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Avocados with edible anti-spoilage coating hit US stores

We've already heard about experimental edible coatings made from silk, pectin and chitosan that increase the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now, however, a coating made from waste plant material is being used...

By Ben Coxworth 3 days ago

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 17 Jul 2018

Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award

Nigerian agri-tech startup Farmcrowdy has won the African Digital Business of the Year Award for its solution that makes farms available for sponsorship...

By Tom Jackson 17 Jul 2018

Farmers curb crime with technology

The Agri Securitas Trust Fund has recently allocated funding for the protection of farmers and their farm workers through specialised technology. The money from the Trust Fund and the plans of farmers, help to protect themselves as well as their farm workers against crime and violence...

13 Jul 2018

Zimbabwe's YouFarm helps farmers raise funding

Zimbabwean startup YouFarm is providing collateral-free funding to farmers by allowing users to invest in crops and livestock, and share the profits with the farmer when the produce goes to market...

By Tom Jackson 5 Jul 2018

Agri tech a new normal for sustainable farming in the Western Cape

An 'agri renaissance' of higher yields, reduced costs and improved nutritional value of foods is possible for the Western Cape's R50bn agricultural economy if the farming sector, government and education institutions work together to harvest the benefits of the smart technologies emerging...

2 Jul 2018

Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge

Farming and food chain data being generated with the implementation of IoT by farming machinery has created more entry points for hackers and leaves sensitive information vulnerable. As a consequence, many customers are concerned about data ownership, privacy and security...

20 Jun 2018

How to extend your vineyard's lifetime

Here's how South African wine grape producers can extend the lifetime of their vines through effective water usage, well-planned root management and by eliminating harmful viruses...

14 Jun 2018

From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry

Africa's agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.

14 Jun 2018

Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops

"Improving the nutritional quality of sorghum and pearl millet is important, but it is equally vital to determine whether altering the composition of these cereals may lead to unforeseen and/or undesirable consequences that may not be immediately obvious..."

By Dr Alec Basson 7 Jun 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

Land reform and hunger in South Africa: Why the two go hand in hand

Breaking up the land into small-holdings with no capital will catapult the country back in time. South Africans should first be discussing how it can maximise food production...

By Thomas Wolfgang Thurner 1 Jun 2018

New app uLima will optimise the farming potential of Africa

The uLima mobile platform provides farmers across Africa with access to a toolset, database and the latest market information with information on crops, seed, soil, livestock, agri-chemicals, weather updates and market prices, all at their fingertips...

1 Jun 2018

Billion-rand opportunities available in SA's green economy - GreenCape

GreenCape released its free annual market intelligence reports this week...

30 May 2018

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