African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 3 days ago

Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa

Food losses and waste are an enormous drain on natural resources. Roughly one-third of the annual food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted...

13 Sep 2018

What role can Africa play in contributing to global food security?

According to Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank, the time has come to view investment and development opportunities in Africa through a totally different lens...

4 Sep 2018

DAFF cautions Oriental Fruit Fly in the Orange River

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has warned the public on the detection of the Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) in the Orange River area within the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality...

31 Aug 2018

The feed processors' approach to salmonella

One of the most common practices for the control of salmonella in feed products was the use of formaldehyde as a feed additive. However, the EU Commission has recently voted to ban the use of formaldehyde for this purpose (EU 2018/183)...

25 Jul 2018

Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries

The world food import bill has broadly tripled since 2000 to reach $1.43tn in 2017, while it has risen around fivefold for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages...

10 Jul 2018

Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general

Forests and trees contribute far more to human livelihoods than is commonly known, playing crucial roles in food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural economies...

6 Jul 2018

Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June

The decline is driven primarily by lower benchmark price quotations for wheat, maize and vegetable oils including those made from soybeans...

5 Jul 2018

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don't need to imagine. That is exactly what happens every day when an estimated 815 million people around the globe go hungry...

By Paul South 27 Jun 2018

African Development Bank approves $15m equity investment in AFSF to boost agribusiness in Africa

In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank Board has approved a $15m equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agribusiness SMEs and enhance food security in Africa...

15 Jun 2018

Repositioning family farming in global agriculture

The UN has officially declared 2019 to 2028 as the decade of family farming - aiming to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development...

By Ntswaki Motaung 14 Jun 2018

Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world's poor at risk

Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops - particularly rice and wheat - respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesising more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains...

By Kristie Ebi 13 Jun 2018

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

13 Jun 2018

FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change

"We are working with countries to ready them to take climate action in the near future. This includes enabling the poorest families to produce food while adopting low-emission systems and building their climate resilience."

12 Jun 2018

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