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Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world
Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world

To manage the coming swell, robots that harvest crops and digital farming are joining green revolution and time-held traditional farming techniques. Digital farming is garnering lots of interest...

By Simon Carpenter 7 Dec 2017

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You can't eat your smartphone: Why agriculture is the first frontier of African innovation

Technology enables African smallholder farmers to access better information, improve crop yields, secure better prices for their produce, and improve their livelihoods...

By Ashley Boag 14 Nov 2017

Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021
Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021

A growing number of startups are trying to produce meat products without using animals, with a view to addressing concerns about animal welfare and the carbon footprint of meat...

10 Nov 2017

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Digitisation, smart agriculture shaping the future of the African chemicals market

The use of smart agriculture will promote the appropriate use of agricultural chemicals and drive additional chemical sales as Africa boosts it's below average use of these inputs...

27 Oct 2017

Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms
Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms

A significant drop in yield on an already unprofitable model means the industry will take a serious hit in 2018. The lack of rain during winter has left vines across the Cape without the required water reserves...

By Roland Peens 18 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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Why the powers that be should think twice about taking land without compensation

Taking land without compensation will also have a knock-on effect that is likely to affect those the land reform programme is supposed to benefit the most...

26 Sep 2017

Sustainable business models key to sustainable modernisation of agriculture in Africa
Sustainable business models key to sustainable modernisation of agriculture in Africa

Key to the sustainable commercialisation and modernisation of African agriculture are sustainable business models...

13 Sep 2017

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Marketplace Africa explores trends and changes in South Africa's wine industry

Marketplace Africa explores South Africa's wine making industry and talks to CEO of Heritage Link Brands about how her company creates opportunities for young black people wanting to break into the wine industry...

11 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Revolutionising agriculture through urban farming
#InnovationMonth: Revolutionising agriculture through urban farming

As more people stream to cities, an increasing number of urban gardens and farms are taking root too. Across Africa, stories of resourcefulness in urban agriculture abound as people fight for their livelihood...

By Howard Blight 7 Sep 2017

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Closing the gap between the youth and agriculture in Africa

Agriculture and youth are a compatible pair, particularly in the African context. It has the remarkable potential to empower what will be the youngest and biggest workforce in the world by 2040...

By Thapelo Moleleki 5 Sep 2017

Farm to fork: Why farmers need to stay on top of consumer trends
Farm to fork: Why farmers need to stay on top of consumer trends

Key speaker at Free State Agriculture's 2017 Congress, Nadia van der Colff, provided delegates with some interesting insight on the farm to fork trend and why farmers should stay on top of consumer trends...

By Cari Coetzee 28 Aug 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Li Edelkoort on fashion, textile, home and horticulture trends for 2018
#DesignIndaba2017: Li Edelkoort on fashion, textile, home and horticulture trends for 2018

Dutch trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort is back at Design Indaba to present her annual trend seminar on fashion, textiles, bio-engineering, home and interior and design empathy. The seminar will take place on Saturday at the Artscape from 10-3pm...

3 Mar 2017

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#BizTrends2017: Building confidence in South African wines

We catch up with Lizelle Gerber, winemaker at Boschendal, to find out what will keep the wine flowing this year...

By Cari Coetzee 13 Jan 2017

2017: Weathering a tough year for business
2017: Weathering a tough year for business

Dr Yudhvir Seetharam says it isn't all doom and gloom as he shares his outlook on a few trends that we can expect in 2017 in various industries...

12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Facing the realities of agricultural business
#BizTrends2017: Facing the realities of agricultural business

Grain farming is the primary area of South African agricultural production and the reality is that successive droughts have limited the financial capacity of many farmers to plant...

By Frank Winder 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business
#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business

South African companies, including those in the retail sector, continue to experience a significant change in mindset among customers. The reality is that doing business is no longer just about profit, but also about creating shared value and meeting responsibilities to contribute to inclusive economic development, and to give back to communities and our planet...

By Justin Smith 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market
#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market

Drought, local political uncertainty and ongoing global macro-economic instability have placed many businesses on the back foot as they go into the New Year...

11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Ever increasing costs to shape agriculture 2017
#BizTrends2017: Ever increasing costs to shape agriculture 2017

The emerging realities that will continue to affect farming are the ever increasing costs of irrigated land, inflation on input costs and the shift to longer term crops...

By Cari Coetzee 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Investment in youth, emerging farmers to develop the industry
#BizTrends2017: Investment in youth, emerging farmers to develop the industry

2017 lies ahead of us and, like every year, there are some factors that will particularly influence the development of the agriculture industry...

By Cari Coetzee 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Fresh urban farming trends
#BizTrends2017: Fresh urban farming trends

Urban farming is growing popular and necessary to support urban populations. We spoke to RAW's Marlaen Straathof, a seed company who believes that the tiniest patch of earth can be transformed into a vegetable wonderland...

By Cari Coetzee 9 Jan 2017

SA agribusiness: looking ahead to 2017
SA agribusiness: looking ahead to 2017

As predicted, 2016 has been an extremely challenging and tumultuous year for the agribusiness environment and farmers alike...

29 Nov 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Agribusiness CEOs recognise impact of global megatrends
[BizTrends 2016] Agribusiness CEOs recognise impact of global megatrends

Global megatrends are changing the way business and society operate, including the agribusiness sector. African agribusiness CEOs see demographic shifts...

By Frans Weilbach 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] The national minimum wage and South African agriculture
[BizTrends 2016] The national minimum wage and South African agriculture

The implementation of a national minimum wage has been an important point of discussion in recent times. Few can argue against the need for decent wages...

By Thabi Nkosi 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Land reform - the unknown future trend
[BizTrends 2016] Land reform - the unknown future trend

Land reform is a constitutional imperative but whether policy responses in support of this are currently serving equally important goals is debatable...

By Johan Pienaar 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] New trends in Agriculture - the ZZ2 experience
[BizTrends 2016] New trends in Agriculture - the ZZ2 experience

Since the turn of the century ZZ2 had to adapt to (and often pre-empt) major changes in the agricultural landscape - locally and internationally...

By Erik Holm, Tommie van Zyl and Johan Koorts 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Trends to shape South African Agribusinesses in 2016
[BizTrends 2016] Trends to shape South African Agribusinesses in 2016

Any country's health is founded on its agriculture sector. If agriculture is to have a sustainable future, we cannot keep on doing things the way they have always been done...

By Pieter Spies 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Top five trends for Agriculture 2016
[BizTrends 2016] Top five trends for Agriculture 2016

With a difficult year ahead there are certain trends that will, more than others, influence the day to day of every farmer and agribusiness and how they put food on our plates...

By Cari Van Wyk 18 Jan 2016