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Ukraine-Russia War Damages Food Security

Vladamir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is impacting food prices and leading to concerns over global food security. Food prices were rising sharply before the invasion, largely to due rising energy prices but it is now driving fuel, fertiliser, and food prices even higher. Ukraine’s new agriculture minister Mykola Solskyi has said that Ukraine’s ability to […]

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AgTech in the Post Pandemic World

With Covid-19 the World has entered into a renewed period of economic uncertainty, what impact will this have on agricultural investment, and in Agtech in particular. The growing range of agricultural technology coming onto the market in recent years has been fueled by internal budgets of major agricultural firms and venture capital aimed at start-up […]

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Food Security in a Pandemic

COVID-19 continues to take its toll on many areas of life and the global economy. As well damage to peoples health and livelihoods  for many food security has also suffered. Many countries have taken steps to ensure farming and food production continues running as an essential business despite wider restrictions on economic activity. Due to […]

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Farming and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is the major story of 2020 and the crisis is not going away any time soon. Despite some countries are starting to ease lock-downs and restart their economies there is real uncertainty over the timing of a return to normal life if at all, and the risk of a second wave of […]

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ASF’s Global Impact

African Swine flu is having a global impact on pork production and trade.

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Can Insect Farming Solve Europe’s Protein Feed Problem?

Insects are vital for farming as pollinators of crops and as predators of pests but livestock farmers are now looking more and more at insects as a source of feed. There is however, a growing interest and research on farming insects to provide a source of protein for both animals and humans. The global edible […]

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Antibiotics back the news

A recent report from the OECD suggests that super-bug infections will kill around 2.4 million people across Europe, North America and Australia by 2050 unless more is done to limit drug-resistant super bugs. Health officials in England launched a campaign to try to prevent people from asking for the drugs when they do not need them. […]

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Augmented Reality

One area of new technology which may start to make an impact on agriculture is augmented reality (AR).  AR allows you to overlay sensor data, previous crop imagery or some other information over visual reality. For example a set of glasses or goggles that could superimpose another image or computer generated image on top of […]

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UAVs and Livestock

The Agricultural Drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) market is expected to grow to approximately USD 4.3 Billion by 2022, with growth at an annual rate of 27% between 2016 and 2022. However the use of UAVs in livestock farming has generally lagged behind that of crop farming. However a number of livestock farmers have begun […]

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Boost for Livestock Research

Recent anti-meat and dairy campaigns during January have prompted some debate within the farming sector on the long term future of the livestock sector, with the topic debated at the Oxford farming conference. The impact of “Veganuary” on meat consumption patterns remains unclear, however it is in developing markets where the greatest growth in consumption […]