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FAO, Pennsylvania State University develops new app to combat crop pest infestation in Africa
FAO, Pennsylvania State University develops new app to combat crop pest infestation in Africa

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation and Pennsylvania State University have developed and launched, Nuru - an app that uses technologies involving machine learning and artificial intelligence to curb the spread of the Fall Armyworm - a crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa...

25 Jun 2018

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

13 Jun 2018

Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa
Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa

Agriculture is a risky business in Africa due to dangers such as uncertain weather and poor rural infrastructure, but a new detailed guide on the status of and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) could offer farmers the much-needed break.

By Eldon Opiyo 11 Jun 2018

FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture
FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture

FAO's set of 20 interconnected actions offers a practical guide for countries on how to strengthen food security, generate decent employment, spur rural development and economic growth, conserve natural resources and respond to climate change...

8 Jun 2018

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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

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We know how food production needs to change if crisis is to be avoided - so why isn't this happening?

Business as usual is no longer an option for food and agriculture. The global agriculture system will have to be radically transformed to avoid further environmental and social problems...

By Nina Moeller & Michel Pimbert 27 Mar 2018

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Agri-Teen Symposium to foster youth participation in agriculture

The symposium aims to establish a practical network of mentors for South African youth to tap into enhanced programmes that not only encourage greater youth participation in the sector but also facilitate this in a sustainable manner...

22 Mar 2018

Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy
Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy

The looming challenges associated with an unhealthy or dissatisfied labour force requires urgent attention. "To achieve longer-term prosperity in agriculture, we must make the health and financial security of workers of all levels a priority."

22 Mar 2018

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R37.5m biorefinery facility launched in Durban to extract maximum value from biomass waste

In a first for South Africa, the government has launched a R37.5m biorefinery facility in Durban. The facility will support innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro-processing and other biomass-based industries...

22 Mar 2018

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food
Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

With profit-making still at the top of the food industry agenda - and the environmental costs of many food products hidden by complex supply chains - we need more than consumer power alone to achieve a truly sustainable food system...

By Chris West, Bob Doherty & Tony Heron 20 Mar 2018

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Kenya launches pan-African skills development programme in agriculture sector

The two-year programme, targeting mid-level professionals working in the agriculture sector across sub-Saharan Africa, seeks to strengthen the capacity of Africa's young professionals to revolutionise agriculture value chains grappling with skills gap and low technology uptake...

13 Mar 2018

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Africa needs to explore opportunities across the food chain to create enough jobs for youth

Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces the linkages between rural areas and cities - including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and service provision...

26 Feb 2018

Applications open for Agricolleges International short courses
Applications open for Agricolleges International short courses

Agricolleges International, an AgriSETA accredited, agricultural e-learning platform, has opened for short course applications...

21 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural output
#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural output

Budget speech should address some of the sector's challenges to ensure food security...

By Wessel Lemmer 20 Feb 2018

Food trends could drive production decisions
Food trends could drive production decisions

Consumer requests at food outlets travel back through the value chain to the producers of the necessary raw products, which will again go through new types of processing to reach the consumer at some point in the future...

By Frikkie Maré 15 Feb 2018

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More Farmer Field Schools: Ongoing agricultural education needed to meet challenges

Demand across the world for Farmer Field Schools are increasing due to their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges...

15 Feb 2018

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Nominations open for the 2018 Africa Food Prize

The prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa's agriculture agenda. It puts a bright spotlight on bold initiatives and innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans...

1 Feb 2018

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In defence of the fruit fly

Fruit flies are able to inflict immense damage to a wide range of fruit and vegetables, significantly impacting farming, food production and market economics, however...

15 Jan 2018

Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system
Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system

Agro-food systems often differ considerably from country to country, depending on the level of development, resource availability, business sophistication and agro-food policies and legislation adopted...

By John Purchase 12 Jan 2018

Ready or not, technology rings the changes for African agricultural sector
Ready or not, technology rings the changes for African agricultural sector

Smart farming isn't a new emerging tech conversation and, on a global level, we have reached a point where the actual benefits of technology deployments in farming are being seen... the digital disruptor in farming is already here...

By Josua Taljaard 11 Jan 2018

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Reduce pesticides use with sustainable farming methods

Farmers need to avoid the consistent use of plant protection products (PPPs) that could hinder soils functions and ecosystems. Instead, farmers should adopt better alternative farming practices...

By Sam Otieno 4 Jan 2018

AgriColleges international gets accredited
AgriColleges international gets accredited

The Agriculture Sector Education Training Authority, AgriSeta, has granted online agriculture education platform, AgriColleges international, accreditation as an education and training provider in agriculture...

15 Dec 2017

New 'agripreneurs' dig for green gold on skyscraper rooftops
New 'agripreneurs' dig for green gold on skyscraper rooftops

The soaring "Chamber of Mines" building in central Johannesburg, a hub for South Africa's mining industry, is a symbol of a bygone era when pioneers began flocking here in the late 19th century to dig for gold...

By Inna Lazareva 4 Dec 2017

Villa and Monash SA join hands for instructional reform
Villa and Monash SA join hands for instructional reform

A partnership between agricultural company, Villa, and academic institution, Monash South Africa promises to lend a new face to agricultural higher education in South Africa...

By Lynette Louw 24 Nov 2017

SA entomopathogenic nematodes effectively kill fungus gnat pests
SA entomopathogenic nematodes effectively kill fungus gnat pests

Fungus gnats are serious pests in South Africa's undercover farming, often harming production of various crops...

17 Nov 2017

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Agriculture and food systems will play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change

Unless sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food are adopted globally, emissions from agriculture sectors are set to increase, further contributing to climate change...

15 Nov 2017

Agriculture training in South Africa badly needs an overhaul. Here are some ideas
Agriculture training in South Africa badly needs an overhaul. Here are some ideas

The current system of managing education and training is fragmented and in dire need of substantial reform. Responsibility for agricultural education and training is split between...

By Frans Swanepoel 9 Nov 2017

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City's food basket faces uncertain future

The Philippi Horticultural Area Food and Farming Campaign have taken the City's rezoning decision for judicial review...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana 30 Oct 2017

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From waste to healthy soils: Why composting is the green thing to do

In South Africa, organic waste - perfectly compostable material - is one of the highest waste contributors to overflowing landfills, the largest source of methane gas...

27 Oct 2017

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Bees in the city: Designing green roofs for pollinators

One in three bites of food that we eat relies on bee pollination...

By Catherine Howell, Jennifer Drake and Liat Margolis 18 Oct 2017

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