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Deforestation in tropical Africa is not as bad as previously thought

A recent study shows that the loss of forests in tropical Africa in the past century is far less severe than previously estimated. Our analysis shows that forests have, on average, shrunk by 21.7%...

By Julie C. Aleman 12 Apr 2018

The next great water crisis may be under our feet

Around 44% of irrigated food production worldwide uses groundwater as a water source. And as surface water becomes more scarce or polluted, agriculture will demand more and more groundwater...

By Karen G. Villholth 10 Apr 2018

Eco-farming can solve hunger, climate crises, experts say

Asian farmers are growing rice and rearing fish in the same fields to increase their income and reduce weeds, while Ghanaians are using crop residues as compost to boost yields. Such eco-farming techniques could deliver nutritious, environmentally friendly food for a growing world...

9 Apr 2018

Why ozone poses a challenge to food security

There's substantial evidence that ozone is one of the most phytotoxic (toxic to plants) air pollutants, causing significant damage to agricultural crops worldwide...

By Divya Pandey, Lisa Emberson & Sofie Mortensen 5 Apr 2018

On dangerous ground: Land degradation is turning soils into deserts

Land degradation can take many forms, but always entails a serious disruption of a healthy balance between five key ecosystem functions. These are: food production, fibre provision, microclimate regulation, water retention, and carbon storage...

By Prof Abbas El-Zein 29 Mar 2018

Warming climate will displace millions in coming decades: World Bank

The number of people fleeing crop failures, droughts and rising sea levels will grow drastically over the next three decades if world governments do not intervene...

20 Mar 2018

Water, drought, climate change: a holistic approach needed

The current water crisis in the Western Cape has highlighted serious problems with South Africa's approach to water management and finding viable solutions...

By Dr Kevin Gast 16 Mar 2018

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...

16 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

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

Special alert: Reduced harvests, intensified food insecurity foreseen for Southern Africa

Crop development in several areas of Southern Africa has been affected by water stress triggered by poor rains and hot temperatures. Dry weather and erratic rains earlier in the season signals multiple risks to agricultural yields...

28 Feb 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

Seychelles designates huge new marine reserve

A vast new marine protected area has been created in the Indian Ocean around the Seychelle islands, the government announced on Thursday, 22 February...

23 Feb 2018

Halting deforestation: Striking the right balance between human and planetary needs

Rapid population growth accelerates global demand for forest products and services. On the other hand, the population growth also increases demand for agricultural production and converting forests to arable land...

22 Feb 2018

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