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Climate-resilient food system program continues growing

Jacobs Farm del Cabo is making significant progress in its ClimateLab™ efforts, a program focused on building a more inclusive, climate-resilient food system. “We are focused on helping farmers adapt to existing climate impacts, mitigate our contributions to them and replicate and accelerate the…

Statement from B.C. Blueberry Council

British Columbia blueberry industry severely impacted by recent floods

From flooded fields and homes to supply chain issues, this is an especially challenging time for British Columbia. We stand with the those impacted by floods. Our hearts go out to the growers whose homes are flooded. Their loss is insurmountable. Blueberry grower Jaswant Dhillon says his “family has lost…

China’s Agriculture Ministry vows to counter effects of La Niña

China’s Agriculture Ministry released a plan recently to tackle possible agricultural disasters caused by La Niña. As a La Niña event is expected to arrive in winter and pose…

Water scarcity is a central issue to sustainable food situation

According to the World Bank Global, agriculture accounts for 70% of all water use, but unfortunately water scarcity is becoming more prevalent. The UN projects a 40% global…

British Columbia growers comment on recent floods

While there have been widespread reports about the significant losses of dairy cattle, hogs, chicken, and egg production because of British Columbia’s recent and devastating floods, produce production in the province has also felt some effects from the natural disaster. At Discovery Organics in…

Roadblocks challenge to food industry

Canada: Prins Greenhouses back in business after BC floodings

"There is and will be much work to be done to get the BC Farming industry back on its feet," the team with Prins Greenhouses shares. Last week, during the floods in British Colombia, their company was damaged severely, and they are working hard to get back on their feet. Canadian company Prins Greenhouses…

Groenheuwel Boerdery receives gold medal at the 2021 Eco-Logic Awards

Northern Cape organic grower rewarded for its large savings in carbon emissions

Organic enterprise Groenheuwel Boerdery in the Northern Cape was entered into the annual Eco-Logic Awards by their organic citrus importer EOSTA (Nature & More) in The Netherlands and to their surprise, says André Spangenberg, they were awarded a gold medal for their pioneering work in sequestering…

Bad weather hits Sicily

The bad weather that hit most of Sicily has not spared the countryside and the crops. Orange tree torn down by the fury of the S. Leonardo river, Lentini  Most of the damage has been reported in the Licata (AG) area where, just like in Lentini (SR) and Gela (CL), the situation seems rather dire. After all, there has been a mix of torrential…

Climate change is biggest fresh sector challenge behind Covid

Fresh sector producers are only just recovering from the pandemic, only to face another global challenge. Climate change is impacting food production more and more. The sector…

Enrique Rossi - Budou Farms

Windy weather creates some nervous moments for a Victorian grape grower

Strong winds have added another challenge as one of Victoria's leading table grape growers prepares for the summer season. Budou Farms co-owner Enrique Rossi believes it is a by-product of climate change, and farmers can no longer rely on average temperatures of decades ago, as each season is throwing up…

Leaderbrand chief Richard Burke sees crops damaged in flood

'Farming practices have to change to adapt to increasingly volatile weather'

Last week’s flooding in Gisborne damaged Leaderbrand crops, that were due to soon be covered by a large greenhouse. The unfortunate timing has left the company cleaning up and…

Fresh Del Monte commits to reducing Scope 1, 2 and 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030 ahead of COP26

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., one of the larger global vertically integrated producers, distributors, and marketers of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, announced…

Climate change and the effect on the redness of apples

Scientific studies indicate that approximately 25% of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions come from agriculture. At the crop level, global warming leads to changes in the phenology…

Bad weather and floods in Sicily

Just like three years ago in 2018, 2021 also registered incessant rain that has put the whole territory to the test as waterways have not been maintained in thirty years. The Catania plain between Lentini (Syracuse) and Scordia (Catania) has been the worst hit by heavy rain and strong winds.  We are talking about driving rain (over 250…

La Niña threatens to create droughts and frigid winters

La Niña appears to have emerged across the equatorial Pacific, setting the stage for worsening droughts in California and South America. It will probably also lead to more…

NABC

Dutch companies display solutions for climate-smart farming in Egypt

A group of 11 Dutch companies visited Egypt earlier this year to explore opportunities for climate-smart agriculture. This ‘Inspiration and Knowledge-sharing tour’ was organized by the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), on behalf of RVO and the Netherlands embassy in Cairo.  All participants of the…

Mixed grower-shipper reactions to California’s recent rains

The rain has arrived in California.  Following a summer of record heatwaves, the state’s growers and shippers are assessing how the weekend’s intense rain will affect commodities. “As always, we welcome any and all rain,” says Alex Teague of Limoneira based in Santa Paula, CA. “For the most part, while it…

Best rain in years over Klein-Karoo

"I can't remember when last we saw so much rain," remarks an Oudtshoorn resident of the 46mm she measured over 24 hours at the end of last week in Oudtshoorn. Farmers report that seasonal rivers that dried up seven years ago, some longer, have sprung to life again. Farmers have shed tears of relief at…

China: Frequent heavy rain causes prices of spinach to soar

Recently, the price of spinach has continued to soar, and some markets have even experienced severe supply shortages. At present, the price of spinach in the market is around…

Chilean fresh fruit supplier commits to 100% clean energy supplies

Copefrut, a Chilean company with over 65 years in the production and export of traditional and organic fresh fruit, signed a contract to commit to 100 percent clean energy…

Climate change is threatening Australia’s favorite fruits

This summer, Australian mango growers are expecting the smallest harvest in at least two decades. Cherry farmers are losing trees. Grape growers are having to deal with…

To develop and commercialize agri solutions to address climate change

Invaio Sciences secures $50 mln debt financing

Invaio Sciences,Inc., a Flagship Pioneering company unlocking the potential of natural systems to accelerate the transition to sustainable agriculture to urgently address…

Northwestern University study looks at answers to climate change

Breadfruit: Potential food of the future

Climate models suggest breadfruit trees will grow well across the tropics for many decades to come. There is an especially big opportunity in tropical Africa, where large…

China: Heavy rains lead to highest reduction in pepper production in recent years

Henan, the main producing area of peppers, saw heavy rainfall in June, the early transplanting stage, which resulted in the seedlings in low-lying areas being drowned. Then,…

Hailstorm in Luochuan reduces apple production by around 20%

Apple production areas in the northwest of China were suddenly hit by hailstorms in late September. One of the most important apple production areas in China, Luochuan,…

Schweizer Bundesamt für Statistik (BFS):

The weather is putting a strain on Swiss agriculture in 2021

Swiss agriculture is expected to generate gross value added of CHF 4.1 billion in 2021, down 6.6% on the previous year. Total production is declining, while production costs…

Extreme drought affecting Colorado growers

In southwestern Colorado a little more than a decade ago, the region’s agricultural community considered the Mancos Valley to be one of the last best places to farm in an era…

China: The price of premium apples may set a new record

Previously, two major apple-producing areas in Luochuan and Fuxian, Yan'an, Shaanxi suffered severe hail disasters. Suddenly, hail broke out and hit the apples still hanging…

Persimmon, citrus and almond trees, among the most affected crops

Another hailstorm hit 17,200 hectares of crops in Spanish Region of Valencia

Last weekend, the agricultural sector in the Spanish Region of Valencia was affected by another hailstorm that hit approximately 17,200 hectares of crops throughout the province of Valencia, according to initial estimates of the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (Ava-Asaja). The hardest hit…

Pedro Paniagua, of Cobella: "In a matter of half an hour, everything was flooded".

Storm in Spanish province of Huelva hits Campo de Lepe, Cartaya, and La Redondela

The storm that hit Lepe, Cartaya, La Redondela, and Ayamonte last Thursday has caused considerable damages to the residents of these municipalities of the Spanish province of Huelva. As far as the agricultural sector is concerned, the damage to farms has also been significant. In the case of strawberries,…

Honduras' agricultural sector is still dealing with the consequences of Eta and Iota

Up until the end of July, Honduran agricultural activity registered an 8.4% drop, especially in banana, African palm, melon, watermelon, and sugar cane as a result of the…

Chilean fruit exports could decrease by 8% due to the drought

Chile has had alarmingly low levels of rainfall because of the drought it's experiencing and the agricultural sector is having to take these low levels into account in its…

The storms in Albacete affect the quality and volumes of leafy vegetables

There will be lettuce and spinach supply issues in the next two weeks

The main leafy vegetable-producing areas in Albacete were affected by a strong hailstorm on Thursday, September 16. According to industry sources, the hail caused damage to many crops, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and baby lettuce crops. The fields accumulated large amounts of water, as more than 40…

First effects of the storm

A storm in the Valencian Community affected more than 20,000 tons of persimmons and citrus fruits

This week's storm in the Valencian Community has already had its first effects on agriculture. According to a provisional estimate of the Valencian Association of Farmers (Ava-Asaja), which was carried out in anticipation of new rainfall in the coming days, the rains have been generally beneficial for…

Central Africa

Researching climate-smart strategies for root, tuber and banana crops

Root, tuber and banana (RT&B) crops are widely cultivated across sub-Saharan Africa. The extensive planting of RT&B crops highlights their adaptive nature, but a team of…

The impacts of drought are already here

This summer, onion farmers in eastern Oregon and western Idaho faced a double threat to their livelihood. Even though most farmers had access to plenty of irrigation water, a lack of spring rain and hotter-than-normal summer temperatures hampered production.A dry spring resulted in fewer onions…

France: Cauliflower and artichokes become victims of the weather in Pas-de-Calais

The frost and the rains have severely impacted fruit productions, but vegetables have also suffered some losses. In Clairmarais (Pas-de-Calais), the Morel brothers are…

Regarding 2020 locust and cyclone damages

Horn of Africa pays the cost of interlinked disasters

The large swarm of locusts which hit the Horn of Africa in the Spring of 2020, and cyclone Amphan, which struck the border region of India and Bangladesh in May of that year,…

Instacrops develops Instafrost

Agtech Instacrops launch a solution that predicts frost 12 hours in advance with more than 90% accuracy

Chile's winter months are usually very cold and Chilean farmers are worried about a possible frost as the country's streets are frozen and Chile's central area is facing temperatures of nearly -5ºC. Even though many producers have systems or techniques to mitigate the effects of low temperatures on…

Storm destroys agricultural infrastructure and citrus and vegetable crops in the north of Castellon

Ava-Asaja warned that the storm that hit the Region of Valencia, which brought torrential rains, lightning and strong wind gusts, has caused localized damage to the agricultural sector, especially in the Castellon region of Baix Maestrat and in the northern part of the term of Vinaròs, bordering Alcanar,…

The most affected area was Vinaròs-Benicarló, in the district of Maestrat

The rains of the last five days didn't cause widespread damage in Valencia's countryside but affected some areas

According to La Unió de Llauradors, the torrential rains of the last five days didn't cause widespread damage in the Valencian countryside. However, they did cause localized and serious damage in certain areas, such as Vinaròs-Benicarló, Pedralba, and some towns of Plana Baixa, mainly. In the latter areas…

France: too much humidity for beets and potatoes in Picardy

The harvests should start in a month and producers in the Somme department are worried. This summer’s rainfall has favored the appearance of diseases on potatoes and beets.  Usually, the French region of Hauts-de-France produces nearly half of the 400,000 tons of beets harvested each year in France, but 2021…

Harvest may be delayed

Sweet potato growers hope for the best following Hurricane Ida

Following Hurricane Ida, which landed Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, sweet potato growers for the most part are waiting to find out what the effects of the weather event are. In Mississippi, some sweet potato growing areas have received 4+ inches…

What is causing the mega-drought in Chile?

A mass of warm water in the south of the Pacific located east of New Zealand could be behind the mega-drought that Chile has suffered for more than a decade, as it could…


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