A massive irrigation dam on the outskirts of Bourke.
The Productivity Commission report finds that the agricultural industry is overburdened by red tape but there's still no clear solution for the best type of regulation.
Britain's new environment secretary has a tough job on her hands.
Some farmers are suspicious of technological innovation. But technology can really help them.
It's been proved that prizes can boost cultural innovation. The same is certainly true for innovation in agriculture – which Africa desperately needs.
Harmful algal bloom caused by nutrient pollution, Assateague island National Seashore, MD.
Eric Vance, U.S. EPA/Flickr
Excess nutrients from farm fields cause widespread water pollution across the U.S. Bioreactors -- essentially, ditches filled with wood chips -- are emerging as a way to reduce nutrient pollution.
A lack of differences in major policy areas such as agriculture and trade means local project funding – for roads, boat ramps and the like – reinforces the adage ‘all politics is local’.
On the big national policies affecting non-metropolitan Australia, such as agriculture and trade, the major party differences are minor. That's why the election focus turns to local projects.
South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at a European Union-South Africa summit in 2012.
It's unclear what South Africa's attitude will be to negotiating new deals with the UK and the EU. In the past seven years it has lost its appetite for trade deals, particularly with the developed world.
The key to Rwanda’s agricultural success is good partnership between nongovernmental organisations, the private sector and the government.
Sam Thompson/DFID Rwanda
Despite numerous challenges, Rwanda has made significant agricultural strides.
Scientists are working out how to grow plants in space, ready to use them as food when we visit other planets.
The Fat-tailed Dunnart is found in box gum grassy woodland.
There's rarely good news in conservation - but we've been studying a program that actually works.
Malcolm Turnbull and his colleagues have pointed $1 billion of the government’s existing green energy funding towards the Great Barrier Reef.
The Coalition has ramped up the race to fund the Great Barrier Reef's protection. All three major parties have promised hundreds of millions of dollars, but where from, and what will they be spent on?
The silverlead whitefly is a major agricultural pest.
Invasive species and diseases pose a major threat to agriculture – particularly in the countries that can least afford it.
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Subsidies wouldn't disappear overnight, but help for farmers would be gradually reduced each year.
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Ensuring the next 10 billion people are fed fairly will require a radical restructuring of global agri-tech.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own.
What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.
South Africa’s land reform has been captured by elites and its strategic thrust remains unclear.
Land issues are increasingly at the centre of politics in South Africa, but the debate needs fresh ideas.
Moroccan Environment Minister Hakima El Haite at the Noor solar plant, one of the biggest in the world.
Climate change stands to hit Africa the hardest. That's why green industrialisation is critical to help keep the continent's greenhouse gas emissions low.
Working bee colonies.
Elina L. Nino
Honey bees, which pollinate many valuable crops, are threatened by parasites, pesticides and development. But selective breeding, more benign pesticides and better nutrition could help turn the tide.
We need a global target for reducing emissions in agriculture to meet the Paris Agreement. Farmers have an opportunity to help meet the 2 degree C target in the Paris Agreement, but known practices will not be enough.
To meet global climate change targets, agriculture needs an array of innovations and money to get farmers around the world to adopt new practices.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
Kangaroo image from www.shutterstock.com
Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
The fungus Marasmiellus inoderma attacks weakened banana plants.
Scientists are using maps and data to identify which areas are most at risk.