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Disasters cost farmers in developing countries billions of dollars

Between 2005 and 2015, natural disasters cost agricultural sectors of developing countries $96bn in damage or lost crop and livestock production, according to FAO's new report...

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Kenya launches pan-African skills development programme in agriculture sector

The two-year programme, targeting mid-level professionals working in the agriculture sector across sub-Saharan Africa, seeks to strengthen the capacity of Africa's young professionals to revolutionise agriculture value chains grappling with skills gap and low technology uptake...

13 Mar 2018

Partnership beefs up veterinary services across Africa, Asia and Middle East to tackle animal disease

In just 12 months a USAID-FAO partnership, which works to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals, trained more than 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East...

12 Mar 2018

Can the digital revolution transform agriculture?

Digital solutions have huge potential for helping farmers boost productivity and connect to financial tools and markets around the world...

By Heinz Strubenhoff and Roy Parizat 8 Mar 2018

FAO, Google collaborates on new forest data tool

The efficient monitoring and reporting on forest cover and land use is essential in monitoring progress on Sustainable Development Goals and crucial for countries adapting to and mitigating climate change...

7 Mar 2018

From foe to friend: How carnivores could help farmers

Our new study showed that far from causing problems for farmers, carnivores could actually be beneficial by controlling rodent pests...

By Sam Williams, Lourens Swanepoel & Steven Belmain 6 Mar 2018

Weather patterns putting strain on food security in southern and eastern Africa

Inadequate and erratic rainfall poses a growing threat to food security in southern Africa as well as in eastern Africa, where many rural households have suffered from four consecutive drought-affected agricultural seasons.

6 Mar 2018

Plant breeding lessons for Africa

ACB has shared a new report, A review of participatory plant breeding and lessons for African seed and food sovereignty movements, which considers the role of smallholder farmers in plant breeding activities in partnership with formal public sector breeders...

5 Mar 2018

How young people interact with agricultural technology across the African agri-food chain

A new report released by the Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank highlights the barriers and opportunities to the creation of agricultural technologies, their promotion and uptake by young people...

1 Mar 2018

The Doomsday Vault a vital seed backup to protect the world's food supply

This year, the Doomsday Vault near Svalbard - storing seeds of vital crops in an underground vault - marks its 10th anniversary. It is now the iconic home to seeds of around one million unique plants...

27 Feb 2018

ACB hosts Southern African seed law and seed sovereignty dialogue

CSOs from across Southern Africa met with officials from SADC, ARIPO, and country authorities to discuss the current wave of developments and reforms being made to seed law and policy in the region, and the impact this will have on small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity...

26 Feb 2018

Africa needs to explore opportunities across the food chain to create enough jobs for youth

Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces the linkages between rural areas and cities - including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and service provision...

26 Feb 2018

Science, politics and the quest to secure Africa's sustainable food future

Political experts have continued to raise pointed questions about the continent's food future pertaining to production processes, trade flows, sources of finance and, crucially, science and sustainability...

By Adam Sneyd 23 Feb 2018

Beyond profit: How innovation is helping Africa's agri-industry feed the world

For Africa's agricultural sector to reach its potential and meet the food needs of a growing global population, improvements in four key areas need to be achieved...

By Paul McKane 22 Feb 2018

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Carrefour's chicken blockchain set to lay eggs

PARIS, France - French supermarket group Carrefour said on Tuesday it would expand its blockchain-based food traceability programme, which is currently in place for some chickens, to eight other products including eggs by the end of the year.

7 Mar 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Seeing the world through a grain of sand

The moment designer Lonny van Ryswyck took her shoes off on the Design Indaba stage, she opened many eyes to see the same thing in a different way. Isn't that what design is really about?

By Jessica Tennant 23 Feb 2018

Western Cape showcases at Gulfood in Dubai to promote halal sector

In an effort to promote exports and the Western Cape halal sector, Wesgro has been supporting the South African Department of Trade and Industry and Western Cape companies at Gulfood in Dubai - an internationally recognised food and beverage trade show featuring 5,000 exhibitors and 120 national pavilions covering one million square feet. It is expected that over 100,000 traders and visitors will visit the show.

21 Feb 2018

Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered, from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'.

19 Feb 2018

Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

This Valentine's Day florists are predicting sales of $95m in the UK alone. But where do they all come from?

By Lara Bianchi 16 Feb 2018

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