Zimbabwe’s 2021 bumper harvest is a welcome development but, it’s important to know what’s behind this success and what challenges remain.
Creating a set of classification and grading rules for each agricultural product has proved cumbersome and added to costs of production.
To rebuild lost credibility, the South African government can start by listening to social partners and the business sector and implementing less financially costly policies
Every increase in one degree of global warming will increase losses of crops to insects from 10% to 25%.
You can plant a seed from a delicious Honeycrisp apple from the grocery store — but the fruit that comes from that tree will not be Honeycrisp.
Apple breeders have created crisp, juicy and tasty fruits, but the limited varieties leave crops vulnerable to diseases, pests and climate change. Introducing new traits could improve crop resilience.
Providing child care facilities at markets, like this one in Abijan, Ivory Coast, could ease the burden on women traders.
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Globally, experts are beginning to recognise that focusing on one aspect of food overlooks the trade-offs or sacrifices people make.
The fruit from a marula tree.
Wider acceptance of indigenous plants could help reduce over-reliance on exotic food varieties.
Innovation in food systems and agricultural research is critical for African countries.
Stronger agricultural R&D systems will enable agriculture to power Africa’s transformation.
A customer shops at a drive-thru farmers market in Overland Park, Kansas, on May 2, 2020.
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Farmers markets aren’t just for yuppies – they are increasingly serving customers at all social and economic levels, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ocean waters are now warmer, more acidic and hold less oxygen. They’re also stressed from overfishing and pollution.
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As the climate changes, the ocean is also changing. And that’s putting our health at risk.
Fuel storage tanks at South Africa’s Durban harbour. Blocking the transport of fuel will stop the transport of food.
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South Africans should not panic about the food system. But authorities will need to act swiftly and assertively to restore stability.
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Since COVID hit, many Australians have seen first-hand what shocks to the food system can do.
Workers sort coffee beans at a coffee estate in Ruiru, a suburb on the outskirts of Nairobi.
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Kenya needs to address spending inefficiencies to attain the goals outlined in the budget.
Ghana’s Green Revolution has not been as successful as portrayed.
Realities on the ground tell a different story from the claim that a Green Revolution ensures food security and increased income for smallholder farmers in Ghana.
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African governments risk repeating mistakes of the 20th century with damaging consequences for poverty, food security and economic development.
COVID has exposed how vulnerable Australia’s food charities are in times of crisis. But we can prepare for the next disaster.
Kitwe Food and Farmers’ Market, Zambia.
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As the global South transitions to a predominantly urban future, food offers a way to understand the role of cities in future development.
Vendors sell fruits and vegetables at an informal food market.
When it comes to food safety solutions, models which enforce bans and regulations don’t fit.
Stripped of benefits, some former prisoners are forced to rely on charity.
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Formerly incarcerated Americans face food insecurity rates double that of the general population. A 1996 law that prohibits drug felons from getting crucial benefits may be partially to blame.
A community drive-thru distribution centre in Vallejo, California in June 2020.
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This is a transcript of episode 16 of The Conversation Weekly podcast The racial hunger gap in American cities and what do about it. In this episode, we look at some of the reasons behind racial disparities…
A food bank in Alameda, California during the pandemic. Why are so many Americans struggling to get the food they need?
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