Biotech crops presenting a solution to nutrition and climate change challenges; ISAAA report

JAPAN – Countries across the world have progressively embraced the utilisation of biotech crops, with this year marking 23 solid years of continuous biotech crop adoption. According to a recent report released by the International […]

Plant-based foods associated with a lower risk of heart diseases, study shows

USA – Diets higher in plant foods and lower in animal foods are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in a general population, according to new study by Journal of the […]

Qu Dongyu begins new role as FAO leader, commits to enhancing sustainably in agriculture

ITALY – Qu Dongyu, the newly elected director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has committed to spearheading initiatives that focus on making agriculture more sustainable. Qu, who took office […]

Nigeria and US sign 5-year deal to enhance food security

NIGERIA – Nigeria and the United States of America and have signed a declaration of partnership to launch a five-year plan to improve food security, build greater resilience, and improve household nutrition in the country. […]

EU and Mercosur strike free trade deal for strategic relations

EUROPE – The European Union and Mercosur, a South American bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay have signed a free trade agreement to boost both political and economic relations. The trade framework is part […]

Sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juices associated with high cancer risk

FRANCE – A new study published in the British Medical Journal has associated ‘sugary’ drinks including 100% fruit juices with an increased risk of cancer. Carried out by a team of researchers based in France, […]

OECD-FAO Agriculture Outlook: Higher output to keep food prices low

FRANCE – Growth in agricultural output is expected to keep food prices low over the coming decade, according to an annual report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN’s Food and […]

Mozambique embarks on study to explore the potential of genetically modified maize

MOZAMBIQUE – The Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) has carried out a study on the genetically modified (GM) maize as it seeks to explore the potential of the biotechnology in enhancing food security. According […]

Zimbabwe bans direct sales of maize to regulate trade amid dwindling production

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has banned the buying and selling of corn between private individuals and companies, and will only allow state owned Grain Marketing Board to be the sole buyer of commodity. […]

Small fish species can enhance food security in Africa – study by FAO shows

AFRICA – A new study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) poses that small freshwater fish around Africa offer a large and under recognised opportunity to boost food and nutrition security. The study which […]