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New campaign launched to contain a major threat to banana production

Fusarium wilt poses a major risk to the production of bananas - the world's most traded fruit. With more than 400 million people relying on the fruit as a staple food or source of income, it could...

3 days ago

Separating myths from facts: Understanding food labels and innovation in food production
Separating myths from facts: Understanding food labels and innovation in food production

We have to produce more food with less. This can only be done through innovation and technology in food production, but for many consumers and retailers, innovation and technology are misunderstood...

3 days ago

SACAU: Agriculture can play a critical role in eradicating poverty
SACAU: Agriculture can play a critical role in eradicating poverty

Agriculture can play a critical role in poverty eradication as the majority of the world's poor reside in rural areas and depend on agriculture

18 Oct 2017

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The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on orphan crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance....

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 17 Oct 2017

Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systems
Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systems

The 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security endorsed new recommendations centred on the need for an integrated policy approach to forestry, agriculture, water and food security and nutrition...

17 Oct 2017

Minister Senzeni Zokwana, MEC Oupa Khoabane planting a food garden during household visits in Phuthaditjhaba
DAFF commemorates World Food Day

This year's goal repositions rural development as an enabler to ensure food security and a shift towards local value chain development...

17 Oct 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Investing in agricultural education can help feed future populations
#WorldFoodDay: Investing in agricultural education can help feed future populations

We chat to Howard Blight, founder of Agricolleges International, about World Food Day and the role of education in realising food security goals...

By Cari Coetzee 16 Oct 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Access to data vital for empowering smallholders, building resilience
#WorldFoodDay: Access to data vital for empowering smallholders, building resilience

Access to reliable information, including on changing weather patterns and market conditions, is essential for empowering farmers

16 Oct 2017

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#WorldFoodDay: Transforming the agricultural sector by unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

"...a step-change in the lives of smallholder farmers, recognising the fundamentally important role that they have currently and will increasingly have in our future food production."

By Dr Klaus Eckstein 16 Oct 2017

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Organic farming matters - just not in the way you think

Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That's been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins...

By Verena Seufert, Navin Ramankutty 13 Oct 2017

Avian flu may spread via aerosol and droplets
Avian flu may spread via aerosol and droplets

Researchers have identified both airborne infectious droplets and aerosols of avian flu using lab-simulated processing of chickens...

12 Oct 2017

Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, poverty
Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, poverty

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union co-hosted a high-level event noting that more needs to be done in land tenure governance...

12 Oct 2017

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Horticulture soon to beat tourism in 'cash ranking'

Tanzania's horticulture industry is reported to be growing at the rate of eleven percent annually, the fastest growing sector in the country...

By Hazla Omar 11 Oct 2017

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CGIAR wants to build a big data platform and innovate with startups to help smallholder farmers

CGIAR met with a wide range of partners to look at how they could use their data using AI and big data to drive farming improvements in continents like Africa...

11 Oct 2017

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Report: Agriculture can power transformation of African economies

Reforms could trigger an economic transformation with benefits far beyond the sector, stimulating growth in manufacturing and related services, whilst driving down food prices and raising disposable incomes...

11 Oct 2017

NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels

Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday, 10 October, slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes...

11 Oct 2017

Climate advisory for the 2017/2018 summer season
Climate advisory for the 2017/2018 summer season

With the seasonal forecast in mind and the current conditions, farmers are advised to continue to conserve water and other resources...

10 Oct 2017

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How urban food demand can spark urban renewal, transformation

Rural areas have vast potential for economic growth in terms of food production and related sectors. Unlocking this often neglected potential is key to achieving the 2030 development agenda...

10 Oct 2017

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The immense challenge of desertification in sub-Saharan Africa

12 million hectares of arable land are being lost each year globally, to desertification and drought, when 20 million tonnes of cereals could have been cultivated in this area...

By Nabil Ben Khatra, Maud Loireau 9 Oct 2017

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Tru-Cape reaches over 20m apples, pears supplied to Shoprite Group

To date the Shoprite Group has purchased over 20 million cartons of apples and pears for its Shoprite and Checkers customers in 2,689 outlets throughout 15 African countries and the Indian Ocean Islands from Tru-Cape...

9 Oct 2017

FAO calls on all countries to join PSMA, crack down on illegal fishing
FAO calls on all countries to join PSMA, crack down on illegal fishing

"Healthy oceans are a vital condition for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development..."

9 Oct 2017

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Researchers work on drought-tolerant maize for Africa

In Zimbabwe, researchers say they are breeding maize that is drought and heat resistant as part of efforts to fight hunger across Africa, where maize is a staple food...

By Sebastian Mhofu 5 Oct 2017

Province-wide plan for avian influenza outbreak
Province-wide plan for avian influenza outbreak

The Western Cape government has initiated a province-wide recovery plan to combat the impact of the avian influenza outbreak on agriculture...

4 Oct 2017

Conflict and climate change lead to a rise in global hunger
Conflict and climate change lead to a rise in global hunger

Last year about 11% of the total human population (approximately 850 million people on the planet) suffered from daily hunger...

By Evan Fraser 4 Oct 2017

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The dairy industry and its food safety challenges

Today modern dairy farming strives to produce milk of high quality, but farming practices evolve, sometimes bringing with them unforeseen and adverse quality consequences to milk itself...

2 Oct 2017

A perspective on rural crime
A perspective on rural crime

Rural crime is a serious risk to food producers around the world... farms are often easy targets for crime and that security and protection of expensive assets are often lacking...

29 Sep 2017

The 3D-printed snack of the future by Chloé Rutzerveld
The 3D-printed snack of the future by Chloé Rutzerveld

Edible Growth is the food science creation of Eindhoven University of Technology graduate Chloé Rutzerveld. It is a critical look at current 3D-printing technology...

By Emile Uys 28 Sep 2017

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Can Africa feed itself?

With the food import bill of Africa hovering around $35bn per annum, can Africa feed itself?

By Sifelani Tsiko 28 Sep 2017

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Fall armyworm to cost more than $2bn in losses

A new report shows that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of the continent's major maize producing economies between $2.2bn and $5.5bn per year in lost maize harvests...

By Victor Kiprop 28 Sep 2017

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