Agriculture Trends 2020

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AGDA to launch at 2020 Africa Agri Tech Conference

The Agriculture Development Agency will be launching at this year's Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo. The launch will serve as the opening event of the conference and will cover topics ranging from the local and international agricultural economy...

11 Feb 2020

Cape Winemakers Guild selects 4 graduates to join its 2020 Protégé Programme
Cape Winemakers Guild selects 4 graduates to join its 2020 Protégé Programme

The programme, funded by the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust, aims to cultivate the next generation of award-winning winemakers, as well as empower students while promoting transformation within the industry...

11 Feb 2020

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Roadmap developed to conserve global insect populations

With an estimated 40% of all insects threatened with extinction, 73 scientists from around the world decided that something needed to be done urgently to protect insect species...

10 Feb 2020

Africa's youth want to cultivate careers, not just crops
Africa's youth want to cultivate careers, not just crops

"We need to ensure that Africa's future farmers not only grow crops but careers as well," argues Sylvia Ng'eno...

By Sylvia Ng'eno 10 Feb 2020

AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025
AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025

Addressing malnutrition and stunting at the 33rd African Union Summit, it was noted that while African countries have made progress, more needs to be done to hit the United Nations malnutrition eradication targets by 2025...

10 Feb 2020

Insights from Senegal: Involving farmers in research is key to boosting agriculture
Insights from Senegal: Involving farmers in research is key to boosting agriculture

Farmers are more likely to adopt and share new practices when their knowledge and experience is taken into account...

10 Feb 2020

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South Africa's biodiversity tax incentive is taken to scale

Successfully introducing South Africa's first biodiversity tax incentive was a complex process requiring support from numerous stakeholders, including government, protected area implementers, landowners and communities...

By Candice Stevens 7 Feb 2020

Locust invasions are cyclical: African states shouldn't be caught napping
Locust invasions are cyclical: African states shouldn't be caught napping

The best way of dealing with desert locust, as other locust species, is to adopt a preventive management strategy...

By Cyril Piou 7 Feb 2020

UN food agencies offer support to China
UN food agencies offer support to China

In a joint letter to President Xi Jinping, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme paid tribute to the resilience of the Chinese people...

6 Feb 2020

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Limpopo foot and mouth disease under control

"To date, 130 properties have been investigated and precautionary quarantine notices lifted on 87 properties."

6 Feb 2020

Using technology to plug wastage in Africa's agri value chain
Using technology to plug wastage in Africa's agri value chain

"Technology is a critical enabler to solve many of the challenges experienced in the agriculture sector."

6 Feb 2020

Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it's proving hard to manage
Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it's proving hard to manage

A tree-killing beetle that invaded South Africa two years ago and wreaked havoc in the country's towns and cities still hasn't been declared an emergency plant pest...

By Trudy Paap 6 Feb 2020

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Department calls for compliant wood-packaging

As the globe observes the International Year of Plant Health 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has urged those who trade in agricultural and non-agricultural products involving wood-packaging material to comply with the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures...

5 Feb 2020

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SA wine industry launches new code to promote sober drinking habits

Under the auspices of the Association for Alcohol Responsibility and Education, the Code for Commercial Communications aims to provide clear guidelines for the responsible marketing of wine and other liquor products, and thereby curbing alcohol abuse in communities...

5 Feb 2020

Barry Callebaut invests in dairy-free chocolate production
Barry Callebaut invests in dairy-free chocolate production

Barry Callebaut is investing in dairy-free product development and production facilities to cater to the demand for plant-based products...

5 Feb 2020

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Blueberry market overview: Competition remains fierce

In recent years, the high prices recorded and the growing consumption of blueberries have led to increases in the volume produced and in the number of growing countries...

4 Feb 2020

The Joekels journey: 25 years in tea
The Joekels journey: 25 years in tea

In 25 years, South African tea company Joekels has developed from a small business housed in a garage into a category leader with seven different tea brands...

3 Feb 2020

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Biosafety Level 3 laboratory boosts veterinary services portfolio

Among a variety of applications, it is also expected that the BSL3 laboratory will play a significant role in identifying high-risk zoonotic diseases that can spread between animals and humans...

3 Feb 2020

Constitution Amendment Bill submissions extended
Constitution Amendment Bill submissions extended

The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution has extended the deadline for written submissions on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill...

31 Jan 2020

Urgent funding needed to fight desert locust upsurge in Africa
Urgent funding needed to fight desert locust upsurge in Africa

The locust outbreak is the worst to strike Ethiopia and Somalia for 25 years and the worst infestation that Kenya had experienced in 70 years. Djibouti and Eritrea are now being affected...

31 Jan 2020

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Optimistic outlook for agriculture

The latest forecast released by South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee points to a somewhat optimistic outlook for the agricultural sector as seasonal conditions turned positive...

By Paul Makube 30 Jan 2020

Agriculture is the most important business in the world, says AfDB's Akinwumi Adesina
Agriculture is the most important business in the world, says AfDB's Akinwumi Adesina

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina reminded students of the important role they have to play in the continent's economic development, as he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in his homeland...

30 Jan 2020

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Fall armyworm confirmed in South Africa

Maize farmers are particularly vulnerable to this invasive pest species and should be on high alert for moth swarms late afternoon, egg parcels on maize leaves and caterpillars...

30 Jan 2020

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Deadline to comment on land reform approaches

Interested parties have until Friday to comment on legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution...

29 Jan 2020

Forestry South Africa launches new corporate website
Forestry South Africa launches new corporate website

Apart from presenting an overview of FSA's roles, functions and structures, the new website provides useful information and case studies, while showcasing industry initiatives, such as environmental partnerships, community outreach and forestry-related recreational activities...

29 Jan 2020

Nigeria has given a new GM cowpea variety the go ahead. Why it matters
Nigeria has given a new GM cowpea variety the go ahead. Why it matters

Nigeria recently approved the world's first GM cowpea, which provides full protection against the pod-borer Maruca, a major problem for this important crop...

28 Jan 2020

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AFASA calls for strengthening of state-owned agri-entities

"The downgrading of the Land Bank by Moody's is a sad sign of the state not taking the growth and development of black farmers in the country seriously."

28 Jan 2020

AAT appoints Brenda Tlhabane as ambassador
AAT appoints Brenda Tlhabane as ambassador

Tlhabane is the founder of Temo Ya Tlhabane Holdings and is known in the red meat industry as a cattle breeder, but also as a producer of other agricultural commodities...

27 Jan 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with a host of African leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. EPA-EFE/Hollie Adams
UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?

There has been much about a major Africa investment summit being hosted by the UK. Attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and an array of royals, a great deal of hopeful win-win-win rhetoric abounded linked to forging new partnerships for a post-Brexit future...

By Ian Scoones 24 Jan 2020

Palm oil: Research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature ones
Palm oil: Research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature ones

Researchers found that palm oil plantations up to five years old were more harmful to the climate than already established ones...

By Sofie Sjogersten 24 Jan 2020

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