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By Kate Holt_AusAID –
Drought in southern Africa points to urgent need for climate change plans

It is expected that temperatures in southern Africa will rise to between 1.5°C and 3°C due to climate change by the year 2050...

By Kennedy Dzama and Tawanda Marandure 2 days ago

Sustainable farming is water smart farming
Sustainable farming is water smart farming

Does a sustainable label really make a difference? According to Henriette Walz - Climate Change and Environmental expert at UTZ - it really does...

Issued by UTZ 3 days ago

Soil and pulses strategic allies in creating food security, combating climate change
Soil and pulses strategic allies in creating food security, combating climate change

According to a new report by FAO, soil and pulses, especially when deployed together, can make significant contributions toward feeding the world and combatting climate change...

6 Dec 2016

Mainstreaming biodiversity to create sustainable agriculture
Mainstreaming biodiversity to create sustainable agriculture

Maintaining biological diversity is important for producing food and conserving the very foundation of life and rural livelihoods...

6 Dec 2016

Addressing lack of access to seeds for smallholder farmers
Addressing lack of access to seeds for smallholder farmers

Some of the key issues affecting smallholder farmers' access to good quality seeds include limited knowledge, lack of access to information, high costs of seeds and a lack of seed laws...

6 Dec 2016

Uncertain times call for smart moves - the promise of agro-alliance
Uncertain times call for smart moves - the promise of agro-alliance

Our economies are under a great deal of stress and the news is awash with depressed global commodity prices, the threat of climate change and limited access to agricultural finance

By Abdalla Hamdok 5 Dec 2016

Beehive fences ward of crop-raiding elephants
Beehive fences ward of crop-raiding elephants

For subsistence farmers, an elephant raid can be devastating. Elephants can consume up to 400kg of food a day...

5 Dec 2016

MEC Alan Winde - Western Cape agriculture mid-term budget allocation
MEC Alan Winde - Western Cape agriculture mid-term budget allocation

In addition to boosting production, we envisage an agriculture sector on our continent which is owned by its own people, and which drives inclusive growth...

2 Dec 2016

SA agribusiness: looking ahead to 2017
SA agribusiness: looking ahead to 2017

As predicted, 2016 has been an extremely challenging and tumultuous year for the agribusiness environment and farmers alike...

29 Nov 2016

FAO launches enhanced database for easy access to food and agriculture data
FAO launches enhanced database for easy access to food and agriculture data

FAO has launched a new and revamped FAOSTAT website - the most comprehensive statistical database on food, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources management and nutrition...

28 Nov 2016

Joachim Huber via
Protecting and developing African agriculture in the face of climate change

The weak output in Africa, reinforced by a spike in temperatures and exacerbated by extreme climate events, could create a vicious loop of food insecurity, impoverishment, mass migration and...

By Patrick Dupoux and Younes Zrikem 28 Nov 2016

Cape Town to host inaugural Wine and Olive Oil Suppliers Expo in 2017
Cape Town to host inaugural Wine and Olive Oil Suppliers Expo in 2017

The newly launched Wine and Olive Oil Suppliers Expo will bring wine and olive oil production and supply into the spotlight in Cape Town at the CTICC from 24-26 October 2017...

25 Nov 2016

Africa's food market may be worth US$1trillion in 15 years
Africa's food market may be worth US$1trillion in 15 years

Africa's agricultural productivity has long lagged behind the rest of the world...

23 Nov 2016

Derek Keats via
DAFF sets West Coast Rock Lobster quota higher than recommended

DAFF has decided to set the West Coast Rock Lobster total allowable catch for the 2016/17 fishing season at significantly higher levels than recommended by fishery scientists, instead of reducing it by a third...

21 Nov 2016

Minister Senzeni Zokwana: Africa needs to share
Minister Senzeni Zokwana: Africa needs to share

Senzeni Zokwana, the Minister for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in South Africa sat down with Africa AgriLeaders to discuss how African countries can better collaborate...

21 Nov 2016

Hansueli Krapf via  - Seychelles
Africa-funded project to help small-island nations adapt to climate change

FAO will support six African island nations in their efforts to make agriculture more resilient to climate shocks and boost economic development. The $1.5 million project will focus on a variety of...

21 Nov 2016

Medbrokl ertement via
FAO to tackle water scarcity, one of the main challenges for sustainable agriculture

It is time to invest in sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture as a fundamental part of the climate solution...

18 Nov 2016

Lessening the financial burden of farmers essential to save SA agriculture
Lessening the financial burden of farmers essential to save SA agriculture

Affordability is becoming increasingly difficult for SA farmers, especially in terms of disposable income to purchase the necessary products they need to maintain their operations...

17 Nov 2016

Oxfam East Africa via
African nations have the will to adapt agriculture to climate change

This story of failed harvest, hunger and hopelessness as temperatures rise is common across the continent. In fact, it is estimated that 65 percent of Africa's population is affected by climate change...

By Elwyn Grainger-Jones 16 Nov 2016

More research needed to mitigate farm-driven antimicrobial resistance
More research needed to mitigate farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

Mounting evidence that food systems may be a major conduit of antimicrobial resistance, point to a greater need for vigilance over the way antibiotics are used on farms...

16 Nov 2016

Alandmanson via
Female farmers need support to adapt to climate change

Women are not only vulnerable to climate change but they are also effective actors or agents of change in relation to both mitigation and adaptation...

11 Nov 2016

Fertilisers can help African farmers battle climate change
Fertilisers can help African farmers battle climate change

Fertilisers can spare more forests and pastures from conversion...

By Charlotte Hebebrand 10 Nov 2016

SuSanA Secretariat via
Drought-hit Zimbabwe farmers look to science to save crops

It may not help the immediate crisis, but science is providing a glimmer of hope for smallholder maize farmers in Zimbabwe...

10 Nov 2016

Implementing climate smart agriculture up for discussion at COP22
Implementing climate smart agriculture up for discussion at COP22

COP22 will look at adaptation, mitigation, transparency, and technology transfer to combat increasing greenhouse gas emissions...

10 Nov 2016

How smart policies can lessen effects of climate change
How smart policies can lessen effects of climate change

Strong government structures can turn the dream of a prosperous continent into a reality...

By Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi 10 Nov 2016

BASF East Africa team with Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries Hon. Willy Bett
New campaign helps farmers with the biggest job on earth

Chemical company, BASF has launched a new campaign with the aim to celebrate farmers globally and support agriculture to enable increased production of enough food to feed the world...

9 Nov 2016

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Africa hit worst by extreme weather in 2015

Four of the 10 countries hammered hardest in 2015 by climate-boosted extreme weather are in Africa...

9 Nov 2016

- José Graziano da Silva
Sustainable agriculture deserves center stage at Marrakesh climate talks

Transforming agricultural sectors to address climate change for adaptation and mitigation essential to tackling hunger and poverty...

By José Graziano da Silva 8 Nov 2016

Millions need food aid because of high prices, drought
Millions need food aid because of high prices, drought

An estimated 3.4-million people across the Eastern Cape are in need of food aid due to high food prices exacerbated by two consecutive years of drought...

7 Nov 2016

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