Agriculture Trends 2020

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Red grass phenomenon has farmers scratching heads
Red grass phenomenon has farmers scratching heads

"Climate change is a reality and its effects will be harsh. For that reason, we need to ensure we have all the weapons in our arsenal to combat it. And healthy veld is a very important weapon in this fight."

By Izak Hofmeyr 2 Jan 2020

Oriental fruit fly eradicated in the Northern Cape
Oriental fruit fly eradicated in the Northern Cape

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has confirmed the successful eradication of the invasive fruit fly species Oriental fruit fly in the Pixley ka Seme and ZF Mgcawu District Municipalities in the Northern Cape...

23 Dec 2019

Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?
Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?

Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support...

12 Dec 2019

How to design a forest fit to heal the planet
How to design a forest fit to heal the planet

Without care, reforestation projects can damage ecosystems and be useless as carbon stores. Here's how to go about it the right way.

By Heather Plumpton 11 Dec 2019

Unilever unveils €85m food innovation centre in the Netherlands
Unilever unveils €85m food innovation centre in the Netherlands

Unilever has invested €85 million in a new food innovation centre in the Netherlands, as the consumer goods giant looks to address "major global food system challenges".

9 Dec 2019

Using solar energy to contribute to SA's national electricity grid
Using solar energy to contribute to SA's national electricity grid

There is a notable opportunity for large farming operations to significantly reduce their energy spend and further ease strain on the national electricity grid...

2 Dec 2019

Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'
Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'

Scientists are calling on African policymakers to act urgently to control the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which threaten the wider ecosystem and food security, and have been banned by the European Union.

By Munyaradzi Makoni 25 Nov 2019

Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'
Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'

According to the research conducted from 2014 to 2018, the analysis across different regions of Africa consistently found the amount of time that a plant or animal is exposed to light in a 24-hour period as the dominant factor controlling the onset and end of vegetation growing seasons...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 18 Nov 2019

Rome Summit takes bold step toward agroecology
Rome Summit takes bold step toward agroecology

Leaders endorse agroecology as one of the cutting-edge innovations we need to help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change...

By Timothy A. Wise 29 Oct 2019

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Invasive alien plants and their impact on water use

Experts warn that in addition to the energy crisis, South Africans face another looming disaster in the form of severe water scarcity. The Department of Water and Sanitation warned that unless urgent actions are taken, South Africa will experience a water shortage of approximately 3,000 billion litres by 2030...

By Louise Stafford 28 Oct 2019

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Growing demand for natural honey from happy bees

The demand for certified organic honey is rising rapidly worldwide and supply cannot keep up with demand...

24 Oct 2019

Unpacking SA consumers' in-store wine selection
Unpacking SA consumers' in-store wine selection

Dr. Nadia van der Colff recently completed one of the largest wine consumer research studies in South Africa. More than 2,000 South African wine drinkers participated...

9 Oct 2019

FoodNext.Africa, a successful f&b conference championing change and providing value to the market
FoodNext.Africa, a successful f&b conference championing change and providing value to the market

At the FoodNext.Africa Cape Town series key industry experts met to discuss the latest innovations driving new partnerships, shared new ideas and products to meet the growing demand for safe, traceable and nutritious food from farm to fork...

Issued by dmg events Africa 3 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Western Cape shrub could help turn Australia's arid land into green pasture
Western Cape shrub could help turn Australia's arid land into green pasture

Following a decade-long global search for legume plants capable of surviving Western Australia's harsh, dry summers and sandy soils, researchers at Murdoch University's Centre for Rhizobium Studies in Perth have discovered lebeckia...

30 Sep 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Global food prices decline in August
Global food prices decline in August

The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly traded food commodities, averaged 169.8 points in August 2019, down 1.1% from July while still up 1.1% from its August 2018 level...

9 Sep 2019

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Impacts of climate change on food security not evenly distributed, conference hears

The effects of climate change on food security are not evenly distributed across the globe. So said Professor Ndiko Ludidi, acting director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, during his presentation at the Bio Africa Convention 2019, which took place at the Durban International Convention Centre.

5 Sep 2019

Forestry South Africa launches new infographic for Arbor Month
Forestry South Africa launches new infographic for Arbor Month

New infographic shows how forestry plays a role in sustaining the planet, its people and their prosperity...

By Dr Ronald Heath 4 Sep 2019

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BKB gives Stellenbosch University's sheep research a financial boost

Thanks to the installation of an advanced auto-feeder system at the Welgevallen Experimental Farm, a facility managed by the Stellenbosch University Faculty of AgriSciences, livestock research on the nutrition of sheep will be done more easily, faster and more precisely...

2 Sep 2019

Total working to close the gender gap in SA's agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries
Total working to close the gender gap in SA's agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries

In South Africa, the agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries are categorised as the primary economic sectors. These are essentially industries that rely on South Africa's natural resources to function...

Issued by Total 30 Aug 2019

FoodNext.Africa dmg events' flagship innovation conference now in its third series
FoodNext.Africa dmg events' flagship innovation conference now in its third series

Dmg events is proud to introduce a focused B2B conference for the food and beverage market, FoodNext.Africa...

Issued by dmg events Africa 30 Aug 2019

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SAIMI awareness campaign to boost SA's maritime culture

The South African International Maritime Institute has partnered with a team of maritime stakeholders to launch a national Maritime Awareness Programme aimed at growing a national maritime culture and pride in the country's oceans environment...

19 Aug 2019

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To tackle climate change we need to rethink our food system

The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable...

By Kathleen Rogers and Dr Shenggen Fan 13 Aug 2019

South Africans will pay a premium for good avos
South Africans will pay a premium for good avos

When it comes to buying avocados, South Africans are not loyal to their regular retailers, but will instead seek out and support stores selling good quality avos, even if that means paying more for them...

12 Aug 2019

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Soil health: Feeding the world, protecting the earth

Studies by scientists have shown that soil health in South Africa is declining more and more every year. Looking at specific soil biological indicators that are linked to root health and nutrient mineralisation in around 10,000 soil samples over the past five years, it has been found that more than 70% have not had optimal soil biological life...

By Venessa Moodley 8 Aug 2019

Nedbank announces R25m boost to safeguard water, biodiversity and job security
Nedbank announces R25m boost to safeguard water, biodiversity and job security

Nedbank has committed R25 million towards safeguarding critical water source areas, biodiversity hotspots and rural livelihoods with a strong focus on the Eastern Cape...

7 Aug 2019

Irrigation earns flood-prone farmers US$4,344 a hectare
Irrigation earns flood-prone farmers US$4,344 a hectare

According to researchers, several African communities in areas prone to floods grow crops in soils left behind by floods - a practice called flood recession agriculture - and thus they aimed to identify conditions under which this practice yields maximum benefits in northern Ghana.

30 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

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