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Bowen’s market gardens supply some 13% of Australia’s perishable vegetables.

Tropical Cyclone Debbie has blown a hole in the winter vegetable supply

Sydney, Melbourne and many other areas can expect to pay more for veg from next month, after widespread crop losses in Bowen, a major source of winter vegetables such as tomatoes, beans and capsicum.
Planting a diverse blend of crops and cover crops, and not tilling, helps promote soil health. Catherine Ulitsky, USDA/Flickr

Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

Conventional wisdom says we need industrial agriculture to feed the world. Not so, says geologist David Montgomery: Practices that focus on creating healthy soil can transform agriculture.
Lack of support for beneficiaries of land reform in South Africa has seen many new farmers fail to live off the land. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa’s land reform efforts lack a focus on struggling farmers

South Africa's government makes much of its efforts of putting more land in the hands of the previously disenfranchised black majority. Yet, many beneficiaries continue to wallow in poverty.
Drought tolerant beans in Malawi. Africa needs improved agricultural practices to be implemented by smallholder farmers. Neil Palmer/CGIAR Research Program/ Flickr

Africa’s agriculture projects are growing inequality, not food

The development community has overlooked the ethical dilemmas associated with raising one individual above others through farmer-to-farmer systems.
Many Australian farmers rely on backpackers to meet their labour needs at harvest time. Francois Lenoir/Reuters

What the government can learn from the backpacker tax debacle

The controversy over changes to the backpacker tax shows the inadequacy of relying on backpackers as the primary labour source for a vital industry.

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