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#LandExpropriation: Vumelana calls for CPI participation in property clause review

The public hearing process on the expropriation of land without compensation is scheduled to begin on 8 May...

1 day ago

Key challenges for Kenya in big push to reduce post-harvest losses

Kenya estimates that 20% of cereals are lost even before reaching the market. That's a high figure, particularly since it doesn't include food waste...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru, Priscilla Wainaina 1 day ago

No need to panic over land expropriation without compensation

The process is still a long way off from being proclaimed into law...

By Stuart Manning 2 days ago

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

$17m investment contributes to growth of floriculture in East Africa

A co-investment of $17m in Marginpar Flower Group Holdings have been announced by Agri-Vie and Norfund...

3 days ago

Partnership provides financial solution for Zambian farmers purchasing farm machinery

A retail finance partnership between AGCO, Zambia Limited and the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (Zanaco) have been launched at AgriTech. The partnership will provide retail financial solutions for farmers purchasing machinery from AGCO's Massey Ferguson brand...

2 days ago

Papers to help improve labour safety in agriculture, forestry sectors

The back-breaking jobs in the agriculture and forestry sectors are some of the most dangerous. To reduce health risks, FAO has published two papers mapping ways to improve worker health and safety...

3 days ago

South African wheat production under the spotlight

Wheat production in South Africa is one of the segments worst affected by the economic realities faced by the industry. Crucial plans have therefore been put into practice to elevate wheat's status as a competitive crop...

By Andries Gouws 18 Apr 2018

Small-scale farmers should be at the centre of land reform in South Africa

Authorities must be alive to the fact that smaller-scale commercial farmers face different constraints and opportunities from those of large-scale, commercial farmers. It's critically important that planning and post-settlement support are appropriate to their needs and objectives...

By Ben Cousins 18 Apr 2018

Obstacles facing a young black farmer in South Africa: a personal story

A new sense of urgency has entered South Africa's land reform process...

By Mnqobi Ngubane 17 Apr 2018

CUT training farm opens

The Free State's Central University of Technology has officially opened its to first-year students who attended their practical sessions on a farm for the first time...

17 Apr 2018

Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA

One of the world's top-selling prosecco brands, Mionetto, is now available in South Africa....

17 Apr 2018

Deciduous fruit associations SAAPPA, SASPA undergo name change

The South African Apple and Pear Producers' Association (SAAPPA) and the South African Stone Fruit Producers' Association (SASPA) have been renamed...

17 Apr 2018

East Africa: Technology helping East Africa unlock agriculture potential

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Information technology is being utilised more than ever to improve agriculture in East Africa...

By Ruari Phillips 17 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SA

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) hosted its international staff meeting in South Africa recently, bringing producer members to the country to explore opportunities...

16 Apr 2018

Land reform, rural safety top of mind at Agri EC roadshow

During a recent roadshow, SA's organised agriculture has highlighted a progressive approach to land reform. Other issues such as the increasing incidents of farm attacks were also discussed...

16 Apr 2018

Honeybees hog the limelight, yet wild insects are the most important and vulnerable pollinators

A broad library of evidence suggests there has been a widespread decline in their abundance and diversity since the 1950s. This matters because such insects are critical both for the reproduction of wild plants and for agricultural food production...

By Philip Donkersley 16 Apr 2018

Free State Agriculture Young Farmer 2018 of the Year announced

Nelius Ferreira has been announced as this year's Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018. According to Ferreira, it was a privilege to share the stage with other young farmers...

16 Apr 2018

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