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The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on orphan crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance....

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 2 days ago

#WorldFoodDay: Access to data vital for empowering smallholders, building resilience

Access to reliable information, including on changing weather patterns and market conditions, is essential for empowering farmers

3 days ago

Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year

At the 2017 MTN Business App of the Year Awards, which took place on Thursday, 12 October 2017, Shyft was named the overall winner...

13 Oct 2017

CGIAR wants to build a big data platform and innovate with startups to help smallholder farmers

CGIAR met with a wide range of partners to look at how they could use their data using AI and big data to drive farming improvements in continents like Africa...

11 Oct 2017

Report: Agriculture can power transformation of African economies

Reforms could trigger an economic transformation with benefits far beyond the sector, stimulating growth in manufacturing and related services, whilst driving down food prices and raising disposable incomes...

11 Oct 2017

AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month

AfricArena, described as the largest tech innovation conference for startups and investors hosted on African soil, will take place from 6-7 November 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre...

11 Oct 2017

Accurate genetic prediction now a reality

The genomic BLUP breeding values and other advantages that genomics offer stud breeders and buyers of breeding stock, have taken the world by storm...

9 Oct 2017

Bringing innovation into mushroom farming

Increased seed hybridisation has been a core element of modernised farming, known as smart farming. Mushroom production has benefited immensely from these streamlined methods...

By Leroy Dzenga 6 Oct 2017

New research sheds light on how to stabilise avocado harvests and returns

Avocado farmers may be able to stabilise their year-on-year harvest and returns with the introduction of new technology...

4 Oct 2017

The 3D-printed snack of the future by Chloé Rutzerveld

Edible Growth is the food science creation of Eindhoven University of Technology graduate Chloé Rutzerveld. It is a critical look at current 3D-printing technology...

By Emile Uys 28 Sep 2017

Automatic laser technology deters birds from crops

The birds identify the laser's beam as a physical threat and flee from it. In most cases, our experience is that once it flees it will not return...

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

#InnovationMonth: TheTreeApp making strides in SA tree identification

We chat to the founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp, one of the most powerful tree identification apps on the market, Val Thomas...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Sep 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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