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Tomatoes used to taste bad. Not anymore.

What do tomatoes, coffee, potatoes and beets have in common? An expanding number of varieties.

International Women’s Day: Closing the gender gap among smallholders

Empowering women is a key factor in two projects working towards improving the agricultural productivity and adaptive capacity of smallholders in India and the Sub-Saharan Africa.

What does sheep grazing do to the mountains?

Livestock grazing affects the landscape. What effects does it have on the vegetation?

Norwegian farmers keep tabs on cattle with GPS

British and continental beef cattle have not been bred to thrive in Norwegian forests. But they're doing well, according to the researcher who has used GPS to help track their grazing patterns for three summers.

The Baltic Sea needs an intervention

According to scientists, farming is now the biggest source of pollution in the Baltic Sea.

Can developing countries leapfrog the West to a new food security reality?

Yes, but it will take a digital revolution.

We have bred "selfish" plants for thousands of years

Plant breeders should cultivate less selfish traits in crops to increase total yields, says scientist.

Africa has plans for a Great Green Wall: Why the idea needs a rethink

It could improve life and resilience in the drylands that surround the Sahara. But progress on the ground is inconsistent with lofty political ambitions.

Can farm animals stomach new types of feed?

Scientists aim to feed fish and farm animals using new ingredients produced from trees and macro algae. But how will this affect their health?

This approach not only binds CO2, but also improves the soil

If 4,000 Norwegian farms and nurseries produced biochar and mixed it with the soil, we could halve CO2 emissions from the agricultural sector. This entirely natural approach also produces more robust and healthy plants.