Agriculture & Nutrition

One way to reduce food waste: Use it to make soil healthier

by Matthew Wallenstein, Cynthia Kallenbach and Peter Olayemi Phys.org November 12, 2018

Food waste contains valuable nutrients that can make soil healthier and more productive. Our research group at Colorado State University is working with Leprino Foods, a global supplier of dairy products, to explore the potential for transforming lactose – the natural sugar in milk – into a res...

New Pest in India Could Threaten National and Asian Food Security

by Charu Bahri The Quint October 29, 2018

Fall Army Worm has been spotted in India for the first time, threatening crops and food security throughout Asia....

The dating game: When food goes bad

by Alla Katsnelson Knowable Magazine October 22, 2018

New technologies to predict spoilage time could slash the massive waste between farm and fork...

From food security to nutrition security

by Ashok Gulati , Ritika Juneja The Indian Express October 15, 2018

Biotechnology can be a game-changer in the battle against malnutrition in much the same way that the Green Revolution was in ensuring self sufficiency....

Aquafarmers on the front lines

by Jenny Seifert Phys.org September 11, 2018

Many of the world's future farmers will likely be farming oceans, as aquaculture—the cultivation of fish and other aquatic species—continues its expansion as the fastest growing food sector. New research shows that in order for this next generation of farmers to thrive, there is an urgent need t...

Pest-proof bags and bins slim Tanzania’s ‘lean season’

by Wesley Langat Reuters September 9, 2018

Improved storage techniques have shown they can cut the loss of harvested maize by 10 percent in Tanzania, and help one-third fewer households go hungry in the lean season, Swiss researchers said....

The Very Hot, Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Ed Yong The Atlantic September 2, 2018

Climate change will mean more insects, and less food for humans. A new study attempts to calculate how much of our food crops will be impacted by these changes....

Agroecology key to food security in developing countries

by Rachel Wynberg and Laura Pereira The University of Cape Town News September 2, 2018

Rachel Wynberg, Associate Professor and DST/NRF Bio-economy Research Chair, University of Cape Town and Laura Pereira, Researcher/Lecturer at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University, argue that developing countries should not strive for industrial agriculture. Inste...

What Will the World Eat in the Next Decade?

by Agnieszka de Sousa, Alan Bjerga and Cindy Hoffman Bloomberg August 30, 2018

India will eat more butter and drink more milk. Africa’s sweet tooth will grow bigger. But China’s appetite for pork is on the wane. Each of these trends will reshape global trade flows in agriculture, creating new winners—and forcing companies to adjust their food chains to serve shifting tas...

Photo: Debisi Araba [courtesy Debisi Araba]

Technology Could Soon Revolutionize Agriculture In Africa

by Lorin Fries Forbes August 28, 2018

Forbes interviews CIAT's Debisi Araba, the dynamic regional director for Africa at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) about the potential for technology to transform agriculture in Africa....