Seizing the day.
Zimbabwe has two lost decades to move on from. Fortunately, there are many ways out.
New research shows just how bad tobacco farming can be for the environment and for farmers.
A fisherman shows an oil slick close to the Niger Delta following a large spill in 2013.
The move by the African Union to develop a policy to regulate the impact of firms on human rights puts it ahead of other regions as it seeks to guide companies conducting activities on the continent.
Cassava makes up nearly 50 percent of the diet in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where populations are projected to increase by more than 120 percent in the next 30 years.
CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Cassava is a key food source in tropical countries, but yields have been flat for decades. New genetic research is identifying many options for boosting production of this valuable staple crop.
Lack of support for beneficiaries of land reform in South Africa has seen many new farmers fail to live off the land.
South Africa’s government makes much of its efforts of putting more land in the hands of the previously disenfranchised black majority. Yet, many beneficiaries continue to wallow in poverty.
Drought tolerant beans in Malawi. Africa needs improved agricultural practices to be implemented by smallholder farmers.
Neil Palmer/CGIAR Research Program/ Flickr
The development community has overlooked the ethical dilemmas associated with raising one individual above others through farmer-to-farmer systems.
Water and agriculture is high on the agenda at this year’s climate talks.
The current climate talks in Morocco are a golden opportunity for making strides on the adaptation of African agriculture. African countries need the tools necessary to do so.
Women from a local cocoa farmers’ association spread cocoa beans to dry in Djangobo, Niable in eastern Ivory Coast.
There’s been uneven progress, but African agriculture has shown remarkable improvement compared to 15 years ago
Researchers at several institutions are searching for microbial solutions for Africa’s low-performing staple crops.
Microbial-based solutions are perhaps the best-kept secret in agricultural innovation.
Africa has the potential to take the lead in the drive to achieve sustainable agriculture.
Sustainable agriculture in Africa has the ability to act as an example for other regions worldwide. But to do this the approaches and technology taken must be interdisciplinary.
Some farmers are suspicious of technological innovation. But technology can really help them.
It’s been proved that prizes can boost cultural innovation. The same is certainly true for innovation in agriculture – which Africa desperately needs.
A woman harvests roses in a greenhouse at a flower farm outside Addis Ababa. Floriculture has boomed in Ethiopia.
Considering all the positive signs Ethiopia might very well be on its way to become Africa’s industrial powerhouse.
Food security efforts need to look beyond urban agriculture.
It’s important to question whether the promotion of urban agriculture can actually help people, or whether other solutions should be explored.
Nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients for soils and Africa doesn’t have enough.
Nitrogen inputs in African soil must be carefully used. If they’re not, there will be unintended consequences for the environment and human health.
Cattle drink water from an almost dry dam in South Africa. The drought in the region is one of a number of troubling issues that remain largely hidden from public sight.
One of the many intriguing ideas of the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was this: the limits of my language means the limits of my world. Does this explain the failure to see the gathering gloom…
Proper management of Africa’s savanna regions is crucial for the continent’s climate and food security future.
Africa’s savannas provide high potential for farming development but this needs to be done in a smart manner to not worsen climate change.
Community education is a vital part of the Malawi Farmer to Farmer Agroecology project.
Carmen Bezner Kerr
Agroecological techniques that mimic nature – the antithesis of GMOs and high-cost fertilizers – have made farmers in developing countries more resilient to extreme weather.
The Sahel, the transition zone between the arid north of Africa and tropic south, has highly variable rainfall.
Center for International Forestry Research.
Field trials in Senegal show native shrubs can access deep-soil water and make it available to adjacent crops – a technique that could alleviate drought conditions in marginal lands around the world.
An Ethiopian girl sells barley seeds in northern Tigray. The sub-Saharan Africa seed industry remains largely informal.
The seed industry in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from many challenges. India, which has one of the biggest seed markets in the world, offers some lessons on how these challenges could be overcome.
Can science help the developing world stave off a food crisis?
The challenges of feeding a hungry planet are many. Gene editing crops to be more productive, nutritious or hardy could help, but concerns about GMOs abound.