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You are what you eat: congress to address food and nutrition challenges
You are what you eat: congress to address food and nutrition challenges

Hosting the WPHNA congress in South Africa has the potential to inform key policy-makers and researchers and significantly shape the food and nutrition policy landscape in South Africa and Africa...

2 days ago

#WomensMonth: empowering women for the sake of food security
#WomensMonth: empowering women for the sake of food security

A dialogue on the empowerment of women through water use security, land use security and knowledge generation for improved household food security and sustainable rural livelihoods...

By Cari Van Wyk 24 Aug 2016

Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/AIDS was 15 years ago
Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/AIDS was 15 years ago

Adequate nutrition is still a massive global problem despite research showing that it contributes significantly to both the economic and health benefits of a country...

By David Sanders 23 Aug 2016

Investing in science can help put food on Africa's plates
Investing in science can help put food on Africa's plates

Food shortages, hunger, starvation and long-term food security are not new issues in Africa, nor elsewhere in the developing world...

By John Butler-Adam 22 Aug 2016

Myths and Facts: addressing the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals
Myths and Facts: addressing the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals

Scientific concerns over the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals and the perceived link to resistance to antibiotics in bacteria that affect human health are growing...

19 Aug 2016

Green beans: why pulses are the eco-friendly option for feeding - and saving - the world
Green beans: why pulses are the eco-friendly option for feeding - and saving - the world

We all know the score: current trends predict there will be 9.7 billion mouths to feed by 2050...

By Caroline Wood and Wayne Martindale 18 Aug 2016

SU faculties join forces for new MSc programme focused on food security
SU faculties join forces for new MSc programme focused on food security

SU's two-year MSc programme in Food and Nutrition Security will begin 2017 and will help policy makers and people in non-government organisations make educated decisions...

18 Aug 2016

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Scientific study elevates pear to superfood

The pear has been found to have a number of important health benefits in a recent scientific literature review. This is especially good news for the quality assurance manager of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing...

17 Aug 2016

New agribusiness models embed sustainability in agriculture
New agribusiness models embed sustainability in agriculture

GWK is an important example of the basic principles that...

17 Aug 2016

Stevie Mann via  - Ethiopia's Ghibe valley
Ethiopia's last chance to plant

The main planting season is winding down in Ethiopia, but there is still a small window of opportunity for farmers to plant the last set of crops in September and grow food for millions...

16 Aug 2016

josealbafotos via
Late harvest affects entire agricultural industry

The aftermath of one of the worst droughts in over a century has offered embattled farmers little respite. Owing to the planting of crops being delayed...

By Frank Winder 15 Aug 2016

r1g00 via
Taking a different approach to food security challenges and environmental sustainability

New research in agroecology - a traditional way of using farming methods that are less resource oriented, and which work in harmony with society - allow us to explore...

11 Aug 2016

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Pioneer is growing its hybrid corn seed scheme further into Africa

Dupont's Pioneer unit hopes to expand its hybrid corn seed partnership with African governments and aid groups, to Tanzania, after setting up programmes for farmers to use its seed in Ethiopia and Zambia...

By Tshepiso Mokhema 11 Aug 2016

Mike Blyth via  - Farmers in Nigeria
FAO: urgent farming support needed for 385,000 people in Nigeria

According to FAO, food insecurity in parts of Nigeria's northeast and urgent action is needed to provide farming and livelihood support to 385,000 people...

10 Aug 2016

Radim Z via
Africa can feed itself

Africa is endowed with immense fertile soils and good climatic conditions. It boasts of huge chunks of unexploited arable land, presenting it opportunities to become...

4 Aug 2016

Drought: this is not a year for business as usual
Drought: this is not a year for business as usual

Beverley Schäfer recently delivered a speech which focused on the consequences of the drought on the farms in the Western Cape, during which she said it has been a critical year...

1 Aug 2016

USAID Africa Bureau via
A race against time: ensuring farming support in drought-ravaged Southern Africa

According to FAO, 23 million people in Southern Africa urgently need support to produce enough food to feed themselves, thus avoiding dependency on humanitarian assistance...

29 Jul 2016

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Tshwane Agropolitan Village boost food and energy security

The R40m Agropolitan Village will contribute to the city's food security through livestock production and energy security through the establishment of a photo-voltaic solar power plant...

28 Jul 2016

Paul Ntshabele of Sakata; Siviwe Mponzo, a St John's College student; Ndaba Mandela of Africa Rising Foundation; Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane; Nangamso Phuthumani of Milton Mbekela and KSD Mayor, Councillor Nonkoliso Ngqongwa showing off some of the vegetables seeds planted in 67 plots at Nelson Mandela's farm in Qunu as part of Nelson Mandela Day. Image credit: Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha
Mandela's Community Garden: 67 plots of land for 67 children on Madiba's farm

Africa Rising Foundation, founded by Nelson Mandela's grandsons Ndaba and Kweku Mandela, held a three-day celebration for Mandela Day...

27 Jul 2016

#MandelaMonth: Klipstone Transport helps to grow Eldorado Park Primary
#MandelaMonth: Klipstone Transport helps to grow Eldorado Park Primary

On Mandela Day, Klipstone Transport, in a bid to provide Eldorado Park Primary school with a sustainable food solution and education, launched a CSI project...

By Cari Van Wyk 26 Jul 2016

AfDB committed to building resilience of African agriculture
AfDB committed to building resilience of African agriculture

"The goal is nothing if not ambitious: we believe that by 2025, the continent of Africa can be a net exporter, not an importer, of food."

26 Jul 2016

Cgoodwin via
Drought stricken commercial farmers in need of assistance

Agri SA is calling on the corporate sector and public to contribute to the Drought Relief Fund as their office is inundated with calls for drought relief assistance from commercial and emerging farmers...

25 Jul 2016

Better forest management needed for building sustainable agriculture
Better forest management needed for building sustainable agriculture

The key message of the FAO's "The State of the World's Forests" is an urgent need to promote more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry...

25 Jul 2016

Transition into La Niña could ease food prices in SA
Transition into La Niña could ease food prices in SA

There is a high probability of above normal rainfall early in summer which would lead to a good crop season for 2016/17 as South Africa gets closer to a transition into La Niña...

By Paul Makube 22 Jul 2016

PMA Fresh Connections designed for SA fresh produce sector
PMA Fresh Connections designed for SA fresh produce sector

We interviewed Lindie Stroebel, the new GM for PMA SA...

By Cari Van Wyk 21 Jul 2016

By Annabel Symington - The road to Timbuktu, Mali, CC BY 2.0,
Snapshot on forests, land use in drylands to date

Issued recently, a new FAO report examines the presence and extent of forests and trees in the world's drylands, where food security and livelihoods are increasingly being threatened by climate change...

20 Jul 2016

SA may not be able to import enough white maize to meet demand
SA may not be able to import enough white maize to meet demand

SA, which is set to produce the smallest maize crop since 2008 this year, may miss a target to import enough of the white variety this season...

14 Jul 2016

ENOUGH: Global food production under threat, innovation needed
ENOUGH: Global food production under threat, innovation needed

On the current food production trajectory, we will lose the battle for a food-secure world. If declining production trends continue as a result of...

13 Jul 2016

stux via
SADC subsidies fail to ease rural poverty and soil deterioration, study finds

Ten Southern African Development Community countries have paid out more than $1bn in agricultural subsidies in the last 16 years but these have failed to...

12 Jul 2016

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