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Holistic management is what we need

If you feel at all worried about climate change, or our future on this planet, you really should read this from beginning to end. This applies to every human on the planet and it offers great hope in very dark times...

2 days ago

UP, AFMA establish Africa's first feed mill research facility
UP, AFMA establish Africa's first feed mill research facility

The University of Pretoria and the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to the value of R50m...

3 days ago

Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens
Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens

A PhD student in microbiology at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Science has successfully developed and patented a probiotic for broiler chickens. This based on microbiota from the guts of free-range chickens.

12 Dec 2018

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

Study explores the bitter taste of honeybush tea
Study explores the bitter taste of honeybush tea

What makes some cups of honeybush tea taste bitter and others not?

10 Dec 2018

Global food commodity prices drop in November
Global food commodity prices drop in November

The Food and Agriculture Organisation's Food Price Index, an indicator of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, is now at its lowest level since May 2016...

7 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

Aquaculture key to food security and nutrition?
Aquaculture key to food security and nutrition?

"As the pressure grows on the world's arable land, aquaculture must play a bigger role in food production if we are to feed a population of 9.8 billion by 2050."

By Helen Swingler and John Bolton 27 Nov 2018

Agri Writers SA acknowledges outstanding achievements in agriculture
Agri Writers SA acknowledges outstanding achievements in agriculture

Leonard Mavhungu, Pieter Graaff and Wandile Sihlobo.

20 Nov 2018

'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems
'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems

"Systems thinking" can help deliver a framework to simulate solutions to pressing food concerns, like the presence of aflatoxins in groundnuts in Africa...

20 Nov 2018

Fruit-industry veteran scores an apple hat trick
Fruit-industry veteran scores an apple hat trick

Fruit-industry veteran Buks Nel is the man behind the discovery of three new apple strains...

15 Nov 2018

Strengthening indigenous food systems vital to achieving zero-hunger
Strengthening indigenous food systems vital to achieving zero-hunger

Indigenous food systems and indigenous traditional knowledge, according to FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva, may have some of the answers we are looking for in achieving a zero-hunger world...

12 Nov 2018

Zambezi Valley may soon be too hot for tsetse flies
Zambezi Valley may soon be too hot for tsetse flies

A new study, based on 27 years of data from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, suggests that temperature increases over the last three decades have already caused major declines in local populations of tsetse flies...

By Wiida Fourie-Basson 5 Nov 2018

Food prices dip in October
Food prices dip in October

International food commodity prices dipped in October, as falling dairy, meat and vegetable oils prices more than offset a surge in sugar prices, according to the United Nations...

5 Nov 2018

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Researchers look to phyto-remediation to reduce impact of vanadium in crop soil

There is currently no legislation in SA to determine an acceptable limit to the amount of vanadium in our soils...

31 Oct 2018

FAO, IIAD launch new African veterinarian training programme
FAO, IIAD launch new African veterinarian training programme

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, have launched a new veterinarian training programme...

31 Oct 2018

How farming in South Africa can join the global village
How farming in South Africa can join the global village

Have you ever considered how quickly the global village is growing? Think about how smartphone companies released a new product every few years, but now they bring out multiple products per year...

Issued by Starbright 30 Oct 2018

FAO director-general stresses importance of job creation in rural areas
FAO director-general stresses importance of job creation in rural areas

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has warned that migration risks depriving African countries of the young people they need to modernise their agriculture sectors...

29 Oct 2018

Africa to host Ensminger Pig Symposium in 2019
Africa to host Ensminger Pig Symposium in 2019

The Ensminger Pig Symposium will be hosted for the first time on African soil at the aha Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni...

29 Oct 2018

Cattle grazing on public lands near Steens Mountain, Oregon. ,
Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate

As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action...

By Frank M. Mitloehner 26 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

World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a cause
World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a cause

World hunger has risen for a third consecutive year, according to the United Nations' annual food security report. The total number of people who face chronic food deprivation has increased by 15 million...

By Jessica Eise and Kenneth Foster 23 Oct 2018

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Fruit South Africa: Sow the critical seeds of fruit consumption amongst our kids

We owe it to our children to advocate for their awareness around nutrition and obesity, and their fruit consumption seems a good place to start...

By Konanani Liphadzi 19 Oct 2018

How to utilise livestock to propel sustainable development
How to utilise livestock to propel sustainable development

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation's World Livestock: Transforming the livestock sector through the Sustainable Development Goals report, by realigning the livestock sector to better support the UN's 2030 sustainable development agenda, a wider range of benefits can be achieved to satisfy surging demand...

19 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

Growing consumer awareness around sustainable seafood certification
Growing consumer awareness around sustainable seafood certification

Seafood consumers are increasingly demanding independent verification of sustainability claims in supermarkets...

11 Oct 2018

NERPO calls on government funding to support SA meat trade concerns
NERPO calls on government funding to support SA meat trade concerns

The National Emergent Red Meat Producers Organisation has requested that the government's national treasury release funding that will capacitate the Agricultural Research Council to manufacture Foot and Mouth Disease vaccines...

11 Oct 2018

IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board
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

To what extent will agriculture contribute to the reduction in unemployment in South Africa?
To what extent will agriculture contribute to the reduction in unemployment in South Africa?

On Thursday, October 4, the National Economic Development Labour Council convened the Presidential Jobs Summit whose renewed mission is to combat the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate...

By Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya 10 Oct 2018

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