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Rice is a major priority crop in West Africa. Nearly 16 million tons are consumed annually. The region wants to become independent of rice imports, but many farmers lack the right tools to achieve that goal.
Since 2018, Portugal has seen a boom in farming, made possible in large part due to cheap labour from Asia run by mafia networks. Migrant charities estimate that around 30,000 Indian, Nepali, Thai and Pakistani labourers work on broccoli fields, pick berries and tomatoes in greenhouses or pick grapes in vineyards. In return they receive poor salaries and face difficult living conditions. Our regional correspondents report.
Farming in semi-arid regions like Muidabi, Kenya, is tough. But farmer Gabriel Mwangi Kariuki knows how to use his greenhouse to the fullest, even taking care of the irrigation himself.
Scottish salmon is sold all over the world, but the fish come from breeding farms with methods that are condemned by environmental groups. The intensive farming of salmon, in large pens where there are too many fish, leads to them dying before they reach adulthood, mainly because of a flesh-eating parasite: sea lice. There are fears that the sea lice are now spreading far beyond the farms, contaminating wild salmon in rivers. Our France 3 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Olivia Bizot.
3 May 2021
In East Africa and Nigeria, avocado farmers want to enter the insatiable export market. Environmental concerns cast a shadow over the crop in other parts of the world. What will African farmers do differently?
28 Mar 2021
Samson Ogbole sees agribusiness as the root of sustainable development and job creation. The head trainer at Farm Lab in south-western Nigeria believes agriculture must be technology-driven and climate smart.
1 Dec 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari is often quick to condemn killings and console families of victims, albeit, through press statements. Last Saturday, Boko Haram launched an attack on a farming community in Borno, killing scores of Nigerians.
25 Sep 2020
With the increasing pressure on natural resources due to Covid-19, climate change, and overpopulation, small-scale agriculture has become one of the best tools to ensure global food security.
28 Jun 2020
On this week's Eco Africa, we see out how Intensive farming has taken a toll on South African land, how food is grown with hydroponics in Nigeria and why farming doesn’t have to mean deforestation.
24 Feb 2020
Conventional mass farming methods often have a negative impact on the soil. An initiative in Nigeria is advocating for a better system that connects farmers to wholesalers, creates awareness and supports farmers.
12 Feb 2019
Cocoa farming is the first step in making the world's most popular sweet treat: chocolate. But in one top cocoa producing nation, yields have been plummeting for years. What can be done to boost production in Ghana?
19 Jan 2019
Tens of thousands of critics of industrialized farming have converged on Berlin to renew calls for shifts to eco-sustainable harvests. Visiting Berlin for its annual Green Week expo are 70 agriculture ministers.