Ethiopia has seen massive improvements in areas like infrastructure following success in agriculture.
Sub-Saharan Africa has seen widespread economic growth since 1995. But increased agricultural productivity is needed to translate that growth into poverty reduction.
An Indonesian oil palm smallholder sells fruit bunches to a trader.
Over the past few years many companies have committed to sustainable palm oil. But that is threatened by a growing alliance between industry and government.
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Busting some myths about European farm subsidies.
Motor symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness or loss of spontaneous movement.
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 living with the disease. But what do we know about the causes and risk factors?
In semi-arid areas, climate information that is tailored to farmers’ needs can reduce their vulnerability to climate change.
Building on local experience and having access to current and expected climate trends is crucial to adapting to climate change for farmers in semi-arid regions.
Why a show about village life in a fictional town somewhere in middle England has been making headline news.
Eggs cartons will need to show stocking density on the carton.
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New standards for free-range eggs will limit stocking densities and mean hens must have access to outdoors.
Farming land in New South Wales.
Growing population, growing demand for food, climate change: Australia's rural lands are facing a number of pressures. So how can we sustainably use them in the future?
Beefy problem: livestock emit methane, but the soils where they graze can be much more climate-friendly than cropland.
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Eating meat means greenhouse emissions. But the emissions from growing crops may have been underestimated, meaning that a climate-friendly diet isn't as straightforward as simply going vegetarian.
‘Chook farms ruin lives!’. Australians consume a lot of cheap chicken, but not all of them appreciate an intensive chicken factory as a neighbour.
As consumption has soared and prices have fallen, the realities of industrial chicken farming often clash with the values of people who live on the urban fringes where broiler farms are sited.
Artichokes growing in Werribee South, an area that uses recycled water for irrigation.
Australians eat a lot of water. Nearly 500 L is required to produce the food each of us eats every day.
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.
Sydney’s farms on the urban fringe produce 10% of the city’s fresh vegetables.
Farms on Sydney's fringes supply 20% of the city's food. That could drop by more than half if urban sprawl isn't kept in check.
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French farms have seen a major outbreak of bluetongue virus, which can be fatal for sheep.
Are you a beaver believer?
The case for why this dog-sized rather laid-back herbivore should be reintroduced to the UK.
The informal seed sector in Africa is massive – 90% of farmers get their seeds from there.
More than 90% of Africa' small-scale famers get their seeds from informal systems. Governments and donors should shift their attention from the formal and invest more in the informal sector.
When elephants venture into human settlements, they cause significant damage to crops and property.
Elephant numbers are increasing in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Their search for food is leading them into conflict with farmers living adjacent to game parks. Bees could prove to be the answer to the problem.
The Western Cape in South Africa has mapped out a plan to help farmers cope with expected climate change threats to agriculture.
South Africa's Western Cape is the first region in the country to put together a comprehensive plan to help farmers deal with changes in weather patterns brought on by climate change.
A hoverfly on a sunflower.
Next time you reach for the honey, spare a thought for the other vital insects that pollinate our crops.
GM: often assumed to be better.
The solutions presented by GM crops are rarely tested against the other options. Take a look at our philosophy of farming and it all starts to make sense.