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Key insights into global fonio market

Fonio is consumed mainly in the West African countries, where it is also cultivated. The global fonio market showed steady growth...

19 hours ago

Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs

Apart from the sound investment case for investing in the global agriculture and food value chain, investments in agriculture address a number of critical SDGs by tackling issues such as extreme poverty, food security and lack of job opportunities...

1 day ago

Key insights into the global garlic market

In 2016, global garlic consumption stood at $18.1bn, +8% more than the year before. It is anticipated that the next nine year period will see an upward trend in garlic cultivation due to a number of factors...

1 day ago

South Africa's agricultural trade keeps momentum

In February 2018, South Africa's cumulative agricultural exports were valued at R20.89bn leading to a positive net trade of R3.736bn. Agricultural exports were dominated by table grapes, stonefruit, wine, cuttlefish and tilapia...

By Sifiso Ntombela 1 day ago

Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

1 day ago

Investigation into Bryde's whale deaths underway

The Departments of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have launched a full investigation to identify the causes of deaths of three Bryde's whales in Mossel Bay...

1 day ago

First limited edition SA whisky added to Checkers exclusive Private Barrel Co. range

Checkers LiquorShop has revealed a new addition to its Private Barrel Co. collection of whiskies sourced from the finest distillers. The newly unveiled 6-year-old James Sedgwick single malt...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

Wool outlook for 2018

Increased affluence in traditional markets such as China and a growing demand for natural fibres in athleisure wear coupled with an abundant supply have created a "perfect storm" for wool...

By Nico Groenewald 2 days ago

AB Sugar commits to sustainability with 2030 targets

AB Sugar today launches a bold set of commitments with the aim of becoming the world's leading sustainable sugar business...

2 days ago

African youth demand a seat at the table

Elections on the continent are increasingly yielding younger leadership...

By Busani Bafana 2 days ago

More pork on the braai as farmers redirect pigs for the fresh meat market

The pork industry has suffered an unnecessary blow following the listeriosis outbreak. The loss to the value chain could, so far, exceed R1bn, but consumers are benefitting from the decrease in the price of pork whilst other meats trend higher...

2 days ago

What does blockchain mean for ag?

Blockchain has created a lot of excitement, yet little is known about how this digitised technology could be implemented in the agri-sector...

2 days ago

Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

2 days ago

Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth

The global bread and bakery product market displayed modest, but sustainable growth throughout the period under review, increasing from 122,000 tonnes in 2007 to 129,000 tonnes in 2016...

3 days ago

French wine company AdVini consolidates position in SA with Stellenbosch Vineyards acquisition

With the established winemaking facility, bottling activities and logistical centre that's supported by a reputable back office, the acquisition provides a strategic benefit for AdVini South Africa that complements its activities...

3 days ago

Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

"GIAHS is also about innovation and opportunities, including broadening access to new markets and businesses such as eco-labelling, agri-tourism, youth empowerment to add value to our agricultural patrimony."

3 days ago

Clone tastings: Vititec puts experimental wines through their paces

"We produce between 50 and 60 experimental wines every year, all part of the clone evaluation process. The feedback from the tasters gives us a good indication of quality and consumer appeal. If the wine meets these requirements, we propagate these cultivars and clones and distribute it commercially."

3 days ago

#LandExpropriation: Vumelana calls for CPI participation in property clause review

The public hearing process on the expropriation of land without compensation is scheduled to begin on 8 May...

20 Apr 2018

Key challenges for Kenya in big push to reduce post-harvest losses

Kenya estimates that 20% of cereals are lost even before reaching the market. That's a high figure, particularly since it doesn't include food waste...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru, Priscilla Wainaina 20 Apr 2018

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