Was Barnaby Joyce’s international comparison correct?
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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.
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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.
Farmers protest tightened land-clearing laws in Brisbane.
Moves to tighten land-clearing laws in Queensland and New South Wales have been met with outrage from farmers. So how can we get regulation right?
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They kill thousands of animals and people every year by spreading rabies. New research findings could solve the problem.
Farmers were supposed to bet big on energy crops like short-rotation willow to help fuel the UK's biomass fleet. It hasn't worked out like that.
Women make up the majority of an estimated 6000 urban farmers in Cape Town.
In Cape Town's Cape Flats, female urban farmers are vital for food security and strengthening social capital.
The Western Cape in South Africa has mapped out a plan to help farmers cope with expected climate change threats to agriculture.
South Africa's Western Cape is the first region in the country to put together a comprehensive plan to help farmers deal with changes in weather patterns brought on by climate change.
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.
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 Malawian mother and her child in front of maize harvested in Lilongwe. A fertiliser programme has increased crop yields.
Malawi's large-scale subsidy for farmers has resulted in higher maize production, lower food prices and higher wages. But this has come at significant costs.
Globally bulnerable yellow-breasted pipits are endemic grassland specialists severely affected by current farming practices.
Simple changes to current grassland management has the potential to save many endangered birds.
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.
A South African farmer from Piketberg 100km outside Cape Town inspects the dry soil in his field of sewn wheat. It is cheaper to import the crop than to grow it commercially.
South Africa's agricultural industry has struggled over the past 20 years due to the country's rush to liberalise the sector while other countries continued to support their farmers.
Coffee is one of Africa’s major exports.
Unless climate change can be mitigated, or farmers can find ways to adapt, the future for coffee production looks bleak.
To have any chance of coaxing species like the Secretary bird back from the brink of extinction we must reconcile the pressures of food production with the need for nature conservation.
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Farmers hold the key to prevent ecological degradation and promote conservation
Food to table, Chicago style.
Urban and regional planners need to play a bigger role in bringing healthy food to cities and towns. One research project aims to change that.
Tractors may have revolutionised farming but to protect biosecurity, farmers could do with some extra help.
New technology to tackle biosecurity challenges down the track is one of the five megatrends identified in today’s CSIRO report Australia’s Biosecurity Future: preparing for future biological challenges…
Managing the cattle can be easier – and cheaper – with digital tracking technology.
Farming cattle in northern Australia can be tough, especially in times of drought, but producers are increasingly turning to digital technologies to help them look after their herds. As these new technologies…
Communities across eastern Australia are fighting against coal seam gas mining … and winning.
Community coal seam gas campaigns have had some big wins lately, most recently in the suspension of the drilling licence for CSG company Metgasco in New South Wales. Referred to the Independent Commission…