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Boschendal keeping its food garden seasonal and sustainable

“In winter, the garden is not as dormant as it may seem. It's the time when the root crops are ready, along with brassicas, legumes, and leaves. Growth ticks quietly along and careful tending bears rich rewards.”

2 days ago

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

#UrbanAgri: How to create an urban farm

The best way to learn how to grow is to start growing and experiment from there, the more experience you get, the more abundant your crop will be. Dig in!

By Cliff Rosen 7 Jun 2017

PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy to create a cohort of emerging farmers

This urban farmer training academy showcases a ground-breaking organic vegetable growing system...

6 Jun 2017

Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

From Indian startup Kheyti, the modular greenhouse is an affordable solution for low-income farmers...

16 May 2017

#UrbanAgri: Let It Grow Foundation helps communities grow their own urban farms

The Let It Grow Foundation is driven by three men with the purpose to heal the soil and teach South Africans to live sustainable and healthy lives through urban farming projects using permaculture methods...

By Cari Coetzee 15 May 2017

Urban farming project to deliver Harvest of Hope

UCook will contribute a portion of its gross profits to Abalimi Bezekhaya, its preferred supplier of organic produce, to support the organisations upskilling urban farming project, Harvest of Hope...

20 Mar 2017

Urban farming dilemma for city

There is a massive shortage of commonage land for livestock farming in Nelson Mandela Bay, with metro leaders scratching their heads to come up with a solution...

10 Mar 2017

Urban farming produces more than food: social networks are a key spinoff

By talking to the farmers we found that even having a small backyard food garden puts you in touch with neighbours, NGOs and local government, which in turn creates a wealth of spin-off benefits...

By David Olivie 10 Feb 2017

#BizTrends2017: Fresh urban farming trends

Urban farming is growing popular and necessary to support urban populations. We spoke to RAW's Marlaen Straathof, a seed company who believes that the tiniest patch of earth can be transformed into a vegetable wonderland...

By Cari Coetzee 9 Jan 2017

KZN works to build food security

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Themba Mthembu says the department will work towards ensuring that no household goes hungry...

21 Dec 2016

Our cities need to go on a resource diet

Cities are the epicentres of human activity. They cover less than 2% of the earth's land surface but generate about 70% of GDP...

By André Stephan et al. 1 Dec 2016

#BizsoeknBoer: Meet urban farmer Pierre van der Spuy

Pierre van der Spuy started growing herbs and vegetables two years ago...

By Cari Van Wyk 8 Sep 2016

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International

AGT Foods CEO scoops EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 title

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, was picked from 59 individuals representing 49 countries and named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. He was chosen not only for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees.

3 days ago

Disrupted agriculture, high food prices deepens food insecurity in Africa

While large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are booming for global food supply, protracted fighting and unrest are increasing displaced and hungry people elsewhere. This according to the new FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation report which shows that 37 countries - 28 of which are in Africa - require external assistance for food.

12 Jun 2017

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

NEW YORK, US - The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table. Working with IBM, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is testing the technology system on mangos in the United States and pork in China.

6 Jun 2017

Highly contagious disease can decimate tilapia populations

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish species for human consumption. According to a special alert issued by FAO's Global Information and Early Warnings Systems, the outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk management measures by intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing health certificates, deploying quarantine measures and developing contingency plans.

29 May 2017

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