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Coverage of agricultural productivity since September 14, 2021.

Erratic weather fueled by climate change will worsen locust outbreaks, study finds

"...But he hoped that the study could help countries understand and address the impacts of climate variability on locust dynamics, particularly in the context of its repercussions on agricultural productivity and food security and urged better regional and continental cooperation among countries and control organizations to respond quickly and build early warning systems..."


A New Solution to Power Africa: Productive Use of Renewable Energy

"...For example, say a government or development organization invested in expanding solar-powered irrigation, as well as equipment that adds value in agricultural processing, such as flour-milling machines. These technologies would increase local electricity demand, boost agricultural productivity, enhance food security, create new employment opportunities, and enhance local incomes. Higher incomes improve communities ability to pay for electricity, which in turn improves the confidence of energy developers and investors to further expand the grid or, even better, deploy clean energy systems like solar-powered mini grids to meet growing demand..."


Farmers in Alberta face growing risk of soil erosion events as drought persists

"...“The biggest challenge is once you lose it, it's hard for the soil to recover,” Chau said. “Losing a bit of soil on the surface, you might not think it's such a concern, but to replenish it or build up soil over a certain amount of time takes a lot of effort. ”Erosion is also expensive..."


Growing risk of soil erosion for Alberta farmers as drought lingers

"..."If you have a vulnerable field, as soon as particles of soil start moving, there's a chain reaction. The next thing you know you've got the whole field moving," Coles said. "It's a very extreme example of aerial soil erosion, something we saw much more in the '30s..."


Alberta farmers face growing risk of soil erosion events as drought persists

"...Across southern Alberta, severe erosion events have been increasing in frequency and severity in recent years. In Lethbridge County, dry and windy conditions have been known to stir up dust clouds, obscuring the vision of drivers on local roads and filling irrigation canals to the brim with dirt..."


Canada pouring $35.5 million into Canadian Foodgrains Bank new food security program

"...Barbara MacDonald, director of international programs with CFGB, said climate change is one of the key drivers of hunger globally. “I think you can imagine that producing enough food for your family and your community becomes significantly more difficult when dealing with unpredictable rainfall, historical levels of drought, floods. And this is especially true when farming and agriculture is your livelihood,'” she said..."


10 Big Findings from the 2023 IPCC Report on Climate Change

"...Described as an an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership by United Nations Secretary-General Antnio Guterres, one of AR6s most alarming conclusions is that adverse climate impacts are already more far-reaching and extreme than anticipated. About half of the global population currently contends with severe water scarcity for at least one month per year, while higher temperatures are enabling the spread of vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease. Climate change has also slowed improvements in agricultural productivity in middle and low latitudes, with crop productivity growth shrinking by a third in Africa since 1961..."


Coastal Gaslink restores Vanderhoof workcamp site

"...“When our team began engaging with Indigenous and local communities and governments over a decade ago, we collaborated on a reclamation plan based on feedback and input from communities along with accredited and experienced B. C. environmental specialists and experts,” reads the statement..."


Opinion: GMO cowpea can support biodiversity

"...Cowpea, commonly known as beans, is drought-resistant and highly adaptable to different soil types. It also has the potential to improve soil fertility and prevent erosion. It is an important legume grown by over 70 percent of Nigerian smallholder farmers..."


Nigeria needs biotechnology to weather climate change impacts on farming, say West African scientists

"...Evidence of climate change on agriculture in Nigeria has since been established and increased atmospheric warmness, irregular rainfall, emergent pests, [crop] diseasesand their resultant adverse effect on agricultural productivity are glaring, the authors write in the November 2021 Handbook of Climate Change Management. This scenario poses a serious threat to food security in Nigeria and calls for the adoption of innovative biotechnologies to create resilient crops with improved adaptation to the environmental stresses occasioned by theincreasing climate change. ..."


Gene editing: Powerful tool for managing climate change

"...Recently, I joined a dispersed team of researchers Sarah Evanega, Modesta Abugu and Wilson Horner in seeking to understand just how impactful gene editing can be in addressing climate change in agriculture. Looking broadly and deeply into the literature of gene editing applications in crops and livestock we uncovered a beautiful array of successful gene edits. Our review of the literature in this field, published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, revealed four key points:..."


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Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."


Soil Health Planning Principles: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 3

"...Soil function is related to the four ecosystem processes of carbon cycling, biocommunity cycling, water cycling and nutrient cycling, which are in every agroecosystem..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about agricultural productivity relevant to the latest news.

Enhancing the bioconversion rate and end products of black soldier fly (BSF) treatment ? A comprehensive review

"...The utilization of BSFL as a sustainable source of food and feed can contribute to waste management, reduce environmental pollution, and address the pressing issue of food security in an environmentally responsible manner..."


Prospective of Waste Lignocellulosic Biomass as Precursors for the Production of Biochar: Application, Performance, and Mechani

"...Utilization of biochar has made substantial breakthroughs in increasing agricultural productivity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, sequester atmospheric carbon into the soil, reducing bioavailability of environmental contaminants, and subsequently becoming a value-added product sustaining bioeconomy..."


Carrageenans as biostimulants and bio-elicitors: plant growth and defense responses

"...In the context of climate change, the need to ensure food security and safety has taken center stage..."



"...For this reason, the concept of plant biodiversity is always one of the topics that does not lose its popularity, because this concept is accepted as the basis of sustainable livelihood and food security (Altay et al..."


Transportation Infrastructure and Food Security in Saudi Arabia

"...This strong transportation infrastructure coupled with sound measures and policy has reflected in the Kingdom's ability to sustain its food security even during adverse conditions of COVID-19, as the country ranked first in terms of global food security indicators during the pandemic time..."


Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in watershed areas in mid-hills of Nepal

"...These fluctuations and anthropogenic activities impact agricultural productivity, degrade ecosystems, and reduce socioeconomic status..."


Land suitability analysis and water resources for agriculture in semi-arid regions of Andhra Pradesh, South India using remote

"...In view of this, the purpose of the present study is to suggest a conceptual framework for the analysis of LS that would greatly enhance green cover to tackle environmental challenges caused by groundwater recharge (water resources)..."


Agronomic bio-fortification of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) to alleviate zinc deficiency in human being

"...Zn deficiency is a major micronutrient disorder in crop plants and humans worldwide, adversely impacting agricultural productivity, human health and socio-economic concern..."


Geo-spatial analysis: the impact of agriculture productivity, drought, and irrigation on poverty in East Java, Indonesia

"...The aim of the present study is to empirically measure the contribution of drought and productivity of agriculture to the poverty in East Java, Indonesia..."