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Collaboration needed to deliver food, nutrition security roadmap
Collaboration needed to deliver food, nutrition security roadmap

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa calls for more engagement as the long-term EU-AU research and innovation partnership reaches its midpoint...

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Overcoming water challenges in agriculture

FAO's The State of Food and Agriculture 2020 takes a new look at water shortages and scarcity in the world...

26 Nov 2020

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Global agtech market value to reach $22bn by 2025

The agtech market is comprised of services such as agricultural sensors for crop management, GPS field mapping, and supply chain management...

26 Nov 2020

Boost smallholder phone access for better crop yields
Boost smallholder phone access for better crop yields

Researchers examined effect of mobile phone and internet access on farming...

By Eldon Opiyo 19 Nov 2020

Joe and Claudia Castellanos, Black Mamba Foods
Eswatini's Black Mamba Foods bags R9.2m investment

Enygma Ventures has invested R9.2m in Black Mamba Foods, an Eswatini-based ethical producer of specialty food products...

17 Nov 2020

Children are going hungry, and their futures are on the line. Evidence from Ghana
Children are going hungry, and their futures are on the line. Evidence from Ghana

African countries need multi-sectoral approaches to tackle food insecurity...

16 Nov 2020

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Legal recreational cannabis sales to grow 376% globally by 2025

Recreational cannabis sales will drive global legal market growth by 376% over the next five years, outpacing medical and CBD, according to Euromonitor International...

11 Nov 2020

We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser - it could make farming more sustainable
We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser - it could make farming more sustainable

If rolled out worldwide, our method could replace a quarter of all the synthetic nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture...

By Prithvi Simha, Björn Vinnerås and Jenna Senecal 10 Nov 2020

Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it
Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it

Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate...

By John Lynch 9 Nov 2020

#ConsciousLiving: Ashaki driving purpose-led beauty through impact sourcing
#ConsciousLiving: Ashaki driving purpose-led beauty through impact sourcing

Through her natural haircare brand Ashaki, Nthabiseng 'Joy' Duff has set out to prove that the beauty industry can be a positive force for change...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Oct 2020

Small efforts can protect farmers from pesticides. Insights from Zambia
Small efforts can protect farmers from pesticides. Insights from Zambia

Small, practical messaging campaigns on pesticide toxicity can lead farmers to choose safer, less-toxic pesticides...

26 Oct 2020

Data-driven agriculture can solve the challenge of food security in Africa
Data-driven agriculture can solve the challenge of food security in Africa

While many farmers still rely on traditional techniques to coax a living from the land, there are opportunities to use cutting-edge technology to drive Africa towards a food-secure future...

By Amrote Abdella 21 Oct 2020

Why a Zimbabwean farming project failed: Lessons for rural innovation
Why a Zimbabwean farming project failed: Lessons for rural innovation

Rural communities are dynamic and complex. Imposing innovations that don't speak to the needs of these communities will inhibit rural development...

By Eness Paidamoyo Mutsvangwa-Sammie 19 Oct 2020

Zuneid Yousuf
Covid-19 and AfCFTA: why now is the time to maintain momentum despite the global pandemic

The buzz and excitement around the continent's trade agreement, hailed as the answer to a fully integrated pan-African economy, has undoubtedly slowed its pace since the secretariat became operational in April 2020...

By Zuneid Yousuf 15 Oct 2020

Cultivating agri development, economic growth in Africa
Cultivating agri development, economic growth in Africa

At a time when the rest of the world is re-thinking its approach to commercial agriculture, Africa has a clear opportunity to refresh its approach to the sector and become an emerging force.

13 Oct 2020

Global forest sector: Providing solutions for pandemic recovery
Global forest sector: Providing solutions for pandemic recovery

In its statement released in Rome, Italy today, the Advisory Committee of Sustainable Forest-based Industries referenced the essential role that forestry and forest products have played during the pandemic - and how they can help drive much-needed economic recovery...

9 Oct 2020

Global food prices up 21% in September
Global food prices up 21% in September

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' Food Price Index averaged 97.9 points during the month, up 2.1% from August and 5.0% higher than its value in September 2019...

8 Oct 2020

Explainer: What's behind the locust swarms damaging crops in southern Africa
Explainer: What's behind the locust swarms damaging crops in southern Africa

Locust outbreaks are driven by unusual climatic conditions...

By Frances Duncan 8 Oct 2020

Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries
Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries

Regreening Africa works directly with 500,000 households to restore one million hectares of agricultural land...

By Karl Hughes 5 Oct 2020

Professor Njuguna Ndung’u
Business as usual in post-pandemic recovery will only reinforce economic hardship

Africa's low level of economic diversification is a leading factor in the continent's economic fragility. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the risks of countries' over-dependence on a single natural resource such as oil...

By Njuguna Ndung'u 28 Sep 2020

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems
FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

23 Sep 2020

African Pioneer Marine acquires canned pilchards brand Glenryck
African Pioneer Marine acquires canned pilchards brand Glenryck

The Glenryck brand joins the 100% black-owned Pioneer Fishing, under the umbrella of African Pioneer Marine...

18 Sep 2020

Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth Map
Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth Map

Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has developed a new tool anyone, anywhere can access to obtain multidimensional maps and statistics showing key climate and environmental trends wherever they are...

17 Sep 2020

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming - but who will really benefit?
The fourth agricultural revolution is coming - but who will really benefit?

AI, robots and other technologies could transform farming - for worse as well as for better...

By David Rose and Charlotte-Anne Chivers 16 Sep 2020

Honey-alcohol fermentation experiment with chopped “moerwortel” plant additive, Glia prolifera. Neil Rusch
Does alcohol have an undisclosed African heritage?

Alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world. But where was the first alcoholic beverage brewed and consumed?

By Neil Rusch 15 Sep 2020

Failing Africa's farmers, starving the continent
Failing Africa's farmers, starving the continent

African farm groups demand answers of Green Revolution Forum...

By Timothy A. Wise 11 Sep 2020

Building back better on food and agriculture
Building back better on food and agriculture

FAO has elaborated a comprehensive Response and Recovery Programme to overcome the impacts of Covid-19 through up-scaled and robust international collaboration...

By QU Dongyu 10 Sep 2020

Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?
Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?

In the period between 2015 and 2019, Zimbabwe's maize imports averaged 17% of overall agricultural imports which were valued at US$795m, according to data from Trade Map. But last Zimbabwean government made an important statement aiming to boost its maize production...

By Wandile Sihlobo 7 Sep 2020

African farmers are younger than you think. Here is why
African farmers are younger than you think. Here is why

Africa is far from having an ageing farming population. What is missing is a critical mass of skilled, young farmers with access to finance who could drive productivity in farming...

By Felix Kwame Yeboah and Thomas Jayne 7 Sep 2020

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