South Africa is the only country in the world that permits its staple food, maize, to be grown from genetically modified seed.
South Africa urgently needs to rethink its existing agricultural model.
Chemical companies touted synthetic insecticides and herbicides as miracle products in the 1940s and 1950s. But farmers and cropdusting pilots didn't always buy the sales pitch.
A bee visits an almond flower – an essential process for almond farmers.
Tiago J. G. Fernandez/Wikimedia Commons
Many fruits, nuts and other crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers at just the right time of year. Many farmers rent bees to get the job done at pollination time.
The Fall armyworm will remain in Africa for a long time unless concerted action is taken.
A farmer harvest his soybean field in Loami, Ill.
AP Photo/Seth Perlman
There's a good reason China took aim at US soybean exports when it announced its latest list of retaliatory tariffs.
Ocelot of trouble.
Three researchers studied the "crop raiders" of the Brazilian rainforest in the hope of aiding both local farmers and wildlife conservation.
Species like the large spotted genet were commonly found in cropping areas.
Instead of causing problems for farmers, carnivores could actually be beneficial by controlling rodent pests.
In a divided United States, how can we describe who is on each side?
There's a new way to reveal America's political divide. One researcher finds the differences between groups that are normally crudely described as 'right-left' can be better explained by word clouds.
A new land administration system that responds to changed ownership patterns of Zimbabwe's agricultural land is needed if the country is to harness its farming potential.
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.
Lessons learnt from a flooding in the Indian state of Odisha has helped reduce casualties.
There is increasing evidence from across many African and South Asian countries that contextual, timely climate information, helps farmers manage the risks they face.
Faced with a massive food production shortfall, Africa can look towards India's Green Revolution to jump start its agricultural output.
New Delhi’s pollution is among the worst in the world. Each autumn, when crops are burnt and wind speeds are low, it risks rising to crisis levels.
Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier
In November 2016, smog in New Delhi was 16 times above safe levels. An Indian researcher dug into the data to find out why, and how India can keep its capital breathing safely.
Subsidies aren't working but there are other options.
Fairtrade grape production, Western Cape, South Africa.
Fairtrade was set up to support small producers - but some feel it is now missing the mark.
A farmer harvests soybeans near Lenox, Iowa.
Drake University Agricultural Law Center
Whether or not farmers believe human activities are changing the climate (many don't), an agriculture specialist urges them to pursue payments for techniques that return carbon to the soil.
Drying coffee beans in Bugitimwa village, in the area of Mt. Elgon, eastern Uganda.
In the 1980's Uganda was one of the largest coffee exporters in the world, far ahead of Vietnam which hardly exported any. Now the tables have turned raising interesting comparative questions.
Was Barnaby Joyce’s international comparison correct?
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said backpackers would be better off working in Australia with a 19% tax than in New Zealand, England and Canada. Is that true? And what would a 15% or 10.5% tax mean?
Drought tolerant beans in Malawi. Africa needs improved agricultural practices to be implemented by smallholder farmers.
Neil Palmer/CGIAR Research Program/ Flickr
The development community has overlooked the ethical dilemmas associated with raising one individual above others through farmer-to-farmer systems.
Droughts in South Africa has led to coordinated joint planning and partnerships to combat the problem.
Drought is a problem in South Africa and it affects farmers. As a result, farmers and government are working together to develop strategies.