Calls for halt to funding for industrial agriculture

Civil society organisations have called on influential donors to stop funding industrial agriculture programmes, which they say harm smallholder farmers and the environment. The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) — which represents 200 million small-scale food producers — along with 165 organisations from … Continue reading Calls for halt to funding for industrial agriculture

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

Indoor farming: AppHarvest targets 12 farms by 2025 following $91m Equilibrium Capital injection

AppHarvest has signed a financing agreement worth $91 million with sustainability-focused fund manager Equilibrium Capital. The deal comprises a construction loan intended to help AppHarvest complete a tech-enabled indoor tomato farm in Richmond, Kentucky.  AppHarvest said it plans to have a total … Continue reading Indoor farming: AppHarvest targets 12 farms by 2025 following $91m Equilibrium Capital injection

‘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

Rice Production: ECOWAS steps up efforts to make the region rice self-sufficient by 2025

Demand for rice surpasses supply in most West African countries, forcing countries to import to make up for the deficit. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), its Member States, and partners are determined to reverse this unsustainable trend … Continue reading Rice Production: ECOWAS steps up efforts to make the region rice self-sufficient by 2025

Scientists say adapt plant roots to protect food security from climate

Scientists say adapt plant roots to protect food security from climate

Overheating is creating issues for agriculture across the globe – now, scientists think that adapting plant roots to the heat could protect food security Plant physiologist and computer scientist, Alexander Bucksch, associate professor of Plant Biology at the University of … Continue reading Scientists say adapt plant roots to protect food security from climate

Public and private actors tackle water scarcity in the agriculture sector through policy reform, technology adoption and infrastructure investment

Global food demand is expected to increase by anywhere between 59% to 98% by 2050. However, global freshwater resources are already overstretched due to climate change and soaring population growth, and it is unclear how agricultural production will keep pace … Continue reading Public and private actors tackle water scarcity in the agriculture sector through policy reform, technology adoption and infrastructure investment