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Forecasting crop pest migrations to improve control efficiency

Migratory crop pests such as desert locusts, fall armyworms and red-billed queleas are threatening food security across Africa. Both commercial and subsistence farmers can suffer huge losses, but so far, years of work has not yet managed to curtail the impacts of migratory pests. Unfortunately their combination of high mobility and high abundance due to …

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Lessons learned: South-North partnerships in an agri-food system research programme

The GCRF AFRICAP programme is coming to an end in March 2022. Helen Coskeran who worked as programme support officer from 2018 to 2020 before taking over as programme manager reflects on what she has learnt during this process. AFRICAP is the largest GCRF grant led by the University of Leeds. Even for an institution …

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Food Systems and COP26

Stephen Whitfield attended COP26 and presented his ideas on transformation on food systems. In this excerpt from an article originally published on the University of Leeds site, he highlights the work done in this field and the long road ahead: Agriculture has risen the UNFCCC agenda in recent years, perhaps catalysed, to some extent, by …

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Modelling GHG emissions from agriculture for AFRICAP

by Sylvia Vetter and Pete Smith Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a major driver of climate change. GHGs emitted from the food system, including crop and livestock production, forestry and associated land-use changes, account for up to one-third of global GHG emissions (1). Besides carbon dioxide (CO2), agriculture emits large amounts of the non-CO2 GHGs …

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