Louise Walkwe

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Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change

The agricultural sector is the world’s largest single employer. It provides jobs for more than 40% of the global population. It’s also the largest …

African Union

How Gambia plans to shed its sleazy reputation

Even the beach wasn’t safe from the sleaze. Walking along Gambia’s powdery shores I had soon found myself fending off three forceful young ladies who wanted to know if I fancied “some fun”.<p>“Wouldn’t you like to play with these?” asked one, pushing out her chest. I politely declined and made off at …

Water-smart farming: how hydroponics and drip irrigation are feeding Australia | Future of farming

How energy-smart technology is allowing fresh vegetables to be grown in arid, isolated communities. Our Future of farming series is looking at the people, places and innovations in sustainable agribusiness in Australia<p>• Food security: the gene banks future-proofing Australian agriculture<br>• The …

Diesel car owners may be paid to trade in under new UK air quality plans

Environment committee chair Neil Parish MP is to raise proposals for a scrappage scheme for pollution hotspots this week<p>Cash payments to persuade drivers who live in pollution hotspots to give up their diesel cars may be part of a new scrappage scheme under the government’s air quality plans, due …

The Ghan expedition – exploring Australia's great 'in-between'

From Darwin, through Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and finally to Adelaide, the train journey offers travellers something different each day<p>In the boundless island continent of Australia, too often visitors and citizens fly right over the top and out of the country rather than seeing what’s …

Travelers

New Zealand river granted same legal rights as human being

After 140 years of negotiation, Māori tribe wins recognition for Whanganui river, meaning it must be treated as a living entity<p>In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.<p>The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in the North Island has fought for the …

Don’t be fooled by the pretty box: find out the horror behind your egg | Chas Newkey Burden

The mass murder of male chicks and trimming of females’ beaks are standard practice in factory farming. Consumers must say no to these anachronisms<p>From the moment it hatches, a baby chick’s fate is determined by its gender. Females are seized and have the tips of their sensitive beaks cut without …

President Adama Barrow orders release of 171 prisoners | The Gambia News

As The Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country and ordered the release of all prisoners detained without trial.<p>"Orders have already been given for all those detained without trial to be released," he …

Bruce Springsteen Takes His Trump Protest Message on the Road

“America is a nation of immigrants and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American.”<p><b>Bruce Springsteen</b> has never been one to pull his punches regarding <b>Donald Trump</b>. He called Trump a “moron” while the president was still the Republican nominee, and while on the Australian leg of his …

Ed Sheeran performs acoustic cover of Fresh Prince theme song

Ed Sheeran became the Fresh Prince of one fan’s heart after he granted a request to play the <i>Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</i> theme song on the radio.<p>The …

University of Michigan teams with Google to track Flint water crisis

They've developed an app to show just how little the government has done to fix things.<p>Thanks to the prolific ineptitude of elected officials, the water in Flint, Michigan has been tainted with lead and undrinkable for more than a year. And while the federal government has, just last week, finally …

Water

BrightFarms raises $30.1 million to set up futuristic greenhouses across the U.S.

Agriculture tech startup BrightFarms has raised $30.1 million in Series C funding to bring its high-tech greenhouses, and fresh produce, across the U.S.<p>The company is on a mission to make all fresh fruit and vegetables locally, rather than require them to be hauled from long distances or imported …

World's largest vertical farm grows without soil, sunlight or water in Newark

AeroFarms has put $30m into a green revolution that seeks to produce more crops in less space, but whether it’s economically viable is an open question<p>An ambitious, almost fantastical, manifestation of agricultural technology is expected to come to fruition this fall. From the remains of an …

Aquaponics

Innocent Drinks app helps Spain's strawberry farmers slash water use

Four years of research went into creating the Irri-fresa app, which has helped farmers reduce water by up to 40%<p>Doñana national park, south-west of Seville, is a world heritage site supporting millions of migratory birds. It is also a stronghold of the endangered Iberian lynx.<p>But the region’s …