As humans advance to solve specific problems, another set of challenges emerges. This is one of the several paradoxes of development. The protracted efforts to combat climate change and its debilitating effect on the human race has raised other problems, one of which is the invasion of some deadly parasites on the farms. Climate change and Africa’s high population growth rate and rapid urbanization necessitate intensification of agriculture in the continent, such as producing more from the same piece of land. However, more pests and diseases come with intensification, especially from soilborne threats, such as nematodes. In a research review […]
By Solomon Adekola Like many industries, technology is changing the ways farmers manage their operations. New developments in machinery, software and genetics are allowing farmers to have more control over how they plant and manage their crops. One of the greatest innovations in farming technology today is the advent of precision agriculture technology. One of the agriculture technologies is Greenhouse farming. FarmKonnect agribusiness focuses its attention on the easiest way of farming and adopted the new agriculture technology. Greenhouse farming entails growing horticulture namely flowers, fruits and vegetables in a framed or inflated structure covered with a transparent or […]
By Solomon Adekola Nigeria has never had food security. It has as usual been importing rice, beans and other food items. Since the sources of supplied of these importation are in food crisis it has a spillover effect on Nigeria. The most silent area is that food price will be on the high side, and result to low quantity of food to be import thereby, causing instability in the country economic, social and political sector. Many will starve to death, crime rate will be on the high side, and the rate of poverty will be extremely high. Poverty […]
By Solomon Adekola The pathogenic fungus Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4), already widespread on several other continents, has been found for the first time infecting banana plants in Latin America, researchers confirmed earlier in the month August. Fungicides are ineffective against the disease, and observers have long feared its incursion into the world’s top banana-producing region. Randy Ploetz, a plant pathologist at the University of Florida in Homestead said that the epidemics develop slowly, so the [spread of TR4] will take some time. But eventually, it will not be possible to produce Cavendish [banana variety] for international trade. […]
By Solomon Adekola Agriculture, which has high rates of fatalities and serious injuries, ranks among the most dangerous professions in the United States. In Nigeria, greenhouse farming technology has turned into technology to increase food production because of unpredictable weather conditions. Things to be considered for the safety of our farm product 1. Soils are a multifaceted and dynamic natural resource that supports plant growth and affect water and air quality. Scientists have found that in-depth research is needed to unravel the complex nature of soils as well as their impact on Earth’s ecosystems. 2. Freshwater is so […]
BY OKUNOLA AJOKE The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in a world where food insecurity and hunger present an enormous global challenge. The world’s population is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050 and demand on global food systems intensifies every day. However, transforming our food and agricultural systems to make them sustainable, resilient and inclusive will deliver access to healthy and nutritious foods, help create livelihoods for small-scale producers and processors, and help protect ecosystems and combat climate change. In this context, business has become a critical partner in designing and delivering effective, scale-able and practical […]
For several decades Climate change has stood out as an albatross that humanity invariably contends with. Perpetually abetting more droughts, flooding, extreme weather conditions among other ecological and socio-economic problems, climate change is having serious adverse effects on farmers, especially in the peripheral parts of the globe. In Africa Climate change is already producing a surge in the frequency and intensity of droughts that is damaging production of the continents most important crop (maize) while increased flooding in South Asia is endangering rice harvests that sustain millions of lives. Countries like Rwanda, Ghana and Ethiopia are at risk of experiencing […]
In 2015, the international community set two reframing agendas for the sustainable future of our planet. During the United Nations (UN) Summit on Sustainable Development, countries adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to jointly embark on a resilient and sustainable path that leaves no one behind. With the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), countries pledged to take important steps in reducing their Greenhouse Gas (GHG)emissions and strengthen countries resilience and ability to adapt to climate change, joining the cause to take common climate actions. Both transformational agendas acknowledge the […]
If you have had a sense of keen touch with nature and had felt the rhythm and the effervescence of the ecological aesthetics, then you could well appreciate why ecotourism and wildlife reserves are fast becoming a big business in the world economy. From South America to Europe and from Australia to Asia and down to Africa, tourists have traversed the world to observe nature and have a feel of its naturality. Tourism, in its broadest sense, has been one of the worlds fastest-growing industries in the past several decades. The industry started waxing in the mid-twentieth century and has […]
Agriculture is arguably the best form of generating wealth out of nature, and the place of farmers in the economy remains quite indispensable. However, there is an emerging class of farmers called smart farmers who have learned the principles of making greater fortunes out of greenies and veggies without necessarily exerting their brawns or going through the toils experienced by the traditional farmers — they are calculative individuals and stakeholders in Agricultural real estate, and they are whom the Marxists might choose to pigeonhole as bourgeoisie farmers. This class of farmers however have well justified roles in capital intensive mechanized […]
Agriculture & Food Security is a peer-reviewed open access that addresses the challenge of global food security. It is within the field of food security research, with a particular focus on research that may inform more sustainable agriculture and food systems that better address local, regional, national and/or global food and nutritional insecurity. It considers cutting-edge contributions across the breadth of relevant academic disciplines, including agricultural, ecological, environmental, nutritional, and socio-economic sciences, public health and policy. The scope includes, but is not limited to: Agricultural and environmental sciences, including genetics and systems ecology Animal husbandry, fisheries science and plant science […]
Several decades ago, what we now know as agriculture of today was not what it is. The traditional form of farming has several loopholes which give little room for efficiency and high rate of production as well as its high laborious state. The traditional farming made use of crude farm tools such as hoe, cutlass, rakes, baskets and animal-drawn equipment which slows work down since animals need to rest once they get tired. It also involve the raising of animals on free range system which exposes animals to adverse weather condition, theft and diseases resulting in weak and unhealthy […]
When people start to think about the ecosystem and nature as a whole, many don’t fully grasp the importance of relying on other species. Everything on earth is connected, whether we realize it or not. Human survival doesn’t rely on humans alone — the human species depends on tons of other life forms to stay in existence.
The demise of the banana has been in the news regularly since a 2003 article in The New Scientist suggested that the crop may be extinct within 10 years. However, recent data indicate that between 2000 and 2017, global production of bananas grew at a compound annual rate of 3.2%, reaching a record of 114 million tonnes in 2017, up from around 67 million tonnes in 2000. Not bad for a crop that was supposedly on its deathbed!
This subject matter has the propensity to be arduous, so we have created a dynamic, and digestible guide to help you better understand nitrogen and the important role it plays in crop production. To start with we are going to give you some quick, bite sized facts.