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...

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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 18 hours ago

Darling Brew declared carbon neutral
Darling Brew declared carbon neutral

Darling Brew in the Western Cape is the first brewery on the continent to be declared carbon neutral...

5 Apr 2018

Applications for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize open
Applications for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize open

Feed the Future is calling for applications for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize which offers to fund up to $400,000 in digital solutions aiming to help stop the spread of the pest in Africa...

5 Apr 2018

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The new 'climate change lingo'

Climate change lingo will be part of the ongoing debate regarding adaptation effectiveness and the practical implementation of climate-smart agriculture, which sustains climate-resilient sustainable development...

By Anette Theunissen 4 Apr 2018

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Meet the Maker: Shanna-Rae Wilby

Gin blogger Samantha Snedorf from SamSamButDifferent recently launched a new feature called Meet the Maker. Her first maker is the prominent Johannesburg-based distiller, Shanna-Rae Wilby, who is the chief alchemist and co-owner of Time Anchor Distillery in Maboneng...

By Samantha Snedorf 4 Apr 2018

Agroecology's potential to transform food systems for the better
Agroecology's potential to transform food systems for the better

"We need to promote a transformative change in the way that we produce and consume food. We need to put forward sustainable food systems that offer healthy and nutritious food, and also preserve the environment. Agroecology can offer several contributions to this process."

4 Apr 2018

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Bayer, WFO launches global Care4Cattle grant to support innovation in animal well-being

Bayer, in partnership with the World Farmers' Organisation, has launched a €30,000 global Care4Cattle initiative towards recognising innovative thinking in advancing animal well-being...

4 Apr 2018

Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?
Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?

The influx of investment into lab-grown meats and the projected price drop have buttressed claims that synthetic meat products will be on sale within three years. Growing meat is a very different process from breeding and slaughtering animals...

By Hope Johnson 3 Apr 2018

2018 Wine and Beer Label Design Awards winners
2018 Wine and Beer Label Design Awards winners

The results of the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards were announced last month at the Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm...

3 Apr 2018

How innovation can contribute to food and nutrition security
How innovation can contribute to food and nutrition security

"We hope to produce so-called smart foods with extra health benefits that are safe, marketable, affordable, ready to eat and trendsetting."

By Mologadi Makwela 3 Apr 2018

SA on back foot over listeriosis, Davies warns
SA on back foot over listeriosis, Davies warns

The listeriosis outbreak has negatively affected trading partners' perceptions of the safety of food exports from SA and could have financial repercussions that extend far beyond the firms at the heart of the crisis...

By Tamar Khan 3 Apr 2018

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On dangerous ground: Land degradation is turning soils into deserts

Land degradation can take many forms, but always entails a serious disruption of a healthy balance between five key ecosystem functions. These are: food production, fibre provision, microclimate regulation, water retention, and carbon storage...

By Prof Abbas El-Zein 29 Mar 2018

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Scaling up game-changing agricultural innovations and technologies in Africa

The increasing occurrence and severity of extreme weather events linked to climate change necessitate all stakeholders involved in agriculture to ramp up their efforts of making sure that newer agricultural innovations and technologies are available to farmers...

By Esther Ngumbi 29 Mar 2018

Gerhard Kriel (left), Chief Executive Officer of Free State Agriculture (FSA), Andries Vermeulen, official ambassador of Friends of Free State Agriculture, Francois Wilken, President of FSA, and Tommie Esterhuyse, Vice President of FSA. Photo: Free State Agriculture
Free State farmers to benefit from new support network

A new and unique support network for farmers in the Free State. This is according to Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of Free State Agriculture

29 Mar 2018

Cut to interest rates a welcome relief for SA agriculture
Cut to interest rates a welcome relief for SA agriculture

As agriculture is a capital-intensive industry with a national agricultural debt in access of R160m, the reduction of the interest rate by 25 basis points is a welcome relief to farmers...

29 Mar 2018

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World's largest macadamia factory opened in White River

The South African market is largely driven by exports and, as demand increases, we have seen hectares under macadamias trees increasing rapidly in South Africa's macadamia growing areas...

By Marike Brits 28 Mar 2018

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Bad weather results in smallest wine grape crop since 2005

As wine grape producers and cellars take in the last of the 2018 wine grape harvest, viticulturists and cellars estimate that it will be the smallest crop since 2005. Vinpro's viticulturists give an overview of the regions...

28 Mar 2018

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Data: The fertiliser that will feed Africa's agricultural transformation

Everywhere we look, technology is being touted as the enabler of a new era of African agricultural prosperity. But how should we, as a continent, approach the adoption of digital technologies across the agricultural value chain...

By Dr Gilbert Saggia 28 Mar 2018

Rainbow Chicken polony cleared of deadly listeria bacteria
Rainbow Chicken polony cleared of deadly listeria bacteria

The national health department has confirmed the Listeria bacteria found at the Rainbow Chicken polony factory is not the ST6 strain that caused 91% of cases...

By Katharine Child 28 Mar 2018

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We know how food production needs to change if crisis is to be avoided - so why isn't this happening?

Business as usual is no longer an option for food and agriculture. The global agriculture system will have to be radically transformed to avoid further environmental and social problems...

By Nina Moeller & Michel Pimbert 27 Mar 2018

Aquaculture skills in the spotlight
Aquaculture skills in the spotlight

A skills inventory and needs analysis for the aquaculture sector has revealed an urgent need for both generic skills and aquaculture-specific technical skills to better equip workers and farmers in taking the industry forward...

27 Mar 2018

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Poultry farmers urged to watch out for avian flu

DAFF has called on poultry farmers in coastal areas to be on high alert and improve their biosecurity amid fears of a fresh outbreak of the deadly avian flu after the spread of H5N8 avian flu to African penguins along the coast of the Western Cape...

By Bekezela Phakathi 27 Mar 2018

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Big global wins for SA whisky brand Bain's

Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky has been awarded the title of World's Best Grain Whisky and founder distiller, Andy Watts, awarded the title as the global Icon of Whisky Master Distiller/Master Blender...

27 Mar 2018

ARC, Culdevco signs 10-year deciduous fruit commercialisation agreement
ARC, Culdevco signs 10-year deciduous fruit commercialisation agreement

In a 'best practice step to commercialise homegrown cultivars' locally and internationally, a new agreement has been signed between Culdevco and the Agricultural Research Council for a further 10-year period...

27 Mar 2018

NAMC: Food inflation should continue to ease in the coming months
NAMC: Food inflation should continue to ease in the coming months

Official food inflation decelerated to 3.9% during February 2018, year-on-year, from 4.5% reported in January 2018, as a result of a decline in agricultural commodity prices from higher output levels of the previous production season...

27 Mar 2018

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Impacts of missing livestock data in Africa

The continent's livestock sector has the potential to transform the lives of smallholders but inadequate, unreliable and unavailable data in some instances is a major challenge in the sector...

By Gilbert Nakweya 26 Mar 2018

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Crème de la crème in SA Dairy Championships announced

Out of the 945 dairy products from 83 producers that vied for the attention of the 84 judges, only 18 were honoured with the Qualité mark of excellence...

26 Mar 2018

Hortgro and Tru-Cape brings back the Witte Wijn Appel, the roots of WC apple industry
Hortgro and Tru-Cape brings back the Witte Wijn Appel, the roots of WC apple industry

The first apple recorded in the diary of the Dutch governor at the Cape as picked in the Company's Garden on April 17, 1662, has been found in Holland and imported back into South Africa by Hortgro and Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing...

26 Mar 2018

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Expert: Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought

Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment...

23 Mar 2018

Ikea's "fast food of the future" includes worm balls, bug burgers and algae hot dogs
Ikea's "fast food of the future" includes worm balls, bug burgers and algae hot dogs

Space10 is Ikea's research hub and innovation lab, devoted to developing bold and sustainable new business models. The latest project to come out of the lab is a selection of five iconic fast food dishes...

By Rich Haridy 23 Mar 2018

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Top five robotic systems to watch in agriculture

There are already several companies that have made significant strides in creating robotic systems for use in agriculture that are either in field-testing stages or already entering the market...

By Nate Dorsey 23 Mar 2018

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