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Saudi Arabia's city of roses blooms in Ramadan

Taif - Every spring, roses bloom in the western Saudi city of Taif, turning pockets of the kingdom's vast desert landscape a vivid and fragrant pink.

Brazil eyes record grain harvest as China demand booms

Salto - Brazil is on track to harvest record amounts of soy, corn and other grains this year, fueled by newly booming demand for commodities, particularly from China.

Europe's heat and drought crop losses tripled in 50 years: study

Paris - The severity of crop losses driven by heat waves and drought have tripled in the last fifty years in Europe, according to a study that highlights the vulnerability of food systems to climate change.

Climate change creating new problems with crop storage

As temperatures rise, a situation is being created that illustrates a hazard that climate change is posing for agriculture. Once harvested, crops not immediately consumed or processed are stored, often, for months. That job is becoming very costly.

Advances in agritech revealed to tackle global sustainability

From using plasma to convert water into the starting material for fertilizers to growing plants in self-watering gels, agritech is rife with innovations. As pressure grows on addressing global food problems, we consider three developments in the field.

From poaching to avocados, Kenya's elephants face new threat

Makindu - Just after dawn, Tolstoy lumbers into view. A wandering giant, with tusks almost scraping the earth, this great elephant has roamed beneath Mount Kilimanjaro for nearly 50 years.

Palm oil row fuels Swiss vote on Indonesia trade deal

Zurich - Switzerland votes Sunday on a free trade deal with Indonesia but the agreement, which opens up a vast potential market, could slip up over the issue of palm oil imports.

India's sword-wielding Sikh warriors guard protesting farmers

Kundli - In an electric-blue robe, foot-high turban and wielding an antiquated sword and a walkie-talkie, Amar Singh patrols a maze of tents and tractors on a blocked highway leading into New Delhi.

Nearly a fifth of all food reaching consumers wasted: UN

Paris - Seventeen percent of the food available to consumers worldwide in 2019 -- almost one billion tonnes -- was thrown away by households, retailers, institutions and the hospitality industry, far more than previously suspected, the UN said Thursday.

Indian labour activist wins bail after torture claims

New Delhi - An Indian labour rights activist whose arrest sparked global outrage was granted bail on Friday, days after her family and supporters alleged she was tortured in custody.

Indian climate activist linked to Thunberg wins bail

New Delhi - An Indian climate change activist was granted bail on Tuesday 10 days after being arrested for allegedly creating a "toolkit" to help the country's farmer protests that was tweeted by Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg tweets support for Indian activist detained over protest 'toolkit'

Stockholm - Greta Thunberg on Friday tweeted her support for an Indian activist jailed over a guide for anti-government farmers protests, which the Swedish climate campaigner had earlier shared to social media.

Rihanna sparks new India outrage with topless Hindu god photo

New Delhi - Pop icon Rihanna has been accused of mocking a Hindu god after she was pictured topless with a pendant of Ganesha around her neck, sparking a furore in India.

Milk and music: Indian villages support protesting farmers

Connaught Place - Blasting catchy pro-farmer songs from a speaker, an electric-blue tractor rattled down an Indian village road collecting pails of milk -- just some of the donations sustaining massive protest camps outside New Delhi.

Kenya's locust hunters on tireless quest to halt ancient pest

Meru - As dawn breaks in central Kenya, a helicopter lifts off in a race to find roosting locusts before the sun warms their bodies and sends them on a ravenous flight through farmland.

Row escalates between Twitter and India over blocking accounts

New Delhi - Twitter said Wednesday it had blocked some accounts in India over comments on mass farmers' protests in New Delhi, but the social media giant refused to shut down others despite the threat of criminal action by the government.

German farmers rail against insect protection plans

Berlin - The German government is set to unveil legislation on Wednesday to halt a dramatic decline in insect populations, but farmers are up in arms over measures they say threaten their livelihoods.

India's rural rebellions — it's all in the family

New Delhi - The Tikait family has a history of being a thorn in the side of Indian governments that take on the country's farmers, and their emotional appeal has again energised a showdown with authorities.

Huge police deployment counters Indian farmers protests

New Delhi - Tens of thousands of police were deployed across India on Saturday in a bid to smother new protests by farmers fighting government agriculture reforms.

Indian celebrities slam Rihanna for farmers' protest tweet

New Delhi - Indian celebrities on Wednesday hit back at pop superstar Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg for making social media comments about mass farmers' protests.

India's Modi vows to pursue reforms after deadly farmer riot

New Delhi - India will push on with sweeping agriculture reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday, as he criticised last week's deadly riot in the capital following a long-running protest campaign by farmers.

Police tighten security as thousands join Indian farmer protests

New Delhi - Indian police tightened security Saturday around camps where farmers have been protesting against new agricultural reform laws, as thousands more arrived to join the campaign.

New clashes heighten tensions at India farmer protests

New Delhi - Clashes erupted Friday between hundreds of opponents and supporters of a major farmers protest that has disrupted the Indian capital for more than eight weeks.

Indian farmers scrap march on parliament after riots

New Delhi - Indian farmer unions have scrapped next week's planned march on parliament against new agricultural laws, as rifts emerge after violent protests in New Delhi left one person dead and almost 400 police injured.

Heavy security, roads closed after Delhi farmer riots

New Delhi - Indian police imposed heavy security and closed several main roads around New Delhi on Wednesday, a day after farmers went on the rampage in the capital, leaving one person dead and several hundred injured.

Heavy security, roads closed after Delhi farmer riots

New Delhi - Indian police imposed heavy security and closed several main roads around New Delhi on Wednesday, a day after farmers went on the rampage in the capital, leaving one person dead and dozens injured.

Delhi clashes as farmers tractor protest overshadows military parade

New Delhi - Thousands of farmers in tractor convoys burst through police barricades Tuesday to take their protest against agriculture reform to the heart of India's capital, just as the nation marked Republic Day with a giant military parade.

Tractor rally aims to overshadow India's show of military might

New Delhi - Thousands of farmers on tractors gathered outside New Delhi on Monday, gearing up to rival an annual parade of tanks and troops on India's Republic Day in a protest against the government's agricultural reforms.

Australian winemaker hits her stride in heart of Burgundy

Bligny - Jane Eyre readily admits that while working as a hairdresser in Melbourne over twenty years ago, "I probably drank more gin and tonic" -- but a flair for coaxing top-notch wines from storied Burgundy vines has propelled her into the French wine firmame...

'Death by a thousand cuts' — Earth's insects are disappearing

The world's vital insect kingdom is undergoing "death by a thousand cuts," according to the world's top bug experts. Insects, considered vital to the food chain, are slowly disappearing, and for a variety of reasons.
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