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Research and study fostering the adoption of new techniques in biotech agriculture

Technological advancements have played an influential role to supplement the growing adoption of modern and high-yielding techniques...

10 hours ago

Operation Phakisa to transform agricultural sector
Operation Phakisa to transform agricultural sector

The Operation Phakisa segment that focuses on agriculture, land reform and rural development is meant to enhance and transform the agricultural sector...

3 days ago

Oxfam East Africa via
Indian Ocean Dipole: The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms...

By Jared Ferrie 3 days ago

Agriculture dept targets creating 60,000 jobs
Agriculture dept targets creating 60,000 jobs

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries plans to spend over R1.7bn and create 60,000 jobs, according to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budget Speech...

23 Feb 2017

KZN in control of Fall armyworm
KZN in control of Fall armyworm

KwaZulu-Natal Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Themba Mthembu has assured farmers and the people of that province that the department is in control of the Fall armyworm...

22 Feb 2017

Kate Holt/AusAID via  - Olivia Gimbo holds up her family's supply of food for the week in Epworth, Harare.
Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

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Experts seek ways to reduce food wastage

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector are seeking ways to develop post-harvest technologies to cut food losses and wastage in a region where some 10 million people are facing starvation as a result of drought...

By Njiraini Muchira 21 Feb 2017

Progress made in drought intervention measures
Progress made in drought intervention measures

DAFF says significant progress has been made with regards to drought relief interventions nationwide. The department went through a difficult period last year due to the drought...

21 Feb 2017

Oxfam East Africa via
Man-made famine declared in South Sudan, thousands face starvation

4.9 million people - more than 40 percent of South Sudan's population - are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance...

21 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?
#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?

FOODwelove aims to change how offices eat by offering desk jockeys the option to have a healthy and wholesome lunch delivered in a cleverly designed box, straight to their desk...

By Cari Coetzee 20 Feb 2017

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Indian Ocean states move to avert tuna stocks depletion

Tuna Fisheries are to feature prominently in future as the South West Indian Ocean Commission now moves to adopt a draft protocol on access to fishing grounds by foreign vessels...

By Sylivester Domasa 17 Feb 2017

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From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionising big agriculture

Just as our new understanding of the human microbiome is revolutionising medicine and spawning a new probiotic industry, agriculture may be poised for a similar revolution...

By Matthew Wallenstein 17 Feb 2017

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Land restitution without compensation would spell disaster for SA

“If implemented, it will not only be a disaster for commercial farming and farmers, but it will also have catastrophic consequences for the whole South African economy, as well as for food security.”

17 Feb 2017

Why it's hard to control the Fall armyworm in Southern Africa
Why it's hard to control the Fall armyworm in Southern Africa

Understanding how armyworms breed, travel, and feed is critical to managing the devastation they can cause...

By Kerstin Kruger 16 Feb 2017

NASA via
US scientists develop new way to measure crop yields from space

US researchers have come up with a new method of estimating crop yields from small farms in Africa using high-resolution images from the latest generation of satellites...

By Magdalena Mis 15 Feb 2017

Oxfam East Africa via
Food prices approaching record highs in East Africa due to drought

The continued drought throughout East Africa has had a significant impact on maize harvests and pushed the prices of staple foods and cereals to very high levels, burdening households and posing special risks for pastoralists...

15 Feb 2017

Armyworms are wreaking havoc in Southern Africa. Why it's a big deal
Armyworms are wreaking havoc in Southern Africa. Why it's a big deal

A combination of native African armyworms and Fall armyworms from the Americas are ravaging staple crops across Southern Africa. If uncontrolled, they have the potential to cause major food shortages...

By Kenneth Wilson 14 Feb 2017

Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren via
Eastern Cape preparing for armyworm battle

A war room to combat armyworms is being set up in the Eastern Cape. The arrival of the crop-ravaging Brazilian fall armyworm appears to be imminent...

14 Feb 2017

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Failure to help small farmers adapt will compromise future food production

Failure to make our food systems more resilient to climate change will "seriously compromise" food production in many regions and could doom international efforts to end hunger and poverty...

14 Feb 2017

Poisonous fungus gets into food and eats away at health
Poisonous fungus gets into food and eats away at health

A researcher from North West University has raised the alarm over the high levels of mycotoxins in the food we eat on the African continent. Affected foods potentially include...

13 Feb 2017

Carl Davies, CSIRO via  - Cowpeas are a staple food and an important source of protein for over200 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Pulses, powerful allies in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

IYP has helped raise awareness of the benefits of pulses and boosted knowledge sharing and partnerships, but these gains must be strengthened further to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

13 Feb 2017

Kate Holt via
Urban farming produces more than food: social networks are a key spinoff

By talking to the farmers we found that even having a small backyard food garden puts you in touch with neighbours, NGOs and local government, which in turn creates a wealth of spin-off benefits...

By David Olivie 10 Feb 2017

Can Agri-parks be the ‘silver bullet' for small farmer and rural development in South Africa?
Can Agri-parks be the ‘silver bullet' for small farmer and rural development in South Africa?

The Agri-parks are conceptualised as one-stop shops for agro-production support, processing, logistics, marketing and training within district municipalities...

By Annelize Crosby, Dr. Jack Armour and Theo Boshoff 10 Feb 2017

SONA pronouncements create further uncertainty in agribusiness
SONA pronouncements create further uncertainty in agribusiness

Pre-SONA pronouncements on expropriation of 70% of SA's land as well as pronouncements on ‘radical economic transformation', have created considerable uncertainty in the agribusiness sector...

10 Feb 2017

Questions about fall armyworm infestation asked and answered
Questions about fall armyworm infestation asked and answered

Paul Makube believes SA is in a good position to deal with the fall armyworm due to early detection. He answers some questions asked about the recent invader...

9 Feb 2017

Kate HoltAusAID via
Building capacity of women farmers key to addressing food security

If the government and development stakeholders do not actively address obstacles facing women producers, addressing food insecurity faced by about 14 million South Africans will remain a pipe dream...

9 Feb 2017

Oxfam East Africa via
Is Africa really undergoing a smallholder agricultural revolution?

The general story is that farmers are adopting improved agricultural practices, that productivity is increasing and that rural economies are burgeoning...

By Brendan Brown and Ian Nuberg 8 Feb 2017

hpgruesen via
Pesticides boost arsenal against deadly armyworm

The DAFF has identified two pesticides it believes will conquer a fall armyworm plague ravaging maize crops. The voracious larval pest has been identified throughout Limpopo and in northern Gauteng...

8 Feb 2017

Why the US has a lot to gain from investing in Africa's agri-food systems
Why the US has a lot to gain from investing in Africa's agri-food systems

US farmers and agribusiness can help themselves by helping Africa meet its rapidly growing food needs. This can be done through investments in agri-food systems as well as supporting a sustainable, efficient global food system...

By Thomas Jayne 7 Feb 2017

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