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South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainability

South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform...

3 days ago

Poultry industry pushes master plan progress post Covid

"It has been gratifying to achieve significant progress despite the huge logistical and financial implications of Covid-19, and now that the initial threat has abated somewhat, attention is being refocused very strongly on the Master Plan."

22 Sep 2020

Goedgedacht Trading now selling D2C under new brand goed

Goedgedacht Trading has made its proudly South African extra virgin olive oils and food products available online and direct to consumer under its new label 'goed'...

21 Sep 2020

Nespresso commits to carbon neutral coffee by 2023

Nespresso has been carbon neutral across its business operations since 2017, and now commits to achieving full carbon neutrality across its supply chain and product life cycle...

18 Sep 2020

New voluntary levy for winter cereal industry

New voluntary levy for winter cereal industry

17 Sep 2020

Local poultry production shows moderate growth

The production of South African poultry increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2020 when compared to the same period last year...

15 Sep 2020

Covid-19 threatens the South African potato industry

The South African potato industry is under threat due to a surplus of frozen and processed potato products in Europe. This surplus is a result of a decreased demand brought on by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic...

11 Sep 2020

Citrus industry gets green light to export to the Philippines

Following eleven years of negotiation, the South African citrus industry has been given the go-ahead to export to the Philippines after signing a work plan between the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry...

10 Sep 2020

Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?

In the period between 2015 and 2019, Zimbabwe's maize imports averaged 17% of overall agricultural imports which were valued at US$795m, according to data from Trade Map. But last Zimbabwean government made an important statement aiming to boost its maize production...

By Wandile Sihlobo 7 Sep 2020

African farmers are younger than you think. Here is why

Africa is far from having an ageing farming population. What is missing is a critical mass of skilled, young farmers with access to finance who could drive productivity in farming...

By Felix Kwame Yeboah and Thomas Jayne 7 Sep 2020

Why more Ugandan farmers aren't adopting drought tolerant maize

Low productivity is one of the biggest challenges facing Uganda's maize industry. But smallholder farmers still won't adopt improved seed.

By HyeJin Lee 3 Sep 2020

Covid-19 has hit SMEs in SA's food sector hard. What can be done to help them

Covid-19 has prompted widespread discussion of the resilience of food systems and how efficiency and competitiveness have been previously understood...

By Andrew Bowman and Reena das Nair 1 Sep 2020

Big harvests for 2020, from summer to winter

Despite earlier reduction in output in the Mpumalanga areas and reports that some of the maize in western areas has been downgraded to WM2, the total maize crop of 15.54 million tonnes is 38% higher year-on-year...

By Paul Makube 31 Aug 2020

How optimal water use can support food security, reduce waste in Africa

While wastewater reuse presents a sustainable solution in supporting food security amid looming water shortages, the infrastructure costs present a barrier to widespread adoption in South Africa...

27 Aug 2020

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