People shelter under a tree as locusts take flight in Laisamis, Kenya: swarms are likely to disrupt agricultural production and supply routes, leaving millions hungry. Photograph: Khadija Farah/New York Times

A new generation of desert locusts is spreading across east Africa, posing a significant threat to food supplies across the region. Aid organisation(...)

An empty pasta shelf in Switzerland. Many countries have seen surging sales in basic products including pasta.  Photograph: EPA

Shoppers’ rush to stock up on non-perishable staples such as pasta and noodles to ride out the coronavirus crisis has boosted demand for wheat, which (...)

Climate conditions had created a situation that allowed an “unprecedented” number of locusts to gather, a spokeswoman for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

A swarm of desert locusts has entered South Sudan, bringing east Africa’s worst locust outbreak in decades to an eighth country. The locusts crossed(...)

Palestinian farmers pick olives in the Al-Bureij refugee camp, south of the Gaza Strip. The fruit is a staple for many local farmers. Photograph: Mahmoud Issa/Getty Images

The autumn olive harvest is traditionally a period of optimism for Palestinians in an environment that often offers little reason for hope. The olive(...)

 Women waiting for food  during the Somali famine of 2011, when  260,000 people died, including 130,000 children. Photograph: Omar Faruk/Reuters

Somalia faces a “very real risk” of famine, with more than six million people, half its population, facing acute food insecurity in the country, three(...)

Switching to plant based diets could be key to reducing Ireland’s carbon emissions. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

For the last two decades, agriculture has consistently proven a problem for climate change policy in Ireland as it makes up a large proportion of emis(...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

Nepalese farmers work the land near Bungamati village in the Kathmandu Valley recently. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

With three quarters of the country’s population working on the land and agriculture accounting for 38 per cent of GDP, it’s little surprise that one o(...)

Pope Francis  has called world hunger “one of the most dramatic paradoxes of our time which we are witnessing helplessly and often with indifference”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis will today address the second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, organised by the UN bodies, the Food and Agriculture Organis(...)

Scientists have compiled an international inventory of wild plants to be saved to protect the genetic health of food crops.

Scientists have put together an international inventory of wild plants that must be saved to protect the genetic health of important food crops. Unfor(...)