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A common soil pesticide cut wild bee reproduction by 89% - here's why scientists are worried

EU-banned pesticides could not only threaten wild bees where they eat, but where they sleep too...

By Philip Donkersley 9 hours ago

Morocco set to legalise cannabis production for medical use

Morocco plans to allow the farming, export and domestic sale of cannabis for medical and industrial use, the government said on Thursday, 25 February...

26 Feb 2021

SA venture to benefit from new Mondelez impact investing platform

Inmed Aquaponics Social Enterprise is among the first to receive capital through Mondelez International's new impact investing platform Sustainable Futures...

25 Feb 2021

Poor rural infrastructure holds back food production by small Nigerian farmers

Agriculture is an important part of development and poverty mitigation in low income countries. It depends on infrastructure such as good roads, safe drinking water...

By Abiodun Olusola Omotayo, Abeeb Babatunde Omotoso, Saidat Adebola Daud 25 Feb 2021

Why it pays to link products to places - and how African countries can do it

How geographical indications can provide economic and financial advantages to a product's place of origin...

By Samuel Samiai Andrews 24 Feb 2021

Farmers fight back: Making animal feed from a locust plague

Kenya is battling some of the worst locust plagues in decades, but startup The Bug Picture hopes to transform the pests into profits...

By Baz Ratner 23 Feb 2021

Ivory Coast lost 47,000ha of forest to cocoa production in 2020 - environmental group

Ivory Coast lost 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres) of forest in its cocoa-growing regions in 2020, an environmental group said on Thursday...

By Ange Aboa 19 Feb 2021

Technology and supermarket chains can help strengthen southern Africa's food systems

Covid-19 restrictions on restaurants and catering have led to supermarkets being the key route to market...

By Thando Vilakazi and Namhla Landani 16 Feb 2021

Winners of Space-Tech Earth Observation Innovation Challenge announced

Launched in September 2020, the winners in the Space-Tech Earth Observation Innovation Challenge have been announced...

15 Feb 2021

FAO, AFD project to boost sustainable wildlife management, food security in southern Africa

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the French Development Agency has launched a new 3.5 million Euro project to improve sustainable wildlife management and food security in the world's largest terrestrial transfrontier conservation area...

9 Feb 2021

Sowing the seeds of industrial farming in Mozambique

Commercial farming is one of the highest-growth sectors in Mozambique, yet only 16% of land suitable for agriculture is being cultivated...

By Grace Goodrich 3 Feb 2021

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat partner to develop plant-based snacks

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat have teamed up to form The PLANeT Partnership, a joint venture to develop, produce and market snack and beverage products made from plant-based protein...

27 Jan 2021

Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the Covid-19 response

Covid-19 is deepening global food insecurity, as the pandemic's economic impact adds to existing challenges...

By Jules Siedenburg and John Paul Cauchi 26 Jan 2021

Flare-up of ASF with more than 100 new cases worldwide

The total number of ASF outbreaks in progress rose from 7,865 to 7,927, with 4,228 outbreaks in Romania alone, and 1,336 in Vietnam. Of the new outbreaks, 74 were reported in Europe and 40 in Asia. The data is included in a biweekly survey released by the OIE...

21 Jan 2021

Garlic exports a golden opportunity for Zim farmers

Zimbabwean garlic farmers have been urged to increase exports riding on the growth of the global market, which has expanded to US$2,48bn from US$500m in the past two decades...

19 Jan 2021

PepsiCo aims for net-zero emissions by 2040

PepsiCo plans to more than double its science-based climate goal, targeting a reduction of absolute greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by more than 40% by 2030...

18 Jan 2021

Mutant roots reveal how we can grow crops in damaged soils

Researchers have unearthed a 'biological switch' which could boost crop yield worldwide...

By Malcolm Bennett, Bipin Pandey and Sacha Mooney 18 Jan 2021

New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communities

Despite their enormous value, mangroves are being removed at an alarming rate. A new tool aims to help communities reverse mangrove loss and tap into conservation programmes and funding.

By Trevor Gareth Jones 15 Jan 2021

WorldFish, LVFO strengthen research ties boosting aquatic food availability in East Africa

The new agreement marks a step towards competitive, gender-equitable, and sustainable commercial aquaculture and fisheries management in the Lake Victoria Basin, bordered by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda...

13 Jan 2021



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