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Episode 86: The power of brands in the mass communication landscape

Date: 22 Apr 2014
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Episode 84: Agency focus - Source

Date: 2 Apr 2014
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Episode 82: An African Path to Success & Effective Measure

Date: 24 Feb 2014 | Time: 39:00min
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Competition Tribunal allows Afgri, AgriGroupe merger

The Competition Tribunal has explained its decision to include an agreement reached between government departments and merging groups Afgri and AgriGroupe as part of its condition to approve the transaction.

16 Apr 2014 10:35

March rains good for livestock, bad for crop farmers

South African farmers now have more than R500-million, thanks to the heavy rains that pelted the country for two weeks last month.

By Mpho Sibanyoni 15 Apr 2014 08:06

New research centre to boost food security

PRETORIA: Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom will on Tuesday, 15 April 2014, launch the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape.

14 Apr 2014 12:50

New US Farm Bill provides hope for food aid reform

NEW YORK: Efforts to improve the way the US government distributes roughly $2 billion in international food aid each year achieved some successes in the recently enacted Agriculture Act of 2014 - commonly referred to as the Farm Bill - but the food aid mechanism used by the world's largest donor continues to prioritise the needs of US commercial interests.

14 Apr 2014 12:46

Mutant wheat fungus alarms food experts

JOHANNESBURG: Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security.

3 Apr 2014 06:10

Cattle-rustling and the politics of business in Kenya

NAIROBI: Cattle raiding in Kenya is often viewed in the legitimising context of tradition, climate change and resource conflict, but increasingly it has much more to do with organised crime meeting a rising demand for meat, and political violence resulting from a new devolutionary constitution.

28 Mar 2014 06:45

Careers, bursaries in fresh produce sector showcased at Agri-Food Fair

If you are considering a career in agriculture, horticulture, post-harvest technologies or the food industry, but still not sure about all your options, or want to know more about the bursaries or internships offered by various companies and organisations in the fresh produce sector, then the third Agri-Food Career and Bursary Fair at the campus of Stellenbosch University (SU) on 27 March 2014, is the place to go.

20 Mar 2014 10:49

COP11 kicks off in Cape Town

The Department of Environmental Affairs' Director General, Nosipho Ngcaba, opened the 11th biennial Conference of Parties (COP11) to the Abidjan Convention in Cape Town. The conference, which continues until Friday, 21 March 2014 is being held under the theme, Promoting Blue Growth in Africa: Towards Sustainable Management of Marine Resources.

19 Mar 2014 15:20

Monsanto backs down on GM advertising following ASA ruling

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) lodged a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa following an advertisement on Radio 702 by Monsanto. Judith Taylor from Earthlife Africa supported the ACB in its complaint.

19 Mar 2014 09:00

CAR farmers struggle to recover from devastation

BESSAN: With the year's main planting season just weeks away, many in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been left desperately ill-equipped by months of conflict. In the charred village of Bessan, to the west of the country, the concerns are typical: a dire lack of seeds, tools and manpower.

13 Mar 2014 08:34

New initiative enables Somali farmers to produce food assistance

MOGADISHU: For the first time, Somali farmers are turning themselves into suppliers of high-quality food assistance for their fellow Somali people.

10 Mar 2014 08:22

All weather is local - getting the forecasting right for farmers

ZVISHAVANE/MASVINGO/CHIVI: With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves.

By Jaspreet Kindra 26 Feb 2014 08:49

Two-a-Day invests in new packing line

Two-a-Day, Grabouw's most established apple and pear packers, has recently invested in a new Greefa GeoSort packing line which means they will better be able to manage their 7.2 million annual cartons.

12 Feb 2014 07:48

Zimbabwe short-changing its small-scale farmers

HARARE: A Zimbabwe state mechanism designed to promote food security is being blamed for exacerbating the country's chronic food shortages.

30 Jan 2014 07:19

Partnership will improve community's food security

Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) and development organisation Humana People to People in South Africa has partnered to work together with the people in Doornkop near Soweto to improve their food security.

23 Jan 2014 11:54

Major food crisis looms in CAR

BANGUI: Farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR), which has been immersed in violence since a coup in March 2013, urgently need more seeds and tools to avert a nationwide food crisis, aid agencies have warned.

17 Jan 2014 06:54

Zimbabwe imports maize to stave off hunger

HARARE - Zimbabwe is importing 150,000 tons of maize from South Africa to guarantee food supplies before the April harvest, a senior official has confirmed.

6 Jan 2014 07:13

Food security in West Africa can improve with policy support

According to a new publication released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), boosting productivity, fostering competitiveness and ensuring that small-scale farmers have greater access to markets are key to West Africa realising its full agricultural potential.

19 Dec 2013 13:17

Bad credit adds to Zimbabwe's food insecurity

HARARE: The drying-up of credit lines to the Zimbabwe government, apparent donor fatigue and a determined stand against GM foods are pushing up the price of the staple grain, maize, by nearly a third in some drought-hit areas compared to a year ago, according to humanitarian organisations and economists.

12 Dec 2013 08:55

Farming industry shows signs of improvement

FNB Commercial Agriculture, together with the Cane Growers Association recently held a Farmers Day programme in Eston and Noodsberg in KwaZulu-Natal to engage with cane farmers on economic and agricultural prospects, which show signs of improving in 2014.

3 Dec 2013 10:19

SA donates maize to Lesotho

NIGEL: South Africa has donated tons of maize to Lesotho to help victims of hunger in that country.

25 Nov 2013 09:52

Uncertainty flourishes in a warming climate

JOHANNESBURG: A recent study of the projected impacts of differing climate change scenarios on maize and wheat production in South Africa shows that the scientific community is still far from being able to predict the effect of global warming on food production with accuracy.

By Jaspreet Kindra 5 Nov 2013 06:41

Food security project yields results

The Manyeding Agricultural Co-operative is successfully winning the fight against poverty and food shortages in the villages east of Kuruman, in the Northern Cape.

By Nthambeleni Gabara 25 Oct 2013 08:02

Karatara celebrates World Food Day

The focus of World Food Day this year was 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition'. A food system is made up of the environment, people, institutions and processes by which agricultural products are produced, processed and brought to consumers.

21 Oct 2013 13:21

Increase in world cereal production expected

The outlook for global cereal supply in the 2013/14 marketing season remains generally favourable despite downward adjustments to forecasts for world cereal production and closing stocks, according to the latest issue of Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

7 Oct 2013 11:24

Davies raises chicken import tariffs

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has come to the rescue of SA's "bleeding" poultry industry by significantly increasing the import tariffs on five categories of imported chickens.

By Linda Ensor 1 Oct 2013 07:09

SA moves to improve food security

Cabinet has approved the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security, the Household Food and Nutrition Security Strategy and the Fetsa Tlala Food Production intervention, which it is claimed will reduce poverty amongst the nation's most vulnerable groups.

25 Sep 2013 09:56

SA fish farm shortlisted for international award

Cape Town's Alan Fleming and his team from the Business Place Philippi were selected from over 800 entries for their entry, Fish Farm, into the "empowering people. Award" [sic] of the Siemens Stiftung.

20 Sep 2013 13:05

African green revolution depends on financing

A green revolution cannot materialise in Africa without a major concerted effort to secure financing for agricultural production. This was the message from the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) which ended on 6 September in Maputo, capital of Mozambique.

11 Sep 2013 08:13

Seeds of hope sown as small farmers grow

Agricultural schemes aimed at putting the rural poor back to work while also contributing to food security have been springing up all over SA.

4 Sep 2013 07:58

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