It’s critical to ensure that smallholder farming groups are run democratically.
South Africa's smallholder farmers face major obstacles but being in groups can help them.
Cattle that are grass-fed, antibiotic- and growth hormone-free gather at a farm in Oregon in 2015. There’s a debate over whether antibiotic use in livestock makes germs more resistant to the drugs, and results in infections being passed on to humans who consume the meat.
(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
The use of antibiotics in raising livestock is complex. We could be moving towards a less-than-ideal result due to poor understanding, over-simplistic messaging and a rush for competitive advantage.
Australia’s romantic attitude to farming has done untold damage to the land.
The powerful ideological connection between Australia and agriculture is being increasingly scrutinised. A spate of recent books have recast basic assumptions about our relationship to the land.
An 1870 news report said wild horses were “hated and shot by all”. What has changed since?
Brumbies have a devoted following among high country locals, despite the fact that they were despised by colonial settler farmers. Their mythical status today owes a lot to cultural figures such as Banjo Paterson.
Southern Australia's debate may be exacerbated by climate change, but it's not that simple.
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.
A bee visits an almond flower – an essential process for almond farmers.
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Many fruits, nuts and other crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers at just the right time of year. Many farmers rent bees to get the job done at pollination time.
A protester holds a placard at an Adelaide rally against live export.
In choosing not to ban the live export trade even in the hottest northern months, the federal government is allowing animals to be put in conditions where they cannot possibly escape suffering.
There's plenty of evidence that modern swill-feeding would be safe, sustainable, and popular.
Some farmers are starting to incorporate organic practices into their operations.
Some conventional vegetable farms in Canada are starting to use organic methods in their operations.
Whoosa vicious helpful predator? You are! Yes you are!
Dingoes increase cattle yields, mountain lions reduce car crashes and vultures eat organic waste: like them or not, predators help humans.
Great growth is possible if small-scale farmers are taken seriously.
South Africa's land reform programme will fail if it continues to neglect smallholder farming.
The cabbage plantation on Lonwabo Jwili’s farm emerged from the toils that up-and-coming black farmers have to endure.
South Africa's land reform process will fail if it continues to neglect small and emerging black farmers.
Slugs are voracious feeders.
The nematode that can turn slugs into zombies.
Multiple reports have convincingly demonstrated that agroecology is the most promising pathway to sustainable food systems on all continents. But governments aren't doing enough to support it.
Harvest season on a wine farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The country is struggling with land redistribution.
South Africa's land policy is flailing around in the dark, with the haziest of understandings of how well or how badly land reform is doing.
Farmer-led development projects in places like Tanzania, shown here, can increase access to food and water, and reconnect people to nature.
Farmer-led development work can improve people's lives, provide access to food and water - and re-connect them to nature.
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Climate change could hurt Indian farmers' income by up to 20-25% in the medium term.
There are concerns that the new draft poultry standards don’t truly have chickens’ welfare at heart.
The current review of standards for egg and poultry farming does little to assuage fears that the industry wields too much influence. Only an independent regulator can restore public confidence.
Zimbabwe's new administration has promised to revive the country's agricultural sector. Here's what it needs to do.