next
Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next

In 1938, French colonial authorities in what is today Mali started on an ambitious infrastructure plan to transform the desert into an area of agricultural production...

By Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari and Timothy Foster 10 Jun 2021

Report reveals soil pollution as one of the world's major challenges for ecosystem restoration
Report reveals soil pollution as one of the world's major challenges for ecosystem restoration

Worsening soil pollution and waste proliferation threaten the future of global food production, human health and the environment, and require an urgent global response...

7 Jun 2021

New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture
New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture

Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided...

By Anja Gassner, Philip Dobie and Terry Sunderland 7 Jun 2021

Goodleaf merges with Highlands Investments to create R650m cannabis company
Goodleaf merges with Highlands Investments to create R650m cannabis company

South African premium CBD brand Goodleaf is merging with Highlands Investments, formerly Canopy Growth Africa, in a deal that will see the combined company be valued at approximately R650m...

4 Jun 2021

Global food prices rise at rapid pace in May
Global food prices rise at rapid pace in May

FAO Food Price Index posts fastest monthly increase to reach highest value since September 2011...

3 Jun 2021

Report: Gender-responsive research key to farm productivity, tackling Africa's agricultural threats
Report: Gender-responsive research key to farm productivity, tackling Africa's agricultural threats

The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development has released a report highlighting how gender-responsive agricultural research and development coupled with an intentional focus on addressing inequalities in access to innovations between men and women, can propel agricultural-driven development...

27 May 2021

The 2021 World Food Prize recognises that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition
The 2021 World Food Prize recognises that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is the winner of the 2021 World Food Prize for her work identifying small fish as valuable nutrition sources for developing countries...

By Ben Belton 26 May 2021

Greening the planet: We can't just plant trees, we have to restore forests
Greening the planet: We can't just plant trees, we have to restore forests

Planting trees can sometimes be a carbon-offset box-ticking exercise, but reforestation is a long-term commitment that supports communities, promotes biodiversity and tackles the climate emergency...

By Tristram Hales, Benoit Goossens and Mike Bruford 21 May 2021

African rainforests slow climate change despite record heat, drought
African rainforests slow climate change despite record heat, drought

Africa's tropical forests appear more resilient as carbon sinks than Amazonian rainforests - mopping up planet-warming carbon dioxide even when sizzling El Nino heat halted absorption in other parts of the world, researchers said on Monday...

By Nita Bhalla 18 May 2021

As climate change threatens Kenyan tea, millions of workers seen at risk
As climate change threatens Kenyan tea, millions of workers seen at risk

Climate change is set to ravage tea production in Kenya, the biggest global supplier of black tea, threatening the livelihoods of millions of plantation workers, a report by British charity Christian Aid warned...

By Nita Bhalla 17 May 2021

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