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Global food prices up 2.7% in November
Global food prices up 2.7% in November

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils...

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From left to right: Beverly Farmer from Women in Wine, Malmsey Rangaka from M’Hudi Wines, Denise Stubbs from Thokozani, Sheila Hlanjwa from Lathitha Wines, and Carmen Stevens from Carmen Stevens Wines at the recent ProWine China.
Black-owned wine brands make history at ProWine China

Eleven black-owned wine brand made history as the biggest delegation to attend the annual ProWine China trade show in Shanghai, China held from 12 to 14 November 2019...

6 Dec 2019

Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health
Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health

Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing...

By Ermias Betemariam 5 Dec 2019

Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects
Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects

There is a wealth of indigenous knowledge about capturing and eating insects in Sub-Saharan Africa...

By Robert Musundire 29 Nov 2019

Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development
Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development

The Government of Italy, with support from the FAO, recently held an event highlighting Mediterranean and other traditional healthy diets as fundamental to...

28 Nov 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

To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn't
To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn't

Synthetic biology lets us explore places where evolution has never gone, to help meet humanity's food needs in a future shaped by climate change...

By Claudia Vickers 20 Nov 2019

These are Shoprite's standout suppliers for 2019
These are Shoprite's standout suppliers for 2019

The Shoprite Group honoured its most innovative and reliable suppliers at its annual Supplier Awards this past weekend...

19 Nov 2019

FAO, GEF team up to make forest data more transparent, accessible and available
FAO, GEF team up to make forest data more transparent, accessible and available

"Many developing countries lack the capacity to generate reliable forest data to report on their climate achievements. This project will provide an essential platform for more transparent forest-related data, helping countries to compile, analyse and disseminate better data in line with the Paris Agreement's requirements."

14 Nov 2019

LE South Africa introduces oil-spill-eating enzyme technology
LE South Africa introduces oil-spill-eating enzyme technology

"In nature, bacteria release enzymes and biosurfactants that attack the spill. The biosurfactants emulsify the spill, breaking it down to be used as a food source for the bacteria. The end result of this process is CO2 and water."

8 Nov 2019

Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa
Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa

Nestlé and its regional partners have joined forces to launch the Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa to promote employability for young people...

4 Nov 2019

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Warehousing: A foundation for economic growth

Warehouses tend to be one of the most ignored elements of infrastructure and logistics, but are a fundamental part of the supply chain...

By Geoffrey White 1 Nov 2019

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FarmSmart, Amido partner to launch new mobile app for African farmers

Providing recommendations for farmers based on location, soil type, season and irrigation access, the app provides a powerful source of knowledge to smallholder farmers online and offline...

30 Oct 2019

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EU invests €40m to bolster food security in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions

The EU, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations have signed a €40m, five-year programme to boost the development of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific...

25 Oct 2019

Maize production holds great potential for the African continent
Maize production holds great potential for the African continent

Maize meal is the most widely grown crop in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for 40% of the continent's production and 0.3% of global maize production in 2017...

24 Oct 2019

Women in agriculture: Unsung heroes around the globe
Women in agriculture: Unsung heroes around the globe

Let's move away from treating gender issues as "something at the end-of-the-day" business...

By Konanani Liphadzi 24 Oct 2019

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Young African agribusiness innovators fellowship launched

The World Food Prize Foundation and newly launched World Hunger Fighters Foundation have partnered to provide year-long fellowships to young African food innovators and entrepreneurs...

23 Oct 2019

#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet
#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet

Vacant rooftops across all major cities around the world are a dime a dozen. Their concrete surfaces aren't just a waste of space in a highly urbanised world, but also contribute to the heat island effect that afflicts these built-up areas. So why not farm on them?

By Sindy Peters 23 Oct 2019

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Agriculture industry will power Africa's economic transformation, says Agra Forum

It is widely acknowledged that agribusiness is the key to transforming African economies - this was the core message at the 2019 Agra Forum in Accra, Ghana and a constant topic of discussion during the African Agri Council (AAC) recent West Africa roadshow...

17 Oct 2019

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How technology can enhance affordable, sustainable agriculture in Africa

Set to speak at the Agritech Africa 2020 conference in Cape Town in June next year, Dr Max Wengawenga, assistant chief economic advisor to the president of Malawi, says that Africa needs more innovation in the agricultural sector...

8 Oct 2019

Reshaping food systems with innovation and knowledge
Reshaping food systems with innovation and knowledge

A major focus for the FAO is establishing a new business model based on science, data, transparency and accountability and that is conducive to strong partnerships with the private sector...

7 Oct 2019

Cargill, IFC renew partnership in strengthening cocoa producing cooperatives
Cargill, IFC renew partnership in strengthening cocoa producing cooperatives

Cargill and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have announced the renewal of their partnership which will facilitate the introduction of new initiatives to strengthen cocoa producing cooperatives...

3 Oct 2019

Food systems development needs a new trajectory - FAO director-general
Food systems development needs a new trajectory - FAO director-general

Noting that food systems are huge economic, social and environmental drivers of transformational change, FAO director-general Qu Dongyu believes turning them into accelerators of progress on the SDGs is essential...

27 Sep 2019

FAO director-general calls on food industry to do more to support healthy foods
FAO director-general calls on food industry to do more to support healthy foods

Qu Dongyu, director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, has called for the food industry to do more to support healthy foods, and to reduce food loss and waste throughout the cycle of food systems from farm to fork...

26 Sep 2019

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#FoodNextAfrica: Blockchain will simplify and transform supply chain traceability

According to the WWF, a bid to improve the traceability of supply chains around the world is top of mind with a major focus on transparency - but how is technology disruption promoting business growth?

By Robin Fredericks 25 Sep 2019

Coffee co-operatives - every cup tells a story
Coffee co-operatives - every cup tells a story

When you visit co-operatives and see what goes into producing your coffee, you gain a new appreciation for your morning cup...

23 Sep 2019

#FoodNextAfrica: The SA food startup championing traditional African flavours
#FoodNextAfrica: The SA food startup championing traditional African flavours

Young entrepreneur Sipamandla Manqele is using food to inspire pride in indigenous African ingredients, while uplifting the small-scale farmers and communities involved in their cultivation...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Sep 2019

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AI, changing the future of Africa's food security

The ability of agricultural equipment to think, predict and even advise farmers presents Africa with an historic opportunity to meet the continent's own food requirements...

13 Sep 2019

Positioning agriculture as a key driver of Africa's growth
Positioning agriculture as a key driver of Africa's growth

The potential to increase Africa's agricultural yields through the strategic use of data could place the continents' farmers at the heart of tomorrow's global economy...

9 Sep 2019

Nestlé announces winners of sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge
Nestlé announces winners of sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge

African startups Shopit, Exportunity and Wakulima from South Africa, Benin and Tanzania respectively, emerged the winners of the Nestlé Research and Development sub-Saharan innovation challenge...

4 Sep 2019

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