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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

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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

Zuma chided for remarks on land reform
Zuma chided for remarks on land reform

President Jacob Zuma's off-the-cuff remarks, in which he called on traditional leaders to make land claims on behalf of communities and to take away land from people who were not "diligent" about farming it, has drawn strong criticism from the University of Cape Town's Centre for Law and Society.

By Linda Ensor 10 Mar 2015 13:20

Roundtable proposes vision for food and nutrition security in southern Africa
Roundtable proposes vision for food and nutrition security in southern Africa

Strategic directions for agricultural transformation in southern Africa were discussed at a roundtable hosted by the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study and sponsored by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation in Stellenbosch on 23 and 24 February...

6 Mar 2015 11:00

PnP promotes sustainable transformation with community food garden
PnP promotes sustainable transformation with community food garden

While community food gardens can address food security, they also create opportunities for people to take ownership of improving their own long-term health and wellbeing...

5 Mar 2015 16:50

Food and Nutrition Plan ready to feed SA
Food and Nutrition Plan ready to feed SA

The national Food and Nutrition Security Plan will be ready for implementation this month, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana announced on Wednesday...

5 Mar 2015 11:00

Electricity war room focused on keeping the lights on
Electricity war room focused on keeping the lights on

The "electricity war room" is focusing all its energy towards implementing government's five-point plan, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Tuesday...

25 Feb 2015 11:27

Agri minister calls on farmers to engage with government
Agri minister calls on farmers to engage with government

During a recent interview with Farmer's Weekly, agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana called on farmers to approach their unions and engage with government about the proposed 12,000 ha land ceiling...

By Denene Erasmus 23 Feb 2015 07:00

The greater priority in efficiency, the greater food security
The greater priority in efficiency, the greater food security

With the drop in fuel prices, constructive labour relations in the agriculture sector and a favourable climate resulting in good yields to date, farmers need to prioritise improving efficiencies to give South Africa greater food security...

18 Feb 2015 08:15

Multiplying southern Africa's future breadbasket
Multiplying southern Africa's future breadbasket

"Agriculture in the southern Africa region is faced with major constraints affecting the region's ability to provide sufficient and nutritious food to both urban and rural populations in the near future." - Richard Sikora

13 Feb 2015 14:15

Mthente releases CSI impact study for Hout Bay partnerships
Mthente releases CSI impact study for Hout Bay partnerships

An independent impact study by research consultancy Mthente has assessed the effect of the Oceana Foundation's corporate social investment (CSI) contribution to Hout Bay and the Sentinel Primary School in particular...

12 Feb 2015 15:15

Drought conditions could result in 30% rise in food prices
Drought conditions could result in 30% rise in food prices

Continued dry weather could lead to substantial increases in food prices over the next 12 months, the executive committee of Grain SA said in a statement.

9 Feb 2015 08:15

Climate threat to our food
Climate threat to our food

New research shows that maize crop yields could decline by up to 20% as a result of climate change, hitting South Africa's poor rural communities hard...

6 Feb 2015 11:28

Feed a Child feeding scheme is making a difference
Feed a Child feeding scheme is making a difference

A visitor to the Feed a Child feeding scheme is greeted by a heartwarming and humbling sight: laughing children anticipating a nutritious hot meal. The project, started in 1988 with the help of regular volunteers from the local township, is a blessing to the lives of many poverty-stricken children. Project managers William Wessels and Johan Meiring spoke to Annelie Coleman...

By Annelie Coleman 2 Feb 2015 12:20

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