While malnutrition, affecting millions of women and children, continues to be a major problem in Africa, a new variety of pearl millet called chakti -- the first biofortified pearl millet variety in the continent -- is expected to help tackle the public health concern. Developed by the breeders at the...
Ferne Edwards, RMIT University and Anna R. Davies, Trinity College Dublin Food sharing is experiencing a renaissance in cities around the world. By food sharing, we mean the collaborative growing, cooking, eating and distributing of food as well as sharing food-related skills, spaces and tools. This is nothing new, of course,...
A transformation in food production is needed if we have to safeguard the planet's biodiversity, which is facing increasing threats, the FAO has said. The planetary biodiversity — genetic diversity at the level of organisms; diversity at the species level; and diversity ecosystem level -- faces a number of threats...
About 40% of Nairobi’s water supply gets lost on the way to consumers. Shutterstock/Sopotnicki Maimbo Malesu, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) For the past month Kenya has had torrential rainfall. This followed devastating droughts in parts of the country. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner asked Maimbo Malesu how the country can make better...
While India has only 10 million hectares of land under irrigation -- only one-seventh of its potential -- the government has allocated Rs 5,000 crore to create a fund that would bring more area under the water efficient irrigation system. The ‘Micro Irrigation Fund’ (MIF) with NABARD under Pradhan Mantri...
Cocoa fruit pods. Shutterstock/PixieMe Philippe Vaast, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions – attributed in large part to climate change. Chocolate, one...
A woman harvests groundnuts in Malawi. Land ownership does not automatically empower women. ILRI/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, Lund University In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many...
Fall armyworm. Sevgan Subramanian Saliou Niassy, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology and Sevgan Subramanian, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology Cereal farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing heavy losses due to the devastation by an invasive pest: the Fall army worm - Spodoptera frugiperda. In Africa it has caused...
As the Coalition announces tougher penalties. Labor has promised to phase out the trade. AAP/Animals Australia Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The federal government will announce tougher penalties for breaches in the live sheep industry - ahead of receiving the review it has commissioned into the controversial northern summer trade. Resisting mounting...
By Diana Crow The bitterly cold, dry air of the Central Asian steppe is a boon to researchers who study the region. The frigid climate “freeze-dries” everything, including centuries-old trees that once grew on lava flows in Mongolia’s Orkhon Valley. A recent study of the tree-ring record, published in March,...

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