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Seed distribution initiative to combine food security and Ebola containment strategies
Seed distribution initiative to combine food security and Ebola containment strategies

Thousands of smallholder farmers in Liberia are set to benefit from an innovative seed distribution initiative that seeks to strengthen the fragile food system by providing quality seed paired with Ebola prevention messages to farmers...

19 Dec 2014 08:25

New leadership aims to bring expertise to Land Bank
New leadership aims to bring expertise to Land Bank

The Land Bank has a new chair, Arthur Moloto, and CE, Tshokolo Petrus (TP) Nchocho, both of whom were announced yesterday as part of sweeping changes to the boards of state-owned enterprises...

15 Dec 2014 08:01

The next decade of African agricultural development
The next decade of African agricultural development

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa today announced its Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa, visualising 2030 Africa as food secure, a global scientific player and the world's food basket...

4 Dec 2014 15:35

EduPlant nurtures a new generation of eco-savvy entrepreneurs
EduPlant nurtures a new generation of eco-savvy entrepreneurs

Winners of this year's EduPlant tree planting and entrepreneurial competition were announced recently at an awards ceremony for schools that have had the most success in the programme...

3 Dec 2014 09:30

FARA proposes science-led agricultural transformation
FARA proposes science-led agricultural transformation

Is Africa lacking in technology and mechanised systems to fully gain momentum as a global producer and supplier?

28 Nov 2014 10:30

Five-year commercial sheep production drive gets underway
Five-year commercial sheep production drive gets underway

A major commercial sheep production drive was initiated by the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency today with the handover of 80 sheep rams to 95 local livestock farmers...

27 Nov 2014 15:00

Agri EC plots a way forward for leading sustainable land transformation
Agri EC plots a way forward for leading sustainable land transformation

Following its management committee meeting earlier this month, Agri Eastern Cape is not only ready to implement land transformation but to lead the process...

25 Nov 2014 12:10

Investment in natural systems to address food security challenges
Investment in natural systems to address food security challenges

A two-day field trip through the Umgeni catchment in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, co-hosted by WWF South Africa and Nedbank, highlighted the vital role healthy, well-functioning natural systems play in supporting the country's food and water security...

20 Nov 2014 09:55

Aquaculture research collaboration responds to real challenges facing abalone farmers
Aquaculture research collaboration responds to real challenges facing abalone farmers

The broader objective is to improve food and nutrition security through increased fish production and sustainable resource management.

3 Nov 2014 11:35

SA's top food and health writers announced at Galliova Awards
SA's top food and health writers announced at Galliova Awards

"The use of modern media and photography to illustrate the process and philosophy is the future." - Luke Dale-Roberts

By Jessica Taylor 27 Oct 2014 14:33

World Food Day to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers
World Food Day to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers

The 2014 World Food Day theme, Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers.

21 Oct 2014 14:45

Families encouraged to grow their own vegetables
Families encouraged to grow their own vegetables

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says the fight for food security in South Africa should start at a family level with vegetable gardens in all suburbs.

By Nthambeleni Gabara 17 Oct 2014 09:22

WWF-SASSI serves up sustainable seafood report
WWF-SASSI serves up sustainable seafood report

According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, the per capita consumption of fish per annum has nearly doubled in the last 50 years...

By Sindy Peters 15 Oct 2014 10:59

Support for Kilimanjaro climb raises funds for farm workers' littlies
Support for Kilimanjaro climb raises funds for farm workers' littlies

In raising support for their Kilimanjaro climb in an effort to fund the food bill of a Durbanville farm workers' preschool, Môresterretjies crèche has raised R5,895 (an ideal inspired by the Kilimanjaro's height of 5,895m) for each child.

6 Oct 2014 11:55

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.

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

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