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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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Agriculture Minister enjoys rare exposure to fruit industry

In January, Minister Senzeni Zokwana's first-ever visit to the fresh fruit industry made for a historic event on the industry calendar...

By Konanani Liphadzi 31 Jan 2019

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Good performance in SA agricultural exports despite the drought

Wine is one of South Africa's largest agricultural exports, therefore the growth in its exports contributes positively to the country's agricultural trade balance...

By Wandile Sihlobo 31 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector
#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector

The fresh produce industry's characteristics can easily be defined by those of its products - quick turnaround and short shelve life. It is definitely not an easy game...

By Lindie Stroebel 21 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019
#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019

Throughout 2018, the conversation on land reform became a national talking point, even making it to Google's most popular word of the year...

By Peter Setou 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: Agriculture: The future's uncertain, but our vision doesn't have to be
#BizTrends 2019: Agriculture: The future's uncertain, but our vision doesn't have to be

Stats SA's announcement of 2.2% GDP growth for Q3 of 2018 made SA's exit from the recession official. This time it was thanks to the secondary and tertiary sectors, which grew by 4,5% and 2,6% respectively...

By Konanani Liphadzi 7 Jan 2019

Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?
Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?

South African farmers planted 28,800 hectares of sorghum in the 2017/18 production season - the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37. This is a disappointing picture, given that sorghum was once seen as key to the development of the biofuel industry in South Africa...

By Wandile Sihlobo 2 Jan 2019

South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate lowered
South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate lowered

There are growing concerns that the current dry weather conditions in most parts of South Africa could lead to a lower maize harvest in the 2018/19 production season...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 Dec 2018

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 years
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 years

Subsequent to a decline from 54 to 48 points in the third quarter of 2018, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened further to 42 in the last quarter of the year. This is the lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2009...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Dec 2018

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Market access sustains SA's fresh fruit industry

It's the time of year when we tap into our affinity for relationships, which we hardly view alongside billions of rands or the creation of thousands of much-needed jobs. Well, when it comes to market access, SA's R44bn fresh fruit industry does just that...

By Konanani Liphadzi 27 Nov 2018

Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods
Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods

Celebrations were in order when Kenya recovered from the 2017 drought, when food price inflation was at double digits, causing political tension during the general election, however...

By Wandile Sihlobo 23 Nov 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods
#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods

With the population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the search has intensified for alternative protein sources to not only feed us all, but to do so sustainably by minimising the environmental impact...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Nov 2018

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Reel Gardening, inspiring South Africans to grow their own food

Reel Gardening recently won the Future-Agro Challenge: Agripreneur of the Year award. Here, Eugene Yiga speaks to founder Claire Reid to discover more...

By Eugene Yiga 18 Oct 2018

#FutureofFarming: Aerobotics launches new agritech innovations to combat pest, disease
#FutureofFarming: Aerobotics launches new agritech innovations to combat pest, disease

Cape Town startup, Aerobotics has launched five new innovations, which have been designed to help farmers with early pest and disease detection...

By Robin Fredericks 15 Oct 2018

Creating a new, inclusive wealth system based on Africa's continental context
Creating a new, inclusive wealth system based on Africa's continental context

Our continent has a significant amount of untapped wealth which we continue to overlook and oversee because we're always chasing short-term gratification over a longer-term and more inclusive approach to creating wealth...

By James Maposa 8 Oct 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: The SA startup making ice-cream from insect milk
#FoodNextAfrica: The SA startup making ice-cream from insect milk

If creepy-crawlies make you squeamish, then Gourmet Grubb's ice-cream, which is made using insects, may not be high up on your list of things to try...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Oct 2018

Snap, plant, grow - veggie gardening made simple with Sow Delicious
Snap, plant, grow - veggie gardening made simple with Sow Delicious

Vanessa Jacobs and her company Sow Delicious are making it easy for people to grow healthy, organic produce at home...

By Eugene Yiga 2 Oct 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: Braai goods online and on-demand
#FoodNextAfrica: Braai goods online and on-demand

Gauteng startup MyBraai has taken a popular South African past-time and turned it into a thriving online business...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Sep 2018

This Cape Town startup delivers restaurant-grade meat directly to your door
This Cape Town startup delivers restaurant-grade meat directly to your door

Buyfresh is online butchery supplying ethically-sourced, top quality meat at affordable prices to discerning Cape Town omnivores as well as the city's restaurant trade...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Sep 2018

Dr Roelof Botha
Recession? What recession? Now let's talk land reform

Economist, Dr Roelof Botha is quite adamant that South Africa is not in a recession despite what Stats SA said...

By Nicci Botha 10 Sep 2018

Growth and jobs in South Africa's agricultural sector
Growth and jobs in South Africa's agricultural sector

With NEDLAC's Jobs Summit fast-approaching, agriculture is once again back in the spotlight as one of the sectors that could potentially play a role in job creation...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Sep 2018

#WomensMonth: Michelle Adelman hits the road running on food security in Africa
#WomensMonth: Michelle Adelman hits the road running on food security in Africa

Michelle Adelman, founder of Crossover Meat and Infinite Foods shares why she chose a career in food security, the challenges she has faced and her message for women in business...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Just keep growing says Renshia Manual of GrowBox
#WomensMonth: Just keep growing says Renshia Manual of GrowBox

Entrepreneur and owner of GrowBox, Renshia Manual has obtained many accolades to her name, from being named a winner of the #YouthStartCT in 2016 to being selected for RedBull Amapiko in 2017...

By Robin Fredericks 20 Aug 2018

Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape
Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape

As South Africa establishes itself ever more securely in the modern world, so South African farmers must adapt to a set of new challenges...

By Bruce Hakutizwi 8 Aug 2018

Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports
Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports

With agriculture having its fair share of challenges, Wandile Sihlobo continues the discussion surrounding both domestic and regional developments with a closer look at agricultural trade performance...

By Wandile Sihlobo 19 Jul 2018

Meet the maker: Mark Taverner of Silver Creek Distillery
Meet the maker: Mark Taverner of Silver Creek Distillery

Silver Creek Distillery has been around since 2014. Mark Taverner started his journey with Shanna-Rae of Time Anchor Distillery as one of his mentors, as well as Lucy Beard from Hope on Hopkins. Even with these local influences, his alcohol has a unique twist to it...

By Samantha Snedorf 6 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

Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor for SAP Africa
#AfricaMonth: Committing to the digital transformation of agriculture in Africa

"What Africa needs, across the board is insight and foresight. Whether that is government agencies getting a better handle on what crops grow best and where so that they can direct policy and investments or the individual farmer farming better. Doing this requires data..."

By Cari Coetzee 17 May 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

Meet the Maker: Nicole Warden from CopperFox G&T
Meet the Maker: Nicole Warden from CopperFox G&T

The ready-to-drink CopperFox is distilled at the at Time Anchor Distillery, 100% natural and contains 13 African botanicals including Rose geranium, Sour Sea figs, Citrus, Fynbos and Honeybush...

By Samantha Snedorf 13 Apr 2018

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