International report - The harsh realities behind hazelnut harvesting
On Turkey's Black Sea coast, the harvest of around three quarters of the world's supply of hazelnuts is coming to an end.
It is hard and often dangerous work for the army of pickers who travel hundreds of kilometers to help with the harvest. Most of them are Kurdish from a region devastated by the decades-long conflict between the Turkish army and insurgents.
Dorian Jones reports from Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea province of Ordu.
International report - Tunisian election preview: When too much choice leaves you no choice at all
Tunisian voters go to the polls next Sunday (15 September) to choose from a crowded field of candidates. The elections follow the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi in July.
This is an election that many anticipate with impatience, mainly because Tunisia’s democratic transition has failed to keep the promises of the 2010 Arab Spring.
This report from Alessandra Bajec in Tunis.
International report - What place for wheat in Africa?
In sub-Saharan Africa, 14 countries produce wheat; Ethiopia and South Africa are the two main growers.
Although wheat production is minor compared to other crops, wheat demands have been growing steadily over the years, contributing to large deficits across the region that are currently being filled with imports and food aid from developed countries.
The International Wheat Congress was held in July in Sasketchewan Canada, and gathered agronomists and crop scientists from around the world to discuss ways of increasing wheat production in Africa and around the world.
Emmanuelle Landais attended the conference, and sent this report.
This is the third and final part of a short series.
International report - What will ten billion humans eat?
In order to feed 10 billion people by 2050, in a world facing rising temperatures and scarcer water supplies, crop scientists and researchers believe we’ll need to dramatically change the way we produce food.
When it comes to wheat and other cereals, that means developing technologies including genetic engineering. It also means more investment is required in research and development.
Emmanuelle Landais was at the international wheat Congress held in Canada in July to find out more.
This is the second report in a three-part seies.
International report - What climate change is doing to wheat, and why that matters
Can you imagine Paris without croissants, Rome without spaghetti or New Delhi without chapatis?
The wheat used in our favourite foods is the world’s most important crop. But scientific research now shows that wheat will be severely affected by climate change – and this will have an impact on all of our food needs by 2050.
Wheat faces threats from variable weather, disease and many other challenges. To combat these dangers, crop scientists from around the world convened in Saskatoon in Canada’s Sasketchewan province in July for the first International Wheat Congress to discuss how technology can help produce bigger yields, more nutritious grains and also support farmers’ livelihoods around the world.
This report from Emmanuelle Landais, who attended the congress, is the first of a three-part series.