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Lost and damaged: Philippine volcano steals livelihoods

Amadeo - Decimated fish, scarred coffee plants and vanished tourists: the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines has inflicted significant damage on the livelihoods of tens of thousands and is expected to cause more.

Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt

Nairobi - Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister said Friday.

Colombia destroys record amount of coca leaf plantations

Apo - Colombia broke its record in 2019 for manually destroying illegal coca leaf plantations, the primary ingredient in cocaine, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.

Brazil cocoa follows in footsteps of famed wines, boosting prices

Coaraci - With an attentive eye, Henrique Almeida watches a technician carefully open a hundred cocoa pods, while another worker on the plantation collects samples in bags to check whether the batch conforms to the "South Bahia" geographical indication.

Brazil's sparkling wine producers carve a growing niche

Matupa - Four workers in a wine cave quickly rotate hundreds of stored bottles a quarter-turn to help with fermentation.Are we in France's Champagne country?

African swine fever kills nearly 30,000 pigs in Indonesia

Jakarta - Tens of thousands of pigs have died from African swine fever in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, officials said Thursday, the first time the virus has been detected in the country.

Trade war hangover: Spirits industry tries to avoid tariff crossfire

New York - Bourbon from Kentucky and Scotch whisky have already been targeted. What's next? French cognac?

After drought, floods compound Somalia's year of climate misery

Beledweyne - As Somalia withered from drought early this year, and her goats dropped dead from thirst, Maka Abdi Ali begged for rain. When the skies finally opened, nature was unmerciful.

Oxen and horses put back to work in Cuba

Villa - A lack of fuel, in large part due to the US blockade, is forcing Cubans to return to horse and ox power for farming, transport and everyday travel.

Gaza fields, ravaged by Israeli herbicides, bloom again

Gaza - From his field of aubergines in the Gaza Strip Massud Habib gazes at the nearby Israeli border security barrier, squinting in the late autumn sun.

Bolivia's farmers criticize Morales, fight centralization

Montero - Bolivian dairy farmer Jose Roca's blue eyes glow with anger when he talks about indigenous ex-president Evo Morales and his supporters. "They call us racists, separatists, all the bad adjectives are for us," he says.

Green palm oil push: Kit Kat, Dove makers could face fines

Kuala Lumpur - Companies that make top brands including Kit Kat chocolate and Dove soap may face fines if they fail to buy more green palm oil under new rules aimed at improving the controversial industry's environmental sustainability.

Amnesty says Brazil must combat illegal Amazon cattle ranching

Bras - Amnesty International called on Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday to halt illegal cattle farms it said was fuelling the destruction of the Amazon.

US hails $110 mn rice export agreement with S.Korea

Washington - South Korea has agreed to buy more than $100 million in annual US rice exports, US officials said Tuesday.

Ukrainian parliament launches 'historic' land sale reform

Kiev - Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday backed a key bill to create a land market and open up the sale of farmland from 2020, despite a feared public backlash.

The coffee conundrum: consumption is up but trade prices are low

London - Despite a steady increase in coffee consumption around the world, trade prices have fallen dramatically in the past three years, hitting producers. At the same time, the cost of an espresso or latte remains as full-fat as ever. What's going on?

China to resume Canadian beef, pork imports: Trudeau

Ottawa - China has agreed to resume imports of Canadian beef and pork, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday, signalling a breakthrough in their tense relations.

Probiotics can protect pollinators from colony collapse disorder

Research into honeybees shows that the use of probiotics can be part of a solution to address the issue of colony collapse disorder and hence to protect pollinators, which are vital for agriculture.

Trump vows China trade deal will help farmers

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday again said a trade deal is imminent with Beijing that will help American farmers hurt by retaliation in the grinding conflict between the economic powers.

Farmers fear leftist return in Argentina

Ramallo - Record grain harvests were a much needed boon to Argentine agribusiness this year, but farmers here see trouble ahead if leftist Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez wins Sunday's presidential election.

Thailand to ban glyphosate and other high-profile pesticides

Bangkok - Thailand edged closer Tuesday to banning glyphosate and two other controversial pesticides despite protests from farmers in a multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry aiming to be the "kitchen of the world".

Essential Science: Improving agriculture with new AgriTech

AgriTech and associated financial solutions are revolutionizing agriculture, helping to secure the food supply and boost agricultural economics. This week’s Essential Science surveys some of the innovations.

Farmers' strike causes disruption across Netherlands

Den Haag - Thousands of tractor-driving Dutch farmers stepped up protests on Wednesday against the government's climate policies, prompting authorities to block off parliament with army vehicles.

Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but US farmers want details

New York - Saying China has promised to buy up to $50 billion in US agricultural products, President Donald Trump is encouraging American farmers to prepare for a major influx of business.

Trump puts squeeze on Spanish olive oil producers

Antequera - Farmers had just begun harvesting olives in southern Spain when US President Donald Trump soured the mood with the announcement that Washington would slap hefty tariffs on their produce.

Artificial meat is now made in space, coming to a supermarket near you

New York - Creating meat from cells is no longer the realm of science fiction: a Russian cosmonaut did it aboard the International Space Station, and it is just a matter of time before these products arrive in supermarkets.

US sanctions leave bitter taste on French winegrowers' palates

Pommard - For French winegrowers in the Burgundy region, the new 25-percent US tariffs are leaving a bitter taste on the palate.But like it or not, they are caught up in a trade war they feel has nothing to do with them.

Tractor protest sparks 'biggest' Dutch traffic jam

Den Haag - Thousands of Dutch farmers drove their tractors on Tuesday to a huge protest against government climate policies, causing the country' biggest ever traffic jams, officials said.

Kashmir crisis leaves lucrative apple orchards to rot

Srinagar - Farmers in Kashmir are deliberately leaving their apples to rot, undermining the restive territory's most lucrative export as bitterness towards the Indian government grows.

New Aussie law aims to help save Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status.
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With the advent of genetically engineered corn, glyphosate herbicides are needed say farmers.
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Noted Indian agri-scientist Prof Swaminathan is attending a workshop on Agriculture at Tripura, India. Chief Minister of Tripura at centre and other dignatories also attended the workshop.
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Screen grab showing government officials inspecting health certificates of vendor selling pork in Fujian Province.
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MIT s Open Agricultural Initiative aims to produce an AI-driven farm.
MIT's Open Agricultural Initiative aims to produce an AI-driven farm.
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Family members peeling cassava on Stephania Kunda's farm in Zambia.
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A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
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Plowing the field the traditional way - Manthralaya, AP, India.
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Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. This year they will be participating in the livestock competition both county fairs of Sonoma and Napa and will also be selling the livestock they raised.
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Burial chamber of Sennedjem, Scene: Plowing farmer. Circa 1200 BCE Did the Anthropocene start with the advent of agriculture?
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AAFT's primary mission is to access, develop, adapt and deliver appropriate agricultural technologies for sustainable use by smallholder farmers in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) through innovative partnerships and effective stewardship along the entire value chain.
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Growing vegetables using robotics.
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Green vegetable fields in January around Qilinpu Village, Qilin Town, Jiangning District, Nanjing.
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A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
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