By Tania Rabesandratana The technologies needed to curb food losses after harvests exist, and the first thing farmers need to adopt them is awareness that the problem can be solved. “Reasonable investments” and the right business models to develop markets, engage entrepreneurs and ease access to finance can then create a...
Agricultural commodity prices have been rising for the last two months -- averaging 172.8 points in March, 1.1 per cent higher than in February-- driven by the price rise of cereals and dairy products, the Food and Agriculture Organization. The prices of cereals increased by 2.7 per cent (165.6 points) and...
By Baraka Rateng’ Scientists have shown through genomic prediction models that it is possible to speed up banana breeding, giving hope to breeders and smallholders looking for improved varieties. Banana is an important staple crop for millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially those in East Africa. In a study published...
By Ranjit Devraj Shifting away from white, polished rice to a diet that includes more wheat and coarse grains can improve how Indians deal with micronutrient deficiencies, and reduce greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions associated with paddy cultivation, says a new study. Published in the March edition of the journal Global...
With the allocation Rs 2824 crore, the Indian central government has approved the extension of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) agricultural resource centre programme till 2019-20. The approval was given by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. The centres act as knowledge and resource hubs the district and build models of technology...
Farmers from southern state Tamil Nadu will start a hunger strike in the Indian capital to pressure the central government to set up Cauvery Management Board, a body to decide Cauvery river water sharing formula between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, by 29 March. While the Supreme Court directed the central...
The Kenyan government will lift a ban it imposed on poutry from Uganda, after it has been put in place 25 months ago, due to an outbreak of avian influenza in the country. The move, which follows an assessment that ascertained that the neighbouring country was free of avian influenza...
Pigeon pea farmers in Tanzania are hit by a ban on imports announced by India, the major buyer of the pulse. The Indian Commerce and Industry issued announcing restrictions on imports from countries it doesn't have a bilateral agreement on pulses trade, as the country witnessed overproduction in pulses this...
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a secure facility holding seed samples from more than 76 global depositor institutes has completed its 10 years in February. Located on the Spitzbergen island, the vault is owned by the Norwegian government, and stores seed samples from more than 76 global depositor institutes. Carved inside a mountain...
Over 124 million people across 51 countries –11 million more than the previous year -- are facing hunger crises, mainly as a result of climate disasters and conflict, says a United Nations report. The report that found a surge in levels of acute hunger in 2017 showed that conflict continued to...

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