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How Nigeria's Thrive Agric is crowdfunding farmers
How Nigeria's Thrive Agric is crowdfunding farmers

Nigerian startup Thrive Agric is using a crowdfunding platform to provide farmers with the finance they need to grow their businesses and offer ordinary people the chance to invest in agriculture...

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2018

Andre Westerveld, Regional Director of Elanco South Africa
#BizTrends2018: More innovation, not more animals key to ensuring food security

The absolute and undeniable reality is that we have to produce more and do it with less. This can only be done through innovation in food production...

By Andre Westerveld 22 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Investing in efficiency of Africa's small-scale farmers a game changer
#BizTrends2018: Investing in efficiency of Africa's small-scale farmers a game changer

Technology is one of the key growth drivers expected to support efficiency gains and increased output internationally, from biotech to automation...

By Ashley Boag 8 Jan 2018

Howard Blight
#AgriIndaba: Modernised, scalable agri-education is key in training and feeding the masses

How important is modernising agricultural education to the transformation of the industry?

By Cari Coetzee 30 Nov 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: A different perspective on sugar from the sugarcane fields of Mauritius
#EntrepreneurMonth: A different perspective on sugar from the sugarcane fields of Mauritius

Shaheen Rajabally launched Natura Sugars - the only range of truly unrefined sugars in South Africa and exclusively sourced from Mauritius. We asked Rajabally to tell us the sweet story of Natura Sugars...

By Cari Coetzee 2 Nov 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Investing in agricultural education can help feed future populations
#WorldFoodDay: Investing in agricultural education can help feed future populations

We chat to Howard Blight, founder of Agricolleges International, about World Food Day and the role of education in realising food security goals...

By Cari Coetzee 16 Oct 2017

Val Thomas, founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp
#InnovationMonth: TheTreeApp making strides in SA tree identification

We chat to the founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp, one of the most powerful tree identification apps on the market, Val Thomas...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate
#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate

Aerial data analytics specialist helping farmers optimise their crops, Aerobotics and Dutch environmental technology enterprise, RanMarine, teams up in #cocreate2Accelerate and looks at river water management...

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

Mearns Farm (Image Supplied)
#CSIMonth: Agricultural transformation is a multigenerational, multi-stakeholder undertaking

"We understood that we couldn't create new jobs, facilitate more access to land and opportunity, without providing the means for people to share their skills and technical know-how..."

By Cari Coetzee 26 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security
#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

We chat to President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

Reliance Compost Founder, Eddie Redelinghuys
#CSIMonth: Creating sustainable environments through organic compost

We chat to Eco-Logic Award winner, Reliance Compost's founder and director about organic compost, growing green minds and ensuring a healthy world for future generations...

By Cari Coetzee 17 Jul 2017

#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa
#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa

Thabang Mabapa's Selokong Sa Dimelana project grows castor seed crops for the commercial production of castor seed oil as an alternative biofuel. We wanted to find out a bit more about this inspiring young entrepreneur...

By Cari Coetzee 22 Jun 2017

#UrbanAgri: Let It Grow Foundation helps communities grow their own urban farms
#UrbanAgri: Let It Grow Foundation helps communities grow their own urban farms

The Let It Grow Foundation is driven by three men with the purpose to heal the soil and teach South Africans to live sustainable and healthy lives through urban farming projects using permaculture methods...

By Cari Coetzee 15 May 2017

#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer
#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer

A bit of patience and manners is some of what's required to be successful in the African context, says Jean-Jacques Pierre Oelofse, Wood-Mizer corporate director for emerging markets...

By Sindy Peters 4 May 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

#SharetheBay: There's a rich history behind SA's 'diamond fibre' industry
#SharetheBay: There's a rich history behind SA's 'diamond fibre' industry

Did you know that South Africa's Eastern Cape is the mohair capital of the world? I didn't, until yesterday that is when we visited the Mohair South Africa headquarters in PE on a tour...

By Sindy Peters 24 Nov 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Organic supermarket opens in Nigeria
#SustainabilityMonth: Organic supermarket opens in Nigeria

A New Earth, a boutique organic and eco-living store based in Beirut, Lebanon, recently announced its opening in Lagos, Nigeria. The expansion is testament to the owners' belief in moving towards a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable way of living.

By Jessica Tennant 12 Oct 2016

#InnovationMonth: Smart farming technology to help feed the masses
#InnovationMonth: Smart farming technology to help feed the masses

9 billion people will need feeding by 2050 and the responsibility of that feat will fall squarely into the laps of farmers, posing the question of how to sustainably produce food for the masses...

By Cari Coetzee 28 Sep 2016

#InnovationMonth: Soil treatment that's just right
#InnovationMonth: Soil treatment that's just right

Innovative South African fertiliser company, Advanced Agri partnered with iDwala to bring a new range of calcium-based soil treatment products called EcoCal, to market...

By Cari Coetzee 22 Sep 2016

Dr Klaus Eckstein
#InnovationMonth: Bayer seed innovation to benefit the entire agriculture community

Bayer recently opened its first SeedGrowth Centre in Africa with the aim to provide farmers with innovative products that suit their specific needs. We spoke to Dr Klaus Eckstein to find out more...

By Cari Coetzee 21 Sep 2016

Empowering female farmers, awarding entrepreneurship
Empowering female farmers, awarding entrepreneurship

With the aim of empowering women and to recognise the role they play in food security, job creation, and economic growth, the DAFF in partnership with Total South Africa recently hosted...

By Cari Coetzee 16 Sep 2016

#BizsoeknBoer: Meet urban farmer Pierre van der Spuy
#BizsoeknBoer: Meet urban farmer Pierre van der Spuy

Pierre van der Spuy started growing herbs and vegetables two years ago...

By Cari Coetzee 8 Sep 2016

#WomensMonth: empowering women for the sake of food security
#WomensMonth: empowering women for the sake of food security

A dialogue on the empowerment of women through water use security, land use security and knowledge generation for improved household food security and sustainable rural livelihoods...

By Cari Coetzee 24 Aug 2016

#WomensMonth: Kate Schrire and The Creamery of the crop
#WomensMonth: Kate Schrire and The Creamery of the crop

Strawberry basil, white nectarine, jasmine blossom, hot cross bun, pistachio, and Catawba grape are not your average ice cream flavours and when 'garden mint' in a sugar cone tastes like exactly that, it must be true that The Creamery is the cream of the crop in the ice cream business...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Aug 2016

#BizSoeknBoer: Meet Vergelegen winemaker André Van Rensburg
#BizSoeknBoer: Meet Vergelegen winemaker André Van Rensburg

Vergelegen recently shared the good news that they are winning the fight against leaf roll virus. We asked Vergelegen winemaker André van Rensburg to share a little more...

By Cari Coetzee 25 Jul 2016

PMA Fresh Connections designed for SA fresh produce sector
PMA Fresh Connections designed for SA fresh produce sector

We interviewed Lindie Stroebel, the new GM for PMA SA...

By Cari Coetzee 21 Jul 2016

Mzwandile Duma
#YouthMonth: For the love of farming and making a difference

Stuart says "The best of our future farmers are ready to farm in their own right." I decided to get the details from the horse's mouth and spoke to one of the Future Farmers, Mzwandile Duma...

By Cari Coetzee 29 Jun 2016

Simon Andys
#AfricaMonth: Adopting a new mentality to small-scale farming

It's necessary for smallholder farmers in Africa to innovate and form partnerships with organisations that can help them do so. In this, the farmers of Nakuru county has...

By Cari Coetzee 23 May 2016

Discussing sustainable certification with SA's first Fairtrade coffee roaster
Discussing sustainable certification with SA's first Fairtrade coffee roaster

Fairtrade SA recently hosted a topical discussion on sustainable certification in South Africa. We spoke to one of the panelists, Jonathan Robinson, director of Bean There Coffee...

By Cari Coetzee 20 May 2016

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