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Do you know where your coffee comes from? The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing about our supply chains. Here, a woman carries harvested coffee beans in a coffee plantation in Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, in August 2019. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
The coronavirus pandemic requires us to understand food's murky supply chains

Six months ago, you may not have thought much about where your groceries were produced. But chances are you're thinking about it now...

By Cory Searcy and Pavel Castka 6 Aug 2020

Global food prices continue to rise in July
Global food prices continue to rise in July

According to a United Nations report, global food prices continue their upward trajectory for the second consecutive month in July, led by vegetable oils and dairy products...

6 Aug 2020

Namibia harvests first commercial blueberries thanks to smart irrigation
Namibia harvests first commercial blueberries thanks to smart irrigation

According to Willem Mostert, Namibian manager of Cherry Irrigation, whose team designed and implemented the fully automated drip irrigation and fertigation management system for the landmark project, the quality of the fruit harvested has so far been exceptional...

5 Aug 2020

Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?
Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?

The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions...

By Tom Pugh 31 Jul 2020

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Food giants appointing teams to focus on plant-based products

Food giants muscle in on booming alternative protein market, with dedicated teams to develop and sell plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy...

30 Jul 2020

FAO launches platform to help global community reduce food loss, waste
FAO launches platform to help global community reduce food loss, waste

Gearing up for the inaugural International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 29 September, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has unveiled a new platform...

30 Jul 2020

Food security: How will we feed 9 billion mouths by 2037?
Food security: How will we feed 9 billion mouths by 2037?

We need to consider all historical factors if we want to provide safe and secure food for future generations...

By Dr Peter Oberem 27 Jul 2020

Fraym launches localised tool mapping populations vulnerable to food insecurity
Fraym launches localised tool mapping populations vulnerable to food insecurity

Geospatial data company Fraym has launch its Localized Food Insecurity Index, a highly detailed targeting tool that maps populations vulnerable to food insecurity...

23 Jul 2020

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Geospatial data platform launches to help build stronger food, agriculture sectors

"The geospatial platform will allow us to design more targeted agricultural interventions and investment plans through a territorial approach - an approach that fosters equality, inclusion and sustainable food and nutrition security."

22 Jul 2020

Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats
Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats

The steep decline in biodiversity is worrying, especially as wild species are important for pollination and pest control...

By Lenore Fahrig 13 Jul 2020

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Global poultry production to reach 137m tonnes in 2020

The countries with the highest volumes of poultry consumption in 2019 were China, the U.S. and Brazil, with a combined 40% share of global consumption...

10 Jul 2020

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EU contributes €15m to the fight against desert locust in Africa

The European Commission has allocated these funds to support the UN agency and partner countries in combatting the worst desert locust upsurges seen in the region in decades...

9 Jul 2020

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings
Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings

The coconut - an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls - causes more environmental harm than many people realise...

By Erik Meijaard 7 Jul 2020

Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa
Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa

In the last several months, Covid-19 has taken up nearly every news headline in nearly every country in the world. The health impact, testing, confinement, and trying to curb the pandemic have rightly been at the forefront...

By Mimi Alemayehou 6 Jul 2020

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Nespresso introduces new Ugandan coffee through Reviving Origins programme

Launched in 2019, the Reviving Origins programme aims to restore coffee production in regions where it is under threat...

3 Jul 2020

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Unlocking Africa's agribusiness potential with platform thinking

Despite the continent's abundance in arable land and water resources, its economies and communities are yet to reap the benefits. Agribusinesses in Africa still face serious challenges and as a result, the sector remains largely untapped...

By Louis van Ravesteyn 1 Jul 2020

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We must act now to avert an imminent food crisis in Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Africa at a time when the continent is already grappling with multiple crises...

By Maria Helena Semedo 30 Jun 2020

SA leads Africa's maize trade during Covid-19
SA leads Africa's maize trade during Covid-19

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has brought significant uncertainty to global trade, largely due to disruptions in supply chains and weakening demand...

By Casey Delport 29 Jun 2020

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Nigeria's post-Covid-19 recovery plan has some merit. But it misses the mark

The Covid-19 pandemic will have economic consequences for many countries. In Nigeria, the country's lockdowns froze economic activities, causing job losses and supply chain disruptions.

By Tolu Olarewaju 22 Jun 2020

Covid-19 recovery is a chance to improve the African food system
Covid-19 recovery is a chance to improve the African food system

It's time to redesign food systems that deliver healthy foods, allow farming families to make a good living, and support thriving societies...

By Kai Mausch, Michael Hauser, Todd Rosenstock and Wanjiku Gichohi-Wainaina 12 Jun 2020

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The impact of Covid-19 on food security in Africa

Supply chains, food and nutrition security, as well as current and future production functions, have been negatively impacted by a host of factors related to the Covid-19 crisis...

By Professor Njuguna S. Ndung'u 11 Jun 2020

AfDB unveils strategy roadmap to safeguard food security
AfDB unveils strategy roadmap to safeguard food security

The roadmap has been launched to assist African countries in tackling the nutrition and food security aspects of the Covid-19 crisis through a raft of immediate and longer-term measures...

9 Jun 2020

Global food price index falls to a 17-month low
Global food price index falls to a 17-month low

Global commodity food prices fell for the fourth consecutive month in May, as supplies appear strong and demand weakens due to economic contractions triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic...

4 Jun 2020

Africa urged to expand food reserves, keep food supply flowing
Africa urged to expand food reserves, keep food supply flowing

Africa must now, more than ever, develop and implement policies to enhance capacity to compete in the agriculture sector, processing, trade and industry...

28 May 2020

New animated film marks International Year of Plant Health 2020
New animated film marks International Year of Plant Health 2020

Diseases that devastate African communities are the focus of a brand new short animated film launched this week by The CONNECTED Virus Network, based at The Universities of Bristol and Newcastle in the United Kingdom...

22 May 2020

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#Covid19: Keeping Africa fed as the disease bites

Research sponsored by the African Union suggests that if nations on the continent were free from child malnutrition, they could see their GDP expand by as much as 16%...

By Qu Dongyu, Josefa Sacko and Thokozile Didiza 5 May 2020

Build inclusive food systems to fight Covid-19
Build inclusive food systems to fight Covid-19

Food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty may intensify in Africa and other developing world nations as the Covid-19 pandemic deepens, making resilient and inclusive food systems to mitigate likely calamities urgent, a report says...

By Wilson Odhiambo 4 May 2020

Nestlé-IDH partnership to boost sourcing practices in Central, West Africa
Nestlé-IDH partnership to boost sourcing practices in Central, West Africa

The three-year partnership aims to support 25,000 farmers and 50 SMEs, as well as open up new markets for them...

28 Apr 2020

#Covid19: Global food crises report reveals impact on vulnerable countries
#Covid19: Global food crises report reveals impact on vulnerable countries

The report indicates that at the close of 2019, 135 million people across 55 countries and territories experienced acute food insecurity...

22 Apr 2020

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