Agriculture & Nutrition

A vegetable farm. A reality TV show, Don’t Lose the Plot, targets youth (Photo: File/Nation Media Group)

TV show to promote farming as ‘cool’ for youth

by Maryanne Gicobi The East African May 9, 2017

Four young farmers, two each from Kenya and Tanzania, are part of the first agriculture reality TV show, Don’t Lose the Plot, where participants will battle it out for a $10,000 prize. The show is an endeavour to change the perception of farming among Kenyan and Tanzanian youth in an effort to mak...

Venezuela Is Starving

by Juan Forero The Wall Street Journal May 7, 2017

Once Latin America’s richest country, Venezuela can no longer feed its people, hobbled by the nationalization of farms as well as price and currency controls....

The report said more than 1 million children who receive free school meals during term time, and 2 million more with working parents still in poverty are at risk of hunger over the summer. (Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)

School holidays leave 3 million children at risk of hunger, report says

by Patrick Butler The Guardian April 27, 2017

Up to 3 million children risk going hungry during the school holidays, leaving them vulnerable to malnutrition and undermining their education and life chances, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned....

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Fall armyworm spreads to East Africa

by FAO Report April 26, 2017

As millions of east African farmers seek to recover from a devastating drought, they face a new threat – the fall armyworm. The pest has been recently detected in Kenya and is suspected to have entered the country from Uganda. It is also known to be present in Burundi, Ethiopia and Rwanda. ...

Building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture. (Photo: David Oliver/University of the Witwatersrand)

Urban farming produces more than food: social networks are a key spinoff

by David Oliver The Conversation April 13, 2017

Urban farmers not only develop the kinds of friendships they can draw on during tough times. But they also develop broader networks with other farmers, with NGOs, with government and with local markets that allow them to build a career....

Quinoa is harvested in the highlands in Puno region, south-eastern Peru. The crop could help improve global food security. (Photo: ICT/Tomas Munita)

Quinoa genome unveiled in search for hardy crop to feed world

by The Guardian March 6, 2017

Some strains can tolerate 38-degree days, salty soils and high altitudes, say researchers. The near-complete genome of quinoa was unveiled on Wednesday by scientists who say the grain cultivated centuries ago by Incas in the Andes could help feed a hungry world....

Video: Soybean Innovation Lab SMART Farm Improves Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Africa

by Dan Boomgarden Agrilinks January 27, 2017

Watch how the Soybean Innovation Lab's SMART Farm is generating critical new data for increasing smallholder farmer yields....

Microbiome experts to speak at World Economic Forum

by Melanie Cordova Cornell Chronicle January 19, 2017

Three Cornell University faculty members are presenting ideas about tiny things to a gathering of influential thought leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. Microbiomes, the combined genetic material of microorganisms in a  particular environment,  too small to be seen with th...

Universal access to global agriculture data will improve food security policies, say campaigners

Open data aims to boost food security prospects

by Mark Kinver, Environment Reporter BBC BBC.Com January 19, 2017

Rothamsted Research, a leading agricultural research institution, is attempting to make data from long-term experiments available to all. In partnership with a data consultancy, is it developing a method to make complex results accessible and useable. The instit...

Vertical farming can allow former cropland to go back to nature and reverse the plundering of the earth. Illustration: Bruce McCall/ The New Yorker

The Vertical Farm: Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light.

by Ian Frazier The New Yorker January 9, 2017

Today in the U.S., vertical farms of various designs and sizes exist in Seattle, Detroit, Houston, Brooklyn, Queens, and near Chicago, among other places....

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