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06 08 2020 | 10:45

Sowing doubt: people around world receive mystery seed parcels.

Packages marked as ‘earrings’ spark biosecurity concerns and global investigations into origins. There is not much that Jan Goward does not grow in her small Eastbourne garden. “I grow everything,”…

23 07 2020 | 08:53

The US is headed for climate disaster – but Joe Biden's green plan might just work.

Biden’s $2tn green agriculture plan is ambitious but realistic. That’s important, because everything is riding on it. The world’s food supply is imperiled by a climate crisis already upon us, and …

30 06 2020 | 08:32

Forgotten farmers, mining and anti-green invective: how the Nationals became a party for coal.

In this extract from her Quarterly Essay, Judith Brett says mining has offered the Nationals a way to supplement their declining agricultural base At the gala dinner in March this year to celebrate…

16 06 2020 | 09:39

New Report Documents Global Insect Decline and Calls for Reforming Industrial Agriculture.

A new report released Tuesday draws attention to the worldwide decline in insects and calls for global policies to boost the conservation of both agriculture and the six-footed creatures. The…

16 06 2020 | 07:48

Cuba’s Clean Rivers Benefit From Sustainable Agriculture.

For most of the past 60 years, the United States and Cuba have had very limited diplomatic ties. President Barack Obama started the process of normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, but the Trump…

06 05 2020 | 08:59

Without food, there can be no exit from the pandemic.

Countries must join forces to avert a global food crisis from COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has laid many things bare, none more so than how interconnected our world is. The impact of…

25 04 2020 | 12:52

What to plant in a warming world.

NOTE: Importantly, as we continue to be mindful of the well-being of ourselves and others during the coronavirus outbreak, gardening can be as solitary and calming a pursuit as you’re likely to find…

19 04 2020 | 07:55

Why Ghana’s smallholders aren’t excited by the latest ‘Green Revolution’

The Green Revolution – the introduction of new higher yielding seed varieties, increased use of fertiliser, irrigation and other mechanisation introduced since the 1960s – brought about a great …

15 04 2020 | 08:35

Coronavirus: World Bank predicts sub-Saharan Africa recession.

Sub-Saharan Africa will this year suffer its first recession for 25 years as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak, a World Bank report predicts. In a grim assessment, the bank says that the…

29 03 2020 | 14:23

Fish ponds and water harvesting: climate-smart farming comes to Kenya.

Unable to rely on the catch from Lake Victoria, locals are finding success with new and sustainable agriculture methods. It might not be clear why a fish pond project should take root in a region…

04 03 2020 | 17:27

'Like sending bees to war': the deadly truth behind your almond milk obsession.

Bees are essential to the functioning of America’s titanic almond industry – and billions are dying in the process Dennis Arp was feeling optimistic last summer, which is unusual for a beekeeper…

01 03 2020 | 14:00

Plants can easily absorb lead from solar cells.

The study raises important question for using solar cells and plants on the same field. It’s increasingly been suggested that solar panels could be used on agricultural fields, producing clean…

01 03 2020 | 08:23

Kenya bans commercial slaughter of donkeys following a rise in animal theft.

(CNN)Donkey slaughter will be halted in Kenya following concerns over the rise in theft of the animals for export production and the impact on families that rely on them, according the country's…

18 02 2020 | 13:30

Bees and flowers have had the world’s longest love affair. Now it’s in danger.

The oldest love affair in history is between the bee and the flower. It began more than 100m years ago, when nature devised a more efficient way than winds for plants to procreate. About 80% of plant…

11 01 2020 | 14:12

Doing more—and better—for Africa’s food system in the face of climate change.

Africa’s food systems are in the throes of a climate crisis.  From devastating droughts in Southern Africa and West Africa to 

09 01 2020 | 09:23

Kenya Says Starts Spraying of Locusts Seen as Threat to Food Security.

NAIROBI - Kenya said on Saturday it had started aerial spraying in three counties in the country’s north to try to head off a locust invasion which has already caused extensive damage to farmland in…

30 11 2019 | 10:32

Looking to the sun: Cranberry farmers look to build solar panels over bogs.

CARVER — Plummeting cranberry prices and the country’s ongoing trade wars have America’s cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the…

17 09 2019 | 12:44

IRENA, UN Use Renewables To Deal With Desertification.

A memorandum of understanding signed by the institutions was not solar specific but the use of PV modules for shading, especially in agriculture, can reduce water consumption and help halt the…

15 09 2019 | 14:04

How a Kenyan Coffee Roaster Is Scaling with Local Impact in Mind.

In 2016, entrepreneur Ritesh Doshi was burnt out and uncertain of what he wanted to do next. For the previous five years, he had devoted himself to running the Naked Pizza franchise in Kenya. The…

10 09 2019 | 07:43

Agrivoltaics Proves Mutually Beneficial Across Food, Water, Energy Nexus.

A paper published in Nature Sustainability presents the first field-data assessment of outcomes of a multi-year study of agrivoltaics in dryland regions led by UA geographer Greg Barron-Gafford.