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#109708
2016-08-25

Nurturing African Agriculture

Aug 24 2016 (IPS) - While agriculture could be the driving force to lift millions of Africans out of poverty and alleviate hunger, its full potential remains untapped.

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#109709
2016-08-25

Asia, Looking Beyond the Green Revolution

Aug 24 2016 (IPS) - More than 2.2 billion people in Asia rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, but the Asian Development Bank warns that stagnant and declining yields of major crops such as rice and wheat can be ultimately linked to declining investments in agriculture. Public investments i ...

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#109716
2016-08-25

Small Farms Are Feeding The World

Contrary to the popular belief, smallholder farms feed most of the world, not industrial-scale farming. Consider the following statistics.

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#109654
2016-08-19

To future-proof our crops from drought, look to the Australian deserts

It was in the mid-20th century when the American agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug showed us how to make wheat and rice stems shorter, to increase their yield. He's often referred to as the Father of the Green Revolution and his breakthrough meant food was suddenly more abundant across much ...

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#109591
2016-08-12

No gastronomy without biodiversity, says Slow Food founder

THE destruction of the world’s biodiversity was destroying humanity’s future, Carlo Petrini, the founder of the global Slow Food Movement, said in Johannesburg on Friday.

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#109564
2016-08-11

Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change – study

Agriculture and the overexploitation of plants and animal species are significantly greater threats to biodiversity than climate change, new analysis shows.

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#109507
2016-08-09

Urban agriculture may be inefficient, but it’s a model for a sustainable future

It’s time we learned to embrace inefficiency. That may sound like heresy in a time when we are told that we must increase our competitiveness to become leaner, to increase productivity, to become more efficient to compete in the global marketplace.

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#109383
2016-08-01

Gov’t pursuing organic agriculture

The Government is pursuing the development of organic agriculture as part of the economic growth agenda.

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#109333
2016-07-27

Towards smarter crop plants to feed the world

Plant scientists have made an important advance in understanding the natural diversity of a key plant enzyme which could help us address the looming threat of global food security.

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#109285
2016-07-26

Fertilizer Access Grows Farmers, Food and Finance

LOUIS TRICHARDT, South Africa, Jul 26 2016 (IPS) - Brightly coloured cans, bags of fertilizer and packets containing all types of seeds catch the eye upon entering Nancy Khorommbi’s agro dealer shop tucked at the corner of a roadside service station.

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#109264
2016-07-25

Pests and drought hit Nigeria's tomato farms

Tomatoes are a staple food in Nigeria. From farmers in the northern states to traders across the country, many depend on the fruit for a living. But climate change and the tomato moth have hit the industry hard.

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#109269
2016-07-25

UN finds that greenhouse gases are increasing from agriculture

Among the findings of a new report is that 60 percent of human-induced nitrous oxide emissions—which have a global warming potential that is 300 times higher than CO2—come from agriculture.

News Headlines
#109235
2016-07-21

Economic Recovery Needed To Enhance Food Security

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 21 2016 (IPS) - After a half century of decline, agricultural commodity prices rose with oil prices in the 1970s, and again for a decade until 2014. Food prices rose sharply from the middle of the last decade, but have been declining since 2012, and especially since l ...

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#109212
2016-07-20

Developing highly drought-resistant crops

International research has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops.

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#109181
2016-07-18

Rewriting Africa’s Agricultural Narrative

ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire, Jul 18 2016 (IPS) - Albert Kanga Azaguie no longer considers himself a smallholder farmer. By learning and monitoring the supply and demand value chains of one of the country’s staple crops, plantain (similar to bananas), Kanga ventured into off-season production to sell ...

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#109135
2016-07-12

Drought triggers 'austerity' root system in grass crops

Grass species of crops adopt an "austerity" strategy and limits the development of its root system during times of drought, a study has revealed.

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#109101
2016-07-06

Mobile phones help build climate resilience for Senegal's farming communities

Famers in Senegal have long used traditional techniques to predict rainfall. But with climate change, new methods are needed. Climatic information sent by text message is now helping to boost yields.

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#109102
2016-07-06

African farming sacrificed to European green politics, blocking GMO innovation

The recent decision by the European parliament to oppose the promotion of large-scale, intensive farming and the use of GM seeds in Africa has stirred a swift and negative reaction among African scientists and food security experts.

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#109033
2016-06-28

African hunger policy silent on climate risks

A deal aimed to double agricultural production and end hunger in Africa has underestimated the impact climate change will have on the continent’s food production, a report has found.

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#109040
2016-06-28

Fighting Thailand's drought with biodiversity

Thailand has been hit by one of the worst droughts in decades - with devastating effects on farmers. However, some small organic farms demonstrate that the key to surviving future droughts could be to embrace diversity.

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#109010
2016-06-27

Can Better Technology Lure Asia’s Youth Back to Farming?

MANILA, Jun 25 2016 (IPS) - Farming and agriculture may not seem cool to young people, but if they can learn the thrill of nurturing plants to produce food, and are provided with their favorite apps and communications software on agriculture, food insecurity will not be an issue, food and agricu ...

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#108959
2016-06-22

Aquaculture Meets Agriculture on Bangladesh’s Low-Lying Coast

BHOLA, Bangladesh, Jun 22 2016 (IPS) - A continuous influx of sea water is threatening agriculture and food security in vast coastal areas of Bangladesh, but farmers are finding ways to adapt, like cultivating fish and crops at the same time.

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#108897
2016-06-15

Climate-Proofing Agriculture Must Take Centre Stage in African Policy

KIGALI, Rwanda, Jun 14 2016 (IPS) - After over a year of extreme weather changes across the world, causing destruction to homes and lives, 2015-16 El Niño has now come to an end.

News Headlines
#108865
2016-06-09

Growing reliance on foreign crops threatens diversity

Countries increasingly rely on introduced plants for food and need to cooperate to protect crop diversity, a study has found.

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#108790
2016-06-02

A switch to ecological farming will benefit health and environment – report

A new approach to farming is needed to safeguard human health and avoid rising air and water pollution, high greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss, a group of 20 leading agronomists, health, nutrition and social scientists has concluded.

News Headlines
#108652
2016-05-19

Nepali farmers fight to save indigenous seeds

When the indigenous Jumli Marsi variety of rice, grown in Nepal’s Jumla district, was hit by blast infection, farmers were forced to replace it with the Chandannath 1 and 3 hybrids that originate in China.

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#108624
2016-05-17

Unravelling the costs of rubber agriculture on biodiversity

Rubber plantations are a rapidly spreading agroecosystem in Southeast Asia and they are likely to have profound impacts on biodiversity due to the disruption of the natural landscape.

News Headlines
#108631
2016-05-17

Uganda risk losing indigenous crops, scientists warn

Uganda could lose its indigenous crops in 10-years given the climate changes and the rampant pestilences affecting crops.

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#108490
2016-05-06

No Farmers, No Food — True But Not Enough

LUSAKA, May 6 2016 (IPS) - Agriculture is the primary sector of all economies. It is the sector responsible for granting food and nutrition security to all human beings. Consequently it is responsible for social stability and health. And it provides work opportunities to families, men, women and ...

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#108424
2016-04-29

World Farmers’ Organisation Meeting Eyes New Markets, Fresh Investment

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, Apr 29 2016 (IPS) - ‘No Farmer, No Food’ is an old slogan that the Zambia National Farmers’ Union still uses. Some people consider it a cliché, but it could be regaining its place in history as agriculture is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of the world’s cri ...

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#108402
2016-04-27

Devastating wheat fungus appears in Asia for first time

Scientists race to determine origin of Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield.

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#108194
2016-04-18

Brazil’s thriving soy industry threatens its forests and global climate targets

Brazil’s economy is teetering on the edge of collapse. The country’s political regime has been rocked by recent corruption scandals, and impeachment proceedings are encircling the nation’s leaders. And yet things couldn’t be much better for Brazil’s soybean farmers.

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#108120
2016-04-14

UN agency boosts efforts to detect and prevent spread of damaging wheat rusts

15 April 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it is expanding a partnership to inhibit the ongoing spread of wheat rusts, a group of fungal plant diseases that block the production of the staple grain and other crops, which is raising concern in Central As ...

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#107996
2016-04-07

Report shows how to say goodbye to harmful algal blooms

Harmful algal blooms dangerous to human health and the Lake Erie ecosystem--such as the one that shut down Toledo's water supply for two days in 2014--could become a problem of the past. Scientists have reported on approaches to reduce harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie.

News Headlines
#107913
2016-04-04

Project promises hardy maize for Africa

A Mexican-African project to develop better and more climate-tolerant maize varieties using traditional breeding techniques has been launched

News Headlines
#107916
2016-04-04

New hope for Europe's olive trees

European Union research has confirmed what has been wreaking havoc on olive trees in Italy and France - and points to a possible solution.

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#107927
2016-04-04

Vietnam plans to gradually switch from rice to more profitable crops

The National Assembly’s Economic Committee recently agreed with the government’s proposal to reduce the area under paddy by 270,000 hectares to 3.76 million hectares by 2020.

News Headlines
#107893
2016-04-01

Agriculture expansion could reduce rainfall in Brazil's Cerrado

Agricultural expansion is quickly chewing up native vegetation in the vast wooded savannas of Brazil's Cerrado biome, and a new study shows that those changes in land use are altering the region's water cycle.

News Headlines
#107895
2016-04-01

Project promises hardy maize for Africa

A Mexican-African project to develop better and more climate-tolerant maize varieties using traditional breeding techniques has been launched

News Headlines
#107879
2016-03-31

Nepali farmers fight to save indigenous seeds

When the indigenous ‘Jumli Marsi’ variety of rice, grown in Nepal’s Jumla district, was hit by blast infection farmers had little choice but to substitute it with the Chandannath 1 and 3 hybrids that originate in China.

News Headlines
#107835
2016-03-30

Tests find trees tolerant to olive tree killer pathogen

Tests suggests some varieties of olive trees appear to be resistant to an invasive pathogen posing a serious risk to Europe's olive industry.

News Headlines
#107817
2016-03-29

Better grassland care needed to satisfy meat demand

Overgrazing and poor soil management are depriving grasslands of essential nutrients such as phosphorus, a study warns.

News Headlines
#107788
2016-03-23

Africa’s best bean

Around 23 million tonnes of beans are grown globally for trade and local consumption every year. Across the world, millions of farmers depend on one or more of the 40,000 known bean varieties.

News Headlines
#107731
2016-03-21

Tanzanian rice swells yield from salty soil

Scientists in Tanzania have developed a high-yielding, salt-resistant rice variety that could benefit millions of farmers across Africa.

News Headlines
#107680
2016-03-17

Improving Rural Livelihoods Boost Agrarian Economies

RUMURUTI, Nairobi, Mar 16 2016 (IPS) - For two decades, Dickson Kamau only grew maize on his 0.5 hectare (ha) of land earning himself the nickname Kamau wa mbembe or Kamau who owns maize in his native Kikuyu language.

News Headlines
#107664
2016-03-16

Post COP21: Costa Rica’s Innovation Must Become the Global Norm

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 14 2016 (IPS) - The Paris agreement means countries and corporations will be compelled to act much more quickly on making agricultural commodity production more sustainable.

News Headlines
#107559
2016-03-08

African Staple Plantains at Risk of Same Diseases as Bananas

Kampala / New York, Mar 7 2016 (IPS) - Anna Gamusi, has been growing ‘matooke’ – plantains – for over 20 years. She originally learnt how to grow them in her home village of Busolwe in Eastern Uganda, but says that they are no longer grown there.

News Headlines
#107474
2016-03-03

Farming pesticides hinder malaria fight

The widespread use of certain insecticides by farmers is making the chemicals less effective at fighting malaria-spreading mosquitoes, a paper shows.

News Headlines
#107478
2016-03-03

Can Data-Driven Agriculture Help Feed a Hungry World?

From Bonneville County, Idaho, to Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, tablet-toting agronomists with Anheuser-Busch InBev — the world's largest brewer by volume — are visiting farmers who grow the company's malt barley, a key ingredient in beer.

News Headlines
#107462
2016-03-02

Scientists race to halt banana catastrophe

Scientists in developing countries are scrambling to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out the global banana trade and plunge millions of farmers into poverty.

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