Lack of support for beneficiaries of land reform in South Africa has seen many new farmers fail to live off the land.
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.
Our food system depends on nitrogen fertilisers.
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Somehow we need to grow more food to feed an expanding population while minimising the problems associated with nitrogen fertiliser use.
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.
Many Australian farmers rely on backpackers to meet their labour needs at harvest time.
The controversy over changes to the backpacker tax shows the inadequacy of relying on backpackers as the primary labour source for a vital industry.
Robotics and other farm technologies can provide a wealth of data to farmers and agribusiness.
The extension of laws on unfair contract terms to cover small businesses, may help farmers take more control of the data their farms generate.
Coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish are helped by nutrient runoff.
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We're going to miss the Great Barrier Reef's water quality targets unless we help farmers better
Organic farming has numerous benefits for people.
Organic farming has many benefits. It can better people's lives and it's good for biodiversity and the climate.
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.
Working the land.
Working the land is a vital – and fruitful – career option.
Urban farms might be trendy, but they won't replace rural agriculture anytime soon.
Intelligent trade policies needed to counter uneven distribution of water resources.
Intelligent trade policies can help limit the threats, including food security, that come with an uneven distribution of water resources across the globe.
Younger farmers are more willing to take up the opportunities presented by outside investment, a new study shows.
Young farmers are more open to outside investment and ownership of the family farm, than older farmers, new research shows.
Ripe for more regulation?
Our appetite for avocados affects more than just our choice of sandwich filling.
Storm season in the Australian tropical savanna.
Australia's Great Northern Savannas are the largest and most intact ecosystem of their kind on Earth. But they still face pressure from grazing, mining and agricultural expansion.
The history of how the British fell out of love with seasonal farm work.
Honeybees aren’t the only wildlife affected by pesticides – wild bees and butterflies also feel the effect.
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Two new studies have linked controversial pesticides neonicotinoides to wild bee and butterfly declines.
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Depends on whether or not we reintroduce 'rewilded' animals such as bison or wolves.
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?
The Ord River was targeted for agricultural expansion in the 20th century.
Ever since British settlement, water rights in Australia's north have favoured landowners over traditional owners, effectively locking Aboriginal people out of agricultural development.