Embrace disruption in the fresh produce supply chain because it's here to stay
Embrace disruption in the fresh produce supply chain because it's here to stay

Disruption is more than just a buzzword. It has become part of business and part of our lives.

Issued by Produce Marketing Association 1 day ago

Tertius Carstens, CEO of Pioneer Foods, and Eugene Willemsen, CEO, PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa.
PepsiCo eyes growth in Africa with $1.7bn Pioneer Foods acquisition

Multinational snack foods and beverage giant PepsiCo has entered into an agreement to acquire South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group for approximately $1.7 billion (R23.5 billion). The New York-based food giant - owner of brands like Pepsi, Lay's and Doritos - will acquire all outstanding shares of Pioneer Food Group for R110 per share. The transaction is one of PepsiCo's largest acquisitions outside of the United States.

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Family farmers are needed to enhance agricultural sustainability, says FAO

During the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, FAO director-general, José Graziano da Silva shared how enabling public policies and legal frameworks for family farmers will "allow them to adapt and flourish in today's changing environment" and maximise their contribution to sustainable development. He made the remark at the launch of the UN Decade of Family Farming.

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South Africa’s agriculture and food production industries are exempt from the carbon tax - for now. Shutterstock
South Africa's carbon tax matters - for the economy and tackling climate change

Carbon tax is likely to be an effective way of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, which lead to climate change and have negative consequences for human life. But the carbon tax that's been introduced in South Africa could cost jobs, unless people acquire skills that can be used in sectors that are not carbon-intensive.

By Mmatlou Kalaba & Heinrich Bohlmann 1 day ago

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

"In an age of radical transparency, your internal culture is your brand. Time to take action!" proclaims the headline from Trendwatching.com.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 days ago

Vinpro viticultural training sharpens vineyard workers skills
Vinpro viticultural training sharpens vineyard workers skills

Vinpro has helped more than a thousand people to sharpen their viticultural skills, and will continue to do so in the next few months. A total of 1,252 people were trained during 65 Vinpro vineyard training courses in the year ending 30 June 2019. "It's really encouraging to see wine grape producers even as far as KwaZulu-Natal increasingly realising the value of equipping their people with practical and theoretical expertise," says Hanno van Schalkwyk, Vinpro viticulturist who heads up the training.

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New technologies key to transforming SA's agriculture sector
New technologies key to transforming SA's agriculture sector

Agriculture industry stakeholders in the Western Cape recently met to discuss ways in which local and global development in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) could be tracked and monitored. "The industry needs to be able to recognise trends and they need to be responsible about adopting new technologies within the context of local realities," Dirk Troskie, director of business planning and strategy in the Western Cape Department of Agriculture said at the workshop, held in Stellenbosch.

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2019 Western Cape Agri Awards officially launched
2019 Western Cape Agri Awards officially launched

The Western Cape minister of agriculture, Ivan Meyer, has officially launched the 2019 Prestige Agri Awards. This year marks the eighth year that the Department of Agriculture has partnered with supermarket giant, Shoprite, to sponsor the awards.

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CUT professor helps Africa farmers adapt to climate change
CUT professor helps Africa farmers adapt to climate change

Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) professor, Muthoni Masinde has developed a draught predicting tool to bridge the gap between indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge. The tool, for Africa's small-scale farmers and flagship project called Information Technology and Indigenous Knowledge with Intelligence (ITIKI), was officially launched on 20-21 June 2019.

16 Jul 2019

Industrial action has negative impact on citrus exports
Industrial action has negative impact on citrus exports

The South African transport and port company, Transnet, recently confirmed that activities at the container terminals in Durban and at Ngqura near Port Elizabeth were being affected by industrial action.

16 Jul 2019

Young South Africans want to farm. But the system isn't ready for them
Young South Africans want to farm. But the system isn't ready for them

Persistent unemployment has become synonymous with the youth experience across South Africa. Youth unemployment rates are almost four times higher than the regional average - 62% of South Africans between 15 and 35 years are unemployed and of these 60% have never been employed

By Luke Metelerkamp 16 Jul 2019

How digital technologies can help Africa's smallholder farmers
How digital technologies can help Africa's smallholder farmers

Digitisation could change the game for agriculture in Africa. That's a key message in a report recently released by an international institution that enhances smallholder farming in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

15 Jul 2019