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The 2021 World Food Prize: And the Winner is…

The World Food Prize, considered the “Nobel Peace Prize for food” in international agricultural development circles, has a new honoree, a specialist in aquaculture, smallholder …

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Pressing for Policies that Promote “Forgotten Foods”

As Africa’s middle class has expanded, so has the continent’s taste for Western vegetables: lettuce, French beans, sugar snap peas, broccoli, and other staples of …

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Nigeria’s Cocoa Question

What versatile tropical plant not only makes possible chocolate treats and drinks, but also serves as an ingredient for bread, soaps, livestock feed, butter, cream, …

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Growing Beets for Cows to Support India’s Struggling Smallholder Farmers

The ancient Greeks used to feed it to their cattle. Now this nutritious and easily grown root crop is being repurposed to help India’s smallholder …

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Mini harvesters are also used in high-income countries, as in this photo from Japan

Small Machine, Big Difference for Bangladesh’s Smallholder Farms

South Asia is home to large rural populations heavily dependent on farming for their livelihoods. About 63% of Bangladesh’s population lives outside cities, according to …

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Rise of the Machines? The Debate over Conservation Tillage in Ghana

Soil degradation or soil loss threatens future food security nearly everywhere, and Ghana is no exception. A team of Ghanian and Chinese scientists found soil …

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Attack of the Drones?

To drone or not to drone—is that really the question? For farmers in North America this isn’t much of a question at all. Small, remotely …

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The Right Spice for Global Warming?

Capsicum annum L., better known as the common chili pepper, is loved by fans of spicy food worldwide as the essential ingredient in Mexican, Indian, …

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