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High packout the sweet spot for improved apple strain, Flash Gala

Flash Gala, the trademarked fruit of Bigbucks trees, joins other global top fruit brands such as Pink Lady, the improved Cripps Pink strain and is poised to disrupt the global fresh fruit industry...

2 days ago

Insights into the global strawberry market

The healthy food trend is becoming increasingly popular on the developed markets, thereby encouraging the consumption of natural products, including fruit and berries. This trend is expected to continue in the coming years...

3 days ago

Nampo 2018: South African agriculture is live and well

Despite the uncertainties currently facing South African producers, Nampo 2018 saw a new record in attendance figures, with positive feedback from exhibitors...

3 days ago

SA gets taste for Sharon fruit

After a series of successful market promotions, the South African Sharon fruit is gaining traction in the domestic market...

3 days ago

From camels to catfish, Algeria boosts fish farming in the Sahara Desert

Farming fish in the desert might sound counterintuitive but Algeria hopes to tap the huge aquifers beneath the Sahara - that covers about 80% of the country - as it seeks new ways to feed its growing population and diversify its oil-based economy...

By Thin Lei Win 3 days ago

Cattle used as currency in southern Africa

Researchers recently visited northern Namibia, to test the cultural attitudes that influence how farmers manage their livestock herds during times of drought...

23 May 2018

These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs

Powerful genetically modified plant technologies can quickly yield new plant varieties, but their adoption has been controversial. But now a new genome-editing technology known as CRISPR may offer a good alternative...

By Yi Li 23 May 2018

Agricultural trade liberalisation undermined food security

A 'one size fits all' approach to agricultural development with no regard for different circumstances, would be grossly unfair. Worse, it would also worsen the food insecurity, poverty and underdevelopment experienced by most African and other developing countries...

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury 23 May 2018

Indaba Wines caters to rising demand for 'bag in box' wine options

Cape Classics is preparing to release its Indaba Wines brand in a 3-litre 'bag in box' format as changing consumer habits fuel the demand for higher quality BiB wine options...

22 May 2018

Premier Fishing and Brands Limited set on growth path

JSE-listed Premier Fishing and Brands Limited, one of the largest black-owned and managed fishing companies in South Africa, announced sterling results for the interim period to 28 February 2018...

22 May 2018

Serving Africa from Africa: AGCO opens Africa headquarters in Johannesburg

"AGCO is making major investments in Africa to engineer food security and support sustainable productivity through technology and innovation... As a 'first mover' in innovation, we are meeting the challenge to grow more food with fewer resources head-on."

22 May 2018

Toward sustainable ammonia production

Ammonia is a critical ingredient in agricultural fertilisers. With a growing world population, escalating demand for food and energy and the looming perils of fossil fuel induced climate change, there is an urgent need to make ammonia synthesis more sustainable by using renewable energy sources...

By Xiaofeng Feng 22 May 2018

Doing good is good for business: Tiekie Barnard explains the benefits of Shared Value

Business is driven by profit, but Shift Social Development CEO Tiekie Barnard believes in the importance of profit with purpose. In this Q&A, she explains the meaning of Shared Value and how companies can use this business strategy to find where the biggest growth opportunities lie...

Issued by Shift Social Development 21 May 2018

Creating business communities for African unity

The run-up to the 55th Africa Day, celebrated annually on 25 May in parts of Africa and around the world in commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now the African Union), is an ideal time to reflect on the opportunities presented by a new collective zeitgeist happening in Africa...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 21 May 2018

Kenyan mobile agri-platform to receive a $100,000 boost from Expo Live

The platform aims to improve Kenya's agricultural supply chain by enabling buyers and exporters to source fresh produce directly from smallholders farmers, event without access to the internet - shortening the supply chain, reducing food wastage and boosting farmers' income...

21 May 2018

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

By Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

Bring climate-smart African grains to the dinner table for food security

Despite its low water requirement in comparison to maize, relative drought-resistance and potential benefits for health and sustainable agriculture, sorghum has received little attention in comparison to other crops...

By Mologadi Makwela 21 May 2018

Can bees battle climate losses? Harvests aren't sweet as hoped, farmers say

Beekeeping is supposed to help farmers hold onto an income as crops fail during drought - but dry weather is hurting bees too...

By Moraa Obiria 21 May 2018

All the regional winners of Mest Africa Challenge 2018

The regional winners of the inaugural Mest Africa Challenge, the pan-African startup pitch competition open to companies outside the Mest programme, has been announced...

18 May 2018

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