Not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
How do foods break into new niches and global markets? US cranberry growers, saddled with large surpluses and working to boost demand for their product, could take a lesson from soybeans.
Pools at an algae farm in Borculo, east Netherlands.
AP Photo/Arthur Max
Scientists and government agencies have been studying biofuel production from algae for years. Research points toward a more affordable and efficient production process that recycles water.
Peruvian potatoes and black corn.
Over half the calories humans eat today come from corn, wheat and rice. Raising a greater diversity of types of crops and animals (agrobiodiversity) makes diets healthier and farming more resilient.
Though not this obvious from the outside, plants are keeping time.
Precisely calibrated timekeepers are found in organisms from all domains of life. Biologists are studying how they influence plant/pathogen interactions – what they learn could lead to human medicines.
Seizing the day.
Zimbabwe has two lost decades to move on from. Fortunately, there are many ways out.
New research shows just how bad tobacco farming can be for the environment and for farmers.
Promoting mechanisation for small scale farmers in Africa is proving incredibly difficult.
Mechanisation of agricultural activity can help many African countries unlock underutilised agricultural potential. But there are serious obstacles which must be removed.
Citizen scientists collecting soil and fine-roots from under unhealthy plants.
Cape Citizen Science
Humans - the very "carriers" who can spread dangerous microbes unthinkingly from their equipment and shoes - can instead become the first line of defence against a possible microscopic invasion.
Land ownership patterns in South Africa have not really changed since the advent of democracy.
There is very little clarity as to who owns what land in South Africa. A lack of reliable data and statistics doesn't help.
Irrigated fields, like these in Nigeria, increase the risk of workers getting malaria.
Arne Hoel / World Bank
Health investments raise worker productivity, but firms may not observe changes in worker effort. Technology that measures physical activity demonstrates these potential gains.
More carbon stays in the soil when farmers leave their fields alone between harvesting and planting.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
The Paris climate agreement aims to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. We need to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but we can also make gains with carbon farming.
South Africa has the ability to meet national food requirements but for this to happen serious reforms in its agriculture sector are needed.
To stimulate innovation in the agriculture sector education and training is in dire need of substantial reform for greater integration, cooperation and accountability.
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In the push to lower emissions and reduce energy prices, agricultural waste could be Australia's secret weapon.
There are a number of examples of what were once co-operatives restructuring into, or being taken over by, listed companies.
Despite the pressure for co-operatives to fold into the dominant corporation model, these business models are still worthy.
An illegal money changer holds bond notes outside a bank in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.
Years of political instability and economic mismanagement under the rule of ZANU-PF have left Zimbabwe’s financial system in chaos. The country is living on borrowed time and borrowed money.
Producing fresh fruit and vegetables year-round has a hidden cost.
Would you be shocked by a supermarket without carrots, potatoes or broccoli, at any time of year? But harvesting in the off-season does serious damage to our soil.
‘Dig For Victory’, first time around on an allotment in London’s Kensington Gardens.
Imperial War Museum
Britain has fed itself before, can it do so again? It's not easy to tell.
Smallholder agriculture in southern Ethiopia. Smallholder farmers are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity.
According to the UN, world hunger is rising for the first time in 15 years. The answer is not only growing more food, but also buffering small-scale farmers against climate change and armed conflicts.
Balinese farmers with Mount Agung in the background. Areas with high volcanic activity also have some of the world’s most fertile farmlands.
Volcanic ash can cause a nuisance to farmers, burying agricultural lands and damaging crops. But in the long term, this ash will create highly productive soil that can support huge populations.
Rural poverty affects a growing number of people in South Africa.
South Africa should review its rural development strategy and land reform policy to win the fight against rising poverty.