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AgriColleges international gets accredited
AgriColleges international gets accredited

The Agriculture Sector Education Training Authority, AgriSeta, has granted online agriculture education platform, AgriColleges international, accreditation as an education and training provider in agriculture...

3 hours ago

East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security
East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security

Despite the technology being seen as key to tackling low crop yields, climate change and emerging diseases, many countries remain averse to GM technology over safety and trade-related concerns...

By Johnson Kanamugire 3 days ago

Top 12 major issues in agriculture
Top 12 major issues in agriculture

John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, gives an overview of the major issues that are currently affecting agriculture in South Africa...

By Ursula Human 3 days ago

Nicholas.gosse via  - Olive tree plantation in Tunisia. Olive oil is Tunisia’s largest agricultural export.
Africa's top 10 most food-secure countries

Finding enough to eat has been an ages-old challenge for Africans. Against a physical environment often hostile to agricultural and pastoral activity...

8 Dec 2017

Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger
Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

The green revolution is estimated to have saved up to one billion people from starvation. Africa needs to stage its own version if its to help save its people from hunger...

By Calestous Juma 7 Dec 2017

Dr. Nkululeko Nyangiwe. Image: Sonja Matthee
Dr Nyangiwe's doctoral studies shed light on distribution and ecology of ticks

Dr Nyangiwe has been studying the ecology of ticks that are of economic importance to cattle farmers. In his latest paper, he sets out how the alien pantropical blue tick has slowly but surely expanded its range across South Africa...

7 Dec 2017

Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world
Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world

To manage the coming swell, robots that harvest crops and digital farming are joining green revolution and time-held traditional farming techniques. Digital farming is garnering lots of interest...

By Simon Carpenter 7 Dec 2017

Vera Songwe, European Union Economic Commission for Africa’s executive secretary
Africa needs energy to grow

Africa's underdeveloped energy infrastructure and growing demand could be the catalyst to attract private sector investment and thereby actually fast-track energy development...

7 Dec 2017

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Global Soil Organic Carbon Map a powerful tool for sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation

Conserving and restoring soils, as a major carbon storage system, is critical for both sustainable agriculture and mitigating climate change. FAO launched a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil...

6 Dec 2017

New local craft beer brewing to combat food waste and alleviate hunger
New local craft beer brewing to combat food waste and alleviate hunger

Toast Ale South Africa has plans to produce a craft beer that utilises surplus bread from local companies, which would otherwise be discarded...

6 Dec 2017

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ECOWAS charged to enforce gender-friendly and inclusive agricultural laws

Women account for about 60 to 80% of smallholder farmers, but data indicate that less than 10% of women in some West African are landowners...

By Chinelo Chikelu 5 Dec 2017

Upgrading the cactus pear from a weed run wild to an essential crop
Upgrading the cactus pear from a weed run wild to an essential crop

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), cactus pear should be considered as a valuable asset, especially for food and livestock feed in dryland areas...

4 Dec 2017

How the world needs to change as regions get drier
How the world needs to change as regions get drier

By combining these interventions, there's a better chance of managing water sustainably for domestic and agricultural use...

By Dian Spear 1 Dec 2017

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New database to help countries manage their animal genetic resources

FAO estimates that more than 25% of the world's local farm animal breeds are currently at risk of extinction. Its new database will help countries better monitor, survey and manage their animal genetic resources...

30 Nov 2017

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#AgriIndaba: Modernised, scalable agri-education is key in training and feeding the masses

How important is modernising agricultural education to the transformation of the industry?

By Cari Coetzee 30 Nov 2017

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Experts: Prickly pear cactus is 'miracle' crop for dry regions

As climate change brings erratic rainfall and prolonged droughts, countries should look to the cactus pear, which can grow in desert-like conditions, experts said on Friday at the launch of a book on the plant...

By Thin Lei Win 29 Nov 2017

The burger apocalypse: low carbon eating and avoiding food waste
The burger apocalypse: low carbon eating and avoiding food waste

More than 95% of people still eat meat and don't like being told that it is wrong and bad for the planet to do so...

By Tony Curran 28 Nov 2017

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A close up look at the social networks of Lake Victoria's fisherfolk

The fisheries of Lake Victoria support the livelihoods of around three million people. But there have been widespread concerns that fish stocks and catches are declining due to overfishing and the widespread use of illegal gear...

By Fiona Nunan 28 Nov 2017

The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive
The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation...

28 Nov 2017

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Cultivar and technology agency launched

The SACTA was officially launched with the purpose of addressing the lack of new technology for self- or open-pollinated grain and oilseed crops in South Africa...

By Lise Roberts 27 Nov 2017

Villa and Monash SA join hands for instructional reform
Villa and Monash SA join hands for instructional reform

A partnership between agricultural company, Villa, and academic institution, Monash South Africa promises to lend a new face to agricultural higher education in South Africa...

By Lynette Louw 24 Nov 2017

AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors
AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors

It's the first tool to paint a complete picture of ODA funding flows for all development sectors, and the only tool to analyse funding flows with an FAO lens - focused on agriculture, food security, nutrition, and rural development activities...

24 Nov 2017

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Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs - it damages the communities that grow it

Tobacco impacts the health and well-being of the people who grow it and the environment where it is grown, often with devastating consequences. So why do farmers grow tobacco?

By Eleanor Jew 23 Nov 2017

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Monsanto to become carbon neutral by 2021

Monsanto Company recently announced at COP23 that they have made significant progress toward getting its operations carbon neutral by 2021...

22 Nov 2017

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What needs to be done to give Africa's smallholder farmers access to machinery

Mechanisation of agriculture has become a priority across many African countries as the continent gears up to exploit its well-recognised potential to become the world's food basket...

By Thomas Daum, Regina Birner 22 Nov 2017

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Can a mobile app help East African farmers adapt to climate change?

A simple mobile app has been developed to help farmers and local authorities in East Africa choose the right kind of tree to plant - key to helping countries curb their emissions and adapt to a changing climate...

By Isaiah Esipisu 22 Nov 2017

Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces
Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatonnes each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally...

By Thin Lei Win 21 Nov 2017

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Why reducing post-harvest losses is a priority for Africa

A 2011 World Bank study estimated the value of African grain losses alone at $4bn for grains alone in Africa. This could feed 1.6 billion people each year...

By Jane Ambuko 21 Nov 2017

Image Source: . Farm dwellers like Zabalaza Mshengu live in extremely precarious conditions. Association for Rural Advancement
How farm dwellers in South Africa think about home, land and belonging

Farm dwellers are not simply wage workers. They identify intimately with the land they live on...

By Donna Hornby 20 Nov 2017

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