Agriculture Trends 2018

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Science, politics and the quest to secure Africa's sustainable food future

Political experts have continued to raise pointed questions about the continent's food future pertaining to production processes, trade flows, sources of finance and, crucially, science and sustainability...

By Adam Sneyd 2 days ago

Beyond profit: How innovation is helping Africa's agri-industry feed the world

For Africa's agricultural sector to reach its potential and meet the food needs of a growing global population, improvements in four key areas need to be achieved...

By Paul McKane 3 days ago

Halting deforestation: Striking the right balance between human and planetary needs

Rapid population growth accelerates global demand for forest products and services. On the other hand, the population growth also increases demand for agricultural production and converting forests to arable land...

3 days ago

San pioneer new farming techniques to achieve greater food security

They have been pioneering new farming techniques, unknown to them up to now, in order to make the community more self-sufficient...

21 Feb 2018

Lands committee to downsize farms

Zimbabwe - Mashonaland Central's Mazowe District lands committee resolved to identify large and underutilised farms for redistribution...

By Fungai Lupande 20 Feb 2018

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

About 224-million people are undernourished in Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said on Monday, 19 February...

20 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural output

Budget speech should address some of the sector's challenges to ensure food security...

By Wessel Lemmer 20 Feb 2018

The drought 'will slow growth'

Agri-services specialist Kaap Agri expects prolonged drought conditions in certain farming areas of the Western Cape to slow earnings growth in the first half of the financial year. Farmers are under pressure and cutting back on spending on their farms...

By Marc Hasenfuss 19 Feb 2018

Fighting FAW: Guide to help Africa tackle Fall armyworm head-on

FAO has launched a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of Fall armyworm (FAW) on maize to help farmers, particularly smallholder farmers, in Africa faced with the relentless spread of the pest...

19 Feb 2018

Fall armyworm may spread throughout SA

Experts expect the Fall armyworm to spread across South Africa, with the possible exception of the Western Cape. FAW infestations have been detected throughout Limpopo Province's five districts, parts of Mpumalanga as well as the Eastern Cape...

16 Feb 2018

New banana variety to enhance productivity

Rwanda - A new variety of highly productive banana plants will be distributed to farmers starting next month in a bid to improve banana production and fight disease...

By Emmanuel Ntirenganya 16 Feb 2018

Initiative to support 3.5 million farmers launched

Tanzania - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa has started an initiative to support 3.5 million small-scale farmers to sustainably transform their mode of farming to commercially viable and profitable...

By Rosemary Mirondo 15 Feb 2018

Bird flu wipes out R954m, SA turns to imports

Due to the avian flu outbreak, farms affected have had to cull all birds and recall and destroy all eggs. The decline in the production of eggs and chickens has resulted in SA relying on imported chickens to meet demand...

15 Feb 2018

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International

#DesignIndaba2018: Seeing the world through a grain of sand

The moment designer Lonny van Ryswyck took her shoes off on the Design Indaba stage, she opened many eyes to see the same thing in a different way. Isn't that was design is really about?

By Jessica Tennant 2 days ago

Western Cape showcases at Gulfood in Dubai to promote halal sector

In an effort to promote exports and the Western Cape halal sector, Wesgro has been supporting the South African Department of Trade and Industry and Western Cape companies at Gulfood in Dubai - an internationally recognised food and beverage trade show featuring 5,000 exhibitors and 120 national pavilions covering one million square feet. It is expected that over 100,000 traders and visitors will visit the show.

21 Feb 2018

Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered, from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'.

19 Feb 2018

Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

This Valentine's Day florists are predicting sales of $95m in the UK alone. But where do they all come from?

By Lara Bianchi 16 Feb 2018

Abalone poaching: 'Hong Kong sucking up mountain of poached SA seafood'

With Chinese New Year celebrations just around the corner, millions of people will be tucking into a mountain of tasty seafood delicacies very soon - much of it plucked illegally from South African marine waters.

By Tony Carnie 12 Feb 2018

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