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Organic farming gains popularity

In Tanzania, like any other country in the world, the push for producing products through organic systems is increasing day after day...

By Constantine Akitanda 13 minutes ago

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#CSIMonth: How the Seychelles is restoring its marine ecosystem through coral farming

We are all familiar with the expression ‘green fingers', however, in the Indian Ocean Island of Seychelles it would probably be more fitting to say ‘reef fingers'...

1 hour ago

Western Cape Economic Opportunities on food technology
Western Cape Economic Opportunities on food technology

"The race is on to produce higher quality food with maximum efficiency to ensure we keep pace with growing demand... By embracing technology, Africa can become the food basket of the planet."

2 hours ago

New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa
New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa

It is increasingly becoming important to explore newer and more innovative approaches to successful farming. Urban agriculture is one of the techniques considered to be on the cusp of advancements within the sector...

By Wessel Lemmer 4 hours ago

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New pan-African fruit industry association to strengthen trade between Africa and EU

Afruibana, a pan-African association of fruit producers and exporters from Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Ghana has officially been launched. The association will take steps to support competitiveness and export fruits to EU countries...

2 days ago

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SA olive oil elite have 10 spots to compete for in Absa Olive Oil Awards

Absa, which previously sponsored the Absa Top Five Olive Oil Awards, will extend this honour to 10 exceptional olive oils. The very best gold award recipients of the SA Olive Awards will be chosen as finalists...

3 days ago

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Climate adaptation: SACAU supports global call for agriculture insurance

SACAU has joined a global call to make agriculture insurance available as one of the tools to help farmers adapt to the climate change challenges, particularly smallholder farmers...

3 days ago

Calling all sommeliers for SA's Best Young Sommelier competition
Calling all sommeliers for SA's Best Young Sommelier competition

To empower the next generation of professional sommeliers, the South African Sommelier Association (SASA) in association with Moët & Chandon introduces the Best Young Sommerlier competition, with entries now open until 29 July 2017.

3 days ago

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Low rainfall could lead to poor Western Cape wheat harvests

The Western Cape is the biggest contributor to the country's wheat harvest. There is a real possibility that poorer rainfall may occur over the next few years which could lead to poorer harvest...

3 days ago

Drinking yoghurt increases in volume, value
Drinking yoghurt increases in volume, value

BMi Research has released its report on the drinking yoghurt category, which continued to grow in volume and value in 2016...

3 days ago

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Rwanda's essential oils offer big profits from little land

The pioneer of essential oils in Rwanda said he understood over a decade ago "the need to develop high-value crops" in his hilly nation of just 2.6m hectares...

By Stephanie Aglietti 3 days ago

From left to right: Gynore Fredericks (first year protégé under mentorship of Miles Mossop at Tokara), Sydney Mello (second year protégé under mentorship of Johan Malan at Simonsig), Tobie Badenhorst (Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank Ltd), Becky Penumlungu (Sponsorship Manager of Lifestyle Properties at Nedbank Ltd)
Nedbank boosts investment in Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés

Nedbank has increased its investment in the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme for 2017 with the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust pledging R700,000 to boost the Guild's Protégé Programme...

20 Jul 2017

The 2017 Resolution Social Venture Challenge winners
Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. Impact evaluation data shows that an average of 3,200 community members benefits per fellowship awarded...

20 Jul 2017

Go and rot, you old bag
Go and rot, you old bag

South Africans will soon be able to dispose of their plastic bags along with the rest of their waste without worrying about negative effects on the environment...

By Farren Collins 20 Jul 2017

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Chinese overfishing threatens West African economies

Foreign fishing vessels, many from China, prowl the waters off West Africa every day. They capture millions of fish - catches that used to go to local boats...

By Salem Solomon 19 Jul 2017

Fall armyworms on march across Africa
Fall armyworms on march across Africa

Fall armyworm has spread to 21 African countries and threatens the continent's main food staple, maize. Fall armyworms pose a big threat to the continent's agriculture, says Huesing...

By Sora Halake 19 Jul 2017

Branding Chenin blanc as a South African specialty
Branding Chenin blanc as a South African specialty

According to the managing editor of Wine Enthusiast, South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal...

19 Jul 2017

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is 'wine futures' worthy
Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is 'wine futures' worthy

En primeur or 'wine futures', is a method of purchasing sought-after wines early while the wine is still in the barrel...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 19 Jul 2017

Developing countries urged to set international food standards
Developing countries urged to set international food standards

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have issued a joint statement calling on countries to develop international food standards...

19 Jul 2017

Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa
Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa

Wastewater is the one resource (unlike land, labour, or fresh water) that is continuously growing in volume and used to cultivate vegetables, grains, animal feed, and fish at a larger scale than we ever realised...

By Christopher A. Scott 18 Jul 2017

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Addressing land redistribution through the One Household One Hectare policy

The focus of the 1HH 1H programme is growth through redistribution. The policy gives effect to the department's mandate for access to land on an equitable basis and secures tenure of beneficiaries...

By Yolisa Mfaise 18 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security
#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

We chat to President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world...

18 Jul 2017

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African Union commits to small stock rearing

The coordinator of the AU-Inter Africa Bureau for Animal Resources says the African Union is committed to empowering women and youth in small stock production...

By Benjamin Shapi 17 Jul 2017

Reliance Compost Founder, Eddie Redelinghuys
#CSIMonth: Creating sustainable environments through organic compost

We chat to Eco-Logic Award winner, Reliance Compost's founder and director about organic compost, growing green minds and ensuring a healthy world for future generations...

By Cari coetzee 17 Jul 2017

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AgriSA concerned about suspension of top official

AgriSA is concerned about the impact that the suspension of the agriculture director-general will have on the industry. Mike Mlengana had been suspended with immediate effect, just under a year after he was appointed...

17 Jul 2017

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Expanded engagement for Caterpillar: Boosting sales and alleviating poverty

A strong signal of growing business engagement with Africa by large US corporations was the announcement last September by Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman of plans to invest over $1b in Africa over the next five years...

14 Jul 2017

Key African agri experts lined up for African Agri Investment Indaba 2017
Key African agri experts lined up for African Agri Investment Indaba 2017

The second annual African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) will see prominent experts in the African agriculture sector address over 600 key stakeholders on real market opportunities across the various African regions...

14 Jul 2017

Heartwater costs the livestock industry millions
Heartwater costs the livestock industry millions

The prevention and treatment of heartwater cost the livestock industry millions every year. Animals die acutely from the disease, and its incidence is preventing non-resistant animals from utilising the grazing in certain areas...

By Dr Johan van Rensburg 14 Jul 2017

Thirst for beer has AB InBev brewing more
Thirst for beer has AB InBev brewing more

The economy may be experiencing a bad hangover, but that has not decreased the South African appetite for beer...

By Colleen Goko 14 Jul 2017

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