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

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...

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How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation
How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperationArticle

Ethiopia's on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a 'water war'...

Ashok Swain 3 Aug 2020

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

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

Secure meat-hungry food systems to prevent next pandemic
Secure meat-hungry food systems to prevent next pandemicArticle

Sustainable agriculture and better health monitoring needed to break chain of disease transmission in food systems...

Fatima Arkin 23 Jul 2020

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

"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

New UN report: Tens of millions more going hungry globally
New UN report: Tens of millions more going hungry globallyArticle

According to the United Nations' recently published annual State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world continue to struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition.

16 Jul 2020

Testing strategies to help Kenya's urban poor get access to food
Testing strategies to help Kenya's urban poor get access to foodArticle

In Kenya's urban areas, there's a serious problem of people not having enough food, particularly in the capital city of Nairobi...

Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 13 Jul 2020

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Global poultry production to reach 137m tonnes in 2020Article

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 AfricaArticle

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...

8 Jul 2020

New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communities
New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communitiesArticle

Accredited as an implementing partner, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will work with the Adaptation Fund on projects to help vulnerable countries fight the harmful effects of climate change...

6 Jul 2020

Global food commodity prices rebound in June
Global food commodity prices rebound in JuneArticle

The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 93.2 points in June, some 2.4% higher than the previous month...

2 Jul 2020

Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director-general, UN FAO
We must act now to avert an imminent food crisis in AfricaArticle

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

Maria Helena Semedo 30 Jun 2020

Korean bamboo cultivation system recognised as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System
Korean bamboo cultivation system recognised as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage SystemArticle

The Republic of Korea's Damyang Bamboo Field Agriculture System, a traditional farming system in Damyang, has been recognised as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System...

26 Jun 2020

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

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.

Tolu Olarewaju 22 Jun 2020

More than a third of fish stocks are being overfished
More than a third of fish stocks are being overfishedArticle

More than a third of the fish stocks around the world are being overfished and the problem is particularly acute in developing countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization stated.

15 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 systemArticle

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

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

How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seas
How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seasArticle

Oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface. But, because many of us spend most of our lives on land, the 362 million square kilometres of blue out there isn't always top of mind...

Jennifer Silver, Leslie Acton, Lisa Campbell, Noella Gray 5 Jun 2020

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

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 flowingArticle

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

26 May 2020

Global food commodity prices drop in April
Global food commodity prices drop in AprilArticle

FAO expects subdued usage to push up cereal stocks in 2019/20 and FAO's first forecast for wheat markets in 2020/21 points to continued growth in inventories...

7 May 2020

How code is improving food security
How code is improving food securityArticle

The evolution of civilisation runs hand-in-glove with the earliest forays by our ancestors into agriculture. Simultaneously, the unfolding of early forms of agriculture brought primitive technology into people's lives...

7 May 2020

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#Covid19: Keeping Africa fed as the disease bitesArticle

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%...

Qu Dongyu, Josefa Sacko and Thokozile Didiza 4 May 2020

How Mauritius' outward-focused economy survived previous shocks
How Mauritius' outward-focused economy survived previous shocksArticle

Mauritius is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean. Like other countries, it faces drastic changes to its social and economic landscape with the appearance and spread of Covid-19...

Harshana Kasseeah 29 Apr 2020

#ConsciousCapitalism - the new imperative for food and beverage manufacturers
#ConsciousCapitalism - the new imperative for food and beverage manufacturersArticle

To feed the world in a new era of awareness and to sustain their own future, manufacturers need to change their mindsets...

Roy Henderson 28 Apr 2020

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

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

Why Covid-19 is another blow for Kenya's food security
Why Covid-19 is another blow for Kenya's food securityArticle

County governments and the health ministry should allow produce markets to operate in urban areas...

Timothy Njagi Njeru and Miltone Ayieko Were 21 Apr 2020

African farmers lose export market access amidst Covid-19 crisis
African farmers lose export market access amidst Covid-19 crisisArticle

Millions of African smallholder farmers who grow fruits and vegetables (FFV) for export have lost market access as flights are cancelled and borders restricted around the world...

15 Apr 2020

Global food price index drops in March
Global food price index drops in MarchArticle

Weakening demand and falling oil prices due to the global pandemic drive down international prices for major food commodities

2 Apr 2020

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Kalyan Group, building Africa agricultural value chains for the futureArticle

As a player in the agricultural sector in West Africa, the company has invested approximately 5 million dollars in agricultural projects in Togo to provide employment for the Togolese communities and to reduce their dependence on imports...

Robin Fredericks 1 Apr 2020

#Covid19: Mitigating the impact on global food trade
#Covid19: Mitigating the impact on global food tradeArticle

Millions of people around the world depend on international trade for their food security and livelihoods. As countries move to enact measures aiming to halt the accelerating Covid-19 pandemic, care must be taken to minimise potential impacts on the food supply or unintended consequences on global trade and food security...

1 Apr 2020

FoodForward SA makes R50m appeal to help up-scale its reach during Covid-19 lockdown
FoodForward SA makes R50m appeal to help up-scale its reach during Covid-19 lockdownArticle

FoodForward SA has launched a R50m appeal to extend its outreach footprint and get food to a wider network in order to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

25 Mar 2020

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Global food prices drop amid coronavirus outbreakArticle

The Food and Agriculture Organisation's latest food price index has reflected a decline in global food prices in February for the first time in four months - averaging at 180.5 points, down by 1.0% from January but still 8.1% higher than a year earlier...

6 Mar 2020

Nigeria to implement special agro-industrial processing zones
Nigeria to implement special agro-industrial processing zonesArticle

The African Development Bank, in collaboration with the government of Nigeria, held a workshop in Abuja from 17 to 18 February to discuss details around the categorisation and location of special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZ)...

26 Feb 2020

Avocados in Kenya: What's holding back smallholder farmers
Avocados in Kenya: What's holding back smallholder farmersArticle

Smallholder avocado farmers in Kenya face several barriers to participating in export markets...

Mulubrhan Amare 19 Feb 2020

East Africa locust invasion approaching full-blown crisis
East Africa locust invasion approaching full-blown crisisArticle

Widespread hatching and movement in different directions of the destructive desert locusts could turn into a full-blown crisis in the coming weeks in East Africa and neighbouring countries if not stopped, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warns...

Nelson Mandela Ogema 13 Feb 2020

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Empowering SA women in agricultureArticle

The empowerment of women in the South African agricultural workforce, and the creation of gender-transformed workspaces, is enjoying greater policy priority across Africa - there is evidence that it can boost productivity...

12 Feb 2020

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A look at sustainable farming trends in South AfricaArticle

According to the conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 in order to feed an estimated population of 73 million people. The implementation of sustainable farming practices is therefore crucial to ensure food security.

Claudi Nortjé 12 Feb 2020

Insights from Senegal: Involving farmers in research is key to boosting agriculture
Insights from Senegal: Involving farmers in research is key to boosting agricultureArticle

Farmers are more likely to adopt and share new practices when their knowledge and experience is taken into account...

10 Feb 2020

Locust invasions are cyclical: African states shouldn't be caught napping
Locust invasions are cyclical: African states shouldn't be caught nappingArticle

The best way of dealing with desert locust, as other locust species, is to adopt a preventive management strategy...

Cyril Piou 6 Feb 2020

UN food agencies offer support to China
UN food agencies offer support to ChinaArticle

In a joint letter to President Xi Jinping, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme paid tribute to the resilience of the Chinese people...

6 Feb 2020

Urgent funding needed to fight desert locust upsurge in Africa
Urgent funding needed to fight desert locust upsurge in AfricaArticle

The locust outbreak is the worst to strike Ethiopia and Somalia for 25 years and the worst infestation that Kenya had experienced in 70 years. Djibouti and Eritrea are now being affected...

31 Jan 2020

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Fishery project makes progress in protecting biodiversity of international watersArticle

Eighteen new areas protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems has been established...

30 Jan 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with a host of African leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. EPA-EFE/Hollie Adams
UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?Article

There has been much about a major Africa investment summit being hosted by the UK. Attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and an array of royals, a great deal of hopeful win-win-win rhetoric abounded linked to forging new partnerships for a post-Brexit future...

Ian Scoones 24 Jan 2020

The vegans are coming! What's fuelling the interest in plant-based eating?
The vegans are coming! What's fuelling the interest in plant-based eating?Article

Between the rise of veggie burgers that "bleed" and vegan protesters at supermarkets, veganism is in the news...

Matthew Ruby and Tani Khara 23 Jan 2020

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FAO scales up emergency response against locust upsurge in East AfricaArticle

Swarms continue to pour into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia and are rapidly spreading to the centre of the country...

20 Jan 2020

Putting trade to work to balance agriculture and environmental factors
Putting trade to work to balance agriculture and environmental factorsArticle

Trade is a way that countries can tap into their own local advantages and close food security gaps, says FAO Director-General QU Dongyu...

19 Jan 2020

Lessons on how to effectively tackle insect invasions
Lessons on how to effectively tackle insect invasionsArticle

Countries should promote alternatives to pesticides and more carefully examine how to prevent insect invasions in the first place

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 17 Jan 2020

African agribusinesses urged to be more self-sufficient
African agribusinesses urged to be more self-sufficientArticle

Agribusiness is evolving from a local and regional model to a global structure, making this sector of increasing interest to corporations, public agencies, and society at large - with the right expertise, investment and policies, Africa can evolve and curb the current annual food import bill of $35bn, which is estimated to rise to $110bn by 2025...

16 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: How to succeed in agriculture in 2020Article

The broader agricultural economic environment is changing, and this would require us to revisit how we determine our success as well...

Nico Groenewald 13 Jan 2020

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