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Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil...

By Lisa Jack 7 hours ago

The Cradle of Food & Wine Festival celebrates female wine and spirit makers

In celebration of Women's Month, the Cradle of Food & Wine Festival in conjunction with Wine Menu, takes place this Saturday, 19 August 2017 at the Cradle Boutique in the Cradle of Humankind, and will feature some of the country's best craft wine and gin made by female wine and spirit makers.

7 hours ago

A woman's place in agriculture

Agriculture is traditionally regarded as a male profession, but those in the industry know that women are playing an influential role in developing the growth of agriculture in Africa...

11 hours ago

Nigeria to save N300bn annually from rice import

Nigeria will be saving about N300bn it spends annually on importation of rice as local production of the commodity has now reached 15 million metric tonnes...

By Bayo Amodu and Ruth Tene Natsa 1 day ago

New study: Pesticides increase extinction risk for bumblebee populations

Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides that are used on agricultural crops to control insect pests. Unfortunately, numerous studies have shown that they can also damage beneficial insects like bumblebees...

By Mark Brown 1 day ago

'Recovery lending' helps disaster-stricken farmers get back on track

Accessing credit has long been a major hurdle for small-scale farmers in Africa, who produce some 70 percent of the continent's food...

By Robert Kibet 1 day ago

Why title deeds aren't the solution to South Africa's land tenure problem

The conventional view is that insecurity of land tenure results from the lack of a registered title deed which records the property rights of occupants of land or housing...

By Ben Cousins 2 days ago

How some African farmers are responding to climate change and what we can learn from them

As sub-Saharan Africa's climate changes, small-scale farmers are increasingly looking to innovative ways of dealing with challenges. Here are three novel ways African farmers are using adaptive strategies to thrive...

2 days ago

The decrease in honey production and its impact on local producers and consumers

Six questions and answers around the decrease in production of honey and the hive of concern around its impact on local producers and consumer markets...

2 days ago

Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries update report on HPAI H5N8 outbreak in South Africa

Recently detected outbreaks bring the total number of outbreaks to 16. The department has applied for additional funding to deal with the disease control measures, including compensation where applicable...

2 days ago

Land audit still not completed

The land-reform programme has generally been tardy, which has created uncertainty in the agricultural sector. The biggest challenge for the land reform programme remained...

2 days ago

Austria confirms find of tainted egg products

Austria on Monday became the latest European country to confirm that it has found the insecticide fipronil in egg products imported from Germany...

2 days ago

Transforming agricultural education through technology

When it comes to training and agri-education, technology is the perfect catalyst. Just as progress is being made in farming techniques, so is the use of similar advances to drive skills and education...

By Howard Blight 3 days ago

Western Cape Department of Agriculture on possible incidence of bird flu in Western Cape

The WC Department of Agriculture is investigating possible incidences of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza, type H5N8, on two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area. Both farms have been placed under quarantine...

3 days ago

#UrbanAgri: Getting a head start on the growing season

Spring is around the corner and Let It Grow Foundation shares some advice on how to begin preparing and planning your soil mix for seed planting...

3 days ago

Amid drought and conflict, women try new livestock - bees

As climate change worsens drought and erratic rainfall, competition for water and grazing is growing, stoking rivalry and theft between livestock herders. But an unusual kind of livestock is helping: bees...

By Moraa Obiria 11 Aug 2017

FAO official: China's presence in South-South Cooperation transforming Africa's agriculture

Africa has derived enormous benefits in agricultural transformation from China through its South-South Cooperation says FAO official...

11 Aug 2017

Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people

Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the “fines and fences” approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded...

By Sarobidy Rakotonarivo and Neal Hockley 11 Aug 2017

What camera traps tell us about elephants eating crops

The use of food crops by elephants threatens the livelihoods, food security and well-being of rural communities. Elephant forays into farmland sometimes results in...

By Josephine B. Smit 10 Aug 2017

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International

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib was recently named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees. We chat to Al-Katib about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world.

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees

A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday, 6 July.

7 Jul 2017

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