Rice farmer in Longsheng, China.
As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, rice plants produce fewer vitamins and other key nutrients. This could worsen hunger, malnutrition, child stunting and other diet-related health problems.
Sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, bread and hash browns. All are accounted for.
Small farmers struggle to acquire expensive agricultural equipment.
South Africa's land reform debate must not lose sight of the real issue: how to provide enough food to feed its people.
‘Silent Spring’ author Rachel Carson testifies before a Senate Government Operations Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 1963. Carson urged Congress to curb the sale of chemical pesticides and aerial spraying.
Did Rachel Carson catalyze the organic farming movement, as many advocates claim? Or would she reject their ban on synthetic fertilizer and see organic as an inefficient way to feed the world?
Wild bumble bees provide natural pollination for blueberries in North America.
Honeybees receive a lot of attention, but the first North American bee to be listed as an endangered species is a wild bumble bee. Wild bees are vital pollinators, and some are declining rapidly.
More than 40 million Americans rely on SNAP for groceries.
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Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy.
Farmers need support, investment and knowledge to thrive.
Africa's declaration to boost agriculture on the continent has seem some progress but a lot still needs to be done.
Small-scale farmers produce about 90% of Nigeria’s food.
Civil conflict, displacement, rising food prices, and climate change all cause food insecurity in Nigeria.
New research finds more CO₂ can actually make most plants smaller in the long-term - but the story for crops isn't so simple.
An adult Halyomorpha.
An invasive insect native to Asia, Halyomorpha halys, has been detected in the US, Canada and southern Europe. It’s now made its debut in Paris.
A young boy collects maize spilled during the drying and loading process on a farm in Kenya.
Post-harvest management will reduce losses and improve food availability.
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer – the troposphere, 8-14 kilometers above earth – ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health.
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer, ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health.
Insects are constantly adapting to methods used to control them.
Farmers needs a way to manage harmful insects without destroying the ecological balance.
Farmed fish like these carp now make an important contribution to global food security.
Many critics say that fish farms mainly sell their output to wealthy countries and don't provide much benefit to poor people in producing countries. Three aquaculture experts show why this view is wrong.
Lagoons and vineyards from Gydo Pass in the Western Cape. Water is crucial for such commodities.
In periods of water stress, farmers need support, research assistance and empathy from governments and competing water users.
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.
Cyril Ramaphosa, newly elected president of South Africa’s governing ANC, during his maiden address.
Free university education and land redistribution without compensation have far-reaching implications for South Africa's economy, and requires exceptional leadership.
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.
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.
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.