Potatoes grown in the Kibirichia area of Mount Kenya.
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Potato productivity in Kenya is declining, this is partly due to potato cyst nematodes - a microscopic type of roundworm that feeds on potato roots.
Dairy cows in the Fraser Valley, B.C.
Technological changes on the horizon will likely disrupt the dairy industry as we know it — plans to mitigate the risks this transition poses to farmer livelihoods and animal welfare should start now.
Two profoundly disruptive events combined to make life even more challenging for UK farmers, and now their mental health is suffering. Here’s what can be done.
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The agricultural workforce is changing but a worryingly unsophisticated understanding of workforce diversity lingers in the sector – especially in terms of Indigenous involvement in agriculture.
A vegetable farmer with her produce.
A new study faults a well-established concept that informs land-use policies in developing countries.
Restoring farmland is one of the best ways to tackle climate and environmental issues over the long-term. But this doesn’t appear to be part of the Nationals deal.
Resolutions should include dialogues with all parties involved in the herders-farmers conflict.
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Farmer-herder conflict is taking its toll on productivity in northern Nigeria. Efforts to solve this problem must include all stakeholders and take into account their concerns.
By spending $2 billion each year for about 30 years, we could restore much of Australia’s severely denuded landscapes.
A small-scale farmer in Soweto, South Africa.
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Most farmers experienced reduced demand and lower prices for their produce. There were also disruptions to production.
A herd of elephants in Mali.
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Elephants avoided areas where others were poached.
Farmers in Sikka District, East Nusa Tenggara.
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Do farmers fare better together in the face of a changing climate?
Members of displaced farming communities often end up in internally displaced persons camp like this one in Maiduguri, Borno State.
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They do menial jobs but also trust in God as a coping strategy.
Chlorpyrifos is widely used on crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn and soybeans.
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What kind of evidence does it require to get a widely used chemical banned? A professor of medicine and former state regulator explains how the case for chlorpyrifos as a threat to public health developed.
Water flows into a canal that feeds farms in Casa Grande, Ariz.
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A long-expected federal drought declaration underlines how serious the Colorado River water shortage has become for Western states.
Barnaby Joyce’s pro-mining stance is at odds with the more progressive quarters of the party, and puts the Nationals in a difficult position on global carbon tariffs.
The federal budget included $32 million to promote schemes in which farmers who adopt sustainable practices earn money on private markets. Evidence suggests the approach is plagued with problems.
West African cocoa farmers are largely poor despite the value of their crop.
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Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire’s best option is to control and restrict supply instead of simply adding a price premium.
Kat Becker’s Wisconsin farm shows some of the challenges facing young farm families.
Both are essential on a farm, but the costs are making it harder for young farmers to grow their businesses.
Increasing poverty is forcing more women to become farmers in Adamawa State.
Drug abuse among women farmers in Adamawa State, north east Nigeria, is rising.
Conflicts between nomadic livestock farmers and crop farmers are common in Ghana.
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Institutional problems make it difficult to satisfy livestock and crop farmers’ interests, already in contest over agricultural resources.