Agriculture & Nutrition

Taking a space-age approach to food security

by Gareth Willmer Devex March 20, 2018

Satellite technology can play a key part in meeting the world's ever-growing need for food, through the rise of high-resolution imagery. The World Bank and many NGOs are using satellite imagery to tailor programs for smallholder farmers....

[Photo: Panos]

Gender gaps: Bane of Africa’s agricultural R&D

by Gilbert Nakweya SciDevNet March 19, 2018

Africa’s agricultural production is negatively affected by gaps in gender-responsive agricultural research, experts say. The gaps include fewer agricultural female researchers than male counterparts. Gender-responsive research addresses the distinct needs and priorities of men and women. Accordi...

Bolivia’s indigenous women cope with climate change

by Sanne Derks Al Jazeera March 4, 2018

Women in Bolivia must adapt to climate change as they work to feed their families throughout the year...

Photo: The project, which initiated in 2012, aims to expand understanding of cassava, an indispensable crop in sub-Saharan Africa. [Courtesy of Linda L. McCandless]

Cornell-Led Project Awarded $35 Million to Research Crop Vital to Africa’s Food Security

by Hnin Ei Wai Lwin The Cornell Daily Sun February 21, 2018

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom government collectively awarded $35 million to a Cornell project researching and promoting the use of cassava, a carbohydrate-rich tuber plant, in sub-Saharan Africa....

(Photo: CIA Factbook)

Can nuclear technology zap hunger in Central African Republic?

by Inna Lazareva Thomson Reuters Foundation via ReliefWeb February 19, 2018

Tucked away on the University of Bangui campus in the capital of Central African Republic, a portacabin surrounded by palm trees shelters neat rows of test-tubes filled with green shoots. Here scientists are running a laboratory using advanced nuclear-derived techniques to find a solution to one of...

The medical cost of obesity was 2.4 percent of all health care spending in Chile in 2016 and could rise to 4 percent by 2030. (Photo: Victor Ruiz Caballero/NYT)

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

by Andrew Jacobs The New York Times February 8, 2018

The Chilean government, facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, is waging war on unhealthy foods with a phalanx of marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling rules aimed at transforming the eating habits of 18 million people. New regulations, which corporate interests delayed f...

Aerial view of Amorentia, Blight’s family farm and nursery. The netting protects the plants from the ravages of hailstorms. [Photo: Howard Blight]

Can online courses fix Africa’s food insecurity?

by Nick Dall Ozy January 5, 2018

South African farmer Howard Blight's company, Agricolleges International (ACI), will roll out its first courses in early 2018, and in the next few years plans to have a curriculum incorporating all of the agrisciences and an expanding footprint across Africa....

Brande Wulff of the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom was one of the authors of a new study that reveals a method called “speed breeding.” [Photo: John Innes Centre]

Growing plants with ‘Speed Breeding’ techniques could feed the world

by Sydney Pereira Newsweek January 2, 2018

New "speed breeding" techniques can address hunger by allowing researchers to study plants and improve their genetics faster, speeding up the process of breeding crops that are more resilient to disease and pests. ...

Photo: Maureen Salim shows off a pumpkin grown amongst her trees. [Sophie Mbugua/Mongabay]

Kenyan farmers reap economic, environmental gains from ABCDs of agroforestry

by Sophie Mbugua Mongabay December 13, 2017

Kenyan farmers are building resilience and income through an intercropping system developed with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)...

[Photo: Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon]

African women are starting to take a lead in agricultural research

by Abdi Latif Dahir Quartz December 13, 2017

A new study shows that the number of African woman engaged in agricultural research is increasing...

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