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Land Bank to drive transformational inclusivity at Nampo 2019
Land Bank to drive transformational inclusivity at Nampo 2019

As part of its effort to increase participation in the agricultural sector by historically disadvantaged individuals and contribute to land reform, Land Bank is set to escalate its support to the emerging sector by increasing the disbursements for transformative initiatives...

13 May 2019

Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent
Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent

Most studies on the use of pesticides are funded by those that produce the chemicals but only independent research can inform us about the best agricultural practices.

By Sébastien Sauvé 13 May 2019

The Cannabis Expo heads to KZN
The Cannabis Expo heads to KZN

The Cannabis Expo is making its way to Sibaya Casino in Durban, a city famous for the specific strands of cannabis that grow in the region...

10 May 2019

Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy
Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy

African businesses are being challenged to wake up to the economic, social and environmental power of the Blue Economy...

10 May 2019

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Nederburg Auction enters new chapter, evolves into Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

Nederburg Auction evolves into Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

10 May 2019

Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

By Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

2018/19 SA wine harvest hits record low
2018/19 SA wine harvest hits record low

Climate change, shifts in production and demand and financial pressures have led to the South African wine industry becoming smaller, which has resulted in producers and wineries having to rethink the way that they do business...

9 May 2019

African Swine Fever update
African Swine Fever update

Veterinary services together with the industry are conducting follow-up investigations to trace the origin of the disease and to identify other farms that may possibly be affected...

9 May 2019

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Fruit industry transformation, all hands on deck

We need to get past the futile debate as to whether transformation is a key performance area for government, the industry or both. It's a collective responsibility...

By Konanani Liphadzi 7 May 2019

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Elections will come and go, but challenges in land reform will not

While land reform features prominently in manifestos of several political parties, not much detail is being provided on how individual parties plan to improve land reform and deal with the current challenges...

By Peter Setou 7 May 2019

Farmcrowdy Group partners Best Foods Fresh Farms
Farmcrowdy Group partners Best Foods Fresh Farms

Under the agreement, Farmcrowdy Group and its subsidiaries will consolidate their financial, technology, sales and marketing resources to increase the go-to-market efforts of Best Foods with Farmgate Africa.

By Fundisiwe Maseko 7 May 2019

SA agriculture learning to dance with the wind
SA agriculture learning to dance with the wind

The industry remains resilient despite major challenges and limitations...

By Paul Makube 6 May 2019

How to ensure batch traceability in your food process
How to ensure batch traceability in your food process

The ability of food manufacturers to recall contaminated food products was publicly tested last year during the Listeriosis outbreak. In addition to processed meat products, frozen corn and eggs were also whipped off shelves...

By Deirdre Fryer 6 May 2019

Forum launched to help farmers evolve, grow businesses
Forum launched to help farmers evolve, grow businesses

Modern technology has changed the way farmers around the world grow crops and livestock, sell produce, and transport goods from point A to point B. Yet, in Africa, farmers haven't had the chance to connect to other like-minded individuals working in the agricultural industry.

6 May 2019

Synchronising food production can have disastrous effects
Synchronising food production can have disastrous effects

Governments need to think about global ways agricultural policies may affect the stability of the food system as a whole, beyond locally focused efforts to increase resilience in production...

By Zia Mehrabi and Navin Ramankutty 3 May 2019

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Aerobotics launches new mobile crop scouting app

The app is the latest agritech development that aims to actively increase productivity, saving farmers hundreds of hours that are usually spent detecting and documenting problems in the field...

By Fundisiwe Maseko 2 May 2019

How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns
How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns

Changes in weather patterns have made life a great deal more precarious for pastoral communities...

By Michael Okoti 2 May 2019

Building efficient and sustainable operations for SA agriculture
Building efficient and sustainable operations for SA agriculture

We talk to Gerhard Pienaar, BI Business Development Leader, Agriculture, to find out more about what Bearings International is looking to achieve at this year's Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day, as he shares insights into on the importance of new technologies and more...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Apr 2019

Why rooftop farms may be the next big thing
Why rooftop farms may be the next big thing

Signium Africa has predicted that city-wide hydroponic rooftop farming cooperatives have the potential to become the next big thing in commercial agriculture...

30 Apr 2019

Sugar imports leave a bitter taste in local industry
Sugar imports leave a bitter taste in local industry

There is a need for the local sugar industry to consider diversifying its product offering if it is to remain a viable industry that is able to create jobs, says the Department of Trade and Industry...

30 Apr 2019

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Food inflation likely to go up due to expected lower maize output

The maize output and price are major drivers of food prices as maize is also used as a major ingredient in animal feed. Therefore, given concerns that maize supplies could be limited for the 2018/19 production season...

By Gilberto Biacuana and Tebogo Mashabela 29 Apr 2019

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IPC releases new guidelines to enhance food insecurity, malnutrition analysis

The guideline by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification initiative is set to further hone food security and nutrition analysis processes for better and more actionable information during humanitarian crises...

26 Apr 2019

Applications now open for Pitch AgriHack 2019
Applications now open for Pitch AgriHack 2019

Selected finalists will pitch their innovations to ICT4Ag and business experts at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra between 3 and 7 September 2019...

26 Apr 2019

Vodacom's female farmer programme empowers small scale farmers in rural SA
Vodacom's female farmer programme empowers small scale farmers in rural SA

To date, the programme, which is focused on empowering smallholder female farmers within the country's agriculture sector, has trained 350 small-scale female farmers in rural areas of Limpopo province...

26 Apr 2019

FoodForward SA celebrates 10 years with commitment to feeding 1 million people
FoodForward SA celebrates 10 years with commitment to feeding 1 million people

Commemorating its 10-year anniversary this year, food redistribution organisation FoodForward SA has committed to feeding 1 million people daily within five years...

25 Apr 2019

Business called to lead transformation in fishing industry
Business called to lead transformation in fishing industry

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana, has urged all players in the fishing industry to come to the party to ensure that the sector's transformation agenda is realised during the 2020 Fishing Rights Allocation Process...

25 Apr 2019

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Study identifies Nigeria's leading seed hub in Western, Central Africa

Nigeria's Value Seeds has topped the Access to Seeds Index 2019 ranking for Western and Central Africa...

24 Apr 2019

Land reform panel finalising its report
Land reform panel finalising its report

The Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform is currently finalising its report for consideration by the Inter-Ministerial Committee and the Presidency...

24 Apr 2019

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Higher grain, vegetable and fruit price inflation is a great concern to poor consumers

Land Bank economist, Tebogo Mashabela provides inflation commentary on the CPI release from Statistics SA...

By Tebogo Mashabela 23 Apr 2019

What young Zambians have to say about making farming more attractive
What young Zambians have to say about making farming more attractive

Agriculture is well placed to provide employment for millions across the African continent...

By Thomas Daum 23 Apr 2019

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