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Farmcrowdy closes $1m additional seed funding

Nigeria's digital agriculture platform, Farmcrowdy announced that it has closed on additional seed funding of $1...

By Fundisiwe Maseko 19 hours ago

Blue economy: Experts call for sustainable exploitation
Blue economy: Experts call for sustainable exploitation

By efficient management, the sustainable exploitation of resources in oceans, seas, lakes and rivers - also known as the blue economy - could contribute up to $1.5tn to the global economy...

By Ruth Waruhiu 23 hours ago

How load shedding compromises the survival of agricultural animals
How load shedding compromises the survival of agricultural animals

The National Council of SPCAs have shared its concerns for the animals that depend on electricity for survival during Eskom's scheduled load shedding...

20 Mar 2019

#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East
#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East

Unlocking exporting opportunities, especially within the agricultural sector, could be a major contributor to the South African economy...

18 Mar 2019

Skills development summit considers agriculture
Skills development summit considers agriculture

Food and agriculture came under the spotlight in discussions at the Haggai Education and Training Skills Development Summit, held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane...

By Deidre Louw 18 Mar 2019

Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture
Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture

Launched in 2016 by Morocco, the initiative provides a unified framework, exploring the emergence of low carbon and low ecological footprint on the ecosystems, in building a sustainable and prosperous fisheries economy...

15 Mar 2019

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Status report: FMD outbreak

Since the last positive case was reported on 4 February, five weeks ago, there have been no new clinical cases of FMD or serologically positive test results in the epidemiological groups surveyed...

15 Mar 2019

Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change
Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change

The World Economic Report on Global Risk by the World Bank lists elements of climate change and climate risk in its top 10 list of risks the world faces today...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2019

Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate change
Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate change

The selection of seed varieties adapted to a particular climate could be refined if farmers themselves assess their performance, using their plots as small, experimental laboratories...

By Cecilia Rosen 12 Mar 2019

Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in Stellenbosch
Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in Stellenbosch

Woolworths has partnered with Spier Wine Farm, the Sustainability Institute and its AgroEcology Academy to launch the Living Soils Community Learning Farm - a three-year pilot project with the aim to establish demonstrative ecologically-restorative methods to grow nutrient-rich foods...

8 Mar 2019

How droughts will affect South Africa's broader economy
How droughts will affect South Africa's broader economy

Climate change poses a threat to everyone. Governments, farmers and society, in general, need to take proactive steps to deal with the outcomes of changing weather patterns...

By Mmatlou Kalaba 7 Mar 2019

Zambia: FMD outbreak in southern province
Zambia: FMD outbreak in southern province

Foot and mouth disease has been reported in Monze, Zambia. So far, more than 20 cattle have been affected across the district...

6 Mar 2019

Seil-Safari navigates farmers through unchartered waters to new horizons
Seil-Safari navigates farmers through unchartered waters to new horizons

From 1-5 April 2019, Seil-Safari will bring together world-class speakers, agricultural experts and South Africa's farming community to share knowledge and know-how on the latest innovations and solutions in the sector...

Issued by Echo Produksies 5 Mar 2019

AFGRI commits R3m funding support to SA farmers
AFGRI commits R3m funding support to SA farmers

AFGRI has launched a not-for-profit company, the AFGRI Support Fund to assist those in the South Africa agricultural sector with their financial needs...

5 Mar 2019

Will 2019 really be the year of the vegan?
Will 2019 really be the year of the vegan?

The Economist recently declared 2019 'The Year of the Vegan'. There can no longer be any doubt that veganism, and the embracing of a greater plant-based diet, is going mainstream...

By Tammy Fry 21 Feb 2019

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New WWF Nedbank Green Trust water project brings KNP, smallholder farmers together

Reuben Leyane's 25-hectare farm is on the Sabie River, 1,5km from the Kruger National Park (KNP) fence and 12,5km from the town of Hazyview...

18 Feb 2019

International push to improve food safety
International push to improve food safety

Greater international cooperation is needed to prevent unsafe food from causing ill health and hampering progress towards sustainable development...

18 Feb 2019

Agriculture continues to create jobs despite tough three years
Agriculture continues to create jobs despite tough three years

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says drought recovery has started with provincial agriculture and agri-processing sectors adding a combined 35,000 jobs between the third and fourth quarters of 2018...

18 Feb 2019

Why poor storage and handling are to blame for Uganda's poor quality seed
Why poor storage and handling are to blame for Uganda's poor quality seed

The quality of purchased seeds, such as maize, groundnuts and others, is a major concern in Uganda...

By Nathan Fiala 15 Feb 2019

Dams can mimic the free flow of rivers, but risks must be managed
Dams can mimic the free flow of rivers, but risks must be managed

Many people depend on the natural ebb and flow of unrestricted rivers that swell with water in the rainy season and wane in the dry season. When the natural flow is changed, people and ecosystems are affected...

By Matthew McCartney and Fritz Kleinschroth 14 Feb 2019

Hunger in Africa still rising - new UN report
Hunger in Africa still rising - new UN report

According to new data presented in joint UN report the Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition, 237 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are suffering from chronic undernutrition...

14 Feb 2019

FAO seeks $940m to meet needs of food-insecure populations in more than 30 countries
FAO seeks $940m to meet needs of food-insecure populations in more than 30 countries

The FAO is seeking $940m to save the lives and livelihoods of some of the world's most food-insecure populations...

12 Feb 2019

#SONA2019: Agri SA remains concerned about policy uncertainty over land and drought
#SONA2019: Agri SA remains concerned about policy uncertainty over land and drought

Agri SA has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address delivered Thursday evening, 7 February. However, it remains concerned...

8 Feb 2019

Global food prices show increase in January
Global food prices show increase in January

Early forecasts for cereal output in 2019 are positive...

8 Feb 2019

AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market
AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market

AGCO's senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Africa elaborates on the company's new Farm in a Box initiative and how it's helping African farmers...

By Robin Fredericks 5 Feb 2019

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FMD spill-over contained

South Africa and her trading partners took concerned notice of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease spill-over reported in January 2019. Rapid and coordinated action from government and industry followed reports of the outbreak...

By Marike Brits 5 Feb 2019

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El Nino uncertainty in 2019

In his latest newsletter on climate and agricultural conditions, Johan van den Berg of Santam Agriculture says there is positive news for rainfall conditions, at least during February, for most of the summer rainfall area.

29 Jan 2019

Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched
Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched

Speaking at the inauguration of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development in Rome this week, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said a major focus on boosting the agricultural sectors and promoting rural development in Africa is needed...

29 Jan 2019

How we can "bank" water underground for use later on
How we can "bank" water underground for use later on

Since groundwater was developed as a science 150 years ago by Henry Darcy, several ideas using engineering and technology have cropped up on how best to manage it...

By Gaathier Mahed 28 Jan 2019

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