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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

News Headlines
#107405
2016-02-29

Pollinators Vital to Our Food Supply Under Threat

Kuala Lumpur - 26 February, 2016 - A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global asse ...

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#107388
2016-02-26

Study: Dwindling bee, butterfly populations pose global agriculture threat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Important invertebrate pollinator species, like the honeybee and butterfly, are under a threat of extinction due to a number of environmental pressures, many of them man-made, a new study found.

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#107347
2016-02-24

Lack of pollinators cuts small farm harvests

Boosting the number of pollinators could increase crop yields on small farms in developing countries, a study says.

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#107255
2016-02-17

Global food production needs 'significant' fertiliser boost

The world must significantly increase its use of phosphorus-based fertiliser to meet future demands for food.

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#107259
2016-02-17

Africa: Rice - Africa's Ticket Out of Poverty

Cotonou — Africa is eating more rice than other food staples, though it produces less than it needs. This is good news for the cereal's potential to help Sub Saharan Africa out of poverty according to researchers.

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#107238
2016-02-16

Providing for South Africa's future food demand

According to Bertie Hamman, senior manager: Secondary Agriculture at Standard Bank, agriculture demand in South Africa is expected to increase as population and income levels increase. But it's not as simple as that, it is essentially about the sector adapting to the change in demand trends. Pro ...

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#107222
2016-02-15

Fairy tale hints at dark side of pulses

They come in various colours, shapes and sizes, and they start life within pods, before being harvested as edible nuggets.

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#107183
2016-02-11

UN agriculture agency warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics

10 February 2016 – The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

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#107153
2016-02-09

Agricultural policies in Africa could be harming the poorest

Agricultural policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa could be making things worse, according to new research.

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#107162
2016-02-09

Iran hopes for agricultural boom post-sanctions

Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said.

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#107025
2016-01-29

How 'more food per field' could help save our wild spaces

Agricultural expansion is a leading cause of wild species loss and greenhouse gas emissions.

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#107029
2016-01-29

Commission promotes smart farming to mitigate climate change

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission wants to build “bridges” between agriculture and the ICT sector in order to better address the environmental challenges of farming.

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#106921
2016-01-20

Science: Not Just a Western Sector, It Can Help Africa Too

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jan 20 2016 (IPS) - Small-scale farmer Augustine Sibanda has grown resilient tradition sorghum varieties passed down through generations but has increased his yields after he adopted improved seed varieties developed through research.

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#106926
2016-01-20

Study: First ever to quantify crop by crop where African farmers obtain seed

NAIROBI, KENYA (20 January 2016)--Small, family farmers in Africa purchase more than half of their seeds every year through local markets and other informal sources--neglected outlets that present a major opportunity for improving access to better crop varieties crucial to dealing with climate, ...

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#106896
2016-01-19

Africa: Ecosystem-Based Farming Comes of Age

A new FAO book out today takes a close look at how the world's major cereals maize, rice and wheat - which together account for an estimated 42.5 percent of human calories and 37 percent of our protein - can be grown in ways that respect and even leverage natural ecosystems.

News Headlines
#106875
2016-01-18

Ethiopia: Tremendous Outputs of Sixth NRCCDC

This year, the Sixth National Resource Conservation and Catchment Development Campaign ( 6th NRCCDC) kicked off in Oromia and Harari States and at North Gondar Zone of Amhara State.

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#106876
2016-01-18

An organic way to beat the drought

A DECISION more than 10 years ago to go organic has seen a farm thrive, while others are scrambling as a result of the drought. Tierhoek organic farm in Robertson, 160km from Cape Town, is expecting a good season, while others are counting the mounting costs of drought.

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#106805
2016-01-12

Agroecology in Africa: Mitigation the Old New Way

OAKLAND, California, Jan 11 2016 (IPS) - Millions of African farmers don’t need to adapt to climate change. They have done that already.

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#106742
2016-01-06

A high quality bread wheat reference sequence will be available in less than two years

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) announced today the production of a whole genome assembly of bread wheat, the most widely grown cereal in the world, significantly accelerating global research into crop improvement. The project consisted of producing a whole genome as ...

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#106745
2016-01-06

Potential of agroforestry can no longer be ignored

The decision to plant agricultural land with trees can be a difficult one for many farmers and most will only ever be tempted to plant marginal land. Agroforestry is changing that practice in many countries and it is beginning to gain overdue attention here.

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#106726
2016-01-05

Namibia: Need to Promote Communal Areas Crop Farming

DESPITE the importance of local seed systems to the agricultural sector, national laws do not recognise this system. This is contained in the just released Namibian National Strategic Action Plan for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (NNSAP-PGRFA), which was validated at a stakeho ...

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#106727
2016-01-05

The role of dung beetles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle farming

Agriculture is one of the largest anthropogenic sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs), with dairy and beef production accounting for nearly two-thirds of emissions.

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#106708
2015-12-30

The end of agri research?

ANAHEIM, California – UP president Fred Pascual had an unusual Christmas card he posted on Facebook during the holidays. He announced the gift of health that comes from a rice-corn blend. The Institute of Plant Breeding at UP Los Baños has come up with a 70:30 blend of rice and QPM (quality prot ...

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#106701
2015-12-29

The Top Agriculture Stories of 2015

Many of the world’s greatest challenges – climate change, poverty, natural resource depletion, and hunger – intersect on the fields of the world’s farmers. These global challenges provide the backdrop to our top agriculture stories of 2015.

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#106702
2015-12-29

Why we’re losing foods we love, why it matters, and how we can stop it

The following is about food, but it’s really about love. It’s about that moment when you find yourself savoring something so wholly and intently ,you never want to let it go. I thought this love, at least in the culinary sense, could be found only in superlative places: a secret supper club in L ...

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