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High-tech tracker to battle ancient wheat plague

The tracking technology used to halt the deadly Ebola and Zika viruses could now be turned against wheat rust as scientists try new ways to stop the fungus devastating world grain crops...

By Thin Lei Win 13 hours ago

Green shoots visible for Tongaat after devastating drought

Tongaat Hulett, SA's largest sugar producer, is starting to see the positive effects of the end of a devastating drought that hit its operations in KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbabwe and Mozambique...

By Tammy Foyn 3 days ago

New online Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook to help steer food systems in sustainable direction

Climate-smart agriculture is one of the approaches to steer the needed transformation in the world's agriculture and food systems in ways that are both productive and sustainable...

13 Nov 2017

Global food import bill set to rise, boost in tropical fruit exports likely

According to FAO's latest Food Outlook report, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to $1.413 trillion. Higher import costs come at a time when inventories are robust, harvest forecasts are strong and...

10 Nov 2017

New guide to help ensure health and safety of workers in banana sector

Bananas are the most traded agricultural product in the world, and attempts to lower production costs often leads to disastrous consequences on the rights of workers and on the environment...

9 Nov 2017

17 counties set to revive pyrethrum farming

17 pyrethrum growing counties are working on forming an economic bloc in an effort to revive the collapsed industry...

By Waikwa Maina and Francis Mureithi 3 Nov 2017

Tool helps developing nations map out export targets

A new online trade-boosting tool that makes it easier for businesses in developing countries to identify and target market opportunities has been unveiled by the International Trade Centre...

By Tom Nevin 1 Nov 2017

Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warn

If the world's major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive...

By Alex Whiting 24 Oct 2017

WAZA signs MoU to help make sustainably produced palm oil the norm

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the RSPO have signed a five-year MoU to further transformation of markets and make sustainable palm oil the norm...

20 Oct 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Africa holds the key to feeding the world's population

Africa holds the key to feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Dr Akinwumi Adesina says during Norman Borlaug Lecture...

20 Oct 2017

New campaign launched to contain a major threat to banana production

Fusarium wilt poses a major risk to the production of bananas - the world's most traded fruit. With more than 400 million people relying on the fruit as a staple food or source of income, it could...

19 Oct 2017

Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis...

18 Oct 2017

Dangote: Nigeria is learning how to produce the entire value chain

"We are not going to import anything any longer," said Aliko Dangote in a candid discussion with Claridges in London editor in chief Lionel Barber at the Financial Times' 4th annual Africa Summit...

10 Oct 2017

Team SA 2017 preparing for World Blind Tasting Challenge in France

Team South Africa 2017 will compete against 27 wine tasting teams from across the globe at the World Blind Tasting Challenge in Nuit Saint George, France...

10 Oct 2017

Bringing innovation into mushroom farming

Increased seed hybridisation has been a core element of modernised farming, known as smart farming. Mushroom production has benefited immensely from these streamlined methods...

By Leroy Dzenga 6 Oct 2017

Researchers work on drought-tolerant maize for Africa

In Zimbabwe, researchers say they are breeding maize that is drought and heat resistant as part of efforts to fight hunger across Africa, where maize is a staple food...

By Sebastian Mhofu 5 Oct 2017

Conflict and climate change lead to a rise in global hunger

Last year about 11% of the total human population (approximately 850 million people on the planet) suffered from daily hunger...

By Evan Fraser 4 Oct 2017

SA companies explore opportunities in Tunisia, Algeria

A delegation of South African companies is currently on a trade and investment mission in Tunisia and Algeria, where they are exploring export markets...

3 Oct 2017

Could macadamia nuts be the dark horse in SA agriculture?

According to Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB, the demand for suitable land for macadamia nuts production has increased sharply, with orders almost two years ahead at nurseries for plant supplies...

22 Sep 2017

FAO director-general calls for renewed commitment to zero tolerance on food loss, waste

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has joined in calls for a renewed global commitment to zero tolerance on food loss and waste...

22 Sep 2017

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