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East Africa locust invasion approaching full-blown crisis

Widespread hatching and movement in different directions of the destructive desert locusts could turn into a full-blown crisis in the coming weeks in East Africa and neighbouring countries if not stopped, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warns...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 13 Feb 2020

AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025

Addressing malnutrition and stunting at the 33rd African Union Summit, it was noted that while African countries have made progress, more needs to be done to hit the United Nations malnutrition eradication targets by 2025...

10 Feb 2020

Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it's proving hard to manage

A tree-killing beetle that invaded South Africa two years ago and wreaked havoc in the country's towns and cities still hasn't been declared an emergency plant pest...

By Trudy Paap 6 Feb 2020

Summit to explore scaling up innovation in agriculture

The fourth Agri-Food Tech & Innovation Summit, hosted by the Africa Agri Council is set to explore the upsurge in new thinking and the game-changing developments in agricultural practices and technology, and what is needed to scale these innovations to reach smallholder farmers and agribusinesses...

5 Feb 2020

Urgent funding needed to fight desert locust upsurge in Africa

The locust outbreak is the worst to strike Ethiopia and Somalia for 25 years and the worst infestation that Kenya had experienced in 70 years. Djibouti and Eritrea are now being affected...

31 Jan 2020

FAO scales up emergency response against locust upsurge in East Africa

Swarms continue to pour into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia and are rapidly spreading to the centre of the country...

22 Jan 2020

WFP forecasts global hunger hotspots in 2020

The World Food Programme's (WFP) analysis of global hunger hotspots in the first half of 2020 shows Sub-Saharan Africa's escalating hunger needs dominating the coming months with millions of people requiring life-saving food assistance...

3 Jan 2020

Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pest

A new $500m initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is leading the way...

By Rémi Nono Womdim 19 Dec 2019

FAO highlights solutions to deforestation

FAO is working with countries to coordinate land use approaches across sectors, ensuring integrated management of forests and agriculture so that both food security and forestry objectives are met...

18 Dec 2019

Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects

There is a wealth of indigenous knowledge about capturing and eating insects in Sub-Saharan Africa...

By Robert Musundire 29 Nov 2019

Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development

The Government of Italy, with support from the FAO, recently held an event highlighting Mediterranean and other traditional healthy diets as fundamental to...

28 Nov 2019

Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'

Scientists are calling on African policymakers to act urgently to control the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which threaten the wider ecosystem and food security, and have been banned by the European Union.

By Munyaradzi Makoni 25 Nov 2019

To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn't

Synthetic biology lets us explore places where evolution has never gone, to help meet humanity's food needs in a future shaped by climate change...

By Claudia Vickers 20 Nov 2019

Warehousing: A foundation for economic growth

Warehouses tend to be one of the most ignored elements of infrastructure and logistics, but are a fundamental part of the supply chain...

By Geoffrey White 1 Nov 2019

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