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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

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

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

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

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

Western Cape food security, jobs at risk if rains don't come soon

Food security in the Western Cape may soon be at risk and where fruit, vegetables and even meat are available, they will be considerably more costly...

8 Aug 2017

Water scarcity drives a new wave of practices in Cape Winelands

Deciduous fruit growers in the province feel increased pressure to conserve water as rainfall becomes less predictable. Farmers face the challenge of producing more fruit while reducing the impact they have...

By Wessel Lemmer 8 Aug 2017

Why controlling rats on small-scale African farms is vital for food security

Agricultural pests are one of the key factors affecting smallholder farmer production. In many parts of Africa, large population outbreaks of rodents occur often and can sometimes lead up to 100% crop loss...

By Lourens Swanepoel 4 Aug 2017

Researchers: Artificial intelligence can help fight deforestation

A new technique using artificial intelligence to predict where deforestation is most likely to occur could help the DRC preserve its shrinking rainforest and cut carbon emissions, researchers have said...

By Umberto Bacchi 3 Aug 2017

With more than one crop, farmers weather armyworm attacks

An infestation of Fall armyworm has ravaged harvests in Kenya. To protect themselves from total crop failure, farmers grow pulses alongside their traditional crops like maize - a practice known as intercropping...

By Kagondu Njagi 2 Aug 2017

Western Cape still in grips of drought, but there is hope

"The previously anticipated El Niño weather pattern has diminished, with neutral conditions slowly manifesting, implying a normal rainfall in the new production season ahead.”

28 Jul 2017

#LPC2017: WWF-SASSI founder receives Living Planet Award

SANBI Marine Programme manager Dr Kerry Sink was recognised at this year's WWF-SA Living Planet Conference with the organisation's Living Planet Award...

27 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Agricultural transformation is a multigenerational, multi-stakeholder undertaking

"We understood that we couldn't create new jobs, facilitate more access to land and opportunity, without providing the means for people to share their skills and technical know-how..."

By Cari Coetzee 26 Jul 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

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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