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 2 days ago

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No need to panic over land expropriation without compensation

We continue seeing sensational reports on the question of land expropriation without compensation and land grabs, which seems to be rearing its head in various areas. The question of land expropriation without compensation is a hot political topic and with the 2019 general elections looming, it was expected that the ANC would make a move in this regard.

By Stuart Manning 2 days ago

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$17m investment contributes to growth of floriculture in East Africa

A co-investment of $17m in Marginpar Flower Group Holdings - has expanded its business through the acquisition of Carzan Flowers in Kenya, Marginpar Ethiopia in Ethiopia and Marginpar BV in the Netherlands - have been announced by Agri-Vie and Norfund. The group's existing investments include Kariki Limited, a Kenyan summer flower producer.

2 days ago

South African wheat production under the spotlight
South African wheat production under the spotlight

Wheat production in South Africa is one of the segments worst affected by the economic realities faced by the industry. Crucial plans have therefore been put into practice to elevate wheat's status as a competitive crop, not only to solidify its position as a staple food but also to strengthen food security in the country.

By Andries Gouws 3 days ago

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Small-scale farmers should be at the centre of land reform in South Africa

Smallholder farming has been neglected over the past 23 years of South Africa's attempt to redistribute land taken away from black people during the apartheid era. Not one farm acquired for redistribution has been officially sub-divided, despite there being no legal barriers to doing so.

By Ben Cousins 3 days ago

Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA
Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA

One of the world's top-selling prosecco brands, Mionetto, is now available in South Africa. Local premium drinks company Truman & Orange - responsible for Italian imports Malfy Gin and more recently, Mazzatti Birra Superiore - has added the Italian sparkling wine to its brand stable of imported alcoholic beverages.

3 days ago

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East Africa: Technology helping East Africa unlock agriculture potential

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Information technology is being utilised more than ever to improve agriculture in East Africa.

By Ruari Phillips 3 days ago

CUT training farm opens
CUT training farm opens

The Free State's Central University of Technology (CUT) officially opened its farm on 11 April 2018 to the first-year students who attended their practical sessions on a farm for the first time. This facility is more than just a farm; it is a training centre intended to provide academic support and research to the university; unlock the full potential of students; and equip them with skills in agriculture through practical learning and demonstrations.

3 days ago

Obstacles facing a young black farmer in South Africa: a personal story
Obstacles facing a young black farmer in South Africa: a personal story

A new sense of urgency has entered South Africa's land reform process after the country's parliament took a resolution to amend the constitution to effect land expropriation without compensation. But even this will fail if the country doesn't improve support for small and emerging black farmers who should be allocated a prime role in any reform process.

By Mnqobi Ngubane 17 Apr 2018

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Deciduous fruit associations SAAPPA, SASPA undergo name change

The South African Apple and Pear Producers' Association (SAAPPA) and the South African Stone Fruit Producers' Association (SASPA) have been renamed Hortgro Pome and Hortgro Stone, respectively.

17 Apr 2018

Agri SA head of land affairs, Annelize Crosby (right), and head of Labour and development, Jahni de Villiers. (Image supplied)
Land reform, rural safety top of mind at Agri EC roadshow

During a roadshow led by representatives from Agri South Africa in the Eastern Cape, SA's organised agriculture has highlighted a progressive approach to land reform as an alternative to land expropriation without compensation. Other issues such as the increasing incidents of farm attacks were also discussed during the three-day roadshow.

16 Apr 2018

US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SA
US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SA

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) hosted its international staff meeting in South Africa, bringing producer members to the country to explore opportunities and meet potential local counterparts.

16 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner
Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

16 Apr 2018