The Cane Toad has caused irreversible change to cultural practices of certain communities in Australia.
In richer countries, the socio-economic impact of invasive species can be tackled through technology or adaptive behaviour. But this isn't the case in poor countries.
Suspected infestation of Macrophomina phaseolina, a “novel” soil pathogen, in the non-fumigated buffer zone of a strawberry field.
California produces 90 percent of the US strawberry crop, but growers face curbs on toxic chemicals that have helped their industry expand. Can a system centered on mass production become more sustainable?
Zimbabwe's new administration has promised to revive the country's agricultural sector. Here's what it needs to do.
Soybean crop on a family farm near Humboldt, Iowa, 2017.
Congress is drafting the 2018 farm bill, which will guide agriculture, nutrition, trade and rural development policy. A former agriculture secretary explains how this bill reaches far beyond farms.
A migrant worker picks peaches in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., in the summer of 2015.
Every year, migrant workers come to Canada to pick the fruits and vegetables we take for granted. They aren't paid well and get none of the benefits they pay into. It's time to treat them fairly.
These peatlands burned in Kampar, Riau, Indonesia, on July 24, 2017.
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A balanced research program should focus on good and rational peat management efforts that minimise environmental impacts, and on water regulation that reduces the risk of fire.
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.
The unresolved compensation of Zimbabwe's evicted white farmers needs to be settled quickly, as it stands in the way of economic recovery.
Affordable tractors improved food security in Nigeria
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There were some African food security initiatives from 2017 that deserve a special mention for the precedent they set.
More than 70% of Rwanda’s population are subsistence farmers.
Findings from several scientific studies show the real impact of Rwanda's agricultural policies and the challenges it faces.
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.
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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.
A Zimbabwean man harvests maize from a field outside Harare.
The Food and Agriculture organisation estimates that 30 to 40% of total food production is lost before it reaches the market. The losses in Africa are greater and sustainable strategies are needed.
Citizen scientists collecting soil and fine-roots from under unhealthy plants.
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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.