Drought warning near Exeter, Devon, in 1976.
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Unlike this time, the dry summer of 1976 followed a particularly dry year.
Algorithm can help farmers and governments make smart farming decisions.
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Algorithms can help determine what farm inputs and policies can boost food production.
Lorries blocked at the border between DRC and Zambia. Poor roads are a major stumbling block to trade.
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Producers in Zambia should be getting more for their crops, and buyers in East Africa should be paying less, alleviating food price spikes.
Women entrepreneurs in Africa face challenges which make them additionally vulnerable to climate change.
School feeding programs are key to improving enrolment.
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In addition to improving health and education outcomes, school feeding programmes bring social protection and help develop local agricultural economies by boosting local farming activities.
The new State of the Environment report shows Australia’s soil and the life it holds is in poor condition. We need to protect our underground biodiversity.
Sindhi cattle near Amazon rainforest:
flexitarian diets could feed the growing world population without further encroaching onto wild habitat.
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Infectious diseases originating in wild animals are high and may be increasing. This is a sign that ecosystem degradation is undermining the planet’s capacity to sustain human wellbeing.
Africa’s biggest wheat importers will benefit the most from a resumption of Ukraine grain shipments.
If Russia keeps its word, the benefits will be immediate. Grain prices could soften as more grain supplies become available to the world market.
People fish in the Vaal River but are not always aware of the risks associated with microplastic pollution.
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The Vaal River, which serves more than 11 million people, is considerably polluted with microplastics.
After years of neglect, Australia’s environmental crises can wait no longer. Here’s what our new government can do quickly to begin turning things around.
We can no longer pretend we’re separate to nature. If ecosystems collapse, our society will be threatened too.
In 2020, desert locus plague of biblical proportions darkened skies over the Horn of Africa. In part it was caused by high rainfall and flooding in areas usually spared by the insect.
Trade regulation by rich countries against pests and disease is gradually making its way into the less developed nations. On top of safer foods, new research shows this could also bring sustainable growth.
The sun sets on Sri Lanka’s protest movement (for now).
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Protests over shortages forced the ouster of Sri Lanka’s president, but the crisis has deep-set roots in ethnonationalism, which has encouraged corruption, argues an expert on the country’s politics.
Cowpea is a popular protein source in West Africa.
Cowpea is an important crop in Ghana. What will a genetically modified version mean for the country’s farmers?
Satellite photo of an algal bloom in western Lake Erie, July 28, 2015.
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Nutrient pollution fouls lakes and bays with algae, killing fish and threatening public health. Progress curbing it has been slow, mainly because of farm pollution.
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Known as ting or amazimba, indigenous sorghum is resilient and rich in cultural and health benefits – yet crops are declining.
Foot and mouth disease hasn’t been on our doorstep since the 1980s. Keeping it out of Australia is a new national priority.
Satellite imagery monitors environmental changes to inform agricultural decisions. Agricultural patterns are distinctly visible in this near-vertical false colour infrared photography of farmland south of Khartoum, Sudan.
Technologies being developed for growing food in space have contributed to advances in agriculture and crops on Earth.
Workers fill bags with fertiliser in Morocco’s northern city of Meknes.
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How well Morocco manages challenges to its fertiliser industry will affect its own development and the stability of food supplies across the world.
A cotton field in Lubbock, Texas.
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Plant breeding, informed by genetic analysis, could be critical to the future of one of the world’s oldest crops.