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Climate change: the South African scenario
Climate change: the South African scenario

On Tuesday, 23 September, more than 120 world leaders will meet in New York to announce how they each intend to tackle climate change. Two days before the summit, billed as the 'largest mobilisation on climate change', the People's Climate March will demand for urgent action.

By Sindy Peters 18 Sep 2014 11:49

SA's water crisis in danger of deepening
SA's water crisis in danger of deepening

South Africa is facing a water crisis and the government's current plans to address it are not sufficient according to the latest paper of the African Futures project released at a seminar in Pretoria.

18 Sep 2014 10:41

SA ready to fight EU ban on citrus fruit
SA ready to fight EU ban on citrus fruit

The government was ready to take the European Union (EU) to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to challenge its objections to imports of SA's citrus fruit due to black spot, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday, 9 September 2014.

By Linda Ensor 11 Sep 2014 15:40

SU and ETH Zurich sign food security research agreement
SU and ETH Zurich sign food security research agreement

Stellenbosch University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich's agreement for cooperation will put into practice the development of excellent research projects, particularly on food and nutrition security.

29 Aug 2014 10:00

Women key to rural food production
Women key to rural food production

Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Senzeni Zokwana, says the contribution made by women in the farming sector cannot be under-estimated as this is how they put food on the table for their families.

By More Matshediso 25 Aug 2014 07:52

Could Africa become like China?
Could Africa become like China?

Africa's changing demographic over the next three-and-a-half decades could transform the continent into the next China, but only if its youthful population is educated and entrepreneurial.

By Jana Marais 19 Aug 2014 11:50

Commercial farmers should expedite land reform - ANC
Commercial farmers should expedite land reform - ANC

Commercial farmers must take charge of advancing the transformation project in the agriculture sector because "change that is imposed is more painful," says African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

By Setumo Stone 19 Aug 2014 10:04

Eastern Cape needs funds for Argentinian soya joint venture
Eastern Cape needs funds for Argentinian soya joint venture

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is talking to government and private companies to help fund a multimillion-rand agricultural venture to farm soya beans.

14 Aug 2014 06:15

Foreign land ownership not a major issue
Foreign land ownership not a major issue

The motives behind Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti's comments regarding foreign land ownership in South Africa are unclear as South Africa currently does not have a problem with foreign buyers crowding out local buyers.

By David de Waal 30 Jul 2014 10:10

An integrated approach to global food security

Most of the challenges currently confronting South African agriculture can be resolved by taking an integrated approach to the greatest of them all - global food security.

30 Jul 2014 08:00

[Climate changing the face of agriculture]: Part 3 - Partnerships are key
[Climate changing the face of agriculture]: Part 3 - Partnerships are key

In the final edition of this series, we investigate foreign intervention into African agriculture and how aid can assist farmers mitigate the effects of climate change.

By Rudi Massyn 25 Jul 2014 11:10

'Ocean economy' can create 800,000 jobs
'Ocean economy' can create 800,000 jobs

South Africa's ocean economy - which includes fishing and ship repairs and services - has the potential to create between 800,000 and one million direct jobs through Operation Phakisa Communication Minister Faith Muthambi

By More Matshediso 25 Jul 2014 06:14

Vodacom extends footprint with food security project
Vodacom extends footprint with food security project

Vodacom has extended the footprint of its food security programme into every province in the country to reach more than 50,000 families in need.

21 Jul 2014 09:40

Zokwana's budget speech - a pragmatic approach to challenges in agriculture
Zokwana's budget speech - a pragmatic approach to challenges in agriculture

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana delivered his first budget speech for 2014/2015 on Wednesday.

18 Jul 2014 15:30

Packaging and labelling challenges faced by the agrochemical industry - Pyrotec
Packaging and labelling challenges faced by the agrochemical industry

Packaging and labelling plays an important role in communicating vital information to consumers of the agrochemical and crop-protection industry. Whether the products are pesticides or garden-care, agrochemical labels come with a set of legal requirements.

Issued by Pyrotec 16 Jul 2014 14:43

A project to empower women with skills to start a business
A project to empower women with skills to start a business

Agri SA is now in a position to enable women in the Keimoes area to make use of business opportunities relating to agriculture and food production, promote creativity and also help with the development of children.

15 Jul 2014 08:00

$4m in projects to strengthen Tanzania's agricultural productivity
$4m in projects to strengthen Tanzania's agricultural productivity

More than 100,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania will benefit after today's announcement of US$4.25-million in new grants.

14 Jul 2014 09:50

Profitable partners or partners facing painful problems?
Profitable partners or partners facing painful problems?

To share 50% of your worldly possessions with your farm workers, especially those who have been at your side for many years, seems a noble idea.

By Derick van der Walt 11 Jul 2014 09:00

[Climate changing the face of agriculture]: Part 2 - Farmers fight against climate change
[Climate changing the face of agriculture]: Part 2 - Farmers fight against climate change

Rising temperatures and volatile weather conditions are not only affecting agricultural production but also influencing farming methods and practices.

By Rudi Massyn 3 Jul 2014 08:30

African leaders told to Do Agric at AU Summit
African leaders told to Do Agric at AU Summit

ONE.org's Do Agric petition, which calls on African leaders to recommit to spending at least 10% of national budgets on effective agriculture investments, has gathered more than two million signatures of support from African citizens across the continent.

30 Jun 2014 09:00

Tiger Brands launches Mandela Day 2014 food security initiative
Tiger Brands launches Mandela Day 2014 food security initiative

Tiger Brands will kick off Nelson Mandela Day by making every day in July a 'Mandela day' by distributing over 17,000 food parcels to primary school learners in Alexandra Township, Gauteng.

27 Jun 2014 11:30

R7bn to support farmers
R7bn to support farmers

More than R7bn will be spent on conditional grants for provinces to support about 435,000 subsistence and 54,500 smallholder farmers.

24 Jun 2014 09:54

Rudi Massyn
[Climate changing the face of agriculture]: Part 1 - An African perspective

The impact of climate change on global agriculture is forcing farmers to speedily adapt to volatile weather conditions to ensure sustainability.

By Rudi Massyn 24 Jun 2014 08:30

Farmers expected to give away 50% of their farms
Farmers expected to give away 50% of their farms

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has published policy proposals requiring commercial farmers to hand over half their farms to farmworkers.

By Jan-Jan Joubert 23 Jun 2014 08:47

An open letter to AU's heads of state
An open letter to AU's heads of state

Judging from the daily outpouring of commentary, opinions and reports, you would think that there were two African continents.

By Kanayo F. Nwanze 21 Jun 2014 10:00

[Agribusiness & Food World Forum] Enabling small-scale farmers to meet modern retail demand
[Agribusiness & Food World Forum] Enabling small-scale farmers to meet modern retail demand

The increasing demands placed on farmers to provide food safe products to retailers create a considerable challenge for small-scale farmers to enter the retail market.

By Louise Brodie 20 Jun 2014 15:45

[Agribusiness & Food World Forum] David vs. Goliath: a revolution in Africa's farm structures
[Agribusiness & Food World Forum] David vs. Goliath: a revolution in Africa's farm structures

Should development follow the current small farmer route (David), the large-scale agribusiness development route (Goliath), or a combination of the two?

By Louise Brodie 19 Jun 2014 12:58

[Agribusiness & Food World Forum] IFAMA's Academic Symposium summary
[Agribusiness & Food World Forum] IFAMA's Academic Symposium summary

The Agribusiness & Food World Forum is underway after opening with a summary of the scientific research symposium on Monday, 16 June.

By Louise Brodie 17 Jun 2014 15:00

New protocol to help curb forced labour
New protocol to help curb forced labour

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour.

12 Jun 2014 11:15

Agribusiness & Food World Forum to address Africa's growth potential
Agribusiness & Food World Forum to address Africa's growth potential

All eyes will be on Africa next week when the continent's enormous growth potential in agribusiness comes under the lens at the IFAMA/CCA Agribusiness & Food World Forum.

12 Jun 2014 09:15

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