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High-tech tracker to battle ancient wheat plague

The tracking technology used to halt the deadly Ebola and Zika viruses could now be turned against wheat rust as scientists try new ways to stop the fungus devastating world grain crops...

By Thin Lei Win 3 days ago

Agricultural Writers SA awards top farmers, new entrants and agriculturists

Aiming to give prominence to the work that farmers and agriculturists do in South African agriculture, the Agricultural Writers SA recently hosted awards to honour...

3 days ago

Insect mass-rearing workshop held in SA

Just as cattle, fish and other livestock are reared in large numbers for meat or dairy production, so too insects are reared for various purposes...

16 Nov 2017

How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators

Pollinators are the unsung heroes of food production and some indigenous pollinators are under threat...

By Dirk Swanevelder, Annemarie Gous, Connal D. Eardle 15 Nov 2017

Reviving passion fruit production in Kenya

Kenya exported passion fruit in the 90s and early 2000s, however, due to pest management challenges, the country has seen a decline in the production of the highly profitable crop...

14 Nov 2017

New online Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook to help steer food systems in sustainable direction

Climate-smart agriculture is one of the approaches to steer the needed transformation in the world's agriculture and food systems in ways that are both productive and sustainable...

13 Nov 2017

Agriculture training in South Africa badly needs an overhaul. Here are some ideas

The current system of managing education and training is fragmented and in dire need of substantial reform. Responsibility for agricultural education and training is split between...

By Frans Swanepoel 9 Nov 2017

It's time we accelerate closer collaboration between private sector and beneficiaries to enable successful land reform

The future and sustainability of the private sector are dependent on the manner in which the land question will be addressed, and the issue of land must be navigated with the utmost caution...

By Peter Setou 8 Nov 2017

SA Shiraz industry to benefit from workshop with olfaction guru Alexandre Schmitt

During the next SA Shiraz workshop, South Africa's makers, tasters and growers of Shiraz will benefit from the experience of Alexandre Schmitt, an internationally renowned guru on olfaction...

7 Nov 2017

Africa pushes for gains on genetic materials

The increasing number of hungry people, coupled with the climate-linked extinction of crops and livestock varieties has seen the world exploring alternative genetic materials...

By Johnson Kanamugire 6 Nov 2017

Meet the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year 2017 finalists

Five winemakers have been shortlisted to compete for the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award while four will battle for the Young Winemaker of the Year title...

3 Nov 2017

EC food prices rise: Farmers at breaking point

Eastern Cape farmers are facing extreme circumstances. Cash flows are exhausted, dams are empty and livestock losses can lead to further increase in meat prices...

3 Nov 2017

17 counties set to revive pyrethrum farming

17 pyrethrum growing counties are working on forming an economic bloc in an effort to revive the collapsed industry...

By Waikwa Maina and Francis Mureithi 3 Nov 2017

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International

Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021

A growing number of startups are trying to produce meat products without using animals, with a view to addressing concerns about animal welfare and the carbon footprint of meat. However, Chris Lo, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData, reports that new products will not be ready to hit the shelves until 2021.

10 Nov 2017

Tool helps developing nations map out export targets

A new online trade-boosting tool that makes it easier for businesses in developing countries to identify and target market opportunities has been unveiled by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Paris. The Export Potential Map is a user-friendly, free tool that takes much of the guesswork and second-hand intelligence out of trading decision-making.

By Tom Nevin 1 Nov 2017

Inside the Lush life of an ethical cosmetics buyer

Working as a buyer for ethical handmade cosmetics company Lush, your travels could take you sourcing neroli oil in Tunisia, blue chamomile oil in Hungary, benzoin resin in northern Laos and shea butter in Ghana. Guiding the expedition is Lush's ethical buying policies, which are rooted in animal welfare, workers rights and environmental conservation.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Oct 2017

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

MIAMI, US - Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers said on Monday.

17 Oct 2017

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