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Govt unveils crop disease quarantine

MLN is a destructive disease capable of causing overwhelming damage to maize crops and has already caused significant damage in Central Africa and Western Africa...

By Runyararo Muzavazi 1 day ago

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New global standard for safer international trade of seeds and plants adopted

Cargo can sometimes hide stowaways - agricultural pests that once on shore can devastate crops - from gypsy moths to giant African snails to Argentine ants...

18 Apr 2017

Maize farmers worried as worms attack farms
Maize farmers worried as worms attack farms

"The infestation of this pest in maize plantation in this region signals a tough economic season for farmers since we had not anticipated it in our farming budget."

By Philip Bwayo and Barnabas Bii 11 Apr 2017

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Food prices to rise as EA braces for poor harvest

East Africa will witness a reduction in maize and beans harvested this year, a situation that is expected to trigger food price increases, according to a new report...

By Kabona Esiara 6 Apr 2017

Improving cassava production in Nigeria through sustainable seed systems
Improving cassava production in Nigeria through sustainable seed systems

Businesses selling improved varieties and high-quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity...

6 Apr 2017

What are the implications for Western Cape agriculture as drought conditions continue?
What are the implications for Western Cape agriculture as drought conditions continue?

While the agriculture sector as a whole has managed to survive the worst of the recent drought, the Western Cape has not been as fortunate...

6 Apr 2017

Water saving Garden in a Box keeps vegetable gardens going
Water saving Garden in a Box keeps vegetable gardens going

Food Lover's Market has partnered with Reel Gardening on a product range that still allows for gardening while saving 80% of water during the germinations phase...

5 Apr 2017

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As farmers chop maize for cattle feed, food security worries grow

Turning maize to silage makes sense for dairy farmers and cattle - but could it lead to food shortages?

By Caroline Wambui 4 Apr 2017

After drought, Zimbabwe contends with Fall armyworm invasion
After drought, Zimbabwe contends with Fall armyworm invasion

Spodoptera frugiperda is a formidable foe. Pesticides only work when the larvae are very small and before they have begun to cause visible damage to the crop. After that, there are no quick fixes...

By Sally Nyakanyanga 4 Apr 2017

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Earthworms are more important than pandas (if you want to save the planet)

Worm conservation is much more important once we factor in their provision of what we now call “ecosystem services”, which are crucial to human survival...

By Sarah Johnson 31 Mar 2017

The challenge ahead: Harnessing gene editing to sustainable agriculture
The challenge ahead: Harnessing gene editing to sustainable agriculture

The role of genetic engineering in agriculture and food has generated enormous interest and controversies, with a large-scale embrace by some nations and wholesale bans by others...

By Nteranya Sanginga 31 Mar 2017

Farmers need to develop agility to prosper despite uncertainties
Farmers need to develop agility to prosper despite uncertainties

Although the macroeconomic environment is likely to remain uncertain in the short to medium term, primary producers can still prosper if they focus on...

31 Mar 2017

Western Cape agriculture under threat
Western Cape agriculture under threat

Agriculture and food security in the Western Cape are under threat due to increased heat, water stress on crops and livestock and droughts resulting from climate change.

30 Mar 2017

Phosphorus is vital for life on Earth - and we're running low
Phosphorus is vital for life on Earth - and we're running low

Scientists are warning that we are approaching “peak phosphorus”, the point at which demand begins to outstrip supply and intensive agriculture cannot continue to provide current yields...

By Vera Thoss 30 Mar 2017

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Strong rural-urban linkages needed to meet rising urban food demand

According to IFPRI's new report, the sustainable management of urbanisation poses new challenges and opportunities to recast food and agriculture systems in ways that benefit cities and the countryside...

29 Mar 2017

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How urbanisation can benefit farmers

The 2017 Global Food Policy Report finds that cities provide an opportunity to boost farmers' incomes if they are effectively connected through strong value chains...

28 Mar 2017

Collective land tenure is under threat in Kenya. Why it needs to be protected
Collective land tenure is under threat in Kenya. Why it needs to be protected

Pastoralism is the main production system practiced by communities who live in rangelands and dry lands which are usually arid or semi-arid. But pastoral communities are facing increasing pressure on their land...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru 28 Mar 2017

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Red meat prices soar as farmers rebuild herds

South African consumers should prepare to fork out more for their favourite cuts of beef as beef prices will soar beyond 30% this year...

28 Mar 2017

New research vessel explores oceans for the sake of better marine resources management
New research vessel explores oceans for the sake of better marine resources management

"This new vessel allows us to improve research and activities where marine observations are extremely limited, and better understand the impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems and our oceans."

28 Mar 2017

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Africa needs its own version of the vertical farm to feed growing cities

The continent has unique opportunities for vertical farms. Future innovators and entrepreneurs should be thinking of how to specialise growing vegetables to meet a rise in demand of Africa's super vegetables...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 27 Mar 2017

BCC to ensure health of Benguela Current ecosystem through sustainable management
BCC to ensure health of Benguela Current ecosystem through sustainable management

Supporting fisheries, tourism, recreation, and thousands of jobs, a sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ocean economy on South Africa's West Coast...

24 Mar 2017

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Maximising the potential of wastewater in agriculture

"We need to use water in agriculture in a more efficient, productive, equitable and environmentally friendly way where quality is not compromised."

23 Mar 2017

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Aquaculture boost for youth development

Developments in Eastern Cape aquaculture could offer the province's youth some unique opportunities in the near future...

22 Mar 2017

Africa's food security challenges driving technological innovation
Africa's food security challenges driving technological innovation

"Smart farming solutions will become the cornerstone of global food production over the next decade."

20 Mar 2017

Claire Reid, founder of Reel Gardening and Eletherios Kouvaritakis, Ambassador of Greece
Founder of Reel Gardening walks away with Agripreneur of the Year Award

The top eight finalists of the Future Agro Challenge faced off on a global stage with South African agripreneur Clair Reid, founder of Reel Gardening, walking away with the Agripreneur of the Year Award...

20 Mar 2017

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EAC states now act on overfishing to save stocks in Lake Victoria

Faced with dwindling fish stocks in Lake Victoria, East African states have moved to institute stringent measures to control fishing in the shared water body...

By Halima Abdallah 15 Mar 2017

Kelps in southern Africa are thriving, but some key inhabitants of kelp forests are not
Kelps in southern Africa are thriving, but some key inhabitants of kelp forests are not

There's a forest in the extreme west of South Africa which very few people know much about. It's 1,000km long but only around 100m wide. This forest is a kelp forest...

By John Bolton and Laura Blamey 15 Mar 2017

New aquaponics facilities to feed primary schools
New aquaponics facilities to feed primary schools

Mondelez International Foundation and INMED is building two aquaponics facilities, one in PE and the other in Soweto, to provide primary schools with access to fresh, nutritious produce...

15 Mar 2017

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Volvo Trucks, Boere In Nood project delivers feed to drought-stricken farmers

Through Boere In Nood, a non-profit organisation that aims to assist farmers, Volvo Trucks delivered feed to 1,232 farmers throughout South Africa...

14 Mar 2017

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