Boosting Farm Productivity in Africa Through the Sustainable Use of Machines

FAO and the African Union today launched a new framework document that aims to increase agricultural efficiency and reduce drudgery by helping countries in Africa to develop strategies for sustainable farm mechanization.The Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization: A Framework for Africa (SAMA) is the

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Irrigating Vegetables with Wastewater in African cities May Spread Disease

Urban farmers growing vegetables to feed millions of people in Africa’s ever-growing cities could unwittingly be helping to spread disease by irrigating crops with wastewater, a new study reveals.Experts discovered that wastewater collected from canals used for urban agriculture in Burkina Faso was

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ESA Annual Meeting, A New Record Of Attendance

From 7-9 October ESA European Seed Association held its 2018 Annual Meeting in Madrid, Spain. This year’s event has set a new record of presence! With an attendance of 1050 participants from over 40 countries across the world, the importance of the ESA Congress for the European and international see

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Gender Gaps in African Agriculture are Holding Back Progress

Gender gaps in agriculture in Africa are holding back progress towards ending hunger and must be urgently addressed, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at a joint event with the African Union (AU) on the margins of the UN General Assembly.“We need

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You’re Not Welcome Here

We are living in a new Dark Age in Europe where innovation and technology are being rejected at an alarming rate. While reactionary pressure is being seen from chemicals to pharmaceuticals and from vaccines to food manufacturing, nowhere has the situation been as severe as in plant biology and agrit

  David Zaruk

Seminar on “The Benefits Of Plant Variety Protection” in Sofia, Bulgaria

On 20 September 2018, the Community Plant Variety Office held a seminar on “The benefits of Plant Variety Protection” in Sofia, Bulgaria, in collaboration with the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Foodstuffs and the Bulgarian Executive Agency for Variety Testing, Field Inspection and Seed Contr

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Can Artificial Intelligence do as Well as Farmers in the Future?

On 14 August will mark the start of the Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge as five international teams try to grow cucumbers at a distance with the use of artificial intelligence at the facilities of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).“The goal is to convert knowledge about cultivation into algori

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Government of Canada Makes $70 Million Investment in Agricultural Science

A thriving and sustainable agriculture sector is made possible only by the investments made in science, research, and innovation. Canada has some of the world’s best scientists, and the breakthrough technologies they develop give farmers the tools they need to better manage their farms, while growin

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ESA Statement on ECJ Ruling C-528/16

The European seed sector acknowledges the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in case C-528/16 of 25. July 2018 by which the Court interpreted the provisions of the EU’s Directive 2001/18 in such a way that plants resulting from innovative, targeted mutagenesis breeding methods are to be c

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How Equivalent is Ukraine? Seed Certification at the Borders of Europe

In 2011, Ukraine requested for recognition of equivalence of its seed certification system. Seven years later, this issue is still not resolved and has become one of key issues for the EU seed business community attempting to increase seed trade with Ukraine.European seed companies, which are active

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Circular Agriculture: A New Perspective For Dutch Agriculture

For more than half a century, Dutch and European agricultural policy has focused on efficiently producing as much food as possible for a low price and with a reasonable income for the farmers. Using this policy that was developed by the legendary Sicco Mansholt, Dutch agriculture attracted admiratio

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Top 5 Agri-Food Universities in the World Agree to Fight Hunger Together

The top 5 agri-food universities in the world have agreed to fight hunger together: UC Davis, Cornell University, China Agricultural University, University of Sao Paulo and Wageningen University & Research. The main collaboration will first focus on education with a special role for students and sta

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Call for Clarity after EU Ruling on Gene-Edited Crops

The John Innes Centre is joining a call for the Government to address the implications of a European Union judicial ruling that classes gene-edited crops as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).An open letter, signed by leading research institutions, universities, plant breeders, crop agronomy comp

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Speak Up For Science

The attention span of a goldfish is nine seconds, whereas recent research shows that humans lose their capabilities to focus in eight seconds. For those of you whose attention span is a little longer that eight seconds you will have noted that we are in a time where science is more and more under th

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Battling Counterfeit Seeds: A Closer Look at the Romanian Seed Industry

ROMANIAN AGRICULTURE AND SEED INDUSTRYRomania has excellent soil and climate conditions for most crops. In Romania, climatic conditions allow for the multiplication of a large variety of seeds. The most important seed companies in Romania are providing growers with top genetic seeds for intensive ag

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Is There Life After The Neonics Ban?

European policy making has had a great, but not always positive impact on European agriculture and the seed sector. We only need to recall the process of approving GMOs, new plant protection products, or the recent ban on neonics, just to name a few. To find out more from one of the actors on the si

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The Presence of a Chemical is Not the Same as Presence of Risk

“Chemical” is not a dirty word. Nor is it a synonym for “poison” or “toxin.” Chemicals are the basic building blocks of all matter and classifying them as “safe” or “dangerous” is inappropriate. But, of course, there are safe or dangerous ways of using chemicals. In any case, chemicals are not to be

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Bayer Opens State-Of-The-Art Seed Processing Facility in Ukraine

On Sept. 5, Bayer opened a state-of-the-art seed processing facility in Pochuiky, Zhytomyr region. The new facility is the largest of its kind in Ukraine, and one of the largest in Europe. Investment in the new plant amounts to 200 million U.S. dollars, and is part of a long-term investment into exp

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R&I: More Than Just Science

With the recent publication of the legislative Leviathan that is the Common Agricultural Policy, one would be forgiven for having missed the launch of other key policy proposals with significant budgetary weight. On 6 June the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation lau

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Commission Presents Additional Measures to Support Farmers

In light of the difficulties faced by European farmers affected by drought this summer, the European Commission continues acting to provide practical support to the sector. Additional flexibility will be granted to help farmers provide sufficient feed to their animals.The European Commission present

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