Food, Agriculture & Fisheries

Food Security:

The future of food    The past & future of food stocks    Water & Food in the 21st Century

Feeding 10 bnillion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be possible

Beyond calories: a holistic assessment of the global food system

Blockchain and the economicsof food safety

Creating a sustainable food future     How food connects all the SDGs            

Pollinators vital to our food supply under threat    The looming threat of avian flu        

OpenAG: a globally distributed network of food computing

CGIAR opens agricultural data sets to the world using Amazon Web Services

New maps offer a clearer view of global agriculture    Welcome to dystopia    Soil to Sky Infographic

New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food    Synthesis and review

Food security weakening "on a scale we haven't seen"    Feeding the world while protecting the planet

Cost-effectiveness of interventions for alternate food to address agricultural catastrophes globally

Biodiverse agriculture as part of a food-secure future    Pooled knowledge key to food security

Integrated crop water management might sustainably halve the global food gap

Characterization of the agricultural prone areas on a global scale

Gender, agriculture and water insecurity

Field experimen finds a simple change that could boost agricultural productivity by 60% 

Tackling Change: future-proofing water, agriculture and food security    Food Security CASE Maps

Food security weakening "on a scale we haven't seen"    Urban poverty, food security and climate change

Study suggests impact of climate change on agriculture may be underestimated   

The scary hidden stressor    Dust to dust: a man-made Malthusian crisis    Water for wealth and food security

Despite drop from 2009 peak, agriculture land grabs still remain above pre-2005 levels

The impact of disasters on agriculture and food security    Solving food security with no new land

Global grain stocks dangerously low as 2012 consumption exceeded production

Bumper 2011 Grain Harvest Fails to Rebuild Global Stocks

Reducing waste of food: a key element in feeding billions more people 

Eco-friendly wrap promises fresher food    More food, low pollution effort gains traction   

Transformative tranparency: harnessing the power of data for supply chain sustainability

How do you feed 9 billion people?    Current global food production trajectory won't meet 2050 needs

New projection shows global food demand doubling by 2050    More land, fewer harvests

Feeding the World    Could seawater rice determine the future of food security?        

How 'more food per field' could help save our wild spaces    FAO to prevent threats to the food chain

Food: how bad is the crisis?    World One Poor Harvest Away From Chaos     Agriculture and disaster risk

Assessing the evolving fragility of the global food system     The role of plant science in food security

Millions more will go hungry as world struggles to respond to unprecedented food crises and sharply rising prices

Feeding a thirsty world: challenges and opportunities for a water and food secure future

Declining agricultural production in rapidly urbanizing semi-arid ragions

Water security and agriculture: the human factor   The impacts of human responses

Politics & Trade in Food:

Food: the hidden driver of global politics

The era of cheap food may be over    FAO Food Price Index

Spatial decoupling of agricultural production and consumption

From food insufficiency toward trade dependency: a historical analysis of global food availability

Market integration could help protect poor from climate-related food insecurity

Small clique of nations found to dominate global trading net of food, water   

Cereal Secrets: The world’s largest grain traders and global agriculture   

Impact of climate change on food production: options for importing countries

Food Security, Climate & Weather:

Massive global crop yield variations explained by climate extremes

Climate extremes explain 18%-43% of global crop yield variations

The global effect of extreme weather events on nutrient supply 

Averting risks to the food chain

Weather impacts on crop yields

Understanding food's carbon footprint

Farmers face double trouble as world warms

Climate change will affect farmers' bottom line

French wines show hot dry years are now normal

Protein risk for millions from rising CO2 emissions

IFAD attracts businesses to climate smart investments

Crop breeding is not keeping pace with climate change

Shock Waves: managing the impact of climate change on poverty

Climate model predictions are telling a consistent story re crop yield

Weather phenomenon such as El Nino affect up to two-thirds of the world's harvests

In the crosshairs of hunger and climate change: new ILRI-CCAFS study maps the global hotspots

EverGreen agriculture can build resilience and increase food security in the face of climate change

Recalibrating food production in the developing world: global warming will change more than just the climate

Achieving food security in the face of climate change    Adapting to climate change in the food industry

Human-wrought environmental changes impacting crops and pollinators could harm health of millions

Climate change and food systems: global assessments and implications for for food secruty and trade

Farmers and scientists divided over climate change    Smallholder farmers are more than climate victims

The adaptation advantage: the economic benefits of preparing small-scale farmers to climate change

Taking action to deliver agriculture growth, jobs and food security in the face of climate change

New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation

Water, Agriculture and Climate Change - a global computable general equilibrium analysis

Adapting agriculture to climate change    Agriculture's Role in Climate Change

Significant atmospheric aerosol pollution caused by world food cultivation

Building drought resilience in agriculture: partnerships and public outreach

mplications of climate mitigation for future agricultural production

Planning and costing agriculture’s adaptation to climate change

Agriculture and food production contribute up to 29% of global GHG emissions

The FAOSTAT database for greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture

Research clarifies health costs of air pollution from agriculture 

Field study shows why food quality will suffer with rising CO2

Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition

Advancing agriculture greenhouse gas quantification

Agriculture's greenhouse emissions on the rise

Supporting climate-friendly food production   

Helping farmers to cope with climate change

Climate change growing threat to food and biodiversity

Why curbing agriculture's climate impacts is a growing challenge

Understanding the drought impact of El Nino on the global agricultural areas

A way to sustainability: perspective of resilience and and adaptation to disaster (China case atudy)

El Nino and the threat to food security

Small-scale agriculture threatens the rain forest

Extreme weather and resilience of the global food system    Developing drought free crops

Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies

Mitigating droughts and floods in agriculture    Drought, heat take toll on global crops

Research shows that genomics can match plant variety to climate stresses

Coping with climate change: the roles of genetic resources

32 countries where global warming could make violence worse

Climate change impacts on global agriculture land availability

Climate experts estimate risk of rapid crop slowdown

Farmers struggle to adopt climate-smart methods

How will climate change transform agriculture?

Humus depletion induced by climate change?

Climate change creates new geography of food

Enhancing climate resilience and food & nutrition security

Impacts of climate mitigation for future agricultural production

Climate change increases the risk of ozone damage to plants

Supporting grass-roots efforts key to climate change adaptation

Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture

Climate adaptation as mitigation: the case of agricultural investments

Tried and tested: learning from farmers on adaptation to climate change

Multilevel stakeholder influence mapping in climate change adaptation regimes

Stepping up tp the challenge - 6 issues facing global climate change and food security

Global crop exposure to critical high temperatures in the reproductive period

A risky proposition: crop insurance in the face of climate change

Improving crop yields in a world of extreme weather events

Climate forecasts shown to warn of crop failures

Extreme weather endangers food security

Farmers and forecasts    Weather Index-based Insurance in agricultural development 

Survellance of agriculture drought worldwide  from space using FAO-Agriculture Stress Index System (ASIS)

Why Monsanto is betting the farm on smarter forecasts  

Weather insurance builds resilience for farmers

Farmer perception, recollection, and remote sensing in weather index insurance. An Ethiopia case study

First-ever map of farming households across world

After the flood: a beginning farmer on the front lines of extreme weather

Overcoming the risk of inaction from emissions uncertainty in small-holder agriculture

Small-scale farmers and climate change  Impacts of climate change on farming and food security

Call for action on Climate-Smart Agriculture    FAO-EC project to promote climate-smart farming

Tackling climate change: a coffee farmer's view    Mountain farming is family farming    

Climate change rewrites world wine list    Climate change to deal blow to fruits, nuts: study

Providing low-budget estimations of carbon sequestrations and greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural wetlands

Natural variation in abiotic stress and climate change responses in Arabidopsis: implications for 21C agriculture    

Pests, Pesticides & Pollinators:

Spread of crop pests threatens global food security as Earth warms

New study charts the global invasion of crop pests

Warming helps crop pests spread north

An innovative tool for crop pest control

The effect of farmers' decisions on pest control with Bt crops: a billion dollar game of strategy

Selection of pesticides to reduce human & environmental health risks

Issues associated with 'least toxic pesticides' applied as a last resort

Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

Opening a window to vector-borne viruses

Pesticides and pollinators: a socioecological synthesis

Finding the bees knees: A conceptual framework and systematic review of the pollinator mechanisms 

Pesticide residues remaining in soils from previous growing seasons

Distribution of glyphosate and AMPA in agricultural topsoils of the EU

Farmers look to FAO to help resolve the worsening pest outbreak issue

Crop pests outwit climate change predictions en route to new destinations

How changes in weather patterns could lead to more insect invasions

Natural habitat can help farmers control pests, but not always a win-win

Locust Forecasting

The locust invasions devastating Niger

Preventing desert locust plagues: optimizing management 

Radar shows millions of locusts a mile deep in the air over New Mexico

Why gigantic locust swarms are challennging governments and researchers

Other Risks to Food Chain: 

Managing famine risk - linking early warning to early action    Managing heat in agricultural work

Study highlights food risk highlights    Averting risks to the food chain - emergency methods and tools

Global agricultural productivity is threatened by increasing pollinator dependence without a parallet increase in crop diversification

We'll rise or fall on the quality of our soil    Soil and human security in the 21st Century

Scarcity and degradation of land and water: growing threat to food security

World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt-induced degradation

Human security at risk as depletion of soil accelerates    

Rethinking connection between soil as a carbon reservoir and global warming

Soll-loving plants may be the key to global efforts for sustainable food production      

Globalized diet: more food, less diversity, more associated risks    Global Food: want not, waste not

Grain crops:

Existing cropland could feed 4 billion more

The imprint of crop choice on global nutrient needs

Maize trade disruption could have global ramifications

New tools to breed cereal crops that survive flooding

Future crop production threatened by extreme heat

Surface albedo following biochar application in durum wheat

Global grain production at record highs despite extreme climatic events

Global crop yield response to extreme heat stress under multiple climate change futures

Intensity of heat stress in winter wheat - phenoogy compensates for the adverse effect of global warming

When the chips are down: potato, maize and rice crop yields set to fall

Corn yield prediction model uses simple measurements at a specific growth stage

First observations of global and seasonal terrestrial chlorophyll fluorescence from space

Studying crops from outer space   The Corn and Climate Report    Oil palm - a modelled crop

Reasearchers identify plant cultivation in a 23-year-old site in the Galilee, 11,000 years before earliest known agriculture  

Multiple pathways of commodity crop expansion in tropical forest landscapes    

Crop Additives & Fertilizers:

Do additives help the soil?        

Fungi Reduce Need for Fertilizer in Agriculture

Harnessing beneficial bacteria for a sustainable future

Nitrogen-tracking tools for better crops and less pollution

Research reveals how farmers could mitigate NO2 emissions

A tradeoff frontier for global nitogen use and cereal production

Synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health

Trading farmland for nitrogen protection

Modelling of global crop production and resulting N2O emissions

50-year trends in nitrogen use efficeiency of world cropping systems

Nitrogen fertilization challenges the climate benefit ofcellulosic biofuels 

To save the Earth, better nitrogen use on a hungrier planet must be addressed

Phosphate: A Critical Resource Misused and Now Running Low

Regional disparities in the CO2 fertilization effect and implications for crop yields

Climate, crops and lacking data underlie regional disparities in the CO2 fertilization effect

CO2 could reduce crop yields

Herbicide and fertilizers promote analogous phylogenic responses but opposite functional responses in plant communities

Earth-friendly pesticides

Resilience, Sustainability and Land Use in Agriculture:

Global land use implications of dietary trends

Land use and food security in 2050: a narrow road

Can we grow more food on less land? We'll have to, a new study finds

Agrivoltaics proves mutually beneficial across food, water, energy nexus

Soil crisis brought about by climate change may hit global food production

The other inconvenient truth: how agriculture is changing the face of our planet

The future of food and farming: challenges and choices for global sustainability

Desperately seeking: a sustainable, climate friendly food system

Carbon farming schemes should consider multiple co-benefits    

Can we continue to feed the world while doing less harm?    The green revolution is wilting

Study offers new hope for increasing global food production, reducing environmental impact of agriculture

Changes in agriculture could cut sector non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50%

Feeding the world while protecting the planet    Organic Agriculture and Climate Change

Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition    Biodegradable or not?

Toward a whole-landscape approach for sustainable land    Why crop rotation works

Vulnerability to climate change: adaptation strategy & layers of resilience

Study identifies way to enhance the sustainability of manufactured soils

Didactic toolkit for the design, management  and assessmentof resilient farming systems

Guidance and tool to support farmers in taking aware decisions on Ecological Focus Areas

Building Resilience: Bridging Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

Looking back to move forward on model validation: insights from a global model of agricultural land use

Effects of land cover change on moisture availability and potential crop yield in the world's breadbaskets

Agriculture, forestry and other land use emissions by sources and removals by sinks

Resilient livlihoods: disaster risk reduction for food and nutrition security

Improved harvest for small farms thanks to naturally cloned crops 

The vertical farm: a keystone concept for the ecocity      

Fresh city tomatoes, any time    Tomatoes watered by the sea: sprouting a new way of farming

Urban agriculture: a global analysis of the space constraint to meet urban vegetable demand

Growing crops on organic soils increases greenhouse gas emisions

Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably     

GMOs and other Food Research:

Plant research funding crucial for the future    Mystery atom helps plants grow 

Hope in new scientific insights to avoid global agricultural tragedy

Filling the research gap under the Carbon Farming Futures program

Breakthrough offers promise of improved GMO testing

Analysis of US genetically engineered crop regulation and litigation

No sign of health or nutrition problems from GMO livestock feeds, study finds

Advances in farm animal genomic resouces

Brazil signals it may release terminator seed technology   

Water and Food Nexus - trends and development of the research landscape                   

Scientists complete chromosome-based draft of the wheat genome

Rice agriculture accelerates greenhouse gas emissions

Sttatistical model predicts performance of hybrid rice

Two Evolutionary Histories in the Genome of Rice

Enzymes with agriculture and biofuel application

Scientists identify thousands of plant genes activated by ethylene gas

Research raises concerns about future global crop yield projections

New plant protein discoveries could ease global food and fuel demands

Maths study of photosynthesis clears the path to developing new super-crops

Implications of regional improvement in global climate models for agricultural impact research

Agriculture and Water:

Agricultural water storage in an era of climate change   Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up

Improvements in crop water productivity increase water sustainability and food security: a global analysis

Hydrologic and land–energy feedbacks of agricultural water management practices

Irrigation and global change – new applications for integrated global land use modeling

Irrigation's impact on clouds and climate    Rainfed Farming and Disaster Risk Reduction

Modelling the global dynamics of rain-fed and irrigated croplands   

Spatial organization and drivers of the virtual water trade: a community-structure analysis

Researchers reveal that organic agriculture can pollute groundwater   EverGreen Agriculture Project 

Changing World Diets:

Human diet causing 'catastophic' damage to planet

7 charts that could convince you to become a vegetarian

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption

Comaparative analysis of environmental impacts of agricultural production systems

Meat-eaters are the #1 cause of worldwide species extinction

Meat, to eat or not to eat  

Animal Husbandry:  

Domesticated animals and biodiversity: early agriculture at the gates of Europe and long-term ecological consequences

Global versus local environmental impacts of grazing and confined beef production systems

Livestock biodiversity must be preserved as vital tool against climate change

How healthy animals protect livlihoods and build resilience

Pastoralism to suffer most over rise in global heat

Cows are smarter when raised in pairs    

Modelling farm animal welfare     

Feeding seaweed to cows: Australian livestock methane research lights up

The business of burps: scientists smell profit in cow emisions

Greenhouse gas mitigation from livestock sector revealed

Cattle flatulence doesn't stink with biotechnology

Technology in agriculture and farming:

MSU lands first drone

The digital homestead

A model for digital agriculture

DRR technology for agriculture

AI algorithm improves crop yield prediction

How helpful is nanotechnology in agriculture?

Celebrating science and innovation in agriculture

Multispectral imaging flies high to help crop yields

The origins of horticultural technology and science

Revolution to Evolution - Hort Technology in the 21C    

Researchers develop drones for orchard management

Robot herder brings the cows in for milking in Australia

Data and monitoring needs for a more ecological agriculture

Soil moisture data sets become fertile ground for applications

Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need to be watered

Could the cloud and quantum computing help feed the world?

Satellite imagery could forecast food crises before they happen

New plastic electronics can greatly reduce food waste worldwide

How Business Intelligence and data make for a more efficient farm

Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts

For the first time scientists can observe the nano structure of food in 3D

Better technology could take agriculture halfway towards climate targets

The future of farming is utilizing data in an open source network of farmers

Under the sea: the underwater farms groowing basil, strawberries and lettuce

mAgri: Weather forecsting & monitoring - mobile solutions for climate resilience

Driverless tractors, drone crop dusters, automated milking: agriculture is most attractive robotics market

Regional Issues:


EU agriculture not viable for the future

Europe's agriculture: how to make food affordable, healthy and 'green'

Pesticide residues in European agricultural soils - a hidden reality unfolded

Science supporting abundant, nourishing food for a growing civilization

Honeybee shortage threatens crop pollination in Europe

EU lawmakers pass controversial GMO food law

Assessing the agricultural system and the carbon cycle under climate change in Europe using a dynamic global vegetation model

Climate-induced changes in grapevine yield and must sugar content in Franconia (Germany) 1805-2010

Climate change shifting wine grape harvests in France and Switzerland

Netherlands: This tiny country feeds the world


Africa: the private sector, agriculture and climate change - connecting the dots

Green revolution in Sub-Sahara Africa: implications of imposed innovation for the well-being of rural smallholders

Agricultural drought challenges Arab world   Food in an uncertain future: Middle East & North Africa

Researchers find African farmers need better climate change data to improve farming practices

Kenya, World Bank launch insurance program over agricultural challenges

Toward quantified small-scale farms in Africa

Kenya faces huge losses from armyworm

A dynamic analysis of resilience in Uganda

Niger, Mali on alert to desert locust risk

Grapelook - water use efficiency in vineyards of South Africa

Fertilizer nutrient imbalance to limit food production in Africa

Water, water - not everywhere: mapping water trends for African maize

The complexities of climate change adaptation in South African agriculture

Not just maize: Africa's fall armyworm crisis threatens sorghum. other crops, too

West African agriculture and climate change    Improving food security in West Africa

Are regional climate models relevant for crop yield prediction in West Africa?

Climate change could crush East Africa's agricultural economy

East African agriculture and climate change

Transforming agriculture in the Sahel - what would it take?

Factors influencing agbiotech adoption and development in sub-Saharan Africa

Weather info project aims to help African farmers adapt

Risk Atlas for Africa - pest distribution and risk atlas for Africa

South African agriculture and climate change

Feeding degraded soils in Ethiopia to feed the people and theenvironment

The causes, processes and impacts of land fragmentation in the rangelands of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

Zambia: from climate risk to climate resilience

Food seurity and disaster resilience through sustainable drylands management in North Dafur, Sudan

North America:

Climate change, global food security and the US food system    21st Centur US 'dustbowl' risk assessed

Managing weather and climate risks to agriculture in North America, Central America and the Caribbean

Strengthening food resilience through the US President's Climate Data Initiative

USDA announces creation of foundation for food and agriculture research    FDIC reforms

Wild bee decline threatens US crop production    US: Agriculture adaptation to a changing climate

Changing climate is affecting agriculture in the US   

The impact of climate extremes and irrigation on US crop yields

After 4 centuries, Southwest US irrigation system faces decline

Climate change poses risks to food, beyond US drought    Impact of drought on California food growing

Sinking land, poisoned water: the dark side of Calfornia's mega farms

Climate change and agriculture in the US - effects and adaptation  

Farmers plant for hyper-local forecasts with IBM's 'Deep Thunder'

Satellite shows high productivity from US corn belt     Big drop in wintertime fog needed by fruit and nut crops

The impact of climate, disease and wheat breeding on wheat variety yields in Kansas, 1985-2011

Central & South America:

Central America's food security threatened by drought    

Sustainable land-use concept for South America


ASEAN banks need to better manage climate risk to ensure region's food and water security

China has made a shocking food production discovery - electro culture

China's rising soybean consumption reshaping western agriculture

Food benefit and climate warming potential of nitrogen fertilizer uses in China

Key role of China and its agriculture in global sustainable phosphorous management

Balancing food security and environmental quality in China    

Food security in Indonesia    Indonesia: irrigation infrastructure prone to climate change, catastrophes

Timor: Food, water, rain, risk - the uphill strugle to adapt

Agriculture, nutrition and health in the Solomon Islands 

India: Icrisat and DST launch centre of excellence in climate change research

India caterpillar attack flags risk of climate-linked farm pests   


Australia aims to become Asia's food bowl    CSIRO: Sustainable Agriculture Flagship

Boost for Australia's grain industry   

As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

Australia: climate change will force farmers to adapt     Adapting agriculture to climate change

Australia: hotter, harder times forecast for the farm as climate changes food production

Australian agriculture needs to adapt, not simply shift to meet climate change

Satellite data help Australian ranchers meet rising demand for meat in a changing world 

Linking food security, climate adaptation and carbon management: a case study from Indonesia

Climate change impacts on crop productivity in Africa and South Asia

How to feed Africa as the climate changes    Africa's farmers 'need urgent climate-proof investment'

Impact of global warming on food security in vulnerable areas of Africa


Salmon Alert

WWF on aquaculture

NOAA on aquaculture

Tunas, sharks and ships at sea

Searching for Russian crab mafia

Aquaculture in the Mediterranean

Better global ocean management 

Global footprint of industrial fishing

What oysters reveal about sea change

The dynamics of the global fishing fleet

Can offshore fish farming feed a hungry world?

Food Security and Climate Change in the Pacific

The role of mangroves in fisheries enhancement

Report supports shutdown of all high seas fisheries

Securing the supply of sea scallops for today ad tomorrow

Inland fisheries determined to surface as food powerhouse

A more prosperous global future with fisheries management

Aquaculture tries to fill world's insatiable appetite for seafood     

We're fishing the oceans dry. It's time to reconsider fish farms

WWF: Reviving the ocean economy - a case for action - 2015

Coastal ocean aquacullture can be environmentally sustainable

New shellfish certified reference material to enhance food safety

Increasing Returns from Fisheries: Do's and Dont's for Policy Makers

Canadian Feds to reopen herring fishery despite objections by scientists

Ocean fronts drive marine fishery production and biogeochemical cycling

Mariculture: significant and expanding cause of coastal nutrient enrichment    

Fish will have to find new habitats or perish if global warming is left unchecked

Future ocean observations to connect climate, fisheries and marine ecosystems

DNA evidence shows that salmon hatcheries cause substantial, rapid genetic changes

Climate change vulnerabilities in fisheries and aquaculture: a synthesis of 6 regional studies

The State of World Fisheries and Acquaculture 2010   Effects of acquaculture on worldfish supplies

Fisheries and Climate Change    Will There Be Fish by 2050    Farmed fish production overtakes beef