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  • Zaad and Chromatin Agree to Produce and Distribute Sorghum Seed in Africa

    Chromatin, Inc. and Zaad Holdings LTD, announced today that they have entered into a long-term alliance to produce and distribute planting seed for grain and forage sorghum throughout the African continent. Zaad, a vertically integrated agriculture company, distributes seed to Africa’s growers through a network of subsidiaries and established brands. Chromatin, an agriculture technology ...


    By Chromatin, Inc.

  • New seeds of hope for Nepal’s farmers

    Farmers badly affected by changing weather patterns in South Asia now have the opportunity to improve food security by planting new varieties of rice capable of withstanding the impact of both severe droughts and floods. This is particularly good news for countries such as Nepal, where around 65% of its more than 26 million people are involved in agriculture. Rice is the country’s most ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Seed bank targets food security in Asia

    Many neglected indigenous plants can play an important role in fighting hunger, soil erosion and loss of biodiversity in developing countries. The ECHO Asia Seed Bank in Thailand encourages the use of such plants by saving their seeds and distributing them to development workers throughout Asia for free. Ratakarn ‘Wah’ Arttawuttikun, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Typhoon-stricken farmers receive first emergency seeds

    One month after Typhoon Haiyan struck a devastating blow to the Philippines, farmers who lost essential crops and supplies are receiving the first wave of emergency seeds, restoring hope for a productive planting season and much-needed food for the coming year. FAO and the Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA) have begun delivering the first rice and corn seed allocations to rural ...

  • Certis Europe and Spiess Urania to Distribute Latitude Products

    Mitsui & Co., Ltd has now finalised the agreement to acquire all the assets related to Monsanto’s Latitude business, including trademarks, registrations and manufacturing knowledge. Latitude® products are specialised fungicide seed treatments, used mainly for wheat and barley, which allow growers and seed companies to control Take All disease. No personnel are included in the ...


    By Certis UK

  • Crisis-hit farmers receive seeds and tools in Central African Republic

    A major operation to distribute seeds and tools has been launched in the Central African Republic to support crisis-hit farming families. This is the largest ever intervention in the country led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its humanitarian partners. Some 16 international and national non-governmental organizations are working with FAO to overcome the challenges of ...

  • Tensar international announces acquisition of mulch and seed innovations, LLC

    Tensar International today announced the completion of its acquisition of Mulch and Seed Innovations, LLC (MSI). The transaction was finalized Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The combination of Tensar International and MSI supplements an industry-leading portfolio in soil reinforcement, stabilization and, now, hydraulic erosion control and vegetation establishment. Prior to the acquisition, Tensar ...

  • EPA fines Monsanto for distributing misbranded genetically engineered pesticide (HQ)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Monsanto Company Inc., of St. Louis, Missouri, has agreed to pay a $2.5 million penalty to resolve misbranding violations related to the sale and distribution of cotton seed products containing genetically engineered pesticides. This is the largest civil administrative penalty settlement ever received under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide ...

  • Distributed Sun and Buccini/Pollin Announce 29 Building Rooftop Solar Array

    Distributed Sun LLC (D-SUN), a DC-based, solar commercial developer and interstate distributed power-producer, today announced it has partnered with The Buccini-Pollin Group to develop and operate solar facilities on the rooftops of up to 29 buildings in the Concord and Foulkstone Plaza office parks in Wilmington, Delaware. The two adjacent building clusters can support an estimated 1.5 MW ...


  • Bayer CropScience acquires European distribution rights for biofungicide Contans from Belchim Crop Protection

    Bayer CropScience announced today that it has acquired the sole European distribution rights for the biological fungicide Contans™ WG from Belchim Crop Protection NV effective October 1, 2014. This acquisition further strengthens Bayer CropScience’s crop protection portfolio and is another step in building up a comprehensive range of biologicals as part of integrated crop solutions. ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • US–Nepal hybrid maize project runs into criticism

    Uncertainty hangs over a proposed partnership between US and Nepalese scientists to promote hybrid maize in the Himalayan country, after the project sparked local concerns over the potential loss of traditional local varieties and weak biotechnology regulation. The pilot project of the US Agency for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Farmers need urgent help to plant in the Central African Republic

    Farmers in the Central African Republic are in urgent need of seeds and essential tools for the March planting season if they are to help avert a full-scale food and nutrition crisis in the country, FAO said today. Some 1.6 million people, or over a third of the population, already require life-saving food assistance in the conflict-stricken nation, where one in five people have fled their homes ...

  • Harvesting Energy, Stimulating Economic Growth

    Ernst Conservation Seeds to Present Innovate Energy Program at EBW Expo & Conference in Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA.  Ernst Conservation Seeds, is involved in an innovative effort to create energy from biomass through high-energy switchgrass and other warm season grasses. Ernst Conservation Seeds, a three generation family business based in Meadville, PA, will present its new program ...


    By Freesen & Partner GmbH

  • Irish Minister for Trade and Development visits FAO agriculture recovery projects in the Philippines

    Irish Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello visited an FAO rice seed project funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and witnessed the positive impact of Ireland's financial support on the livelihoods of typhoon-affected farmers in Barangay Olotan, municipality of Jaro, Leyte. Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) damaged 600 000 hectares of agricultural ...

  • Loss of wild pollinators could substantially reduce soybean yields

    Pollination by wild insects and honey bees improves soybean yield by 18%, new research has indicated. This equates to an extra 331.6 kg of seeds per hectare, boosting the value of the global crop by €12.74 billion. Encouraging insect pollination could therefore reduce the destruction of natural ecosystems to make way for soybean cultivation, the researchers say. The soybean is one of the ...

  • Syngenta to acquire Lantmännen’s winter wheat and winter oilseed rape businesses in Germany and Poland

    Syngenta announced today an agreement to acquire the German and Polish winter wheat and winter oilseed rape (WOSR) breeding and business operations of Lantmännen, the Swedish food, energy and agriculture group. Syngenta will gain access to high-quality germplasm, a seeds pipeline and commercial varieties which complement the company's portfolio in two of Europe's most important crops. ...


    By Syngenta

  • Africa and India cultivate agricultural research ties

    Africa and India are gearing up to further enhance cooperation in agricultural science, technology and innovation, and move beyond dialogue to a range of practical options from a virtual biotech platform to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Farmer-to-farmer videos improve rice production worldwide

    In a new blog entry, Worldwatch Research Intern Alex Tung reports on efforts by smallholder rice farmers to improve production through instructional videos developed and distributed by farmers themselves. Some 80 percent of the world"s rice production is grown by smallholder farmers in developing countries, according to the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Climate-Smart Rice Now Grown by 10 Million Farmers

    About 10 million of the poorest and most disadvantaged rice farmers have been given access to climate-smart rice varieties, which includes flood-tolerant ones. “Swarna-Sub1 changed my life,” said Mr. Trilochan Parida, a farmer at the Dekheta Village of Puri in Odisha, India. Floods ravage Trilochan's rice field every year. Flooding of four days or more usually means a painful loss of ...

  • United Kingdom contributes to FAO’s work in Syria and Lebanon

    The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) is donating £10 million to FAO humanitarian projects in Syria and Lebanon. Part of the United Kingdom’s contribution will go towards boosting winter wheat and barley production in Syria, where more than 4 million people are food insecure. Ongoing conflict has hit food production in the country. Many farmers had ...

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