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Food security to top SADC meeting agenda
Food security to top SADC meeting agenda

South Africa will participate in a Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting to seek ways to improve food security in the region...

19 May 2017

Drought affects 1.4-million in Angola: UNICEF
Drought affects 1.4-million in Angola: UNICEF

More than 1.4-million people in Angola, including many children, have been affected by a "chronic drought" that has increased the risk of disease, a UN report said on Wednesday, 17 May...

19 May 2017

Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business
Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business

To drive agro-industrialisation, we must be able to finance the sector. Doing so will help unlock the potential of agriculture as a business on the continent...

By Dr Akinwumi Adesina 17 May 2017

#NAMPO2017: Appropriate financing needed to unlock agriculture's potential
#NAMPO2017: Appropriate financing needed to unlock agriculture's potential

“Innovation, technology, and economies of scale are critical in today's farming environment to ensure sustainability and competitiveness. These new challenges and complexities highlight the need for appropriate financial support..."

16 May 2017

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Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

From Indian startup Kheyti, the modular greenhouse is an affordable solution for low-income farmers...

16 May 2017

#UrbanAgri: Let It Grow Foundation helps communities grow their own urban farms
#UrbanAgri: Let It Grow Foundation helps communities grow their own urban farms

The Let It Grow Foundation is driven by three men with the purpose to heal the soil and teach South Africans to live sustainable and healthy lives through urban farming projects using permaculture methods...

By Cari Coetzee 15 May 2017

Farmers doing better, but El Niño may return
Farmers doing better, but El Niño may return

"The threat of El Niño is a concern because we know the impact. Production was cut down to less than half because of the previous drought."

By Sunita Menon 12 May 2017

Researchers: SA suffers from fragmented policymaking in agriculture and food security
Researchers: SA suffers from fragmented policymaking in agriculture and food security

The review process has generated interesting connections, and it has highlighted important questions to start asking - like who holds the power in food value chains, and how this affects changes in food prices...

12 May 2017

Experts call for multi-pronged approach to fight Fall armyworm in Africa
Experts call for multi-pronged approach to fight Fall armyworm in Africa

Scientists have called for quick, multi-institutional collaboration and coordinated action against the Fall armyworm that has ravaged maize to avoid economic hardship for smallholders in the region and across Africa generally...

10 May 2017

Why South Africa's agricultural industry needs digital transformation
Why South Africa's agricultural industry needs digital transformation

The digital transformation of the agricultural sector will impact billions of people...

By Mark McCallum 10 May 2017

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Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world's bees?

Ten years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees...

By Simon Klein and Andrew Barron 9 May 2017

Rainfall set to boost growth in southern Africa
Rainfall set to boost growth in southern Africa

While not downplaying the suffering in the afflicted areas, there is at least good news to report on agricultural output elsewhere on the African continent, which should be powerful enough to meaningfully raise economic growth...

By Steve Johnson 8 May 2017

More PPPs needed to get agriculture back on its feet
More PPPs needed to get agriculture back on its feet

While there are some PPPs in the agriculture sector, such as the Strategic Water Partners Network, it is not nearly enough to stimulate the type of growth that is required to see the industry back on its feet...

8 May 2017

Invest in agriculture, Africa urged
Invest in agriculture, Africa urged

African governments should invest in agriculture, giving particular attention to the small scale farmers on whom the sector and the continent's economic transformation are premised...

By Victoria Ruzvidzo 5 May 2017

Kenya eyes blue economy to net more from fishing
Kenya eyes blue economy to net more from fishing

"The vast coastal and marine water resources Kenya is endowed with is geared towards the sustainable use of the oceans for societal benefits."

By Winnie Atieno 4 May 2017

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Young Africans create new roads for agriculture

Young Africans are seeking to transform agriculture by using new technologies while contributing to food security and employment...

By Pius Sawa, Reuters 28 Apr 2017

SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security
SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security

The project began production in June 2016, producing tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower and other herbs. No soil is required to grow vegetables in the project's tunnels and water productivity is increased through drip irrigation...

28 Apr 2017

Six ways the meat on your plate is killing the planet
Six ways the meat on your plate is killing the planet

Reducing consumption of animal products is essential if we are to meet global greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets...

By Francis Vergunst and Julian Savulescu 26 Apr 2017

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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 24 Apr 2017

From left to right: Farmer Mlungisi Ndobeni, Chief Nobandla Makaula, OR Tambo District Municipality officials Jackson Sabona and Andiswa Dunywa, Potato South Africa Transformation Manager Nomvula Xaba, Kei Fresh Produce Marker acting operations manager Melinkqubo Ndabokutya and ECDC’s acting Imvaba Co-operatives Fund Manager Simphiwe Ntshweni.
ECDC invests millions into potato producing cooperatives

R3,357m went to seven potato producing cooperatives in the OR Tambo District Municipality last year - the funds were used to buy agricultural inputs such as fertilisers, seeds, and pesticides...

24 Apr 2017

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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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