Agricultural modernisation which many have supported for decades is making food insecurity worse

With the passing of the United Nations’ highly contested Food Systems Summit last month, the task of “feeding the world” has taken on a newfound urgency. But one point apparently lost on the summit’s attendees is that the project of … Continue reading Agricultural modernisation which many have supported for decades is making food insecurity worse

New ground-breaking technology will help achieve optimal and consistent yields, regular cropping

There is a new ground-breaking and based on scientific research developed technology that monitors a fruit tree’s carbohydrate status, allowing for timely corrective action, if needed, to ensure an optimal harvest.  The technology – developed by global agricultural company Agri … Continue reading New ground-breaking technology will help achieve optimal and consistent yields, regular cropping

Does livestock enhance or reduce crop commercialisation? A case of Singida in Central Tanzania

Livestock is an important component of mixed crop-livestock farming systems in Singida Region in Tanzania, contributing to household income, and reducing poverty in the region. The use of ox-plough to perform farm operations, such as ploughing, and the application of … Continue reading Does livestock enhance or reduce crop commercialisation? A case of Singida in Central Tanzania

Holistic adoption of Rice Intensification System can increase yields: A case of Mngeta, Kilombero District, Tanzania

For over a decade, there was an assumption that promotion of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a sustainable agricultural innovation that aims to increase yields and reduce costs of production, would address rice shortage, food insecurity and poverty for … Continue reading Holistic adoption of Rice Intensification System can increase yields: A case of Mngeta, Kilombero District, Tanzania

The Power of Radio in Fight against Fall Armyworm Highlighted in New CABI-Led Study

A new, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)-led study has revealed the power of radio in extension communication as part of a campaign aimed at increasing the identification, monitoring and management of the fall armyworm (FAW) pest amongst smallholder farmers in … Continue reading The Power of Radio in Fight against Fall Armyworm Highlighted in New CABI-Led Study

Food Security: Supporting climate action in the agricultural sector

Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) discusses here how innovative climate service products can help inform climate adaptation and mitigation, particularly within the agricultural sector The IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (2019) emphasises the need to change the ways … Continue reading Food Security: Supporting climate action in the agricultural sector

Impact of COVID-19 Agriculture Extension Services: Implications for female farmers

The agricultural sector in Nepal employs around 80% of the female labor force (Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2019; Joshi 2018). Moreover, rural out-migration of men — largely for work abroad opportunities — has inadvertently enhanced female participation and decision-making in agriculture. Female … Continue reading Impact of COVID-19 Agriculture Extension Services: Implications for female farmers

FAO and CABI to support SADC Member States in fight against five key priority crop pests and diseases

Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) is working in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support the operationalization of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Agricultural Policy that will help tackle five key crop pests … Continue reading FAO and CABI to support SADC Member States in fight against five key priority crop pests and diseases

Effects of credit guarantee scheme in opening up lending to smallholder coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia examined

Coffee value chain experts at the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International have led new research which examines the effects of a partial credit guarantee scheme in increasing lending to credit constrained farmer cooperatives in Ethiopia – Africa’s largest coffee … Continue reading Effects of credit guarantee scheme in opening up lending to smallholder coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia examined

‘Less food waste, lower carbon footprints and a socially sensitive food system’: Tech-enabled farming intensification is the only science-based path to sustainability

Several trends become quickly apparent when we engage the public about agriculture. Consumers across the industrialized world reject concepts like “factory” and “technology.” There is a perception that says big is bad and the tiny, quaint food production methods of … Continue reading ‘Less food waste, lower carbon footprints and a socially sensitive food system’: Tech-enabled farming intensification is the only science-based path to sustainability

Don’t believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture starting to implement its organic food rules. They allow companies to feature a “USDA Organic” seal on their packaging. This seal of approval has helped the U.S. organic food … Continue reading Don’t believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

Sustainable Agriculture in India – What is known and how to scale up

This study, in collaboration with the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), provides an overview of the current state of sustainable agriculture practices and systems (SAPSs) in India. It aims to help policymakers, administrators, philanthropists, and others contribute to an … Continue reading Sustainable Agriculture in India – What is known and how to scale up