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AFRICA

Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. Impact evaluation data shows that an average of 3,200 community members benefits per fellowship awarded...

20 Jul 2017

AFRICA

Expanded engagement for Caterpillar: Boosting sales and alleviating poverty

A strong signal of growing business engagement with Africa by large US corporations was the announcement last September by Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman of plans to invest over $1b in Africa over the next five years...

14 Jul 2017

GLOBAL

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

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...

6 Jun 2017

UNITED STATES

John Deere drops merger plan with Monsanto unit

US farm equipment giant John Deere has dropped plans to acquire a unit of Monsanto amid concerns the merger would be challenged by regulators...

3 May 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

US chicken imports fall foul of quotas

US chicken-in-bone exports to SA have so far neither met expectations nor come near the maximum level allowed for under the quota agreement thrashed out between the US and South African governments earlier this year...

By Linda Ensor 12 Aug 2016

UNITED STATES

New 'smart' bottle helps uncorked wine keep longer

A US startup says it has created the world's first "smart" bottle which can keep wine as fresh as the day it was uncorked for up to a month...

30 Mar 2016

UNITED STATES

US durable-goods orders rise for second month in July

WASHINGTON, US: Agriculture and seed giant Monsanto dropped its campaign to acquire rival Syngenta on Wednesday, saying the Swiss company...

28 Aug 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

GLOBALG.A.P. updates farm and feed standards and regulations

Following a four-year routine cycle of continuous improvement, the GLOBALG.A.P Board has announced the introduction of the update to Version 5...

24 Jul 2015

UNITED STATES

Mondelez International reports good progress against global well-being goals in 2014 Report

Mondelez International published its Call For Well-being 2014 Progress Report...

1 Jun 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

SA, US to discuss chicken issue

South Africa and the USA have agreed to facilitate deliberations between the SA Poultry Association (SAPA) and the US Poultry and Egg Export Council towards the finalisation of discussions on market access for US chicken bone-in cuts...

26 May 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Oceana announces R4.6bn acquisition of US-based fishery

Oceana Group Limited and Oceana US Holdings Inc. today announced that it will acquire 100% of the share capital of the processing operations of Daybrook Fisheries Inc. and 25% of Westbank LLC, its related marine operations...

19 May 2015

UNITED STATES

GPS shows Earth's crust is rising

WASHINGTON, USA: Scientists using GPS technology to study the extent of the western US drought said Thursday the water shortage is causing parts of the Earth's crust to rise.

22 Aug 2014

UNITED STATES

With new technology, precision farming gains traction

WARWICK, USA: At Little Bohemia Creek Farm, a tractor pretty much drives itself, weaving through rows of corn using GPS technology as it injects carefully dosed amounts of fertiliser into the lands.

30 Jun 2014

UNITED STATES

Internet lords keep .wine and .vin bottled

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Internet overseers are keeping .wine and .vin online addresses bottled in the hope that a few months of 'aging' will make them more palatable.

8 Apr 2014

UNITED STATES

Google-backed database steps up fight on deforestation

WASHINGTON, USA: Google, environmentalists and governments have unveiled a state-of-the-art database to track deforestation, hoping to increase levels of law enforcement to prevent it.

21 Feb 2014

UNITED STATES

UN says food is running out in Central Africa

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said it was running out of food for a growing number of homeless people in the Central African Republic, with spreading unrest hobbling distribution efforts.

21 Jan 2014

UNITED STATES

Somali pirates get life imprisonment in USA

WASHINGTON, USA: Somali pirates dodged the death penalty last week when a US jury sentenced them to life in prison for the high-seas murder of four Americans on a yacht in the Indian Ocean.

6 Aug 2013

UNITED STATES

Genes may stem rust growth

WASHINGTON, USA: Two genes that are resistant to fungal wheat disease may help ward off a growing epidemic of stem rust that threatens crops in Africa, the Middle East and beyond, researchers said.

3 Jul 2013

UNITED STATES

Fracking - the debate rages on

WASHINGTON, USA: New evidence that fracking may contaminate drinking water was published on Monday (24 June) in a study that's sure to add fuel to the fight over the controversial method of extracting natural gas from cracks in rocks.

26 Jun 2013

UNITED STATES

US Senate approves US$955bn farm bill

WASHINGTON, USA: The US Senate approved a sweeping, nearly US$1trn farm bill that sets out agriculture policy for the next five years, including expansion of crop insurance and reduction of food stamps.

12 Jun 2013

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