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#WorldFoodDay: Africa holds the key to feeding the world's population

Africa holds the key to feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Dr Akinwumi Adesina says during Norman Borlaug Lecture...

1 day ago

SACAU: Agriculture can play a critical role in eradicating poverty

Agriculture can play a critical role in poverty eradication as the majority of the world's poor reside in rural areas and depend on agriculture

3 days ago

It's time to have an honest conversation about energy

It is critical that the energy mix is carefully blended by policymakers to ensure a sustainable economy...

By Colin Logan 3 days ago

The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on orphan crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance....

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 17 Oct 2017

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

'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages

Residents angered by persistent water shortages in southern Morocco have taken to the streets in a series of "thirsty protests" that has grabbed the attention of the country's king...

16 Oct 2017

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

Ecocean harvests baby fish, nurtures them onshore and then returns them to the sea after a short acclimatisation period in an underwater "bio-hut" or nursery...

13 Oct 2017

Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, poverty

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union co-hosted a high-level event noting that more needs to be done in land tenure governance...

12 Oct 2017

How urban food demand can spark urban renewal, transformation

Rural areas have vast potential for economic growth in terms of food production and related sectors. Unlocking this often neglected potential is key to achieving the 2030 development agenda...

10 Oct 2017

The immense challenge of desertification in sub-Saharan Africa

12 million hectares of arable land are being lost each year globally, to desertification and drought, when 20 million tonnes of cereals could have been cultivated in this area...

By Nabil Ben Khatra, Maud Loireau 9 Oct 2017

'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables

The renewable energy sector is growing faster than expected, driven largely by a "new era" in solar power and strong expansion in China, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday, 4 October...

5 Oct 2017

Conflict and climate change lead to a rise in global hunger

Last year about 11% of the total human population (approximately 850 million people on the planet) suffered from daily hunger...

By Evan Fraser 4 Oct 2017

#InnovationMonth: This simple solution rolls a long way in ensuring water access in rural communities

More than 20 years since its inception, the low-tech Hippo Roller continues to have a profound impact on communities facing water insecurity...

By Sindy Peters 27 Sep 2017

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International

What the 'Fearless Girl' statue and Harvey Weinstein have in common

In March of this year, State Street Global Advisors unveiled the “Fearless Girl,” a statue of a little girl installed to face Wall Street's famous “Charging Bull” statue. Her defiance was aimed at financial culture's historical exclusion of women in the financial industry, especially in leadership positions.

By Sarah Banet-Weiser 3 days ago

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

FAO calls on all countries to join PSMA, crack down on illegal fishing

To ensure that the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing, succeeds, all countries should join the landmark treaty, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. "We need all countries around the world to be part of the PSMA for it to be highly effective," Graziano da Silva said at the OurOcean Conference, hosted this year by the European Union in Malta. So far around 50 countries are party to the agreement "but we need many more."

9 Oct 2017

Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday, 6 October, announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations.

9 Oct 2017

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