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A race against time: ensuring farming support in drought-ravaged Southern Africa

According to FAO, 23 million people in Southern Africa urgently need support to produce enough food to feed themselves, thus avoiding dependency on humanitarian assistance...

1 day ago

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Tshwane Agropolitan Village boost food and energy security

The R40m Agropolitan Village will contribute to the city's food security through livestock production and energy security through the establishment of a photo-voltaic solar power plant...

2 days ago

Paul Ntshabele of Sakata; Siviwe Mponzo, a St John's College student; Ndaba Mandela of Africa Rising Foundation; Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane; Nangamso Phuthumani of Milton Mbekela and KSD Mayor, Councillor Nonkoliso Ngqongwa showing off some of the vegetables seeds planted in 67 plots at Nelson Mandela's farm in Qunu as part of Nelson Mandela Day. Image credit: Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha
Mandela's Community Garden: 67 plots of land for 67 children on Madiba's farm

Africa Rising, Sakata and Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform partner to promote sustainable development and food security.

3 days ago

#MandelaMonth: Klipstone Transport helps to grow Eldorado Park Primary
#MandelaMonth: Klipstone Transport helps to grow Eldorado Park Primary

On Mandela Day, Klipstone Transport, in a bid to provide Eldorado Park Primary school with a sustainable food solution and education, launched a CSI project...

By Cari Van Wyk 26 Jul 2016

Cgoodwin via
Drought stricken commercial farmers in need of assistance

Agri SA is calling on the corporate sector and public to contribute to the Drought Relief Fund as their office is inundated with calls for drought relief assistance from commercial and emerging farmers...

25 Jul 2016

Better forest management needed for building sustainable agriculture
Better forest management needed for building sustainable agriculture

The key message of the FAO's "The State of the World's Forests" is an urgent need to promote more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry...

25 Jul 2016

Transition into La Niña could ease food prices in SA
Transition into La Niña could ease food prices in SA

There is a high probability of above normal rainfall early in summer which would lead to a good crop season for 2016/17 as South Africa gets closer to a transition into La Niña...

By Paul Makube 22 Jul 2016

PMA Fresh Connections designed for SA fresh produce sector
PMA Fresh Connections designed for SA fresh produce sector

We interviewed Lindie Stroebel, the new GM for PMA SA...

By Cari Van Wyk 21 Jul 2016

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Snapshot on forests, land use in drylands to date

Issued recently, a new FAO report examines the presence and extent of forests and trees in the world's drylands, where food security and livelihoods are increasingly being threatened by climate change...

20 Jul 2016

SA may not be able to import enough white maize to meet demand
SA may not be able to import enough white maize to meet demand

SA, which is set to produce the smallest maize crop since 2008 this year, may miss a target to import enough of the white variety this season...

14 Jul 2016

ENOUGH: Global food production under threat, innovation needed
ENOUGH: Global food production under threat, innovation needed

On the current food production trajectory, we will lose the battle for a food-secure world. If declining production trends continue as a result of...

13 Jul 2016

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SADC subsidies fail to ease rural poverty and soil deterioration, study finds

Ten Southern African Development Community countries have paid out more than $1bn in agricultural subsidies in the last 16 years but these have failed to...

12 Jul 2016

NU's ag outreach is helping Africa
NU's ag outreach is helping Africa

Africa's population is on track to go from the current 1.1 billion to some 2 billion by 2050. Meeting the food demand will require big increases in food production...

11 Jul 2016

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Report urges more work to curb overfishing despite progress

Due to stronger aquaculture supply and firm demand, record hauls for some key species and reduced wastage, global per capita fish consumption has risen above 20 kilograms...

11 Jul 2016

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FAO: Biggest food price jump in four years

In June, international food commodity prices shot up 4.2 percent, the steepest monthly increase in...

11 Jul 2016

Debunking African agriculture myths
Debunking African agriculture myths

Kenya- born Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard University, explains the world has taken a generalised view of African agriculture and how this perception can be changed...

By Calestous Juma 8 Jul 2016

UN aims to boost response to El Niño's impact and prepare for La Niña
UN aims to boost response to El Niño's impact and prepare for La Niña

UN agencies urged greater preparedness to deal with the possible occurrence later this year of a La Niña climate event, closely related to the El Niño cycle that has had...

8 Jul 2016

Training programme to improve access to fertilisers and smallholder development
Training programme to improve access to fertilisers and smallholder development

Limpopo province's smallholder farmers are continuously confronted with the challenges of raising their productivity to boost food security due to limited access and low use of fertilisers...

7 Jul 2016

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Growing food in thin air

African farmers constantly have to compete against climate change, adverse weather conditions, drought, affected soil and high costs...

7 Jul 2016

OECD-FAO Outlook sees likely end to high agricultural prices
OECD-FAO Outlook sees likely end to high agricultural prices

According to the OECD and FAO's latest 10-year Outlook, the period of high agriculture commodity prices is most likely over. However, as the probability of a...

6 Jul 2016

RobertoVi via
Africa not for sissies, especially agriculture

Africa is the continent with 46% of the world's underutilised land, the bulk of the ground water resources and the best climate for agriculture production, yet our farmers are the poorest...

5 Jul 2016

Prince Albert II of Monaco and (from left to right) Laurence Tubiana, Maja Hoffman (representing Luc Hoffmann), founder and president of the LUMA Foundation and LUMA Arles et LUMA Arles, VP of the Tour du Valat Foundation, Dhesigen Naidoo of the Water Research Commission of South Africa (© FPA2)
WRC receives Water Award 2016

Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of the Water Research Commission (WRC), recently received the 2016 Water Award on behalf of the WRC, government and people of South Africa at the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's 10th anniversary gala dinner...

4 Jul 2016

USAID Africa Bureau
$24 billion investment boost for African agriculture

The African Development Bank has pledged 24 billion US dollars as an investment to ensure the implementation of the continent's agricultural transformation agenda...

1 Jul 2016

Faking food security
Faking food security

With less food and more people, demand is outstripping supply. One solution to this problem could be the creation of fake foods...

1 Jul 2016

Kate Holt/AusAID via
African hunger policy silent on climate risks

A deal aimed to double agricultural production and end hunger in Africa has underestimated the impact climate change will have on the continent's food production...

By Baraka Rateng 29 Jun 2016

Mzwandile Duma
#YouthMonth: For the love of farming and making a difference

Stuart says "The best of our future farmers are ready to farm in their own right." I decided to get the details from the horse's mouth and spoke to one of the Future Farmers, Mzwandile Duma...

By Cari Van Wyk 29 Jun 2016

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Crop yields will fall within next decade due to climate change unless action is taken, says new study

Crop yields will fall within the next decade due to climate change unless immediate action is taken to speed up the introduction of new and improved varieties...

22 Jun 2016

Stimulating the agri sector in KZN
Stimulating the agri sector in KZN

With the right strategies, it is possible to win this economic war and eradicate the twin problems of poverty and food crisis...

22 Jun 2016

Kate Holt/AusAID via
Youth the key to transformation in agriculture

More must be done to promote farming as a deliberate career choice among the youth if we want to promote a professional sector that is productive and profitable...

21 Jun 2016

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