Low food miles: a farmers market in Pennsylvania.
Food is a big part of everyone's carbon footprint – about the same as electricity use. How can our diet make farming more planet-friendly?
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Cows are one of the least efficient ways to go from field to fork.
The dispute between South Africa and the US over poultry products could harm relations between the two countries.
South Africa's agricultural sector has benefited handsomely from the US's preferential trade agreements. It is important that the current dispute is resolved speedily.
Tens of millions of smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa have a stake in improving the health of the soil their cattle graze on.
Africa’s soil crisis calls for quick and creative action. This includes deepening farmers' knowledge about soil microbes.
A neolithic farm in Scotland that may be the oldest in northern Europe.
Switching from foraging to farming would not have been an obvious choice for our ancestors. But they seem to have done it nonetheless.
Australia can balance energy, water and food needs with the environment.
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We have all the tools to achieve economic growth and environmental sustainability - we just have to choose to use them.
Nicotiana benthamiana growing in the wild in coastal northern Western Australia.
Australia's risks losing its valuable native plants that could help solve a global food problem. So do we need new laws to stop the seeds being taken overseas?
You don’t have to work in a paddock to have a valid opinion on animal welfare.
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With animal welfare issues routinely handled by Senate committees with strong links to agriculture, how can we ensure that those outside the industry are being properly listened to?
Photosynthesis is crucial to the ability of plants to convert sunlight into energy.
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Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar has received this year's Prime Minister's Prize for Science for his pioneering research into photosynthesis.
A young farmer selecting onion in Lusaka, Zambia. Sub-Saharan Africa should get more young people involved in agriculture.
Young people are shunning Africa's agricultural sector despite high levels of unemployment and food insecurity. This underscores the need to demonstrate the profitability of agriculture.
Proper management of Africa’s savanna regions is crucial for the continent’s climate and food security future.
Africa's savannas provide high potential for farming development but this needs to be done in a smart manner to not worsen climate change.
Locust sits on a wheat stalk.
Insects have been in a feature in agriculture since the end of the 19th century. Using a combination of new and old control methods is the best way to deal with our food competitors.
Open-air irrigation: so last century.
A government for the 21st century needs to work out how we can grow our food, manufacture goods and dispose of waste without making such a huge mess.
Community education is a vital part of the Malawi Farmer to Farmer Agroecology project.
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Agroecological techniques that mimic nature – the antithesis of GMOs and high-cost fertilizers – have made farmers in developing countries more resilient to extreme weather.
The Sahel, the transition zone between the arid north of Africa and tropic south, has highly variable rainfall.
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Field trials in Senegal show native shrubs can access deep-soil water and make it available to adjacent crops – a technique that could alleviate drought conditions in marginal lands around the world.
The Murray-Darling: a complex river system with a complex set of regulations to match.
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Water isn't straightforward. And by putting the Nationals in charge of policy for water assets like the Murray-Darling Basin, the government will trigger a complex round of bureaucratic musical chairs.
An Ethiopian girl sells barley seeds in northern Tigray. The sub-Saharan Africa seed industry remains largely informal.
The seed industry in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from many challenges. India, which has one of the biggest seed markets in the world, offers some lessons on how these challenges could be overcome.
Not all is good on the ‘technified’ coffee farm.
High demand for coffee has pushed growers toward sun or 'reduced-shade' plantations that require more water and pesticides while reducing biodiversity.
Africa needs to support small and medium-sized enterprises across the value chain of the agribusiness sector.
Over the past 60 years, China has experimented extensively with policies and programmes to encourage the growth of rural enterprises. Africa could do well by following in these footsteps.
South African exports to the rest of the continent have more than doubled over the past 20 years. This has been driven by agricultural products, including maize.
The demand for agricultural products in Africa is expected to rise over the next 35 years due to factors such as population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and changing diets.