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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

Professor Adipala Ekwamu, executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture ()
#GlobalFoodSecurity: How Africa can feed itself and the world

Professor Adipala Ekwamu, executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RuForum), gave an inspiring keynote presentation at the third International Conference on Global Food Security held in Cape Town this week.

By Sindy Peters 7 Dec 2017

Kate HoltAusAID via
Is sustainable agricultural production, food security possible?

The third International Conference on Global Food Security had thought leaders from across the globe gathering to share their views on food security...

By Cari Coetzee 6 Dec 2017

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

#InnovationMonth: This simple solution rolls a long way in ensuring water access in rural communities
#InnovationMonth: This simple solution rolls a long way in ensuring water access in rural communities

More than 20 years since its inception, the low-tech Hippo Roller continues to have a profound impact on communities facing water insecurity...

By Sindy Peters 27 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

#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

#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

#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

#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: 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

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

#InnovationMonth: GWK building rockets, winning awards and innovating for agriculture
#InnovationMonth: GWK building rockets, winning awards and innovating for agriculture

"The objective of the campaign is to highlight the innovation, imagination, and passion that are intrinsic to being a farmer." - Neil de Klerk

By Cari Coetzee 19 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

#InnovationMonth: Stories of Impact shared at AUx
#InnovationMonth: Stories of Impact shared at AUx

Kostas Samaras, Autodesk territory director for Africa, expanded on some of the projects undertaken by the Autodesk Foundation at the recently held AUx event in Cape Town...

By Sindy Peters 5 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

#MandelaMonth: Klipstone Transport helps to grow Eldorado Park Primary
#MandelaMonth: Klipstone Transport helps to grow Eldorado Park Primary

On Mandela Day, Klipstone Transport, in a bid to provide Eldorado Park Primary school with a sustainable food solution and education, launched a CSI project...

By Cari Coetzee 26 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

#BizSoeknBoer: meet JJ Van de Velde
#BizSoeknBoer: meet JJ Van de Velde

JJ van de Velde recently shared his good fortunes with fellow farmers by donating hundreds of bales of hay. Let's see what else he is willing to share...

By Cari Coetzee 7 Jun 2016

#YouthMonth: Helping our youth become the farmers of the future
#YouthMonth: Helping our youth become the farmers of the future

"They bring back to our country additional skills, they learn about technology, but most important is the fact that they bring back a new approach to their work."

By Cari Coetzee 1 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

#BizSoeknBoer: Meet DJ van der Linde
#BizSoeknBoer: Meet DJ van der Linde

DJ van der Linde recently took the title of Free State Young Farmer of the Year. Let's find out more...

By Cari Coetzee 10 May 2016

Campaign to campaign: giving a voice to those affected by injustice
Campaign to campaign: giving a voice to those affected by injustice

The expected increase in the price of bread has been met with concern. We spoke to Amandla.mobi about their campaign against the increase...

By Cari Coetzee 25 Apr 2016

Digitizing agriculture and growing knowledge
Digitizing agriculture and growing knowledge

We spoke to Magnus Rambraut about how digitizing the industry can...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Apr 2016

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