What growing avocados in Sicily tells us about climate change and the future of food

Andrea Passanisi with some of the avocados his grows at his farm in Sicily

At the fertile foothills of Mount Etna, Andrea Passanisi surveys his avocado grove under Sicily’s blue skies. He started growing the tropical fruit in what used to be his grandfather’s vineyard and, helped by the warming climate, is now sending his produce across Europe.  Passanisi discovered a love for avocados on a trip to Brazil […]

THE CONTRERAS REPORT: Does Africa have any future?

THE CONTRERAS REPORT: Does Africa have any future?

I was in Biology 1 discussing the Green Revolution in the Philippines (rice) and Mexico (wheat) in 1966. Africa was in postcolonial turmoil. Israel was on the eve of its existential 1967 war. My interests then were to finish college and get a job. Like most Americans, I didn’t care much about Africa. Most still […]

Floods lay bare Europe’s gigantic task in averting future climate damage


File photo: People work in an area affected by floods caused by heavy rainfalls in Bad Muenstereifel, Germany, July 19, 2021 Reuters Coming hard on the heels of severe heatwaves and wildfires in North America and Siberia, the floods have put climate change at the top of the political agenda The catastrophic floods that swept […]

Is Hydroponics the future of farming in Bangladesh?

Is Hydroponics the future of farming in Bangladesh?

Hydroponics uses just nutrient-rich water to grow crops Farmers across the Khulna region have not been able to make good use of the land for the cultivation of crops and vegetables. This is due to the region being flood-prone and the salinity of the soil. “We can neither cultivate crops nor fishes,” says a 45-year-old […]

Seeking future trading partners

Seeking future trading partners

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZBIF) has started the search for the next tranche of countries that we could negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with. The organisation has produced a report, which its executive director Stephen Jacobi says is designed to stimulate discussion on who might be future trading partners. He says the […]

Future wood use assures long-term climate benefit from commercial forests


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A new study published in Nature Communications demonstrates the important role that planting new commercial forests could play in the fight against climate change by including new accounting of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation achieved from future use of harvested wood. The study applied a novel, time-dependent assessment to capture the complex […]

Pennsylvania wants kids to get agriculture experience, farmers see technology as future


As the summer growing season gets underway, the agricultural industry continues its perennial mission of looking for a new crop of young people to enter the workforce. “Pennsylvania has long faced a looming agricultural workforce shortage, at one point estimating a deficit of 75,000 workers as farmers retire and new, technology-based positions become available,” said […]

HSBC, Brac Business School presents young talents of Bangladesh with future skills award

Winners of the Business Case Competition 2021 participate in a webinar on May 22, 2021 Courtesy Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) are the champions and IBA, Jahangirnagar University teams secured second and third positions HSBC Bangladesh and Brac Business School in partnership recently organized the finale and award giving ceremony of the “Business Case Competition […]