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Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms

Sonipat - As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi.

Wolf attacks raise howls of protest from French farmers

Lyon - Animal lovers may be delighted that wolves are roaming the French mountains once again -- but the predators' increasing attacks on sheep have farmers longing to get their guns out.

Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state

Mumbai - Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said Monday, highlighting lax safety standards in the country.

Africa's agriculture needs a big dose of digital transformation

Scientists are now calling for a technological transformation in how Africans undertake agricultural production. With almost three quarters of the workforce on the continent focussed on agriculture, such a change could lead to rapid innovation.

Ghana wakes up and smells the coffee

Kintampo - Like many people around the world, 80-year-old Kofi Afadi can't start his morning without a cup of coffee.

EU battle heats up over controversial weedkiller

Brussels - A battle is heating up over whether the European Union will renew at year-end the licence for glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers that some fear causes cancer.

Ivory Coast produces record cocoa crop

Abidjan - The cocoa crop of Ivory Coast, the world's biggest producer, increased 28.5 percent to a record 2.15 million tonnes in the 2016-17 season, the national Coffee and Cocoa Council said Friday.Exports increased by 23.3 percent to 1.

EU parliament may deny access to Monsanto

Brussels - The European Parliament has been asked by its political leaders to deny access to executives and lobbyists for US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto, a parliament spokesman said Friday.

Interview: The use of agDrones in Asia Special

Hong Kong - The adoption of commercial drones in Asia is happening at an accelerated rate, presenting challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the region. To find out more Digital Journal spoke with representatives of Ipsos Business Consulting.

World's cereal production headed for a record in 2017: FAO

Paris - The world's cereal production is headed for a bumper 2017, with total output on track for a record, the United Nation's food agency said Thursday.

Argentina eager to meet EU biodiesel demand after WTO ruling

General Lagos - Production is back at full capacity in Argentina's brimming biodiesel plants, producers say, after the WTO upheld Buenos Aires' complaints against European Union anti-dumping duties following a four-year battle.

Disruption and opportunities with expansion of agribusiness drones

A new report by Ipsos Business Consulting highlights opportunities for the adoption and growth of agriculture drones within Asia. Agriculture drones increased 344 percent between 2013 and 2015, rising in sales from US$ 94.1 million to US$ 323.9 million.

Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers

Washington - Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns seed production could drop by nearly 90 percent by 2050.

New blockchain for agriculture and food businesses

Early sales in advance of the new token “FoodCoin” have been successful, with sales reaching over $1.5 million on the first day of trading. This was via Ethereum and Bitcoin.

Wild times as Madagascar rides vanilla price bubble

- Hit by rampant speculation and a collapse in production following cyclone Enawo, the price of vanilla -- Madagascar's largest export -- has surged in recent months.

Online matchmaker aims to save Dutch farms with no heirs

Nieuwveen - Standing in his rubber boots in his fields surrounded by his beloved Red Holstein cows, Dutch farmer Gerard Hartveld has an air of resignation as he contemplates the future.Hartveld says he is a dairy farmer in "his heart" and soul.

Rice to riches: Vietnam's shrimp farmers fish for fortunes

With a flashy gold watch and a chunky matching ring, Tang Van Cuol looks a far cry from the average Vietnamese farmer as he slings back a shot of rice wine and boasts about his projected earnings.

Besieged Syria town swaps meat for mushrooms

Duma - In a humid room in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, Abu Nabil inspects the pearly white mushrooms sprouting from white sacks hanging from a ceiling.

Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees

Paris - To check the beehives he has set up on the roof of the sprawling Monnaie de Paris on the banks of the River Seine, Audric de Campeau slips on a harness over tan-coloured trousers.

French grape harvest shrivels to record low

Paris - Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production this year slid to a record low, falling 17 percent on 2016, initial ministry of agriculture projections show."At 37.6 million hectolitres (993.

Slovenia to sue EU in wine name dispute

Ljubljana - Slovenia said Friday it will sue the European Commission for allowing winemakers in neighbouring Croatia to use one of its protected wine designations.

Rwanda's essential oils offer big profits from little land

- Inside a metal shed in southeastern Rwanda, Nicholas Hitimana brandished a plastic container holding a green liquid: geranium essential oil, freshly distilled and ready for export at more than $200 (175 euros) a kilo.

Increasing productivity in farm to table sector with technology

The world's population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050 and combined with the effects of climate change, our agriculture and food industries are presented with a great many challenges, opening the door to innovation at many levels.

French PM says ban on 'bee-killer' pesticide will go ahead

Paris - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe weighed in on a row between his environment and agriculture ministers on Monday to rule that a pesticide found harmful to bees would be banned in 2018 as scheduled.

Myanmar's edible bird nest industry comes home to roost

Kanchanaburi - The cries of amorous swiftlets echo around the dark room, an unlikely gold mine for traders in southern Myanmar who are cashing in on rising demand for the edible nests from China's growing middle class.

In China, maggots finish plates, and food waste

- Thousands of voracious white maggots wiggle frenetically while tearing through trayfuls of leftover meat, vegetables and fruits in an unusual farm in southwestern China.

Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom

Saint- - When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action. They set fires in thousands of oil drums, positioning them carefully between the rows of budding grapevines in southwest France.

Want differently colored corn? You’ve got it

Consumers, it seems, want the best of both worlds. There is a desire for new ‘fresh’ looking food and there is a desire for only natural ingredients to be used. This stretches to food dyes as well. Researchers have developed natural dyes for corn.

Obama to back healthy eating at Milan food conference

Milan - Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at a food innovation conference this month in Milan, the latest move by the former US president to help foster healthy eating.

Fishing with guns on a lake under threat in Kenya

- The beach looks ready for war: in the sparse lakeshore shade hundreds wait, sweaty from the heat, weapons at their feet.In Kenya's hot, dry and lawless north even the fishermen are armed, but guns will not save them.
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Harvest time in China.
Harvest time in China.
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Farmer's feed cities!
Noted Indian agri-scientist Prof Swaminathan is attending a workshop on Agriculture at Tripura  Indi...
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.
 This year  noted Marcia Kunde Michelson of Kunde Family Winery Hanna will have 14 market lambs and ...
"This year, noted Marcia Kunde Michelson of Kunde Family Winery Hanna will have 14 market lambs and five steers to show at the county fairs this year." And, they aim to sell them, she said.
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center
AAFT s primary mission is to access  develop  adapt and deliver appropriate agricultural technologie...
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.
African Agricultural Technology Foundation
Burial chamber of Sennedjem  Scene: Plowing farmer.
Circa 1200 BCE
Did the Anthropocene start with t...
Burial chamber of Sennedjem, Scene: Plowing farmer. Circa 1200 BCE Did the Anthropocene start with the advent of agriculture?
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A pesticides sign in Manito Park in Spokane, WA
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Plowing the field the traditional way - Manthralaya, AP, India.
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Screen grab showing government officials inspecting health certificates of vendor selling pork in Fujian Province.
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Parched soil by the White Nile in Khartoum  Sudan.
Parched soil by the White Nile in Khartoum, Sudan.
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A smog-filled street in Peking  China.
A smog-filled street in Peking, China.
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Irrigated farming in Kilimanjaro  Tanzania: Expanding waterworks and other rural infrastructure is v...
Irrigated farming in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Expanding waterworks and other rural infrastructure is vital for increasing production and sustainable land management.
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Transgenic or GM corn in a field in Kenya. In an effort to reduce corn stem-borer infestations  corp...
Transgenic or GM corn in a field in Kenya. In an effort to reduce corn stem-borer infestations, corporate and public researchers partnered to develop local transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis corn varieties suitable for Kenya
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Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will ma...
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.
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA
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screenshot from les éleveurs de porcs bretons website
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Ukraine is often referred to as the 'break basket of Europe" ©dobrych
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Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma  CA. This year they ...
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.
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA
Grape vines in Crimea.
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Grape vines in Crimea. June 16, 2003
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Orange tree
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Green vegetable fields in January around Qilinpu Village, Qilin Town, Jiangning District, Nanjing.
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