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Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systems

The 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security endorsed new recommendations centred on the need for an integrated policy approach to forestry, agriculture, water and food security and nutrition...

17 Oct 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Transforming the agricultural sector by unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

"...a step-change in the lives of smallholder farmers, recognising the fundamentally important role that they have currently and will increasingly have in our future food production."

By Dr Klaus Eckstein 16 Oct 2017

Horticulture soon to beat tourism in 'cash ranking'

Tanzania's horticulture industry is reported to be growing at the rate of eleven percent annually, the fastest growing sector in the country...

By Hazla Omar 11 Oct 2017

CGIAR wants to build a big data platform and innovate with startups to help smallholder farmers

CGIAR met with a wide range of partners to look at how they could use their data using AI and big data to drive farming improvements in continents like Africa...

11 Oct 2017

Bringing innovation into mushroom farming

Increased seed hybridisation has been a core element of modernised farming, known as smart farming. Mushroom production has benefited immensely from these streamlined methods...

By Leroy Dzenga 6 Oct 2017

The fight against antimicrobial resistance depends on good agricultural practices

"Good health, good productivity and good economies depend on safe and nutritious food. Prudent use of antimicrobials in public health and agriculture is essential to achieve this."

26 Sep 2017

Radiation tech bears fruit as Zanzibar declared tsetse free

Pemba and Unguja are among pioneers in the successful implementation of a new technology that uses radiation to eradicate livestock killing vectors, tsetse flies...

By Marc Nkwame 14 Sep 2017

$280m partnership to help drive inclusive agriculture transformation in Africa

The 2017 African Green Revolution Forum saw the launch of the multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa - a partnership to drive inclusive agriculture transformation across Africa...

11 Sep 2017

African agribusiness and smallholders must seize opportunities in potential $1 trillion food market

Africa's agricultural revolution requires an inclusive approach that links millions of small farms to agribusinesses, creating extended food supply chains and employment opportunities...

7 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Revolutionising agriculture through urban farming

As more people stream to cities, an increasing number of urban gardens and farms are taking root too. Across Africa, stories of resourcefulness in urban agriculture abound as people fight for their livelihood...

By Howard Blight 7 Sep 2017

Africa's most notorious insects: The bugs that hit agriculture the hardest

Crop losses in African countries due to insect pests are estimated at 49% of the expected total crop yield each year. Which are Africa's top insect pests?

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 5 Sep 2017

Closing the gap between the youth and agriculture in Africa

Agriculture and youth are a compatible pair, particularly in the African context. It has the remarkable potential to empower what will be the youngest and biggest workforce in the world by 2040...

By Thapelo Moleleki 5 Sep 2017

Scientists make breakthrough in fight against cassava diseases

Scientists have identified the first ever genetic markers associated with resistance to two deadly cassava viral diseases in Tanzania's grown varieties...

By Masembe Tambwe 29 Aug 2017

Kitchen gardens cultivate bond between refugees, Kenyan hosts

A project in northern Kenya aims to make refugees self-reliant through farming while helping them integrate with the local community...

By Benson Rioba 22 Aug 2017

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International

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

MIAMI, US - Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers said on Monday.

17 Oct 2017

Bird flu pours new misery on Dutch poultry farmers

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands - Dutch poultry farmers, already left reeling by a contaminated egg scandal, were in a new flap Saturday over an outbreak of bird flu with thousands of hens to be destroyed. "An outbreak of a variant of H5 bird flu has been detected in a poultry farm in Zeeland province," Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said.

16 Oct 2017

Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover

FRANKFURT, Germany - German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer announced a multi-billion-euro deal Friday to sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, easing the path of its planned takeover of US seed maker Monsanto.

16 Oct 2017

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

LA CIOTAT, France - A French company has developed an innovative system to replenish marine fish stocks in places like ports that have suffered environmental damage.

13 Oct 2017

Polluted chicken muck piling up in The Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Tonnes of chicken muck contaminated with a banned insecticide are piling up in hundreds of Dutch poultry farms hit by the tainted-egg scandal, officials said Wednesday. "Poultry farmers, who are already on the edge of a financial abyss, don't have any way of getting rid of the contaminated manure," said Hennie de Haan, president of the Dutch Poultry Farmers Association (NVP).

12 Oct 2017

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