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#WorldFoodDay: Transforming the agricultural sector by unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

"...a step-change in the lives of smallholder farmers, recognising the fundamentally important role that they have currently and will increasingly have in our future food production."

By Dr Klaus Eckstein 3 days ago

Fertiliser, agribusiness leaders to address challenges at regional conference

Fertiliser and agribusiness leaders will meet in Maputo, Mozambique for the East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference from 9-11 October...

22 Sep 2017

Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture

Nigerian entrepreneur and business leader, Aliko Dangote told investors: "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world."

21 Sep 2017

Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser

This new seaweed harvesting business will be collecting washed up seaweed, and processing it to extract the organic matter in liquid form...

20 Sep 2017

Genome of dry zone food stable pearl millet sequenced for first time

Scientists said they had unravelled the genetic code of pearl millet, the staple food of an estimated 100 million people living in some of the world's driest areas...

19 Sep 2017

How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

19 Sep 2017

Long-overdue GMO testing laboratory to be established

The NCRST is in the process of establishing a Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) testing laboratory to facilitate full implementation of Namibia's Biosafety Framework...

31 Aug 2017

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...

17 Aug 2017

#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...

14 Aug 2017

New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa

It is increasingly becoming important to explore newer and more innovative approaches to successful farming. Urban agriculture is one of the techniques considered to be on the cusp of advancements within the sector...

By Wessel Lemmer 24 Jul 2017

Prudent farming: How farmers can cut input costs in grain and animal farming

The senior agricultural economist at FNB answers a few questions on the biggest expenses in animal and grain farming and proposes some cost cutting measures for farmers...

14 Jul 2017

Growing food in the post-truth era

The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades. Having constructed food scarcity as a justification for a second Green Revolution, Big Agriculture now employs...

By Alana Mann 6 Jul 2017

Common pesticides can harm bees, but the jury is still out on a global ban

Some of the world's most widely used pesticides can be harmful to bees, according to the first large-scale studies aimed at measuring the impact of compounds called neonicotinoids...

By Phil Lester 3 Jul 2017

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International

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.

2 days ago

Bird flu pours new misery on Dutch poultry farmers

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands - Dutch poultry farmers, already left reeling by a contaminated egg scandal, were in a new flap Saturday over an outbreak of bird flu with thousands of hens to be destroyed. "An outbreak of a variant of H5 bird flu has been detected in a poultry farm in Zeeland province," Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said.

3 days ago

Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover

FRANKFURT, Germany - German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer announced a multi-billion-euro deal Friday to sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, easing the path of its planned takeover of US seed maker Monsanto.

3 days ago

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

LA CIOTAT, France - A French company has developed an innovative system to replenish marine fish stocks in places like ports that have suffered environmental damage.

13 Oct 2017

Polluted chicken muck piling up in The Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Tonnes of chicken muck contaminated with a banned insecticide are piling up in hundreds of Dutch poultry farms hit by the tainted-egg scandal, officials said Wednesday. "Poultry farmers, who are already on the edge of a financial abyss, don't have any way of getting rid of the contaminated manure," said Hennie de Haan, president of the Dutch Poultry Farmers Association (NVP).

12 Oct 2017

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