Got a license for those seeds?
Sharing seeds was common practice among farmers throughout history until the rise of agribusiness. Now seeds are trademarked and regulated, but there's a new place to get them for free: the library.
Nearly one-third of tropical animal species face extinction if humans do not curb our growing appetites for beef, pork and other land-intensive meats. The Panamanian golden frog bred by the Vancouver Aquarium in this 2014 file photo may be extinct in its natural habitat.
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As much as one-third of animal species in the tropics could be eradicated if their habitats continue to be converted for monoculture farming. We can all do something to make a difference.
Critics fear the merger of agricultural giants Bayer and Monsanto will drive an increase in use of pesticides.
The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades.
Netflix's new film is a timely intervention into discussions on whether it can ever be ethically sound to eat meat.
Workers harvesting from a commercial farm in Ethiopia.
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
Getting food on to our plates out of season relies on a fragile business ecosystem. The latest shortages show how easily this can break down.
Inspecting seeds in Uganda. US development organisations need to understand that today there is considerably greater local expertise.
US farmers and agribusiness can help themselves by helping Africa to meet its rapidly growing food needs.
In Somalia a programme was launched to train people in the handling and processing of fish to reduce waste.
The gains reported in 2016 went hand in hand with overall growth in Africa over the last two decades.
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Ensuring the next 10 billion people are fed fairly will require a radical restructuring of global agri-tech.
Maize is a staple food in South Africa. Its production is likely to decline by half this year due to drought. The poor will be the hardest hit.
South Africa has been hit by a severe drought and will not be able to produce enough maize - its staple food - in 2016. This will prompt a rise in imports and therefore food prices.
A rush and a push and the land is ours …
Monsanto an other biotech companies got caught short in the 1990s. But since then, the GM argument has been moving in their direction.
GM: often assumed to be better.
The solutions presented by GM crops are rarely tested against the other options. Take a look at our philosophy of farming and it all starts to make sense.
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.
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.
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.
China’s market for milk is huge, but not without its challenges.
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