agribusiness Articles

  • Editorial: The urgent need to transform small-scale subsistence farming in Africa towards sustainable agribusiness value-chains

    A recent article on 'Why African farmers fail' (http://www.southerntimesafrica.com) bemoaned the lack of progress in transforming agriculture for economic development in Africa. This Editorial outlines some of the responses to that article and discusses the problems raised.Keywords: Africa, subsistence farming, sustainable agribusiness, small-scale farming, agribusiness value chains, economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainability in the trans–border regions? The case of Andalusia - Algarve

    The goal of this work is to detect the basic characteristics of the development of the southern border between Spain and Portugal. This trans–border area is described and analysed comparing the region of Algarve, in Portugal and the region of the County, in Huelva, Spain. The method used 15 quantitative indicators, desegregated at municipal level, obtained from different official sources and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Perspective: The role of universities in transforming African agriculture for economic development - producing knowledge farmers and entrepreneurial leaders

    Universities play important roles in socio–economic development by contributing to the advancement and dissemination of new knowledge, and developing human capacity. African agriculture has the lowest yield and productivity compared to the rest of the world. The continent is the most food insecure and has the highest youth unemployment. Transforming smallholder agriculture into industrial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Award-winning Agritech Expo Zambia returns to Chisamba in April as agri sector continues to move with the times

    “As Zambian agriculture continues moving with changing times and environment, so does our Agritech Expo. Farmers should brace themselves for yet another awe-inspiring agribusiness and agricultural technology and B2B platform” says an excited Mr Coillard Hamusimbi, the Head of Services and Agribusiness for the ...

  • Strategic formation of competitive high technology clusters

    This research examines the role of four strategic resources in the competitiveness of high technology clusters: highly qualified manpower, technological infrastructure, knowledge resources (patents and intellectual protection) and capital. More specifically, the research compares the competitiveness of three clusters of the Canadian biotechnology industry: healthcare, agribusiness and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Technological capabilities in multinational agribusiness

    With a sample of 18,611 utility patents, this paper studies the patent mix of 90 of the world's leading food and beverage multinationals (FBMs) from 1969-1994. It explores the statistical association within companies between patenting in food technology, in agriculture and in ten non-food technological fields. Food patenting is always positively associated with patenting in Biotech, Chemicals, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Inventorying resources: an application to product–oriented agriculture

    Different resources are necessary in the new, product–oriented agricultural environment. This article explores the question of what information is best suited for strategic analysis and strategy formulation for firms involved in product–oriented agriculture. This article will draw upon theoretical literature from general management and interviews with agricultural producers to develop a new ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Technology Keeps Catfish Jumping and Profits Steady

    Andy Jones compares the catfish industry to the jagged graph of a heartbeat displayed on an EKG machine. The peaks and valleys of that pulsating line are a vivid metaphor for the fluctuating fortunes of a seasonal business dependent on live animals and a dynamic market. Jones is in a good position to make the connection. As a second-generation catfish farmer, he’s seen firsthand the highs ...


    By In-Situ, Inc.

  • A flying river? How the Amazon Forest produces the largest flying river in the world

    The Amazon Rainforest is worldwide known for its extraordinary biodiversity and large rivers. The facts speak for themselves. It is the largest tropical forest in the world, covering five million and a half square kilometers in nine countries, including Brazil, which presents 60% of the forest cover. It presents the highest biodiversity among all tropical forests in the world. One in ten known ...

  • The cloud isn`t just for rain anymore

    Precision agriculture has been a key enabling technology to achieve higher yields with lower cost and less environmental impact, while keeping the cost of food fairly stable Has global agricultural productivity increased or decreased in the last 25 years? It has, in fact, more than doubled since 1985. Next to advances in seed genetics, precision agriculture has been a key enabling ...

  • Latin America Analysis: Environmental policy and deforestation

    When it comes to the environment, there is no dialogue between civil society, the scientific community, government and parliament, says Carla Almeida. In a year that was marked by bad news on the environmental front — the polar ice caps melting at an increasing rate, the decline in biodiversity, the failure to reach agreement on climate change, amongst other things — the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Success on the Farm Starts in the Cloud

    AgCompass has been a trusted technology partner to farms of all sizes for nearly 15 years. Sharing a background in agriculture and with Midwestern values, our experienced IT Staff provides one-on-one technology support. We help you keep up with technology by backing up your software on a daily basis and by installing software updates for you. The only requirements for the customer are an internet ...


    By AgCompass LLC

  • Archer Daniels Midland’s Project GEMINI Launches EMIS to Cultivate Global Compliance Assurance and Efficiency

    In 1902, George A. Archer and John W. Daniels established a small linseed crushing business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today, their company – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) – has grown into a vast, international agribusiness with 30,000 employees working at more than 725 facilities to provide food, feed, fuel and industrial products in 160 countries around the world. ADM’s ...


    By IHS Markit

  • Protix Receives 45M€ in Funding to Scale Production of Insect Proteins

    Today, the insect supply industry reached a significant milestone with Netherlands-based Protix, the leading insect company, closing 45M€ in funding – delivered by Aqua-Spark, the first investment company focused on sustainable aquaculture, Rabobank, BOM and various private investors. Protix breeds insects for animal feed, as insects offer a low-impact protein alternative that ...


    By Protix

  • To feed the world in 2050 we have to change course

    In order to feed a growing population we need to focus on reducing biofuel production and food waste and spoilage, while supporting small-scale farmers. The 2008 global food price spikes were a wake-up call to global policy-makers, shaking them from the lethargic slumber of the overfed. The rhetorical responses were swift, but  ...


    By Ensia

  • Peru: Olmos irrigation project sparks development debate

    The recently launched irrigation and hydropower Olmos megaproject in Peru is hailed a ‘masterpiece of engineering’ aimed ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The 1996 “Freedom to Farm” Farm Bill

    The period of U.S. farm bills where the instruments were designed around compensation policies that used price support/supply management programs allowing farmers to remain in production during long periods of low prices—the result of four centuries of publicly-sponsored developmental policies—ended with the adoption of the 1996 Farm Bill. In some important ways, the demise of price ...


    By National Farmers Union (NFU)

  • Agroecology Taps a Wellspring of Farming Knowledge

    Agroecology shares family farmers' evolving knowledge — and should go mainstream, says Fernando R. Funes-Monzote. Over recent decades, formal research and extension, led by governments and big enterprises, have led to novel answers for emerging problems in agriculture. However, these have generally ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 3 Ways to Achieve Zero Tropical Deforestation by 2020

    As the crisis of tropical deforestation reaches a new level of urgency due to forest fires raging in Indonesia, an important question is how can the world satisfy the growing demand for forest products while still preserving forest ecosystems? This week, some of the world’s largest companies ...

  • The developing world is awash in pesticides. Does it have to be?

    Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides threaten the environment and human health in many parts of the world. But research is pointing to a better approach. In today’s globalized world, it is not inconceivable that one might drink coffee from Colombia in the morning, munch cashews from Vietnam for lunch and gobble grains from Ethiopia for dinner. That we can enjoy these ...


    By Ensia

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