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Are We Ready for an Ag Tech Revolution?

The technology has been ready for decades, but the time is finally ripe for the world to take a new approach to agriculture, says entrepreneur Randy Komisar.<p>Komisar is a founding director of TiVo, a partner at venture capitalist firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a lead investor in Nest—a …

Farming

In 4 Charts: The Past, Present, and Future of Food Security

<i>By David MacLennan</i><p>If we’ve learned one thing throughout Cargill’s 150-year history, it’s that the global food system has always been changing, and it will need to keep changing to meet the needs of tomorrow.<p>Today, we have a food system supported by a global network of actors from farm to fork. Many …

The #TPP just one leg of the Asia food security stool

The signing this week of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the 12 nations party to it, has been met, in Australia at least, with generally …

Making use of empty space, urban farming becomes a business

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> In our latest Making Sense segment, economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the business of urban farming. Paul spoke with Viraj …

Urban Agriculture

Africa's agriculture needs young blood, says report

<b>Modernising Africa's agriculture sector to attract young people will help tackle youth unemployment and food insecurity, a report has suggested.</b><p>The findings were outlined in the 2015 African Agriculture Status Report.<p>Despite the dominance of agriculture in many economies, outdated land-tenure …

Agriculture

The Crops We’re Farming Are Getting Dangerously Un-Diverse

Crop diversity is good for farm resilience, but that’s not the direction most states are headed.<p>There’s a clear link between high agricultural diversity and crop resilience. Monocultures are more susceptible to disease, and pests are harder to control (at least using natural methods).<p>Diverse …

World food prices plunge to new low

Disgruntled European farmers have lately been protesting the sinking value of their goods. Hit by a confluence of several factors, agricultural …

Agriculture