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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

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

Monsanto breeding lead for hybrid seed arrives in SA

An expert from the US, Loren Trimble, the new South African breeding lead for hybrid seed production at Monsanto, has arrived in South Africa to enhance breeding and testing activities that develop the local maize product pipeline...

27 Jun 2017

Pursuing sustainable soil management to combat soil pollution

Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land...

26 Jun 2017

Dutch designers use human waste to make electricity

The Compost Kliko Toilet could lead to people getting away from flushing potential down the toilet...

By Bongani Shweni 20 Jun 2017

Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change

There are already several excellent examples of ways in which science has led to dramatic increases in food production and moved farmers in some countries closer to self-sufficiency...

By Frans Swanepoel 19 Jun 2017

Is organic farming really organic to the core?

The organic food market has skyrocketed in the past decade. The inclination towards organic products has increased so much that a large majority of organic food consumers have given up on the purchase of conventional food completely...

By Ankit Gupta 13 Jun 2017

BNI trait could improve nitrogen-efficiency of crops

A new report describes certain plants that possess a trait known as biological nitrification inhibition (BNI). The trait allows the plants to suppress the loss of nitrogen (N) from the soil and improve the efficiency of its uptake and use by themselves and other plants...

22 May 2017

African agribusiness partnerships driving growth on the continent

Despite coming relatively late to large-scale food production and export, the continent has a number of advantages driving its ability to boost food production and access new global markets...

15 May 2017

John Deere drops merger plan with Monsanto unit

US farm equipment giant John Deere has dropped plans to acquire a unit of Monsanto amid concerns the merger would be challenged by regulators...

3 May 2017

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International

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. Fipronil is banned in human food production because it can be harmful to human health if ingested in sufficiently large quantities.

By Lisa Jack 7 hours ago

New study: Pesticides increase extinction risk for bumblebee populations

Bumblebee queens are a common sight on a spring day, their large furry bodies flying industriously from flower to flower. At this point they will have just awoken from a long hibernation - the much smaller worker bees die off each year, leaving the new queens to survive winter alone. Eating nectar and pollen from these flowers is therefore essential for the queens to build up their energy and fat stores. Once they are fully restored, which can happen within a few days, the queens will look for a nest-site, perhaps an abandoned mouse nest, where they will build up a honey pot and pollen stores prior to laying eggs and founding a new colony of bumblebees.

By Mark Brown 1 day ago

Austria confirms find of tainted egg products

VIENNA, Austria - Austria on Monday became the latest European country to confirm that it has found the insecticide fipronil in egg products imported from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland.

2 days ago

#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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