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Crop farmers challenged by drought and climate change
Crop farmers challenged by drought and climate change

With just months to go until the upcoming maize planting season, climate change and the memory of one of the worst droughts in decades during 2015, remains one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa's crop farmers...

By Zhann Meyer 26 Aug 2015 12:48

UCT study: Climate change and overfishing
UCT study: Climate change and overfishing

Marine ecosystems, including that of the southern Benguela are being put under massive pressure by climate change and overfishing...

26 Aug 2015 11:52

Oh, what a waste, food produced in SA is wasted
Oh, what a waste, food produced in SA is wasted

Looking at data in the run-up to Pick n Pay's AGM, two figures stood out. The first was that more than half of those aged 15-25 in SA are jobless...

By Richard Brasher 24 Aug 2015 11:52

Help-for-farmers plan withers on vine
Help-for-farmers plan withers on vine

After promising to revitalise Gauteng's economy by helping small-scale farmers, the provincial department of economic development, agriculture...

24 Aug 2015 10:45

A not-so-fishy story
A not-so-fishy story

South Africa's fish stocks are in deep trouble - some close to collapse. That was the message yesterday from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing...

5 Aug 2015 09:27

Load shedding is affecting national food production, says Energy Partners executive
Load shedding is affecting national food production, says Energy Partners executive

The interrupted electricity supply is costing the local food production industry millions every month...

30 Jul 2015 10:00

Youth needed to take agriculture into new era of cross-industry integration
Youth needed to take agriculture into new era of cross-industry integration

The pervasive influence of agriculture on society is creating an entirely new and glamorous view of the sector...

By Nico Groenewald 16 Jul 2015 08:16

Despite recent rainfall, drought remains severe in KZN
Despite recent rainfall, drought remains severe in KZN

PRETORIA: The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has warned that despite the recent rainfall...

8 Jul 2015 11:36

Drought hitting KwaZulu-Natal hard
Drought hitting KwaZulu-Natal hard

DURBAN: Drought conditions in KwaZulu-Natal are fast deteriorating with the provincial government on Thursday announcing more forceful measures in a bid to curtail water consumption...

By Giordano Stolley 19 Jun 2015 10:14

Waste not, want not
Waste not, want not

From wasted economy to wasted planet: why changing our consumption patterns is a choice we must make!

By Achim Steiner 5 Jun 2015 09:09

Partnership to improve indigenous food products
Partnership to improve indigenous food products

Pretoria - The CSIR and NFTRC have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to address nutrition and food security challenges...

5 Jun 2015 08:32

Food safety in Southern Africa - rethinking world health worries
Food safety in Southern Africa - rethinking world health worries

The theme for World Health Day, held on 7 April 2015, was 'From farm to plate - make food safe.'

By Erica Penfold 3 Jun 2015 10:35

SA, US to discuss chicken issue
SA, US to discuss chicken issue

South Africa and the USA have agreed to facilitate deliberations between the SA Poultry Association (SAPA) and the US Poultry and Egg Export Council towards the finalisation of discussions on market access for US chicken bone-in cuts...

26 May 2015 11:05

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Agricultural production in spotlight at Food Security Seminar

Agricultural production needs to increase 60% by 2050 to keep up with the expected demand for food, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations...

26 May 2015 07:26

'Size cap on farms could devastate agriculture'
'Size cap on farms could devastate agriculture'

Agricultural experts have warned that the government's plan to cap the size of farms could have a devastating effect on food production and prices...

By Jan-Jan Joubert 25 May 2015 10:15

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[Food for Thought] Feeding the nation

Food shortages and exorbitant taxes on bread was the spark that fuelled the French Revolution and brought down a monarchy. At a fundamental level, food security today is still as important for the well-being of a nation. The difference is it isn't just about providing food to the population...

By Nicci Botha 21 May 2015 07:00

Minister of Economic Opportunities calls young innovators and researchers to agriculture
Minister of Economic Opportunities calls young innovators and researchers to agriculture

Speaking at a HORTGRO and HORTGRO Science event on Tuesday, 12 May, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde said, "Young people looking for opportunities in agriculture need not look any further, as there is plenty of scope in this sector. The average age of the South African farmer is 65. It is only a matter of time before there is a severe skills shortage and when your skill is in demand, you can set your own price."

18 May 2015 15:30

Clover upbeat about dairy's prospects
Clover upbeat about dairy's prospects

Clover recently posted improved interim results showing a 7,9% revenue increase, a margin partly attributed to higher retail prices...

By Nan Smith 14 May 2015 15:10

Zimbabwe to import 700,000 tons of corn to avert hunger
Zimbabwe to import 700,000 tons of corn to avert hunger

HARARE: Zimbabwe will import 700,000 tons of the staple corn to avert hunger after annual crop yields shrunk by nearly half due to poor rains, the national television network reported on Tuesday...

7 May 2015 11:50

Grain futures little changed following FAO report
Grain futures little changed following FAO report

Local grain prices were little changed on Wednesday despite a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which said this year's maize harvest could shrink by some 33%...

30 Apr 2015 10:15

Study verifies climate change impact on coffee production
Study verifies climate change impact on coffee production

According to a recently published paper in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, scientists have provided the first on-the-ground evidence that climate change has already had a substantial impact on coffee production in the East African Highlands region...

29 Apr 2015 14:05

Finding realistic ways to boost Southern Africa's agri output
Finding realistic ways to boost Southern Africa's agri output

More than 30 million people in Southern Africa do not have access to enough food. The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (Stias) is examining ways in which agricultural production can be increased in a sustainable way. Stias fellow Dr Janos Bogardi talks to Glenneis Kriel...

By Glenneis Kriel 29 Apr 2015 12:30

100 young leaders offer sustainable solutions to Feeding a Hungry Planet
100 young leaders offer sustainable solutions to Feeding a Hungry Planet

For the second global Youth Ag-Summit, Future Famers Network Australia and Bayer CropScience have selected 100 delegates, aged 18 to 25 and from 33 countries - including two delegates from South Africa...

20 Apr 2015 08:40

A new, very dangerous cabbage disease
A new, very dangerous cabbage disease

As if a cabbage farmer does not have enough to contend with, a destructive new disease is currently doing the rounds...

By Bill Kerr 17 Apr 2015 16:10

Why conservation agriculture must be promoted in SA
Why conservation agriculture must be promoted in SA

In contrast to other parts of the world, like the Americas, the use of conservation agriculture methods in South Africa is still relatively limited. It is vital that this situation be remedied urgently, says Richard Findlay of the No-Till Club in KwaZulu-Natal...

13 Apr 2015 08:00

Nedbank, IFC provide $50m finance and warehouse scheme
Nedbank, IFC provide $50m finance and warehouse scheme

Nedbank (through its Capital Division) together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have launched a $50-million facility to help commodity traders and processors in sub-Saharan Africa import agricultural commodities and export cash crops...

10 Apr 2015 07:00

US raises Agoa issues over SA poultry sales
US raises Agoa issues over SA poultry sales

South African and US poultry producers have so far failed to agree on a mutually acceptable volume of imported US chicken which could enter SA free of anti-dumping duties...

By Linda Ensor 8 Apr 2015 14:18

Practical finance plan may put land reform on track
Practical finance plan may put land reform on track

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and the Banking Association South Africa's (Banking Association) model to finance land reform is currently in the spotlight...

By Derick van der Walt 1 Apr 2015 12:35

Land ceilings could endanger food security
Land ceilings could endanger food security

It hasn't worked elsewhere, and if government goes ahead with land ceilings here, our food security will be seriously endangered...

By Koos Coetzee 30 Mar 2015 10:55

How the energy crisis impacts on food security in SA
How the energy crisis impacts on food security in SA

In 2008, scores of South Africans responded in angry disbelief to calls to switch off their lights for an hour in WWF's annual Earth Hour campaign...

By Tatjana von Bormann 11 Mar 2015 07:00

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