Scanning the news, it's easy to think the world is falling apart. But, on Monday, we got a major piece of good news: hunger is on a major decline in the world. Since 1990, there's been a sustained and massive collapse in the number of people who have difficulty accessing food.
Can a wasp feed the world? It can help: If its larvae are nurtured near millet fields where a devastating moth steals harvests from the field, they can grow to become predators that destroy the pests and save a crop. And that just might put more food in more mouths and earn money for struggling farmers in the world’s poorest countries, The Kansas City Star reported.
Human civilisation is facing a complex and growing list of interrelated grand challenges in the 21st century. The population of the world has grown at an alarming rate, with current population estimated at seven billion and projected to stabilise at around nine and one-half billion by 2050 and beyond. The prevailing narrative is that we will need to increase food production by about 70% over current levels to feed a fast growing world population.
With climate change threatening global food supplies, new research claims the rich flora of China could be crucial to underpin food security in the future. A team from the University of Birmingham and partners in China have identified 871 wild plant
A new generation of plant-friendly microscopic bacteria and fungi is increasing crop yields as much as 10 percent in test plots, according to Monsanto and Novozymes executives speaking last week at a BioAg Alliance Media Day.
Africa is in the midst of a major agricultural crisis, with the quality of the continent's soil degrading at an alarming rate. However, new research has revealed that efforts to improve this situation are working, doubling to tripling crop yield in affected areas within the last five years.
COLOGNE/HARARE - The secretive and ostracised, North Korean regime of Kim Jong-Un has reportedly moved to secure massive tracks of agricultural land from President Robert Mugabe, to grow that country’s staple food of rice and sometimes maize, The Telescope News reported.Mugabe's botched land refo.
With over 1,500 lives lost from the Ebola epidemic, people living in the three most effected nations are also facing a looming food crisis that will certainly affect the health and welfare of everyone as well as the economies of their countries.
Discussions on curbing greenhouse gas emissions always seem to proceed excruciatingly slowly, as climate change is forever being brushed aside as a far off concern for a distant future. They fail time and again because politicians of all stripes pay more attention to the short-term horizon of the next election than the world future generations will live in. Future generations - after all - cannot vote.
India's ozone pollution is a growing problem and now, scientists have announced that it's damaged millions of tons of the country's major crops. In fact, it's caused losses of more than a billion dollars and has destroyed enough food to feed tens of millions of people.
Each year, USDA prepares ten-year projections of global agricultural supply, demand, and trade. In each projection, China—with its large population, rapid economic growth, and anticipated dietary change—is a key component. Since at least the 1980s, agricultural analysts have anticipated that China’s dietary transition to a more meat-rich diet would have important impacts on world agricultural markets.