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Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge
Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge

Farming and food chain data being generated with the implementation of IoT by farming machinery has created more entry points for hackers and leaves sensitive information vulnerable. As a consequence, many customers are concerned about data ownership, privacy and security...

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How to extend your vineyard's lifetime
How to extend your vineyard's lifetime

Here's how South African wine grape producers can extend the lifetime of their vines through effective water usage, well-planned root management and by eliminating harmful viruses...

14 Jun 2018

From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry
From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry

Africa's agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.

14 Jun 2018

Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops
Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops

"Improving the nutritional quality of sorghum and pearl millet is important, but it is equally vital to determine whether altering the composition of these cereals may lead to unforeseen and/or undesirable consequences that may not be immediately obvious..."

By Dr Alec Basson 7 Jun 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs
Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

Land reform and hunger in South Africa: Why the two go hand in hand
Land reform and hunger in South Africa: Why the two go hand in hand

Breaking up the land into small-holdings with no capital will catapult the country back in time. South Africans should first be discussing how it can maximise food production...

By Thomas Wolfgang Thurner 1 Jun 2018

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New app uLima will optimise the farming potential of Africa

The uLima mobile platform provides farmers across Africa with access to a toolset, database and the latest market information with information on crops, seed, soil, livestock, agri-chemicals, weather updates and market prices, all at their fingertips...

1 Jun 2018

Billion-rand opportunities available in SA's green economy - GreenCape
Billion-rand opportunities available in SA's green economy - GreenCape

GreenCape released its free annual market intelligence reports this week...

30 May 2018

Africa dedicated to finding solutions to Fall armyworm threat
Africa dedicated to finding solutions to Fall armyworm threat

228 applications have been received for the global Fall Armyworm Tech Prize with over 80% of the entries coming from Africa...

29 May 2018

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How Nando's creates shared value for farmers in southern Africa

Sam Hirst, Nando's Peri-Peri Farming Initiative manager shared how Nando's creates shared value for small farmers in southern Africa who farm their unique African Bird's Eye Chillies used in the Peri-Peri flavour Nando's is famous for...

28 May 2018

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Nampo 2018: South African agriculture is live and well

Despite the uncertainties currently facing South African producers, Nampo 2018 saw a new record in attendance figures, with positive feedback from exhibitors...

24 May 2018

From left to right: Nuradin Osman (AGCO Vice President and General Manager Africa), HE Emmanuel Mwamba (High Commissioner in South Africa - Republic of Zambia), Martin Richenhagen (AGCO, Chairman, President, CEO) and Gary Collar (AGCO Snr Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific and Africa)
Serving Africa from Africa: AGCO opens Africa headquarters in Johannesburg

"AGCO is making major investments in Africa to engineer food security and support sustainable productivity through technology and innovation... As a 'first mover' in innovation, we are meeting the challenge to grow more food with fewer resources head-on."

22 May 2018

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Kenyan mobile agri-platform to receive a $100,000 boost from Expo Live

The platform aims to improve Kenya's agricultural supply chain by enabling buyers and exporters to source fresh produce directly from smallholders farmers, event without access to the internet - shortening the supply chain, reducing food wastage and boosting farmers' income...

21 May 2018

All the regional winners of Mest Africa Challenge 2018
All the regional winners of Mest Africa Challenge 2018

The regional winners of the inaugural Mest Africa Challenge, the pan-African startup pitch competition open to companies outside the Mest programme, has been announced...

18 May 2018

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When big data meets overfishing

New technologies offer opportunities to combat overfishing, particularly for countries with limited means to patrol their waters or enforce legislation...

By Thin Lei Win 18 May 2018

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Which climate-smart technologies will pay off for African farmers?

Hunger still stalks the continent, and climate change is a key culprit for low productivity. Africa's ability to feed itself hinges on investment in adapting to these conditions and minimsing agriculture's own contribution to climate change...

By Caroline Mwongera 17 May 2018

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#AfricaMonth: Committing to the digital transformation of agriculture in Africa

"What Africa needs, across the board is insight and foresight. Whether that is government agencies getting a better handle on what crops grow best and where so that they can direct policy and investments or the individual farmer farming better. Doing this requires data..."

By Cari Coetzee 17 May 2018

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SA wine industry ups its research game to adapt to climate change

The South African wine industry is finding new ways to manage climate change by researching smart agri tools, drought tolerant cultivars, water stress management and efficient irrigation management.

15 May 2018

New app to enhance farm security in the Free State
New app to enhance farm security in the Free State

A new security app called Die Plaaswag offers its users more accurate statistics, quicker response time after threats and the monitoring of crime in their area. The app has a panic button and will help FSA members...

14 May 2018

Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture
Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture

Through the fourth industrial revolution's converging technologies, South Africa has the opportunity to become an early adopter, accelerating its agro-processing development...

8 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

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First-of-a-kind study explores the sensory space of South African Chenin wines

South African Chenin blanc wines take centre stage in a first-of-a-kind study that explores the sensory space of wine using data mining and machine learning techniques...

7 May 2018

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Strict biosecurity recommended as winter brings renewed risk of bird flu outbreak

Bird flu was thought to be largely under control. Reports last month of new cases on farms in the North West province and among seabirds along the Western Cape coastline, however, sparked fears that the bird flu epidemic might flare up again...

7 May 2018

Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs
Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs

Apart from the sound investment case for investing in the global agriculture and food value chain, investments in agriculture address a number of critical SDGs by tackling issues such as extreme poverty, food security and lack of job opportunities...

25 Apr 2018

What does blockchain mean for ag?
What does blockchain mean for ag?

Blockchain has created a lot of excitement, yet little is known about how this digitised technology could be implemented in the agri-sector...

24 Apr 2018

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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

24 Apr 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

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Partnership provides financial solution for Zambian farmers purchasing farm machinery

A retail finance partnership between AGCO, Zambia Limited and the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (Zanaco) have been launched at AgriTech. The partnership will provide retail financial solutions for farmers purchasing machinery from AGCO's Massey Ferguson brand...

19 Apr 2018

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East Africa: Technology helping East Africa unlock agriculture potential

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Information technology is being utilised more than ever to improve agriculture in East Africa...

By Ruari Phillips 17 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner
Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

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