GLOBAL

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming - but who will really benefit?

AI, robots and other technologies could transform farming - for worse as well as for better...

By David Rose and Charlotte-Anne Chivers 16 Sep 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

The coronavirus pandemic requires us to understand food's murky supply chains

Six months ago, you may not have thought much about where your groceries were produced. But chances are you're thinking about it now...

By Cory Searcy and Pavel Castka 6 Aug 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

LG to unveil first indoor gardening appliance at CES 2020

LG Electronics (LG) is tapping into the booming indoor gardening movement with the launch of its first home gardening appliance, set to be unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week...

6 Jan 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

Aerobotics expands its Series A funding with Paper Plane Ventures

South Africa startup Aerobotics has announced the expansion of its Series A funding round to $4m, through a signed deal with Paper Plane Ventures...

1 Mar 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Blockchain systems are tracking food safety and origins

When a Chinese consumer buys a package labelled "Australian beef", there's only a 50-50 chance the meat inside is, in fact, Australian beef. It could just as easily contain rat, dog, horse or camel meat...

By Nir Kshetri 30 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board

European retail giant Carrefour has joined other participants involved in building the IBM Food Trust blockchain network...

11 Oct 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Avocados with edible anti-spoilage coating hit US stores

We've already heard about experimental edible coatings made from silk, pectin and chitosan that increase the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now, however, a coating made from waste plant material is being used...

By Ben Coxworth 19 Jul 2018

AFRICA

Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. Impact evaluation data shows that an average of 3,200 community members benefits per fellowship awarded...

20 Jul 2017

AFRICA

Expanded engagement for Caterpillar: Boosting sales and alleviating poverty

A strong signal of growing business engagement with Africa by large US corporations was the announcement last September by Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman of plans to invest over $1b in Africa over the next five years...

14 Jul 2017

GLOBAL

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops...

6 Jun 2017

UNITED STATES

John Deere drops merger plan with Monsanto unit

US farm equipment giant John Deere has dropped plans to acquire a unit of Monsanto amid concerns the merger would be challenged by regulators...

3 May 2017

UNITED STATES

New 'smart' bottle helps uncorked wine keep longer

A US startup says it has created the world's first "smart" bottle which can keep wine as fresh as the day it was uncorked for up to a month...

30 Mar 2016


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