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#FutureofFarming: Aerobotics launches new agritech innovations to combat pest, disease
#FutureofFarming: Aerobotics launches new agritech innovations to combat pest, disease

Cape Town startup, Aerobotics has launched five new innovations, which have been designed to help farmers with early pest and disease detection...

By Robin Fredericks 15 Oct 2018

Agritech startup Bandim Online winner of Seedstars Bissau
Agritech startup Bandim Online winner of Seedstars Bissau

Agritech startup Bandim Online has been named the winner of the Guinea Bissau round of the Seedstars World competition...

By Tom Jackson 4 Oct 2018

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack
African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge
Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge

Winetech has partnered with Stellenbosch University-based incubator LaunchLab and Faculty of AgriSciences for the first Wine Industry Innovation Challenge.

By Tom Jackson 3 Sep 2018

Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda
Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda

Agro Supply, a platform that finances agricultural technologies through mobile micro-savings, has been named winner of the Ugandan leg of the Seedstars World competition.

By Tom Jackson 29 Aug 2018

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage
Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe hopes to cover all 10 regions of the country in the next 18 months with its solution that helps farmers access animal vaccines quickly and reliably...

By Tom Jackson 28 Aug 2018

Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape
Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape

As South Africa establishes itself ever more securely in the modern world, so South African farmers must adapt to a set of new challenges...

By Bruce Hakutizwi 8 Aug 2018

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa raises $627k funding round
Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa raises $627k funding round

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa, which allows smallholder farmers to access inputs, credit and markets, has raised a US$627,000 seed round to fund its continued expansion in the East African country and further develop its platform...

By Tom Jackson 31 Jul 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

Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor for SAP Africa
#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

#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

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

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

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

Nigeria's Yesharvest launches agri-commerce platform
Nigeria's Yesharvest launches agri-commerce platform

Nigerian startup Yesharvest has launched a zero-inventory e-commerce platform for fresh farm produce that allows users to purchase from farmers...

By Tom Jackson 19 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

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

#InnovationMonth: Changing agri-education in Africa as we know it
#InnovationMonth: Changing agri-education in Africa as we know it

"It's imperative upon the world to help 'switch on' Africa's mobile platforms and to assist in bringing focused education and platforms to Africa's youth in order to develop its potential..."

By Cari Coetzee 4 Sep 2017

SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund
SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund

South African aerial data analytics specialist Aerobotics has secured R8-million ($602,000) in seed funding from Cape Town-based based VC firm 4Di and Kenya's Savannah Fund...

By Tom Jackson 8 Aug 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

Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector
Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector

Situated in Germiston, Sun Silicates is currently the only company in South Africa that supplies both vermiculite and perlite-based insulating media used in the construction industry...

By Sindy Peters 20 Jun 2017

#StartupStory: Avenews-GT
#StartupStory: Avenews-GT

All the way from Israel to Cape Town, our second Barclays Accelerator 2017 Africa #StartupStory is that of Avenews-GT - a digital trading platform based on blockchain technology aiming to modernise agricultural trade...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Jun 2017

24 hours of Nissan and Datsun in the Free State
24 hours of Nissan and Datsun in the Free State

Nampo is not a word unfamiliar to me. As a student at NWU, my friends and I used to frequent this (then not-so-big) agri festival almost every year, funnily enough....

By Ilse van den Berg 17 May 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

#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

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