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In semi-arid areas, climate information that is tailored to farmers’ needs can reduce their vulnerability to climate change. Lucia Scodanibbio

Lessons from semi-arid regions on how to adapt to climate change

Building on local experience and having access to current and expected climate trends is crucial to adapting to climate change for farmers in semi-arid regions.
The reality of Chinese investment in African agriculture has yet to catch up with the hype. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Chinese engagement in African agriculture is not what it seems

Agriculture featured prominently at the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Co-operation, but the reality has yet to catch up to the hype about China's involvement in African agriculture.
Organic farm, Alamar. Melanie Lukesh Reed/Flickr

Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw

Cuban farming is a model of agroecology -- growing food without heavy use of fossil fuel or chemicals. But closer relations with the U.S. could push Cuba back toward large-scale industrial farming.
Beefy problem: livestock emit methane, but the soils where they graze can be much more climate-friendly than cropland. AAP Image/Caroline Duncan Photography

Veggie is the most low-carbon diet, right? Well, it depends where you live

Eating meat means greenhouse emissions. But the emissions from growing crops may have been underestimated, meaning that a climate-friendly diet isn't as straightforward as simply going vegetarian.
Our modern crops need some help in the immunity department. Andy / Andrew Fogg

Can we ‘vaccinate’ plants to boost their immunity?

Modern agriculture is synonymous with monoculture. That lack of diversity is bad news for plants' natural immune defenses. Researchers are figuring out how to help plants fend off microbes – without pesticides.
Food scarcity as the world heats up. www.shutterstock.com

How climate change will affect what we eat in 2050

Climate change means the number of overweight and obese people will fall by 2050, but these benefits will be massively outdone by a rise in underweight and malnourished people.
To achieve faster growth and development Uganda must move workers from agriculture into manufacturing REUTERS/Hudson Apunyo

What Museveni’s priorities must be if Uganda is to become middle income

To achieve its ambition of becoming a middle income country, Uganda must accelerate the movement of workers from agriculture and the informal sector into modern industries.
Sydney’s farms on the urban fringe produce 10% of the city’s fresh vegetables. Alpha/Flickr

Urban sprawl is threatening Sydney’s foodbowl

Farms on Sydney's fringes supply 20% of the city's food. That could drop by more than half if urban sprawl isn't kept in check.

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