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Five reasons to #LovePulses

With 2016 being the International Year of the Pulses, here are five reasons you should love those healthy, disease-busting, purse friendly pulses...

2 days ago

Simon Andys
#AfricaMonth: Adopting a new mentality to small-scale farming

It's necessary for smallholder farmers in Africa to innovate and form partnerships with organisations that can help them do so. In this, the farmers of Nakuru county has...

By Cari Van Wyk 3 days ago

Growing drought distress sees surge in concessional loans
Growing drought distress sees surge in concessional loans

Demand for the Land Bank's drought relief concessional loans is surging as the record-breaking drought conditions continue to cause widespread devastation...

20 May 2016

Farmers must plan for veld fire risk during dry winter months
Farmers must plan for veld fire risk during dry winter months

It has never been more important to put measures in place to protect farms against veld fires. Farmers have exhausted most of their resources...

19 May 2016

R27 million shortfall in drought relief revealed
R27 million shortfall in drought relief revealed

During the briefing, it was revealed that, in order to ensure food security and the sustainable future of farms, the financial support required for disaster drought relief is now...

19 May 2016

Is food security and tobacco growing incompatible in Africa?
Is food security and tobacco growing incompatible in Africa?

The SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment estimates that an alarming 16% of the region's population are food insecure...

By Reuben Maigwa 18 May 2016

#ThePowerOfChoice in choosing fair trade products
#ThePowerOfChoice in choosing fair trade products

"What if you could fight climate change by simply drinking your morning coffee? Or give a farm worker's kid a better education by merely sipping your Chardonnay?"

11 May 2016

Why you should choose chickpeas
Why you should choose chickpeas

Protein-packed chickpeas seem to be everywhere lately and for good reason. They fall under the category of pulses and the UN declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses...

11 May 2016

[Biz Soek 'n Boer] Meet DJ van der Linde
[Biz Soek 'n Boer] Meet DJ van der Linde

DJ van der Linde recently took the title of Free State Young Farmer of the Year. Let's find out more...

10 May 2016

SARChi to boost food security research
SARChi to boost food security research

The Newton Fund and National Research Foundation (NRF) UK-SA Bilateral Research Chair initiative (SARChi) aims to provide a boost in food security research in South Africa...

9 May 2016

Pretoria Food Co-op a new approach to fresh produce
Pretoria Food Co-op a new approach to fresh produce

The Pretoria Co-op represents a new approach to delivering fresh produce and is a win-win for small farmers and consumers alike...

5 May 2016

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Pulses are making a comeback

Pulses have been used in traditional meals all over the world for centuries, but now they are truly starting to gain the popularity they deserve. Including pulses as a staple in...

4 May 2016

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Budget cuts agriculture cannot afford

Minister Zokwana delivered the budget speech for agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. It needs to be kept in mind that a number of entities such as...

29 Apr 2016

McDonald's under pressure to commit to cruelty-free eggs
McDonald's under pressure to commit to cruelty-free eggs

A petition against the eggs used in McDonalds meals in SA has been signed by 16‚756 supporters so far...

28 Apr 2016

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Status of Oriental fruit fly in SA

DAFF made an announcement on the national status of the Oriental fruit fly, an exotic fruit fly native to Asia previously described as an invader...

26 Apr 2016

New brining regulations to make chicken unaffordable
New brining regulations to make chicken unaffordable

New brining regulations will make chicken unaffordable and shrink the local poultry sector...

25 Apr 2016

Campaign to campaign: giving a voice to those affected by injustice
Campaign to campaign: giving a voice to those affected by injustice

The expected increase in the price of bread has been met with concern. We spoke to Amandla.mobi about their campaign against the increase...

By Cari Van Wyk 25 Apr 2016

Can we feed the world and stop deforestation? Depends what's for dinner
Can we feed the world and stop deforestation? Depends what's for dinner

It's a tricky thing to grow enough food for a ballooning population without destroying the natural world. And when I say a tricky thing, I mean it's one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced...

By Laura Kehoe 22 Apr 2016

More sustainably farmed products on local shelves
More sustainably farmed products on local shelves

UTZ, one of the largest sustainability programs for coffee, cocoa and tea in the world, has set its sights on more sustainably farmed products on local shelves...

Issued by UTZ 22 Apr 2016

Mother city hosts launch of Year of Pulses in SA
Mother city hosts launch of Year of Pulses in SA

The 2016 International Year of Pulses launched in South Africa at the Greek restaurant Mezepoli in the city of Cape Town and hosted guests such as...

22 Apr 2016

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Monsanto commits to agriculture in Africa

Since 2000, Africa's agriculture has been on an upward curve and Monsanto intends to remain part of this revolution. The progress, though obscured by the drought, has become possible...

21 Apr 2016

People power campaign against bread price increase
People power campaign against bread price increase

SA is about to be hit with a bread price increase. The drought has forced Mzansi to import wheat from overseas, but because of a...

19 Apr 2016

DA to launch investigation into effects of drought on Informal traders, communal farmers
DA to launch investigation into effects of drought on Informal traders, communal farmers

The DA will be embarking on a fact-finding mission into the devastating effects of the drought on informal traders and communal farmers...

By Henro Kruger 19 Apr 2016

Digitizing agriculture and growing knowledge
Digitizing agriculture and growing knowledge

We spoke to Magnus Rambraut about how digitizing the industry can...

By Cari Van Wyk 18 Apr 2016

Food security efforts need to look beyond urban agriculture. Jane Battersby
Why urban agriculture isn't a panacea for Africa's food crisis

Urban agriculture is widely promoted as the solution to the growing problem of urban food insecurity in South Africa and in Africa more broadly...

By Gareth Haysom and Jane Battersby 18 Apr 2016

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Green Monday SA empowers Philippi community with plant-based cooking

Green Monday South Africa is an easy, flexible and fun way to make a positive difference by encouraging people to eat and serve plant-based meals on Mondays...

13 Apr 2016

Getting back to beans
Getting back to beans

A centuries-old staple food which is healthy, nutritious, sustainably produced and an essential addition to a health conscious diet. Try this Pouyoukas 5 Bean Mix salad...

13 Apr 2016

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Getting seeds where it's needed

A promising opportunity for reaching smallholder farmers in developing countries with crops that can help them respond to challenges such as climate change and malnutrition...

12 Apr 2016

State dragging feet over drought aid in Western Cape - DA
State dragging feet over drought aid in Western Cape - DA

The national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the DA Western Cape government are locked in a wrangle over drought aid while farmers are reeling...

By Bekezela Phakathi 12 Apr 2016

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