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Floral Symphony: Transforming Farms through Flowers

Planting flowers beside food crops on farms in India attracts bees, boosts pollination and improves crop yield and quality, researchers have found. A group of researchers from the University of Reading and the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation explored the marriage of companion flowers, buzzing bees, and enhanced crop yields, unveiling a tapestry of sustainable agricultural practices.

Agrifood Systems Imposing Hidden Costs of $10 Trillion Annually

The hidden costs of current agrifood systems, amounts to at least $10 trillion annually, nearly 10 percent of global GDP. This analysis covers 154 countries and exposes the substantial burdens placed on health, the environment, and society, said an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Disasters’ Toll on Agriculture and Food Security

Over the past 30 years, the world has witnessed a staggering loss of an estimated $3.8 trillion in crops and livestock production due to disasters. This equates to an average annual loss of $123 billion, amounting to a substantial 5 percent of the global agricultural gross domestic product (GDP). These alarming figures come from a recently released report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), titled "The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security."

Addressing Methane Emissions in Agriculture

Methane emissions have emerged as a potent contributor to the climate crisis, prompting a growing interest in mitigating these emissions within crucial agricultural sectors.

Farmer Behavior in Managing Livestock Diseases

Farmer behavior, especially vaccine uptake or other preventative measures, is critical to how effective responses are to livestock disease outbreaks,

Subsidies Worsen Climate Change

Governments are spending trillions on inefficient subsidies for fossil fuels, agriculture, and fisheries that makes climate change worse, according to a latest World Bank Report. In the report Detox Development: Repurposing Environmentally Harmful Subsidies, the World Bank says repurposing these wasteful subsidies could help in tackling tackle climate change.

Agricultural Subsidies Rarely Achieve Purpose

Stressing that agricultural subsidies rarely achieve their stated purposes, a World Bank Report states that they often wreak havoc on forests, water supplies and public health. Although agricultural subsidies are often intended to increase the efficiency of production, they usually have the opposite effect, making farming less efficient.

Flash drought to Increase Impact on Agriculture

In a new study, researchers said that rapid development of unexpected drought, called flash drought, could severely affect agricultural and ecological systems with ripple effects that extend even further.

Women’s Equality in Agrifood to Boost Economy

Empowering women and ensuring gender equality in agrifood systems reduces hunger, boosts the economy, and reinforces resilience to shocks like climate change and COVID-19 pandemic, according to new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Half World Linked to Agrifood System

Almost half of the world’s population live in households linked to agrifood systems,with the largest population found in Asia, according to a...