The new chickpea variety is the first machine-harvestable variety released by ICRISAT in Andhra Pradesh/India.<br/>Photo: © ICRISAT (flickr)
Agriculture

31.03.2016

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics released a semi-erect chickpea variety that can be machine-harvested. With standard machinery, 2.25 tons can now be harvested within 75 minutes. This usually...more

The Anopheles mosquito has developed resistance to pyrethroid insecticides. <br/>Photo: © James Cathany/public domain image
Health

24.03.2016

Pyrethroid insecticides used to kill both farm pests and malaria-carrying mosquitoes. However, in recent years, a dramatic increase in resistance of malaria vectors in most African countries has been observed. Scientists are...more

Climate change will reduce availability of nutritious crops like vegetables.<br/>Photo: © David Trainer (flickr)
Climate change

17.03.2016

Climate change will severely impact global food production, causing an estimated 529,000 deaths by 2050 from resulting diet shifts compared with a future without higher carbon emissions, a study by English scientists predicts.more

Fortified rice can be very effective to combat micronutrient deficiencies in the diet.<br/>Photo: © IRRI
Health

10.03.2016

Eating fortified rice increases the risk of hookworm infections, a study in Cambodian schoolchildren shows, suggesting that the rice’s added nutrients inadvertently help parasites grow.more

Siphon irrigation in Tunisia.<br/>Photo: © FAO
Water

03.03.2016

Improved agricultural water management could halve the global food gap by 2050 and buffer some of the harmful climate change effects on crop yields. more

Many insects are important pollinators for agricultural products. <br/>Photo: © pixabay
Biodiversity

24.02.2016

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is intended to raise awareness of the value of biodiversity. The first assessments on the importance of pollinators for food supply will be presented...more

The new generation of hybrid plants in the greenhouse.
Plant breeding

18.02.2016

As hybrid plants provide a very high agricultural yield for only one generation, new hybrid seeds need to be produced every year. However, natural cloning via seeds might enable the efficiency of such plants to be passed on...more

Insects like the stink bug could contribute to the world’s food security
Nutrition

11.02.2016

A new study by African scientists has identified essential nutrients in an edible insect known as stink bug and suggests it as an alternative food source to help meet the dietary demands of an increasing human population.more

Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’. <br/> Photo: Rural Development Administration (RDA)

In an enhanced strategic partnership under the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) a new generation of productive and stress-tolerant rice varieties will be developed and the African rice gene pool...more

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