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Irrigating Africa: Can small-scale farmers lead the way?

We often hear that irrigation in Africa is too limited, and that the key to a "green revolution" on the continent is to expand to levels seen in Asia. But what if there is much more small-scale, informal irrigation in Africa than we thought?

By Ian Scoones 20 Mar 2019

Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture

Launched in 2016 by Morocco, the initiative provides a unified framework, exploring the emergence of low carbon and low ecological footprint on the ecosystems, in building a sustainable and prosperous fisheries economy...

15 Mar 2019

Agri SA, SAAFWUA signs MoU to enhance water resource management

Both organisations will collaborate on initiatives and projects that advance and facilitate the development of support mechanisms, for the Local Water Resource Management Institution to ensure the effective use of water by all South African farmers...

14 Mar 2019

Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change

The World Economic Report on Global Risk by the World Bank lists elements of climate change and climate risk in its top 10 list of risks the world faces today...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2019

Time to reframe the discipline of finance to focus on sustainability

Millions of Africans still suffer from water shortages due to problems of uneven distribution and management of existing supplies...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Mar 2019

Global hydroponic markets to reach estimated CAGR of 6.5% by 2025

With the advent of advanced agricultural infrastructures and procedures, hydroponics is gaining widespread popularity with its ability to address the need for green vegetables...

11 Mar 2019

Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in Stellenbosch

Woolworths has partnered with Spier Wine Farm, the Sustainability Institute and its AgroEcology Academy to launch the Living Soils Community Learning Farm - a three-year pilot project with the aim to establish demonstrative ecologically-restorative methods to grow nutrient-rich foods...

8 Mar 2019

Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate change

In only a few decades, traditional dryland farming on drained peat soils will be increasingly difficult as the rich organic soils vanish and flood prevention becomes too costly...

27 Feb 2019

UNIDO launches Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) pilot project in Egypt

Launching the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) pilot project in Egypt, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), under the framework of the Egyptian Cotton Project, is supporting Cotton Egypt Association's Egyptian Cotton branding...

21 Feb 2019

Will 2019 really be the year of the vegan?

The Economist recently declared 2019 'The Year of the Vegan'. There can no longer be any doubt that veganism, and the embracing of a greater plant-based diet, is going mainstream...

By Tammy Fry 21 Feb 2019

Hunger in Africa still rising - new UN report

According to new data presented in joint UN report the Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition, 237 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are suffering from chronic undernutrition...

14 Feb 2019

New FAO publication highlights why sustainable agriculture policies are key

FAO launches a comprehensive publication that points the way to how we can improve our food systems...

6 Feb 2019

Nestlé enhances supply chain transparency by sharing list of suppliers

Swiss transnational food and drink company Nestlé will accelerate its journey to reach full supply chain transparency by disclosing its list of suppliers alongside a variety of data of its 15 priority commodities...

5 Feb 2019

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