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Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture
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
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
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

Bayer to offer access to its glyphosate studies
Bayer to offer access to its glyphosate studies

Bayer will soon include safety study summaries of glyphosate on its dedicated transparency platform. This next step will mark the first anniversary of the company's transparency initiative, having been launched on 7 December 2017...

29 Nov 2018

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Kelp: How sea weed stimulates plant growth

From 15 November to 16 November, Afrikelp hosted an introductory tour for the agricultural writers of South Africa to learn more about how kelp is used in the agriculture and food industry...

23 Nov 2018

Crops, soils and fungus are a tricky mix. ,
'Soil probiotics' promise bigger, healthier crops, but there's a downside

More than half the world's plant-derived energy intake comes from just three crops: rice, wheat and maize...

By Adam Frew 26 Oct 2018

Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food crops
Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food crops

The crops we rely on today have been bred over thousands of years to enhance certain characteristics...

By James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis 25 Oct 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

Study in Ethiopia links healthy soils to more nutritious cereals
Study in Ethiopia links healthy soils to more nutritious cereals

Large fields, predictable rainfall and favourable temperatures have meant that farmers in Arsi Negele, a town in southeastern Ethiopia, have benefited from good crop yields. Their production of wheat and maize, two of the main food staples in Ethiopia, have also increased over time. But there are worrying indicators...

By Frédéric Baudron 9 Oct 2018

CRU's Africa Fertiliser Agribusiness Conference 2018 to promote investment, partnership and innovation
CRU's Africa Fertiliser Agribusiness Conference 2018 to promote investment, partnership and innovation

This year's CRU's Africa Fertiliser Agribusiness 2018 conference takes place between 24 and 26 September 2018...

18 Sep 2018

4 per 1000 initiative to help farmers with soil management, reverse degradation
4 per 1000 initiative to help farmers with soil management, reverse degradation

The aim of the initiative is to demonstrate that agriculture, and in particular agricultural soils can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned...

13 Sep 2018

Fertiliser producer gets R30m fine for collusion
Fertiliser producer gets R30m fine for collusion

The Competition Commission has welcomed the decision of the Competition Tribunal to confirm as an order a settlement agreement reached with Omnia Fertilizer Limited...

10 Sep 2018

Is East African agriculture at risk of playing second fiddle to oil wealth?
Is East African agriculture at risk of playing second fiddle to oil wealth?

The World Bank economist was in Uganda and spoke to Charles Mpagi on the prospects for the sector in the face of oil discoveries in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan...

6 Aug 2018

CIAT, Alluvial partnership scales up Nigerian agritech innovation
CIAT, Alluvial partnership scales up Nigerian agritech innovation

The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture has partnered with Alluvial Agriculture to improve Nigerian livelihoods across the food value chain, fostering environmental sustainability of agricultural development...

1 Aug 2018

Smart farming technologies innovate on production quality
Smart farming technologies innovate on production quality

Data has long been likened to be the equivalent of oil in the digital age. For farmers, the ability to capture, analyse, and gain insights from it in as real-time a manner as possible, can be the difference between success and failure...

23 Jul 2018

Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general
Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general

Forests and trees contribute far more to human livelihoods than is commonly known, playing crucial roles in food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural economies...

6 Jul 2018

Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides
Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides

Planting season for corn and soybeans across the U.S. corn belt is drawing to a close. As they plant, farmers are participating in what is likely to be one of the largest deployments of insecticides in United States history.

By John F. Tooker 28 Jun 2018

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%
Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don't need to imagine. That is exactly what happens every day when an estimated 815 million people around the globe go hungry...

By Paul South 27 Jun 2018

Afrisoils programme launches in Africa to tackle soil productivity and degradation
Afrisoils programme launches in Africa to tackle soil productivity and degradation

FAO and its Global Soil Partnership has launched a new programme with the aim of increasing soil productivity in 47 African countries by 30% and reduce soil degradation by 25% in the next 10 years...

14 Jun 2018

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

13 Jun 2018

Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa
Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa

Agriculture is a risky business in Africa due to dangers such as uncertain weather and poor rural infrastructure, but a new detailed guide on the status of and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) could offer farmers the much-needed break.

By Eldon Opiyo 11 Jun 2018

Potatoes SA announces first Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year
Potatoes SA announces first Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year

Phophi Raletjena is the first ever Potatoes SA Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year. He ascribes his success to firstly, increasing his yield and secondly, the ability to source and access information and to learn from others...

By Hanrie Greebe 11 Jun 2018

FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture
FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture

FAO's set of 20 interconnected actions offers a practical guide for countries on how to strengthen food security, generate decent employment, spur rural development and economic growth, conserve natural resources and respond to climate change...

8 Jun 2018

Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops
Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops

"Improving the nutritional quality of sorghum and pearl millet is important, but it is equally vital to determine whether altering the composition of these cereals may lead to unforeseen and/or undesirable consequences that may not be immediately obvious..."

By Dr Alec Basson 7 Jun 2018

Zimbabwe youths champion organic fertiliser in new social venture
Zimbabwe youths champion organic fertiliser in new social venture

Agrimatters is betting that Greenfert, an organic fertiliser made from animal and plant residues, could hold the key to improving crop yields and reducing the incidence of nitrate poisoning among the children of smallholder farmers...

By Pius Sawa 5 Jun 2018

It's time for Malawi to quit tobacco
It's time for Malawi to quit tobacco

While World No Tobacco Day generally focuses on the health risks of smoking, the harms the tobacco industry inflicts are even broader. It has benefited from exploiting farmers in low-income countries like Malawi...

By Julia Smith 4 Jun 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs
Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

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Grant agreement to enhance supply and utilisation of fertiliser in Africa

FAPA donors and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership have signed a grant agreement which will help increase affordability, accessibility and incentives for fertiliser use among smallholder farmers in Africa and expand the supply and distribution of fertiliser by leveraging investments...

25 May 2018

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Nampo 2018: South African agriculture is live and well

Despite the uncertainties currently facing South African producers, Nampo 2018 saw a new record in attendance figures, with positive feedback from exhibitors...

24 May 2018

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