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#LockdownLessons: Montsho Sustainable Project is helping the ecosystem
#LockdownLessons: Montsho Sustainable Project is helping the ecosystem

Inspired by nature and the ecosystem, Tebogo Bathebeng founded Montsho Sustainable Project with the aim to create long term natural growth solutions for communities and businesses...

By Evan-Lee Courie 7 May 2020

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Kalyan Group, building Africa agricultural value chains for the future

As a player in the agricultural sector in West Africa, the company has invested approximately 5 million dollars in agricultural projects in Togo to provide employment for the Togolese communities and to reduce their dependence on imports...

By Robin Fredericks 8 Apr 2020

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Land reform in South Africa is both a human rights issue and a constitutional imperative

This month, as South Africans celebrate the country's progressive Constitution which re-affirms fundamental rights and freedoms in its Bill of Rights and reflects on past injustices under the apartheid system, there are rising calls for the government to revisit and address the land reform issue...

By Peter Setou 23 Mar 2020

The canna revolution - Q&A with Cannabis Expo director Silas Howarth
The canna revolution - Q&A with Cannabis Expo director Silas Howarth

The Cannabis Expo has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Cannabis Expo returns to Cape Town from 19 to 22 March 2020 at GrandWest. We got in touch with expo director Silas Howarth to find out what goes into putting on an event of this nature, shifting stigmas, advice for budding entrepreneurs and CBD trends...

By Ruth Cooper 12 Mar 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

By Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

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Agribusiness Confidence Index declines in Q4 of 2019

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index fell slightly from 46 points in the third quarter to 44 in the last quarter of 2019. A level below the neutral 50-point mark implies that agribusinesses are still downbeat about business conditions in South Africa...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Dec 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: Food For Mzansi, saluting the unsung heroes of SA agriculture
#EntrepreneurMonth: Food For Mzansi, saluting the unsung heroes of SA agriculture

Launched as a digital platform in November 2018, Food for Mzansi is on a mission to change the narrative of South Africa's agriculture industry...

By Robin Fredericks 3 Dec 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: Changemakers working towards a sustainable, inclusive food system
#EntrepreneurMonth: Changemakers working towards a sustainable, inclusive food system

A group of social entrepreneurs just emerged from the first Oribi Village Food System Incubation Programme...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Nov 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: The project creating chicken feed for the circular economy
#EntrepreneurMonth: The project creating chicken feed for the circular economy

Tebogo Bathebeng is the founder of the Montsho Sustainable Project, which harvests Black Soldier fly larvae to produce chicken feed.

By Evan-Lee Courie 19 Nov 2019

#FoodNextAfrica: How to whet the appetite of food investors
#FoodNextAfrica: How to whet the appetite of food investors

The global food and beverage business is brimming with innovation. Competition is stiff between FMCG giants and startups racing to get their latest product onto retail shelves and into the hands of consumers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Sep 2019

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Where are we with land reform?

Agricultural economist, Wandile Sihlobo says that come April 2020, the proposed change to the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation (EWC) may not happen...

By Nicci Botha 27 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

#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

East Coast Fever, a threat on South Africa's doorstep
East Coast Fever, a threat on South Africa's doorstep

A fatal cattle disease that was eradicated in South Africa in 1954 is back on our doorstep and poses a serious threat to the health of the national herd, food security, and the economic wellbeing of especially small farmers...

By Peter Oberem 29 Aug 2019

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakens in Q2 2019
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakens in Q2 2019

The survey was conducted between 27 May and 6 June 2019 and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa.

By Wandile Sihlobo 11 Jun 2019

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Should South Africa explore the cannabis market?

The growing emphasis that agriculture should be amongst the key sectors driving the South African economy and job creation has mainly leaned on potential expansion in hectares of labour-intensive, and globally sought-after horticulture products...

By Wandile Sihlobo 28 May 2019

How over-regulation, lack of understanding cause poverty and lack of transformation
How over-regulation, lack of understanding cause poverty and lack of transformation

The DAFF recently published amended regulations for Act 36 of 1947 for comment. Should these amendments be enacted, the impact on food security and the sustainability of the entire livestock value chain, especially small-scale stockholders, will be severely impacted...

By Peter Oberem 23 May 2019

Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

By Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

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Fruit industry transformation, all hands on deck

We need to get past the futile debate as to whether transformation is a key performance area for government, the industry or both. It's a collective responsibility...

By Konanani Liphadzi 7 May 2019

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Elections will come and go, but challenges in land reform will not

While land reform features prominently in manifestos of several political parties, not much detail is being provided on how individual parties plan to improve land reform and deal with the current challenges...

By Peter Setou 7 May 2019

Building efficient and sustainable operations for SA agriculture
Building efficient and sustainable operations for SA agriculture

We talk to Gerhard Pienaar, BI Business Development Leader, Agriculture, to find out more about what Bearings International is looking to achieve at this year's Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day, as he shares insights into on the importance of new technologies and more...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Apr 2019

SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over
SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over

South Africa's food price inflation numbers continue to surprise us. The figures recently released by Statistics South Africa show that food price inflation remained unchanged in March 2019 at 2.3% for the third consecutive month...

By Wandile Sihlobo 18 Apr 2019

Global grains market developments, and the implications for SA
Global grains market developments, and the implications for SA

The March 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the United States Department of Agriculture has provided further evidence that the world will have fairly large maize, soybean, and rice supplies in the 2018/19 season. Meanwhile, wheat production...

By Wandile Sihlobo 1 Apr 2019

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Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves marginally in Q1 2019

The survey was conducted between 28 February and 15 March and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa...

By Wandile Sihlobo 18 Mar 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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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

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