Achieving sustainable food security in South Africa
Achieving sustainable food security in South Africa

South Africa is ranked as the most food-secure country in Africa and is 44th out of 133 countries worldwide...

By Wandile Sihlobo 1 day ago

New financing mechanism protects against climate change
New financing mechanism protects against climate change

A new climate risk financing mechanism offers reliable and predictable funding for early humanitarian response to extreme weather shocks...

1 day ago

Food and agricultural technology can enable the emerging tourism sector across Africa
Food and agricultural technology can enable the emerging tourism sector across Africa

Despite travelling thousands of miles from home, travellers expect quality fresh produce; vegan options and healthy meals...

By Ogaufi Maripe 2 days ago

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack
African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

AfDB supports Cameroon livestock, fish farming with €84m loan
AfDB supports Cameroon livestock, fish farming with €84m loan

The loan will support the modernisation of beef, pork and fish production, with significant improvements to food and nutrition in the country...

14 Sep 2018

4 per 1000 initiative to help farmers with soil management, reverse degradation
4 per 1000 initiative to help farmers with soil management, reverse degradation

The aim of the initiative is to demonstrate that agriculture, and in particular agricultural soils can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned...

13 Sep 2018

Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa
Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa

Food losses and waste are an enormous drain on natural resources. Roughly one-third of the annual food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted...

13 Sep 2018

GDP shocker, and a further drop in agriculture output
GDP shocker, and a further drop in agriculture output

Following a stellar performance in 2017, South Africa's agriculture output shrank by massive 29.2% in the second quarter of 2018 and contributed -0.8 of a percentage point to GDP growth. This follows a contraction of 24.2% quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter of 2018...

By Paul Makube 7 Sep 2018

What role can Africa play in contributing to global food security?
What role can Africa play in contributing to global food security?

According to Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank, the time has come to view investment and development opportunities in Africa through a totally different lens...

4 Sep 2018

Sovereign Foods, Cultiver enter BEE empowerment deal
Sovereign Foods, Cultiver enter BEE empowerment deal

Sovereign said Cultiver can potentially realise a turnover of R659m over the next ten years. This, in turn, will set Cultiver on a path to become one of South Africa's largest 100% black-owned poultry hatching and rearing operations...

31 Aug 2018

DAFF cautions Oriental Fruit Fly in the Orange River
DAFF cautions Oriental Fruit Fly in the Orange River

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has warned the public on the detection of the Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) in the Orange River area within the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality...

31 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Michelle Adelman hits the road running on food security in Africa
#WomensMonth: Michelle Adelman hits the road running on food security in Africa

Michelle Adelman, founder of Crossover Meat and Infinite Foods shares why she chose a career in food security, the challenges she has faced and her message for women in business...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Aug 2018

AfDB, FAO commit to growing agricultural investment throughout Africa
AfDB, FAO commit to growing agricultural investment throughout Africa

The strategic alliance includes raising funds to promote food security, sustainable agriculture and rural development...

30 Aug 2018

How Africa can up its game on water management for agriculture
How Africa can up its game on water management for agriculture

Challenges posed by climate change, water, nutrients and energy are converging...

By Andrew Slaughter 27 Aug 2018

Report: South Africa's grim agricultural outlook
Report: South Africa's grim agricultural outlook

South African consumers are urged to buckle up for rising food prices...

24 Aug 2018

GIB calls on private landowners to action against EC's invasive alien plant species
GIB calls on private landowners to action against EC's invasive alien plant species

Landowners are urged to join the fight to increase run-off to dams amid crippling drought...

21 Aug 2018

New approaches needed to beat food insecurity among students
New approaches needed to beat food insecurity among students

"Current measures tell us that South Africa is food secure, yet household food insecurity is a lived reality of many."

20 Aug 2018

Kenya's 'fruitless years' in South Africa come to an end with avocados re-entering the market
Kenya's 'fruitless years' in South Africa come to an end with avocados re-entering the market

The return of avocados from Kenya to the South African market will be a significant period for both subsistence and commercial farmers in the country...

17 Aug 2018

How the lack of affordable vegetables is creating a billion-dollar obesity epidemic in South Africa
How the lack of affordable vegetables is creating a billion-dollar obesity epidemic in South Africa

David Sanders, emeritus professor at the school of public health at the University of the Western Cape says that South Africans have a very high burden of ill health, much of which is related to their diet...

16 Aug 2018

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What's driving persistent poverty in rural Kenya

Like most of sub Saharan African countries, Kenya has registered a decline in the poverty rate over the past decade...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru 10 Aug 2018

Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape
Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape

As South Africa establishes itself ever more securely in the modern world, so South African farmers must adapt to a set of new challenges...

By Bruce Hakutizwi 8 Aug 2018

Is East African agriculture at risk of playing second fiddle to oil wealth?
Is East African agriculture at risk of playing second fiddle to oil wealth?

The World Bank economist was in Uganda and spoke to Charles Mpagi on the prospects for the sector in the face of oil discoveries in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan...

6 Aug 2018

Research identifies plant disease impact on Africa's food crop
Research identifies plant disease impact on Africa's food crop

Plant diseases significantly limit the ability of many countries to produce sufficient staple and cash crops. Research conducted by Connected focuses on addressing its spread by vector-insects that transmit a disease from one plant to another...

3 Aug 2018

CIAT, Alluvial partnership scales up Nigerian agritech innovation
CIAT, Alluvial partnership scales up Nigerian agritech innovation

The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture has partnered with Alluvial Agriculture to improve Nigerian livelihoods across the food value chain, fostering environmental sustainability of agricultural development...

1 Aug 2018

A conscious conversation with Roberta Thatcher of La Mano and The Pantry Market
A conscious conversation with Roberta Thatcher of La Mano and The Pantry Market

The Pantry Market, offering ethically produced, sustainable products in a plastic-free zone, is the newest neighbour on the Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank's art and design district...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Jul 2018

Early intervention could reduce natural disaster impact on livestock
Early intervention could reduce natural disaster impact on livestock

According to a report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation intervening early in countries predicted to be hit by natural disasters can prevent threats from becoming humanitarian emergencies, or can mitigate their impacts...

26 Jul 2018

The feed processors' approach to salmonella
The feed processors' approach to salmonella

One of the most common practices for the control of salmonella in feed products was the use of formaldehyde as a feed additive. However, the EU Commission has recently voted to ban the use of formaldehyde for this purpose (EU 2018/183)...

25 Jul 2018

EU short-term outlook for poultry remains strong
EU short-term outlook for poultry remains strong

Poultry production in the European Union (EU) rose by nearly 4% in the first quarter of the year due to fewer outbreaks of avian influenza and new poultry units coming on stream...

24 Jul 2018

Ghana's Complete Farmer launches web farming platform
Ghana's Complete Farmer launches web farming platform

Ghanaian agri-tech startup Complete Farmer has launched its web farming platform, which allows users to sponsor farms in exchange for guaranteed returns on investment after harvest...

By Tom Jackson 24 Jul 2018

Maximising profitability of biogas plants
Maximising profitability of biogas plants

In order to attain profitability, developers need to analyse different feedstock and technology sources, and biogas plant decision-makers require data under conditions mirroring those in full-scale reactors...

By Idan Chiyanzu 16 Jul 2018

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