A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world's poorest children. [more]



International trade of food crops led to freshwater savings worth 2.4 billion US dollars in 2005 and had a major impact on local water stress. This is shown in a new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research...[more]

Plant protection


Around 200 crops pests per country go undetected because countries do not have enough scientific capacity to detect them warns a study by British scientists from Exeter University. [more]



As a part of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) initiative, a consortium of scientists in the United States and Africa have achieved an important step towards introducing pro-vitamin A (beta carotene) into sorghum, a staple...[more]



Sufficient food is available for increasing numbers of people. However, dependence of countries on international trade in foodstuffs has grown considerably in recent decades, a new study by the Finish Aalto University indicates.[more]

Plant breeding


Two fungus diseases – Fusarium Wilt and Black Sigatoka – are threatening the commercial banana production around the globe. Scientists are trying to develop resistant varieties, but progress, either by classical breeding or by...[more]

Climate change


According to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), a significant share of bioenergy in the future energy mix will be needed to reduce emission of greenhouse gases. The impact on the world...[more]

Climate change


Oceans, plants and soils are important carbon sinks. However, scientists at TU München and Helmholtz Zentrum München in Germany have found out that carbon bonds to certain soil structures only. This could lead to a reassessment...[more]

Plant breeding


Researchers at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA, have successfully grown seed yams in the air using aeroponics technology, raising hopes for the propagation of virus- and disease-free planting materials.[more]

Climate change


A pioneering effort by research groups co-operating across the world has resulted in comprehensive insights into future impacts of climate change ranging from water scarcity to yield risk.[more]

Crop protection


New findings could help to develop banana varieties which are resistant to nematodes.[more]



The cocoa harvest of cocoa trees populated with unmanipulated, species-rich ant communities is up to 27 per cent higher than in trees where ants are excluded.[more]

Plant breeding


A major gene that is responsible for increasing yields, the SPIKE gene, has been discovered by scientists from IRRI and Japan.[more]

Climate change


The transfer of CO2 by inland waters and their role in the carbon cycle has been underestimated up to now. Inland waters release a total of approximately 2.1 billion tons, corresponding to one fifth of human-induced carbon...[more]



The free accessible web tool Rice Crop Manager, developed by IRRI and DAPhilRice, aims to improve rice yields and increase farmer incomes. [more]



Recent studies have shown that modern breeding for high yield, visual appearance and long shelf life led to an unintentional decline in taste and the content of essential nutrients in vegetables. AVRDC – The World Vegetable...[more]

Climate change


Climate change could be greater than previously assumed, experts say. While the data from climate research is not always unambiguous, it is nevertheless clear that the emitter countries must do more than they have done to reduce...[more]



Technology is playing a major role by helping farmers in developing nations step up their skills, to not only compete at the international platform but also to progressively participate in the fight against hunger in the...[more]

Soil fertility


Crop yield improvement is dearly needed in sub-Saharan Africa, but remarkably, African farmers do not adopt the available ‘Green Revolution’ fertiliser technologies. This has many reasons, a crucial one being soil properties.[more]

Soil fertility


Soils are naturally poor in sub-Saharan Africa, and poor management has further reduced their productive capacity. The author argues that more fertiliser use is required to reverse further nutrient mining and productivity decline...[more]


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