How to utilise livestock to propel sustainable development
How to utilise livestock to propel sustainable development

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation's World Livestock: Transforming the livestock sector through the Sustainable Development Goals report, by realigning the livestock sector to better support the UN's 2030 sustainable development agenda, a wider range of benefits can be achieved to satisfy surging demand...

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Reel Gardening, inspiring South Africans to grow their own food

Reel Gardening recently won the Future-Agro Challenge: Agripreneur of the Year award. Here, Eugene Yiga speaks to founder Claire Reid to discover more...

By Eugene Yiga 3 days ago

Organic milk accounts for 30% revenue share in emerging markets
Organic milk accounts for 30% revenue share in emerging markets

Although global demand for organic milk remains limited to a cohort of consumers, particularly those with higher disposable incomes, recent sales figures in emerging markets are encouraging, with markets maintaining a healthy growth rate during the assessment period 2018-2028...

3 days ago

Agri-Expo Livestock,  Groot Plaasproe a gateway to agriculture value chains
Agri-Expo Livestock, Groot Plaasproe a gateway to agriculture value chains

The Agri-Expo Livestock expo and the Groot Plaasproe festival, now in its fifth year, recently took place at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch; and saw 16,000 farm and food lovers explore 150 exhibitions...

3 days ago

Updated ocean economy scorecard on SA's marine resources released
Updated ocean economy scorecard on SA's marine resources released

While there has not been any major regression in the past two years, according to the scorecard, there are still many areas of concern...

3 days ago

Listeriosis risk lingers in rural, informal trade
Listeriosis risk lingers in rural, informal trade

Listeria bacteria remains present in food samples obtained from rural areas and the informal sector. This is despite the fact that Listeriosis levels have declined in South African ready-to-eat meat...

17 Oct 2018

Growth trends revealed for SA's wine and spirits markets
Growth trends revealed for SA's wine and spirits markets

The wine and spirits categories have both recorded positive growth in SA despite depressed economic conditions, according to new reports released by BMi Research.

17 Oct 2018

Addressing Nigeria's insignificant contribution to global seed trade
Addressing Nigeria's insignificant contribution to global seed trade

Operators in the seeds sector are seeking ways to address Nigeria's insignificant contribution to global seed trade despite the country's potential in the production of seeds for agriculture, writes Okechukwu Nnodim...

17 Oct 2018

Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?
Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?

A video recently doing the rounds on Facebook included a segment from the BBC comedy quiz show QI. The video asks which of avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash are suitable for vegans...

By Dominic Wilkinson 17 Oct 2018

SA citrus exports close in on 2 million tonnes
SA citrus exports close in on 2 million tonnes

According to Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers' Association, citrus production has reached a record volume packed for export in 2018...

17 Oct 2018

Africa agri-food development programme applications now open
Africa agri-food development programme applications now open

The objective of the programme is to develop partnerships between the Irish agri-food sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa...

16 Oct 2018

Farmer2Market programme unlocks market opportunities for small farmers
Farmer2Market programme unlocks market opportunities for small farmers

The European Union, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, together with Solidaridad, LIMA Development Foundation and ICCO has today announced the launch of the Switch Africa Green, Farmer2Market programme...

16 Oct 2018

Rice fields in Madagascar. There is a project in the country to increase climate resilience in the rice sector. Shutterstock
The private sector, agriculture and climate change. Connecting the dots

Agriculture plays a key role in food security in Africa. It is also crucial to the economic sector, accounting for between 40%-65% of jobs...

By Richard J.T. Klein 15 Oct 2018

What southern Africa needs to do to manage rising temperatures
What southern Africa needs to do to manage rising temperatures

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a special report outlining what would need to be done to keep the world from warming up by more than 1.5°C...

By Professor Bob Scholes 15 Oct 2018

#FutureofFarming: Aerobotics launches new agritech innovations to combat pest, disease
#FutureofFarming: Aerobotics launches new agritech innovations to combat pest, disease

Cape Town startup, Aerobotics has launched five new innovations, which have been designed to help farmers with early pest and disease detection...

By Robin Fredericks 15 Oct 2018

Government looks to expedite implementation of land reform, restitution
Government looks to expedite implementation of land reform, restitution

Government is intensifying the implementation of land reform and restitution programmes so that South Africans can leverage land...

15 Oct 2018

Meet the Maker: Marius Bezuidenhout of Black Horse
Meet the Maker: Marius Bezuidenhout of Black Horse

The end of the year is edging ever closer and the need for time away increases almost daily which is why...

By Samantha Snedorf 12 Oct 2018

Spotlight on successful transformation at Agri SA congress
Spotlight on successful transformation at Agri SA congress

The annual Agri SA Congress recently took place at the Maslow at Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria. While day one of the congress focused on land reform issues, on day two the spotlight fell on the success stories of transformation in the agricultural industry...

By Ursula Human 12 Oct 2018

Growing consumer awareness around sustainable seafood certification
Growing consumer awareness around sustainable seafood certification

Seafood consumers are increasingly demanding independent verification of sustainability claims in supermarkets...

11 Oct 2018

Agriculture to bridge Tanzania - Sweden trade imbalance
Agriculture to bridge Tanzania - Sweden trade imbalance

Tanzania could penetrate the new markets with ease thanks to its potential and the demand for its agricultural produce...

11 Oct 2018

Milk supply growth outstrips demand
Milk supply growth outstrips demand

Milk production increased with 4,64% in the first eight months of 2018 compared to the first eight months of 2017...

11 Oct 2018

NERPO calls on government funding to support SA meat trade concerns
NERPO calls on government funding to support SA meat trade concerns

The National Emergent Red Meat Producers Organisation has requested that the government's national treasury release funding that will capacitate the Agricultural Research Council to manufacture Foot and Mouth Disease vaccines...

11 Oct 2018

IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board
IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board

European retail giant Carrefour has joined other participants involved in building the IBM Food Trust blockchain network...

11 Oct 2018

Paarl, Wellington wine tourism celebrates International Pinotage Day
Paarl, Wellington wine tourism celebrates International Pinotage Day

Saturday, 13 October 2018 will see Paarl and Wellington wine route pay homage to the father of the South African Pinotage varietal, Professor Abraham Izak Perold on International Pinotage Day...

11 Oct 2018

Land transformation - why a thorough understanding of the property sector is critical
Land transformation - why a thorough understanding of the property sector is critical

Property Sector Charter Council CEO Portia Tau-Sekati recently presented a detailed scope of the distribution of property in South Africa as a masterclass at the Alumni Association of Unisa's Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) annual alumni gathering.

11 Oct 2018

Absa crowns SA's top 10 olive oils for 2018
Absa crowns SA's top 10 olive oils for 2018

South African consumers are blessed with a choice of high quality locally produced olive oils. In recent years the growing number of awards won at major international olive oil competitions...

10 Oct 2018

#WNFCapeTown digests animal nutrition issues
#WNFCapeTown digests animal nutrition issues

Innovative animal nutrition company Biomin hosted 800 delegates from 76 countries in Cape Town, South Africa from 3 to 5 October 2018. Over 40 expert speakers from industry and academia from across the globe explored the latest market trends and scientific developments relating to food-producing animals...

10 Oct 2018

To what extent will agriculture contribute to the reduction in unemployment in South Africa?
To what extent will agriculture contribute to the reduction in unemployment in South Africa?

On Thursday, October 4, the National Economic Development Labour Council convened the Presidential Jobs Summit whose renewed mission is to combat the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate...

By Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya 10 Oct 2018

Robust growth in global walnut consumption softens
Robust growth in global walnut consumption softens

According to the World - Walnuts - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights report, in 2017 the volume of global shelled walnut consumption stood at approximately 2,2 million tonnes...

9 Oct 2018

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