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#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...

1 day ago

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...

1 day ago

New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals

Leán Muller has recently been appointed as the new head to direct Fairtrade Label in accomplishing the vast goals it has set for 2017...

By Cari Coetzee 2 days ago

The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa

The search is on for alternatives to big plantations and estates that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people...

By Ruth Hall, Dzodzi Tsikata and Ian Scoones 3 days ago

GlobalG.A.P. presents new TR4 Biosecurity Add-On for Bananas

TR4 is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. GLOBALG.A.P. developed a tool whereby banana producers can curb the spread of the disease...

3 days ago

Conference to provide insight on land tenure, future skills for agriculture

“The conference is designed to provide the leadership of the farming community in southern Africa with strategic insights into the future of agriculture and its implications.”

23 May 2017

AGCO Challenger to expand business in Africa

Manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions AGCO plans to further develop its Challenger farm machinery business in Africa...

22 May 2017

Partnership as a panacea for enduring woes in agriculture

It is in the interest of agribusinesses to utilise development organisations as an effective channel to establish trust and create successful relationships with rural farmers....

By Justice Novati Rutenge 18 May 2017

AgriFood Youth Opportunity Lab to help youth access employment

MasterCard Foundation is partnering with MSU for the AgriFood Youth Opportunity Lab which will support 15,000 young people in Nigeria and Tanzania to access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities...

18 May 2017

Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business

To drive agro-industrialisation, we must be able to finance the sector. Doing so will help unlock the potential of agriculture as a business on the continent...

By Dr Akinwumi Adesina 17 May 2017

African agribusiness partnerships driving growth on the continent

Despite coming relatively late to large-scale food production and export, the continent has a number of advantages driving its ability to boost food production and access new global markets...

15 May 2017

New e-learning institution to help create Africa's next generation of farmers

The ongoing and severe shortage of well-trained personnel entering the agri-sector and agri-related industries, including farm managers, section managers, and sales personnel, poses a significant risk to food security on the continent...

11 May 2017

Turkey signs agri deals with African countries

Turkey and six African countries signed cooperation deals in agriculture, fisheries, and livestock. Agriculture is a strategic sector and a must for the African continent...

5 May 2017

Invest in agriculture, Africa urged

African governments should invest in agriculture, giving particular attention to the small scale farmers on whom the sector and the continent's economic transformation are premised...

By Victoria Ruzvidzo 5 May 2017

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International

Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

In recent years, global warming has lead to a rapidly changing climate in India, temperatures across the country have reached soaring highs, negatively affecting the crops of many farmers. In fact, farmer suicides in India reached over 8,000 in 2015 as a result of this. Now, a farming technology startup named Kheyti is hoping to remedy this with their Greenhouse in a Box (GIB).

16 May 2017

Headway made in bringing Greek kiwifruit to SA stores

Hello Kiwi recently exhibited at the Food and Hospitality Exhibition (HOSTEX) and held a convention for stakeholders and media where the Greek Kiwi Producers Association discussed the importance of the trade relationship with South Africa as well as regulations with the Fresh Produce Imports Association. Thus, the European Unions's Hello Kiwi Programme is further building relationships with key players in the South African market in order to export Europe's kiwifruit to South Africa and have Greek kiwifruit sold in major retail stores.

11 May 2017

John Deere drops merger plan with Monsanto unit

WASHINGTON, US - 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

New FAO satellite tool helps African farmers optimise water productivity

With FAO's new tool, the WaPOR open-access database going live, measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech. The new tool taps into satellite data to help farmers achieve reliable agricultural yields and allows for the optimisation of irrigation systems.

24 Apr 2017

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