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The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on orphan crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance....

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 17 Oct 2017

Is SA's healthcare getting better?
Is SA's healthcare getting better?

Insight Survey's latest South African Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2017 provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare landscape in South Africa based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 28 Aug 2017

Oxfam East Africa via
Man-made famine declared in South Sudan, thousands face starvation

4.9 million people - more than 40 percent of South Sudan's population - are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance...

21 Feb 2017

Poisonous fungus gets into food and eats away at health
Poisonous fungus gets into food and eats away at health

A researcher from North West University has raised the alarm over the high levels of mycotoxins in the food we eat on the African continent. Affected foods potentially include...

13 Feb 2017

Addressing antimicrobial resistance on our farms and in our food
Addressing antimicrobial resistance on our farms and in our food

The significant risk to human health posed by antimicrobial resistance and its connection to and impact on agriculture will be discussed at a high-level UN event...

15 Sep 2016

SU faculties join forces for new MSc programme focused on food security
SU faculties join forces for new MSc programme focused on food security

SU's two-year MSc programme in Food and Nutrition Security will begin 2017 and will help policy makers and people in non-government organisations make educated decisions...

18 Aug 2016

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes
DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes

LOS BANOS, PHILIPPINES: Rice-growing techniques learned through thousands of years of trial and error are about to be turbocharged with DNA technology in a breakthrough hailed by scientists as a potential second "green revolution"...

15 Feb 2016

State's food projects 'are failing'
State's food projects 'are failing'

Government programmes meant to tackle food insecurity are plagued by a lack of co-ordination, which results in duplication, undermining the reduction of hunger and starvation in the country, MPs heard Tuesday, 2 February 2016...

4 Feb 2016

Oxfam East Africa via
Poor nutrition stalks SADC

According to the SADC regional vulnerability assessment analysis, about 30 percent of the region's population is malnourished. Malnutrition is a critical risk factor in most countries...

By Hlupekile Nkunika 31 Dec 2015

FoodBank South Africa calls for 'Food Fast' on World Hunger Day
FoodBank South Africa calls for 'Food Fast' on World Hunger Day

FoodBank SA is encouraging the people of South Africa to commit to fast for 12 hours from 7am to 7pm on 28 May 2015, World Hunger Day and make a R40 donation...

25 May 2015

Dept to probe classification of herbicide as possibly carcinogenic
Dept to probe classification of herbicide as possibly carcinogenic

Government will examine a recent evaluation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which found that glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide used in about 100 products in South Africa, could possibly cause cancer...

25 May 2015

Foot-and-mouth eats up farming
Foot-and-mouth eats up farming

Agriculture in this country faces economic obliteration by a "bio-security threat" if steps are not taken to eradicate a fast-spreading animal disease that has already cost the country R15 billion over the past three years...

14 Jan 2015

Seed distribution initiative to combine food security and Ebola containment strategies
Seed distribution initiative to combine food security and Ebola containment strategies

Thousands of smallholder farmers in Liberia are set to benefit from an innovative seed distribution initiative that seeks to strengthen the fragile food system by providing quality seed paired with Ebola prevention messages to farmers...

19 Dec 2014

Woolworths donates R3m for World Food Day
Woolworths donates R3m for World Food Day

In honour of World Food Day, 16 October 2014, Woolworths has been donating R3 million towards sustainable food security during the course of the year via the EduPlant programme...

15 Oct 2014

Hungry child ad sparks race row
Hungry child ad sparks race row

An advert aimed at raising awareness about starving children in South Africa has sparked a racial storm.

10 Jul 2014

KFC gives up the Colonel for hungry children
KFC gives up the Colonel for hungry children

One of South Africa's favourite Quick Service Restaurant brands is giving up its most valuable asset in an unprecedented move to highlight the plight of hungry children in the country.

2 Oct 2013

SA moves to improve food security
SA moves to improve food security

Cabinet has approved the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security, the Household Food and Nutrition Security Strategy and the Fetsa Tlala Food Production intervention, which it is claimed will reduce poverty amongst the nation's most vulnerable groups.

25 Sep 2013

Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14
Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14

Pfizer together with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) are offering South African media the 'Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2013/14.

15 Aug 2013

Govt clinches deal for smallholder farmers
Govt clinches deal for smallholder farmers

Government's efforts to assist smallholder farmers to access markets are starting to bear fruit.

18 Jul 2013

Gene discoveries may aid fight against wheat disease

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.

1 Jul 2013

African Food Security Urban Network Development workshop

The African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN) will hold a development workshop, facilitated by Reos Partners, on 3-4 July 2013 at Campbell House in Johannesburg.

18 Jun 2013

High prices a threat to food security
High prices a threat to food security

High food prices pose a serious threat to food security at both household and country level, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat Pettersson told the National Assembly on Tuesday.

12 Jun 2013

UN backs cassava as future global crop

ROME, ITALY: Cassava has huge potential and could turn from "a poor people's food into a 21st century crop" if grown according to a new environmentally-friendly farming model, the UN food agency said on Tuesday, 28 May 2013.

31 May 2013

Protesters hit out at 'engineered' food
Protesters hit out at 'engineered' food

Seed giant Monsanto should be stopped from "forcing" genetically modified products on South African consumers, say protesters, while the company defends its products as "thoroughly reviewed" and safe.

27 May 2013

Bugs are food of the future: UN agency
Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

ROME, ITALY: Beetles, caterpillars and wasps could supplement diets around the world as an environmentally friendly food source if only Western consumers could get over their "disgust", the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Monday, 13 May 2013.

13 May 2013

Cape conferences highlight importance of sea freight

Two conferences held in Cape Town this week highlighted the fact that about 90% of all trade between countries is shipped by sea.

By Helmo Preuss 26 Apr 2013

If you're content, we're content
If you're content, we're content

"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 18 Mar 2013

Gene breakthrough boosts hopes for sorghum

PARIS, FRANCE: Agricultural researchers on Tuesday, 12 February 2013, said they had found a gene that boosts the digestibility of sorghum, transforming a humble grain into a potential famine-beater.

13 Feb 2013

Maize price increases could cause unrest
Maize price increases could cause unrest

A new study by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) pins South Africa's violence to starvation wages, as maize prices soar. This follows research conducted following the Marikana massacre.

14 Jan 2013

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