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Crop yields will fall within next decade due to climate change unless action is taken, says new study

Crop yields will fall within the next decade due to climate change unless immediate action is taken to speed up the introduction of new and improved varieties...

22 Jun 2016

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Youth the key to transformation in agriculture

More must be done to promote farming as a deliberate career choice among the youth if we want to promote a professional sector that is productive and profitable

21 Jun 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa has a long way to go before it cracks food insecurity
Sub-Saharan Africa has a long way to go before it cracks food insecurity

The richer and more developed countries become, the less likely they are to be food insecure. Governments in rapidly growing economies have more resources to dedicate to improving food security and nutrition...

By Xikombiso Mbhenyane and Irene Labuschagne 21 Jun 2016

Partnership makes strides in promoting sustainable land management in Africa
Partnership makes strides in promoting sustainable land management in Africa

Improved land management strategies and technologies being used across sub-Saharan Africa are helping protect the environment, boost agricultural productivity...

20 Jun 2016

#CGFSummit: Reap the rewards of doing business sustainably
#CGFSummit: Reap the rewards of doing business sustainably

'Shared-value sustainability' was a hot topic on the third and final day of the Consumer Goods Forum, with insights shared by Nestlé CEO and former Consumer Goods Forum co-chair, Paul Bulcke.

By Leigh Andrews 17 Jun 2016

UNIDO and GFSI sign MoU
UNIDO and GFSI sign MoU

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to signal their commitment to a large-scale partnership for food safety at a gathering of the world's consumer goods industry leaders at the CGF Global Summit...

17 Jun 2016

#CGFSummit: Food safety, not just a Western luxury
#CGFSummit: Food safety, not just a Western luxury

A customer buys meat and vegetables from your store. He goes home, eats that fresh produce, and contracts a serious illness. Possibly even dies. Here's how to prevent this nightmare from becoming a business reality...

By Leigh Andrews 17 Jun 2016

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Progress in land reform comes with concerns

South Africa has made progress with land reform and there is now...

By Derick van der Walt 15 Jun 2016

Chantell Ilbury
There is still hope for SA to play in the premier league

Chantell Ilbury uses a sports analogy to discuss South Africa's competitiveness and highlights factors South Africa must take note of if it wants to be part of the global playing field...

By Derick van der Walt 14 Jun 2016

- Sizwe Nyuka Mlenzana at his Ekasi Green Project. Photo: Pumla Tuko
Making gardens in Khayelitsha's sandy soil

Ekasi Green Project shares its vegetables and knowledge with the community...

By Pumla Tuko 14 Jun 2016

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Drought declared as national disaster of critical importance

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen's announcement to declare eight provinces as drought disaster areas together with the motion...

13 Jun 2016

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Thousands of FS farmers assisted with drought relief

FSA has assisted 4,661 farmers at farmer's associations in the province with drought feed by means of their disaster fund, donations and Agri SA's Drought Relief Fund...

9 Jun 2016

UN announces global standard to measure food waste
UN announces global standard to measure food waste

The FLW Standard is a set of global definitions and...

8 Jun 2016

The role of pulses in creating a sustainable world
The role of pulses in creating a sustainable world

Among the many reasons that the United Nations declared 2016 as the International Year of the Pulses is that pulses play an important role in sustainability...

8 Jun 2016

#BizSoeknBoer: meet JJ Van de Velde
#BizSoeknBoer: meet JJ Van de Velde

JJ van de Velde recently shared his good fortunes with fellow farmers by donating hundreds of bales of hay. Let's see what else he is willing to share...

By Cari Van Wyk 7 Jun 2016

Agri SA passes hat around
Agri SA passes hat around

Commercial farmers say they need R1-billion to recover from the devastating effects of the drought. Although the DAFF has helped about 80,000 farmers with drought relief...

6 Jun 2016

#YouthMonth: Helping our youth become the farmers of the future
#YouthMonth: Helping our youth become the farmers of the future

"They bring back to our country additional skills, they learn about technology, but most important is the fact that they bring back a new approach to their work."

By Cari Van Wyk 1 Jun 2016

PwC Agribusiness report on technological innovation
PwC Agribusiness report on technological innovation

Agriculture is on the edge of a second green revolution...

1 Jun 2016

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Pulses and "potjiekos" trending

AGT Foods Africa hosted a big pulse fest on Friday 27 May 2016. The chosen dish was potjiekos - a uniquely South African dish enjoyed by all...

31 May 2016

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Women-in-Maize celebrates first harvest season

Women-in-Maize, which supports the empowerment of women-run maize farms, began its first successful harvest season....

27 May 2016

Lambasi Chief Mthuthuzeli Makwedini, Technoserve intern Kamvalethu Hoyi, business advisor Jabulile Sithole, Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC, Mlibo Qobohiyane and Technoserve intern Siyabonga Mbuzwa at a maize plantation in Lambasi. Picture sourced from
Anglo American Zimele, Jobs Fund collaboration creates agri-entrepreneurs

Zimele, in collaboration with the Jobs Fund, has helped to establish entrepreneurial projects like the Lambasi agriculture initiative - a jointly owned farming operation...

25 May 2016

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Five reasons to #LovePulses

With 2016 being the International Year of the Pulses, here are five reasons you should love those healthy, disease-busting, purse friendly pulses...

24 May 2016

Simon Andys
#AfricaMonth: Adopting a new mentality to small-scale farming

It's necessary for smallholder farmers in Africa to innovate and form partnerships with organisations that can help them do so. In this, the farmers of Nakuru county has...

By Cari Van Wyk 23 May 2016

Growing drought distress sees surge in concessional loans
Growing drought distress sees surge in concessional loans

Demand for the Land Bank's drought relief concessional loans is surging as the record-breaking drought conditions continue to cause widespread devastation...

20 May 2016

R27 million shortfall in drought relief revealed
R27 million shortfall in drought relief revealed

During the briefing, it was revealed that, in order to ensure food security and the sustainable future of farms, the financial support required for disaster drought relief is now...

19 May 2016

Farmers must plan for veld fire risk during dry winter months
Farmers must plan for veld fire risk during dry winter months

It has never been more important to put measures in place to protect farms against veld fires. Farmers have exhausted most of their resources...

19 May 2016

Is food security and tobacco growing incompatible in Africa?
Is food security and tobacco growing incompatible in Africa?

The SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment estimates that an alarming 16% of the region's population are food insecure...

By Reuben Maigwa 18 May 2016

#ThePowerOfChoice in choosing fair trade products
#ThePowerOfChoice in choosing fair trade products

"What if you could fight climate change by simply drinking your morning coffee? Or give a farm worker's kid a better education by merely sipping your Chardonnay?"

11 May 2016

Why you should choose chickpeas
Why you should choose chickpeas

Protein-packed chickpeas seem to be everywhere lately and for good reason. They fall under the category of pulses and the UN declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses...

11 May 2016

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