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Failing Africa's farmers, starving the continent
Failing Africa's farmers, starving the continentArticle

African farm groups demand answers of Green Revolution Forum...

Timothy A. Wise 9 Sep 2020

African farmers are younger than you think. Here is why
African farmers are younger than you think. Here is whyArticle

Africa is far from having an ageing farming population. What is missing is a critical mass of skilled, young farmers with access to finance who could drive productivity in farming...

Felix Kwame Yeboah and Thomas Jayne 7 Sep 2020

Africa's coffee farmers are losing $1.47bn a year to exploitative pricing
Africa's coffee farmers are losing $1.47bn a year to exploitative pricingArticle

Millions of Africa's coffee farmers have slipped into abject poverty caused by poor prices which are currently barely enough to cover production costs while the rest of the coffee supply chain players enjoy rising profits.

29 Jul 2020

Leaders of entrepreneurial networks programme
Leaders of entrepreneurial networks programmeArticle

The Embassy of France in South Africa is working with the Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA) at the Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBS) to develop a tailor-made programme to support entrepreneurial networks in South Africa...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 8 Jul 2020

New body to drive transformation in the poultry industry
New body to drive transformation in the poultry industryArticle

South Africa's black poultry producers are set to launch their own body to organise themselves into one voice for driving the transformation agenda in the industry. This follows years of no representation...

22 Jun 2020

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Engen, Agri SA lend a helping hand to SA's farmersArticle

Engen has partnered with Agri SA to help drive contributions to their Drought Aid Fund, which ensures that farms remain in production and that jobs and food security are protected...

14 May 2020

Food For Mzansi, Grobank hosted free webinar
Food For Mzansi, Grobank hosted free webinarArticle

Food For Mzansi and Grobank presented a free webinar under the theme 'We shall overcome: South African agriculture beyond Covid-19'...

Issued by Grobank Limited 15 Apr 2020

African farmers lose export market access amidst Covid-19 crisis
African farmers lose export market access amidst Covid-19 crisisArticle

Millions of African smallholder farmers who grow fruits and vegetables (FFV) for export have lost market access as flights are cancelled and borders restricted around the world...

15 Apr 2020

When the going gets tough, farmers are on familiar territory
When the going gets tough, farmers are on familiar territoryArticle

South African farmers are old hands at adapting to uncertain and daunting circumstances, and our local agricultural industry has proved to be most enterprising...

Dr Kobus Laubscher 9 Apr 2020

On its 100th birthday, Jungle Oats opens R208m mill in Cape Town
On its 100th birthday, Jungle Oats opens R208m mill in Cape TownArticle

Jungle Oats celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and the iconic brand has just revealed a new mill in Cape Town and a refreshed communication strategy...

Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Feb 2020

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AFASA calls for strengthening of state-owned agri-entitiesArticle

"The downgrading of the Land Bank by Moody's is a sad sign of the state not taking the growth and development of black farmers in the country seriously."

28 Jan 2020

AAT appoints Brenda Tlhabane as ambassador
AAT appoints Brenda Tlhabane as ambassadorArticle

Tlhabane is the founder of Temo Ya Tlhabane Holdings and is known in the red meat industry as a cattle breeder, but also as a producer of other agricultural commodities...

27 Jan 2020

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Technology can aid farmers during SA's water crisisArticle

Although water reservoirs in urban areas in South Africa are at reasonable levels, there are still real concerns about how to effectively manage water in the rural countryside, with water being a scarce commodity and an essential part of farming...

7 Jan 2020

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

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

Ermias Betemariam 5 Dec 2019

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

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

Tongaat Hulett empowering youth in sugarcane farming through transformation initiative
Tongaat Hulett empowering youth in sugarcane farming through transformation initiativeArticle

While Tongaat Hulett is undergoing a strategic review and turnaround process to reduce its direct sugarcane farming activities in South Africa, it is also identifying ways to ensure its numerous farms will transition to third party growers...

1 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 pastureArticle

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

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AI, changing the future of Africa's food securityArticle

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...

10 Sep 2019

Prioritising herd health, why antibiotic resistance is a threat to SA's beef industry
Prioritising herd health, why antibiotic resistance is a threat to SA's beef industryArticle

Beefmaster Group is calling on South African farmers and the cattle industry at large to reduce its reliance on antibiotics...

3 Sep 2019

DETSA opens nationwide tender for emerging black sorghum farmers
DETSA opens nationwide tender for emerging black sorghum farmersArticle

Diageo Empowerment Trust South Africa will provide successful applicants with both capital and mentoring in order to maximise their chances of success. The trust will also help them gain access to new markets to ensure vital cash flow.

26 Aug 2019

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Driving transformation: The role of women in SA agriculture should be prioritisedArticle

"Addressing gender disparities in the agricultural sector is a prerequisite to increasing women and youth participation in the sector, creating much-needed employment opportunities and ensuring food security."

11 Aug 2019

Innovative support towards a brighter future in agriculture
Innovative support towards a brighter future in agricultureArticle

"Agriculture is facing several challenges both locally and internationally, which include a reduction in the number of farmers, a decrease in the size of land that is suitable for agricultural production and finding innovative ways to combat the effects of climate change..."

6 Aug 2019

AGCO expands Future Farm training investment in Zambia
AGCO expands Future Farm training investment in ZambiaArticle

The second phase of the Future farm will include upgrades to the existing road and farm infrastructure and digitizing the mechanisation and agronomy training material...

5 Aug 2019

Financial analysis promotes sustainable growth in agriculture
Financial analysis promotes sustainable growth in agricultureArticle

According to Nico Groenewald, head of agribusiness at Standard Bank, certain criteria that measure the effectiveness and sustainability of your farm can help to either sustain or even impede your financial growth, depending on how you utilise it...

2 Aug 2019

SA poultry farmers upskilled in farm, financial management
SA poultry farmers upskilled in farm, financial managementArticle

Over 240 small and disadvantaged South African poultry farmers have learned new business and financial management skills in a series of workshops by the World Poultry Foundation...

2 Aug 2019

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Africa rises to lead conversation on sustainable agriculture amidst climate changeArticle

Technology provides innovative answers to complicated challenges...

Dr Shadrack Moephuli 24 Jul 2019

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Precision agriculture is key to meeting Africa's growing demand for foodArticle

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations forecasts that the world's population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050 and that global food production will need to grow by 70% to feed that number of people.

Tony Esmeraldo 23 Jul 2019

Africa's top 10 tech startups of the moment
Africa's top 10 tech startups of the momentArticle

As a continent, Africa is contributing its fair share of exciting businesses to the world of tech...

Joel Syder 24 Jun 2019

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Precision farming: The benefits of utilising drones for your businessArticle

In tough economic times with increasing extreme weather events and stiff competition from overseas, South African farmers need to leverage every opportunity to maximise area use...

12 Jun 2019

John Deere, Corteva sign MoU driving Africa's agriculture growth
John Deere, Corteva sign MoU driving Africa's agriculture growthArticle

John Deere and Corteva Agriscience have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at accelerating Africa's agricultural sector and enriching the lives of farmers across the continent...

7 Jun 2019

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Why crop insurance is a vital tool in minimising risk for SA farmersArticle

With limited areas of arable land available for crop production, limited water resources and the constant risk of drought looming over the horizon, farmers have had to take more notice of the various types of risk that they face than ever before...

Phillip du Preez 6 Jun 2019

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Agricultural trader records 30% increase in pork pricesArticle

The price increase is on the back of an outbreak of African Swine Flu - which is harmless to humans, but fatal to pigs - in China, Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia, creating a global shortage of pork and the import parity of pork into South Africa.

5 Jun 2019

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SA agrarian development agency to be launchedArticle

Nation in Conversation kicked off its first session of day two at Nampo Harvest Day with a panel of experts discussing support and funding for a developing agricultural industry. The talks centred around the launch of a new agrarian development agency in South Africa...

21 May 2019

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EU-African task force proposes new way ahead for African rural developmentArticle

A European Commission task force, which included a researcher from the South African Centre of Excellence in Food Security, has released a series of recommendations on ways to unlock the economic potential of struggling rural Africa...

Morgan Morris 20 May 2019

New partnership provides free data and scouting services to SA farmers
New partnership provides free data and scouting services to SA farmersArticle

Yesterday, Agri SA and Aerobotics announced their partnership to provide South African farmers with access to free satellite farming data and the latest Aeroview In-Field Scouting Application...

15 May 2019

Commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation to a global breadbasket
Commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation to a global breadbasketArticle

Zhann Meyer, Africa Head of Global Commodity Finance for Nedbank CIB, delves into how commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation...

Zhann Meyer 10 Apr 2019

Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food supplies
Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food suppliesArticle

As the backbone of developing economies, agriculture not only serves to feed a nation but creates employment and, often, contributes significantly to the GDP...

9 Apr 2019

Skills development summit considers agriculture
Skills development summit considers agricultureArticle

Food and agriculture came under the spotlight in discussions at the Haggai Education and Training Skills Development Summit, held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane...

Deidre Louw 18 Mar 2019

Agri SA, SAAFWUA signs MoU to enhance water resource management
Agri SA, SAAFWUA signs MoU to enhance water resource managementArticle

Both organisations will collaborate on initiatives and projects that advance and facilitate the development of support mechanisms, for the Local Water Resource Management Institution to ensure the effective use of water by all South African farmers...

14 Mar 2019

Nairobi ready to welcome One Planet Summit to Africa
Nairobi ready to welcome One Planet Summit to AfricaArticle

The third One Planet Summit will make its debut in Africa this week, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya on 14 March...

13 Mar 2019

4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019
4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019Article

Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing for FNB Agriculture, says agricultural technology innovation is evolving at an unprecedented pace, leaving farmers with no choice but to adapt and reinvent themselves...

4 Mar 2019

AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market
AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness marketArticle

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...

Robin Fredericks 5 Feb 2019

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How agricultural innovation is helping Africa growArticle

Experts predict that advances in science and technology will keep farmers and agriculture professionals on their toes...

1 Feb 2019

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AGCO unveils innovative Farm in a Box initiative for Africa's rural communitiesArticle

Capacity-building and agricultural mechanisation are a priority to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming in Africa...

21 Jan 2019

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NW MEC commits to addressing farmers' challengesArticle

North West MEC for Rural‚ Environment and Agricultural Development, Desbo Mohono, says she will speedily address farmers' challenges and prioritise the needs of emerging farmers in the province...

17 Jan 2019

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New Year's messages from agri leadersArticle

The agriculture sector survived a year of rising uncertainty in 2018, but with the national election and the threat of drought looming, 2019 will be every bit as challenging. According to leaders in the sector, farmers will have to be resilient and partner with the right role players to face the trials that await.

11 Jan 2019

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Foot-and-mouth disease confirmed in cattle in Limpopo's VhembeArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has confirmed that laboratory results have tested positive for Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) in the Vhembe District of Limpopo...

9 Jan 2019

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Q&A: Transforming agriculture with tech scale-upArticle

Jennifer Blanke, vice-president of the African Development Ban, talks Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and ways to transform African agriculture...

Baraka Rateng' 7 Jan 2019

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

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...

Wandile Sihlobo 2 Jan 2019

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