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EkoFarmer: High-tech turnkey solution for businesses who want to grow their own

Finish enterprise Exsilio has developed a high-tech solution comprising a redesigned container for growing salad and herbs, among others, in urban environments. The social aspect of urban farming is also prominent...

19 hours ago

Demonstration farms can help revolutionise African agriculture

Farms that are used to teach agricultural techniques and technologies - known as demonstration farms - are a smart investment that can help accelerate the adoption of game-changing innovations...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 1 day ago

#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa

Thabang Mabapa's Selokong Sa Dimelana project grows castor seed crops for the commercial production of castor seed oil as an alternative biofuel. We wanted to find out a bit more about this inspiring young entrepreneur...

By Cari Coetzee 22 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Making agriculture a viable career choice for the African youth

The shortage of skilled people in the sector is growing, while the number of students enrolling in agriculture-related training continues to decrease...

By Howard Blight 21 Jun 2017

Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change

There are already several excellent examples of ways in which science has led to dramatic increases in food production and moved farmers in some countries closer to self-sufficiency...

By Frans Swanepoel 19 Jun 2017

Collaboration helps increase warning time for locust outbreaks by months

Information from satellites is being used in a new way to predict favourable conditions for Desert Locust swarms - helping increase warning time for locust outbreaks by up to two months...

19 Jun 2017

Three South African startups advance to Seedstars national finals

Seedstars has selected three startups to advance to the Seedstars South Africa grand final. In addition, the 12 startups to pitch at Seedstars Mozambique have been announced...

13 Jun 2017

Jill Farrant on breeding drought-resistant crops

With droughts likely to become more common in Africa due to global warming, Farrant hopes her work can mitigate the effect of disrupted weather patterns on food security. She wants to find out how resurrection plants can...

12 Jun 2017

AfDB explores investment strategies to tilt markets in favour of African farmers

AfDB has proposed new investment strategies in Africa's agriculture sector, which, if properly implemented, would effectively alter the market structures around the world in favour of the African farmers...

9 Jun 2017

Taking agriculture to the next level

Agriculture remains the main occupation of the majority of our rural population. And every improvement we are able to bring about in the sector will translate to an improvement in the life of the majority...

By Tanimola Oyewole 7 Jun 2017

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

Digitised loan payments a boost for smallholder farmers in Kenya

One Acre Fund and Citi Inclusive Finance successfully digitised loan repayments for farmers in Kenya - boosting transparency and efficiency, driving economic opportunity and financial inclusion for thousands of smallholders...

1 Jun 2017

#AfricaMonth: Sustainable food production requires digitisation of entire agri value chain

Fresh thinking is required to enhance agricultural production and provide food security for Africa's fast-growing population...

26 May 2017

Elanco receives $2.86m grant to address food insecurity in East Africa

Elanco Animal Health has received a $2.86m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide sustainable development solutions in order to address food insecurity in East African countries...

25 May 2017

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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.

20 Jun 2017

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

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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