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How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy

After rapid economic growth averaging 10% every year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia has emerged as an engine of development in Africa.

By Gebisa Ejeta 1 day ago

African countries should turn to lower risk solutions to fight fall armyworm

The caterpillars of the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an invasive moth, can potentially feed on over 350 different species of plants...

By Melanie Bateman 11 Jan 2019

Managed bees versus wild bees? It's not that simple in South Africa

There's widespread concern about the global decline of honey bees and the associated loss of pollination services...

By Tlou Masehela 10 Jan 2019

Startups turn waste into opportunity

Global food waste is a problem that weighs 1.3 billion tonnes a year. A third of all food produced never gets eaten; a fact that has launched a food rescue movement...

10 Jan 2019

How will climate change affect our eating habits in 30 years time?

Researchers and scientists say we'll need to intensify the use of drought-tolerant food sources such as seaweed and more...

By Taahirah Martin 3 Jan 2019

Does African agriculture need a Green Revolution?

Agricultural sectors across Africa need their own green revolution building on local knowledge and culture, as well as a green disruption building on new digital and other technology...

By Xolani Mathibela 2 Jan 2019

In 100 years' time, maybe our food won't be grown in soil

It takes a lot to make a room of soil scientists gasp...

By Alex McBratney 28 Dec 2018

What's your beef? How 'carbon labels' can steer us towards environmentally friendly food choices

What did you have for dinner last night? Might you have made a different choice if you had a simple way to compare the environmental impacts of different foods?

By Adrian R. Camilleri, Dalia Patino-Echeverri and Ri 20 Dec 2018

Global action required for sustainable agriculture

"No country alone will be able to overcome all the challenges we face fully, so we must act globally. Nobody must be left behind."

13 Dec 2018

Cape Town to host Agritech Africa conference, exhibition in 2020

Cape Town and the Western Cape Convention Bureau, together with the support of the South African National Convention Bureau will play host to Kenes Exhibitions' Agritech Africa 2020 in Cape Town.

11 Dec 2018

Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture

Africa's over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent's capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people...

By Nteranya Sanginga 10 Dec 2018

Living Soil: A documentary for all of us

Our soils support 95% of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years...

6 Dec 2018

Honey bees, already at risk, face a new threat from a common herbicide

Glyphosate is the world's most widely used herbicide. Because it's considered safe for animals, it's extensively used not only in agriculture, but also for weed control in urban areas and home gardens.

By Sue Nicolson 5 Dec 2018

Import regulations: What traveller's to SA should know

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has called all international travellers, who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products...

26 Nov 2018

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