South Africa’s dust sources are largely caused by the human response to drought conditions.
Soil loss in South Africa can have a negative impact on air quality and food security.
Trump prepares to give a speech to farmers in Mills River, N.C., in August.
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US farmers have suffered billions in losses due to the trade war and the coronavirus pandemic, yet surveys suggest they still back the president by a wide margin.
Rural communities are dynamic and complex. Imposing innovations that don't speak to the needs of these communities will inhibit rural development.
Brewing thunderstorm in the dessert area of the Karoo in South Africa.
Trends across the different rainfall zones can be linked to changes recorded for large-scale climate systems.
Fruit production of shea is limited by lack of pollination and this limitation is greater at sites with less tree and shrub diversity.
Fruit production of shea is often limited by a lack of pollination which is more pronounced in places with less tree and shrub diversity.
American biochemist Jennifer A. Doudna, left, and French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry.
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The tools to rewrite the genetic code to improve crops and livestock, or to treat genetic diseases, has revolutionized biology. A CRISPR engineer explains why this technology won the Nobel, and its potential.
The most effective means of controlling locusts is to prevent the swarms from forming.
Locust outbreaks are driven by unusual climatic conditions.
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To fully understand why droughts begin, persist and end, we need to answer the question: where does Australia’s rainfall come from? It may seem basic, but the answer isn't so simple.
Land reform strategies portray the land as uniform, static and independent from its social-environmental context.
South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform.
EU and UK are major markets for South African exports, including vehicles.
An EU-UK trade deal will reinforce the certainty and continuity that South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Eswatini – plus Mozambique are seeking in their relationship with the UK.
Pulverized ancient bone can provide DNA to scientists for analysis.
Xin Xu Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.
Wildlife populations have plummeted by 68% since 1970. But we have a plan to turn things around.
AI, robots and other technologies could transform farming – for worse as well as for better.
Vendors sell potatoes in a street market on the outskirts of Nairobi.
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Potato cyst nematodes suppress crop growth and can cause huge yield losses of up to 80%, and even total crop failure.
Can plants signal to us when they are sick or detect radiation?
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Researchers are figuring out how plants respond to the presence of human cadavers. The findings could prove important for discovering the locations of murder victims or mass graves.
A farmer inspects his maize in Uganda.
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Low productivity is one of the biggest challenges facing Uganda's maize industry. But smallholder farmers still won't adopt improved seed.
Collective action by the industry and government is key to unlocking opportunities for small and medium-sized citrus growers.
Farmhouse near Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Agricultural investments could play a role in reducing poverty and improving food security.
A Fulani herdsman tends to his cattle at Kachia grazing reserve, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
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Beyond the struggle for land and water, new triggers of conflict between farmers and herders have emerged in northern Nigeria.
A rice farm in Nigeria.
The Nigerian ministry of agriculture and rural development needs to focus on the adoption of modern rice processing techniques.