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Women cultivate a new voice in Indian farm protests

- India's rural landscape is notoriously male-dominated, but thousands of women have become a pillar of the farmer protests blocking roads into New Delhi that have become a huge challenge to the government.

Supreme Court suspends India's contentious farming laws

New Delhi - India's top court suspended on Tuesday the implementation of new agriculture laws that have sparked weeks of demonstrations by tens of thousands of farmers outside New Delhi.

Supreme Court suspends India's contentious farming laws

New Delhi - India's top court suspended on Tuesday the implementation of new agriculture laws that have sparked weeks of demonstrations by tens of thousands of farmers outside New Delhi.

Women cultivate a new voice in Indian farm protests

- India's rural landscape is notoriously male-dominated, but thousands of women have become a pillar of the farmer protests blocking roads into New Delhi that have become a huge challenge to the government.

Indian PM makes fresh appeal to farmers protesting over new laws

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday offered to hold fresh talks to end a stalemate over new agricultural reforms, in his latest push to win over farmers protesting for almost a month against the move.

Indian farmers and police in road showdowns as protests worsen

New Delhi - Indian police stopped farmers blocking major highways and taking over more roads into the capital on Saturday as a two-week campaign against market reform laws intensified.

Why are Indian farmers protesting, and what can Modi do?

New Delhi - As an army of resolute Indian farmers keeps up its blockade of New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces potentially the trickiest challenge yet to his authority and reform agenda.

Indian farmers launch nationwide shutdown against new laws

New Delhi - Indian farmers who have been blockading New Delhi on Tuesday launched a one-day, nationwide general strike to push their demands for the government to repeal reform laws opening up trade in agricultural produce.

Hay beds and highway kitchens: Indian farmers dig in for reform protests

Kundli - Behind concertina wire and trucks blockading a major highway into India's capital, tens of thousands of farmers are camping out in the bitter winter cold as they protest against agriculture reforms they fear could destroy their livelihood.

Farmers are turning to big data to adapt to climate change

Climate change, especially global heating affecting farmers and causing problems both for growing crops and with animal husbandry. A new study shows how the use of big data can aid farmers in meeting the challenges from climate variation.

S.African court finds white farmers guilty of murdering black teen

Johanesburg - A South African court on Wednesday convicted two white farmers of murdering a 16-year-old black boy suspected of stealing sunflowers in a remote northwestern farming community.

Western U.S. drought taking its toll on farmers' crops and cattle

Over half the western U.S. is currently experiencing some level of drought, reports the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sparsely populated areas in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, in particular, are grappling with dry conditions of historic proportions.

Innovative startups offering connected agtech solutions

To address problems of food supply, data can be central to improving agriculture. A new of startup agtech companies are working on new solutions to improve global agriculture, drawing upon the cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

New plan to coordinate European agtech

Waterford - The Waterford Institute of Technology is to become the coordinator for a €20 million EU-wide SmartAgriHubs project, representing the Irish Republic and the U.K. The institute will act as one of nine new clusters for agriculture technology.

Climate change is 'up close and personal' for Australian farmers

Regional Australia has turned the corner when it comes to acknowledging the reality of climate change, says the woman now charged with safeguarding the interests of farmers in Canberra.

White S.Africa farmers in new protest over murders

Pretoria - Hundreds of white South African farmers on Saturday took to the streets of Pretoria, demanding government action over a wave of murders targeting their communities in rural areas.

Why farmers need advanced imaging: Interview Special

Today, farming and technology are becoming one. A key example is with imaging technology to help optimize crop production. To obtain an overview of the agriculture imaging technology sector we spoke with Ashwin Madgavkar of Ceres Imaging.

Plantix, the app that helps farmers spot disease

Berlin - Designed in Germany and being successfully used in countries like Inida, the newly developed app Plantix allows farmers to identify pests from crop damage. The app also gives advice on how to treat crop diseases.

Smallscale farmers try to solve Amazon's big problems

In western Brazil's Amazon, the very people tasked with looking after the world's greatest rainforest are themselves wondering if they have a future."We are just trying to survive," said Cleyton de Oliveira, 24.

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.

Digital transformation of farming the Swiss way

Farming is undergoing a steady digital transformation. One country where cutting edge agricultural technology is emerging is in Switzerland, with innovations like milking robots, and driverless vehicles.

Young farmers in Zambia turning to digital technologies

Lusaka - Across the globe farmers are turning to digital technology and one place rich in new ideas is Zambia where young farmers in the Kazungula, Mungwi and Choma areas are putting in place radical new approaches.

Big data analytics helps with cow herding

Researchers have constructed a digital model that incorporates a financial function to explore the behavior of cow herds. This is an example of how big data analytics and computer modeling can be applied to farming.

Artificial intelligence is aiding dairy farming

Suita - Cow gait is a problem for dairy farm productivity. A new artificial intelligence tool uses images allow to allow for the early detection of the serious diseases and enable dairy farmers to take action more quickly.

Argentina farmers stage vegetable giveaway to protest low prices

Buenos Aires - Farmers in Argentina gave away truckloads of vegetables in central Buenos Aires on Wednesday in a protest over low prices for their produce that also highlighted the growing ranks of poor in the country.

'HELP': French farmer's desperate message in wheat field

Tours - A French farmer has mown the word "HELP" in giant letters into his wheat field, hoping to push presidential candidates to address the crisis in France's agricultural sector.

France's embittered farmers have little appetite for vote

Bayeux - France's presidential election is generating little enthusiasm on the windswept plains of Normandy, where struggling farmers long ago fell out of love with the establishment, whether in Paris or Brussels.

People take to Twitter to voice concerns over Delhi, India's smog

Delhi - Protesters hit the streets and chimed in on Twitter as residents and visitors in Delhi, India were left gasping for every breath they took this week after enduring seven days of a toxic, choking smog.

French farmers protest EU farm talks at Loire chateau

Chambord - Hundreds of struggling French farmers protested Friday outside a meeting of EU agriculture ministers at the giant Loire Valley chateau of Chambord.

Killing of 2 black farm workers exposes S.Africa faultlines

Parys - Two black men are beaten to death in the middle of a cattle pasture in South Africa after white farmers hunt them down to avenge an attack on an elderly landowner.
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