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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.

Paris, four other French cities ban use of pesticides

Paris - Paris and four other French cities on Thursday banned the use of synthetic pesticides within their boundaries, as an anti-chemicals movement that began in the countryside gains momentum.

French rooster triumphs in battle over right to crow

Rochefort - The owner of famed French rooster Maurice emerged victorious on Thursday from a legal battle with her neighbours over his early-morning crowing, with a court upholding the bird's right to sing in the day.

Lesotho, Africa's medical cannabis pioneer

Vast white greenhouses sit high up on the slopes of Lesotho's Marakabei town, hidden from view. It's not fruit or vegetables, however, growing under the 18 plastic covers, but thousands of cannabis plants.

Clashes between herders, farmers kill 11 in south Chad

Ndjame - Eleven people were killed in fighting between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers in a dispute over trampled crops in southern Chad, the local governor said Wednesday.

Israeli farmer remixes ancient scents near Dead Sea

Jericho - At his farm near the Dead Sea in occupied Palestinian territory, Israeli Guy Erlich remixes blends of perfume and incense that he believes were used by royalty in the biblical era.

French mayor in court after banning pesticide use near homes

Rennes - A French mayor on Thursday urged a court to uphold his ban on the use of pesticides near homes in his community, saying his stance against pollution would be "vindicated by history".

Solar power efficiency can be boosted using agricultural land

New research finds that installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency. This is seen as the key to fulfilling future global electric energy demand.

Trump administration re-authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wildlife

Washington - US President Donald Trump's administration has re-authorized the use of controversial poison traps known as "cyanide bombs" to kill wild foxes, coyotes and feral dogs despite overwhelming opposition from conservation groups.

Climate crisis fuels increased risks to global food security

More than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, the UN warned on Thursday, before urging all countries to commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late.

Nations agree landmark UN climate report after marathon talks

Geneva - Negotiators from 195 countries on Wednesday finalised the most comprehensive scientific assessment yet of how the land we live off affects climate change, after marathon talks in Geneva, sources told AFP.

French mayors rally to demand removal of Pyrenees bears

Toulouse - Around 100 mayors and other officials from towns on the French side of the Pyrenees mountains protested on Tuesday to demand the removal of all bears, saying the re-introduction of the predators has threatened shepherds' livelihoods.

Humanity's next test: feed 10 billion without ruining Earth

Paris - It is a question critical to mankind's survival: how do we grow enough food to sustain our booming population without wrecking our only home and plundering Nature's bounty?

Buzz kill: mass bee deaths sting Russian beekeepers

Moscow - Anatoly Rubtsov looked despondently at the beehives lining his property. "The farm used to be loud, it sang," he said.

Despondent Guatemalan coffee growers dream of US return

Morales - Many Guatemalans who spent years working in the United States to come home and set up a small coffee-growing business have seen their savings drained and their hopes dashed due to low coffee prices.

France sweats in new record-breaking Europe heatwave

Paris - Tour de France cyclists competed in scorching temperatures and a French nuclear power plant prepared to shut down Tuesday as western Europe baked in a new heatwave already breaking longstanding records.

French wine production hit by heatwave

Paris - Wine production in France this year will be down by between six and 13 percent over 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

Worsening world hunger affects 821 million, says UN

New York - More than 821 million people suffered from hunger worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday -- the third year in a row that the number has risen.

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi

Monkey Bay - On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

Hunger on the rise worldwide as 821 million affected, says UN

New York - More than 821 million people suffered from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday -- the third year in a row that the number has risen.

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi

Monkey Bay - On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

China fails to buy agricultural goods as promised: Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday accused China of backsliding on promises to increase purchases of American farm exports.

Lithuania declares emergency as drought hits farmers

Vilnius - Lithuania declared an emergency on Wednesday as a severe drought hit the Baltic EU state, threatening to slash this year's harvest by up to half.
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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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With the advent of genetically engineered corn, glyphosate herbicides are needed say farmers.
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Parched soil by the White Nile in Khartoum, Sudan.
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A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
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EcoRobotix claims its robo-brigade will decrease total herbicide use by a factor of 20.
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Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will make the agricultural program a permanent part of the Hanna curriculum.
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