ASC helps salmon aquaculture towards sustainability goal

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) salmon certification programme continues to grow steadily since its launch in summer 2012. In less than three years, it has welcomed 50 salmon farms into its certification scheme for responsible salmon aquaculture. Source: Aquaculture Stewardship Council With the recent news of the first salmon farm …

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IFPRI: Africa needs agricultural information

Access to good quality agricultural information is holding back the development of much of Africa’s agriculture market, according to Maximo Torero, director of markets, trade and institutional division at The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Source: Agri Investor Ahead of speaking at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture …

Views of the UAE from the wing of a plane involved in cloud seeding. Photo: National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology

Rainfall stimulating programme launched by UAE

A programme aimed at stimulating rainfall to increase water security in the UAE has been launched by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Source: The National Managed by the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the Dh18.3 million programme will recruit scientists and researchers over the next three years to …

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Poor can benefit from commercial aquaculture

A new report from WorldFish shows that resource-poor Bangladeshis can participate in commercial aquaculture, challenging conventional assumptions that this was not possible. The report also highlights that more of the very poor in Bangladesh are profiting from commercial aquaculture than was previously thought. Source: WorldFish The report – Aquaculture, employment, …

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Paine & Partners raise $893M for new agriculture fund

Paine & Partners, a global private equity firm focused on investing in food and agribusiness has announced that they’ve closed $893 million in capital commitments for their fourth fund Source: AgFunder News Paine & Partners reports that they had their first closing in July and their final close on December 18, 2014 and …


Global action needed on water usage in food production

The UK’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is urging coordinated action to reduce the amount of hidden water used in food and drink production – estimated at up to 1.8 million litres per person every year, equivalent to an Olympic size swimming pool. Source: Institution of Chemical Engineers Every day …


WorldFish study links FADs with food security

A  study by WorldFish, the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the University of Queensland has linked fish aggregating devices (FADs) with food security and livelihoods in the Solomon Islands. Source: The Fish Site In the Solomon Islands, it is projected that coastal fisheries will not be …

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Back to the future: Scientists want ‘rewilded’ crops to boost agriculture

Important properties of wild plants, including varieties of wheat and rice, have been unintentionally lost during thousands of years of breeding. Scientists should “re-wild” food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study says. Source: …

Only the caterpillars of the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) are cotton pests. The adult moths drink nectar from flowers

Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton

Combining computer modelling and field research on cotton pests, an international study suggests that biotechnology and traditional agriculture can be compatible approaches toward sustainable agriculture. Source: University of Arizona Advocates of biotech crops and those who favour traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a …


British ‘wonder seaweed extract’ could help feed the world

A seawood extract named SM6 can improve crop yields and quality and help plants to withstand stress conditions such as late frost and drought Source: Forbes It is a question that is testing the mettle of scientists, and has the rest of the world feeling concerned; how can we grow enough …