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Cannabis Master Plan to be presented to Nedlac
Cannabis Master Plan to be presented to NedlacArticle

DALRRD Minister Thoko Didiza says as the legalisation and the commercialisation of cannabis remains at the forefront of public debate and on top of the agenda for policymakers globally, the plan will be presented to the National Economic Development and Labour Council by the end of May 2021...

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Technology to drive SA agriculture toward sustainability
Technology to drive SA agriculture toward sustainabilityArticle

Technology and the introduction of high-impact technological solutions has proven to be an enabler in assisting farmers and stakeholders in addressing and alleviating climate change challenges...

22 Apr 2021

Public-private partnerships to provide nutritional food to communities
Public-private partnerships to provide nutritional food to communitiesArticle

The International Potato Centre has been working with small commercial food processing companies in several African countries to introduce orange-fleshed sweet potatoes puree as a highly nutritious and cost-effective ingredient in the food industry...

15 Apr 2021

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Land reform: Look closer at subdivisions, adequate farm sizes, says researcherArticle

"The process of land redistribution can be made more successful if more attention is given to providing benefiting emerging farmers with farms that are of an adequate and manageable size."

30 Mar 2021

Data & creativity: How opposites attract in a connected world
Data & creativity: How opposites attract in a connected worldArticle

Irrespective of the industry you're in - be it marketing, finance or healthcare - data is pretty important these days...

Shaune Jordaan 30 Mar 2021

How wheat straw, mango peels could be used for renewable food packaging
How wheat straw, mango peels could be used for renewable food packagingArticle

Wheat straw and mango peels that are normally disposed of in landfills or used as manure and animal feed could potentially be used in the development of renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic active food packaging that could help keep products fresher for longer...

15 Mar 2021

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Three SA researchers shortlisted in international forestry research awardArticle

Three South African researchers have made it to the global shortlist of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Awards. They were selected from 14 candidates in the South African round...

11 Mar 2021

Kenya dairy farmers double income, milk yields with climate-smart fodder grasses
Kenya dairy farmers double income, milk yields with climate-smart fodder grassesArticle

Researchers have been working with farmers to test ten new varieties of grasses that are higher in protein, lower in fiber and mature faster. They boost both the quality and quantity of milk...

3 Mar 2021

Experts point ways to better crops and farmer incomes
Experts point ways to better crops and farmer incomesArticle

A new annual event examines root and soil health's importance for food security, livelihoods and climate resilience and marks the launch of a community for root and soil health action...

3 Mar 2021

Farmers fight back: Making animal feed from a locust plague
Farmers fight back: Making animal feed from a locust plagueArticle

Kenya is battling some of the worst locust plagues in decades, but startup The Bug Picture hopes to transform the pests into profits...

Baz Ratner 23 Feb 2021

New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture
New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agricultureArticle

Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided...

Anja Gassner, Philip Dobie and Terry Sunderland 4 Feb 2021

Veterinary involvement critical in Covid-19 response
Veterinary involvement critical in Covid-19 responseArticle

The World Health Organisation indicated in its 2012 report that some 1,400 species of infectious disease pathogens of humans exist and nearly 60% are derived from animal sources...

Dr Leon de Bruyn 27 Jan 2021

SA's first organic pollinator programme launched
SA's first organic pollinator programme launchedArticle

Twenty trainees have been chosen to help scale organic production in South Africa...

25 Jan 2021

Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand Rethink
Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand RethinkArticle

Distell and Invenfin have entered into a partnership with Releaf Pharmaceuticals to share ownership in South African cannabis wellness brand Rethink...

20 Jan 2021

Tractors can change farming in good ways and bad: lessons from four African countries
Tractors can change farming in good ways and bad: lessons from four African countriesArticle

Agricultural mechanisation is on the rise in Africa, replacing hand hoes and animal traction across the continent...

Thomas Daum 29 Dec 2020

Collaboration needed to deliver food, nutrition security roadmap
Collaboration needed to deliver food, nutrition security roadmapArticle

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa calls for more engagement as the long-term EU-AU research and innovation partnership reaches its midpoint...

30 Nov 2020

Boost smallholder phone access for better crop yields
Boost smallholder phone access for better crop yieldsArticle

Researchers examined effect of mobile phone and internet access on farming...

Eldon Opiyo 19 Nov 2020

Dust in the atmosphere is a sign of trouble in South Africa's maize fields
Dust in the atmosphere is a sign of trouble in South Africa's maize fieldsArticle

Soil loss in South Africa can have a negative impact on air quality and food security...

Frank Eckardt 20 Oct 2020

Why a Zimbabwean farming project failed: Lessons for rural innovation
Why a Zimbabwean farming project failed: Lessons for rural innovationArticle

Rural communities are dynamic and complex. Imposing innovations that don't speak to the needs of these communities will inhibit rural development...

Eness Paidamoyo Mutsvangwa-Sammie 19 Oct 2020

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Covid-19 and AfCFTA: why now is the time to maintain momentum despite the global pandemicArticle

The buzz and excitement around the continent's trade agreement, hailed as the answer to a fully integrated pan-African economy, has undoubtedly slowed its pace since the secretariat became operational in April 2020...

Zuneid Yousuf 15 Oct 2020

Sundowner raisin cultivar wins ARC research, technology award
Sundowner raisin cultivar wins ARC research, technology awardArticle

Phyllis Burger and Andries Daniels from ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij have been awarded the Deciduous Fruit Industry (DFI) merit award for research and technology.

22 Sep 2020

ARC aims to free Southern Africa from the fruit fly
ARC aims to free Southern Africa from the fruit flyArticle

A coordinated project by the Agricultural Research Council, F3 Fruit Fly Free has been initiated to establish and maintain fruit fruit production areas free or under low prevalence of this pest in Southern Africa...

4 Sep 2020

Why more Ugandan farmers aren't adopting drought tolerant maize
Why more Ugandan farmers aren't adopting drought tolerant maizeArticle

Low productivity is one of the biggest challenges facing Uganda's maize industry. But smallholder farmers still won't adopt improved seed.

HyeJin Lee 3 Sep 2020

"It's my computer program!" Who owns the copyright?
"It's my computer program!" Who owns the copyright?Article

The question surrounding the ownership of copyright is becoming increasingly relevant to businesses, particularly when they outsource the creation of works to independent people or companies...

Reinard Kruger 10 Jul 2020

SU researcher shows how local small-scale farmers can start artisan cheesemaking businesses
SU researcher shows how local small-scale farmers can start artisan cheesemaking businessesArticle

Dr Faith Nyamakwere recently received her PhD in Animal Sciences in the SU Faculty of AgriSciences for her research on how small-scale farmers can start their own artisan cheesemaking businesses...

Engela Duvenage 30 Apr 2020

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Kalyan Group, building Africa agricultural value chains for the futureArticle

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...

Robin Fredericks 1 Apr 2020

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Agri tech investment vital for industry output, export growthArticle

South African agriculture needs more investment and the implementation of the latest technology to boost output, not only for local consumption, but also for vitally needed exports to boost foreign exchange earnings...

9 Mar 2020

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Key insights into the global oil crop marketArticle

According to a report published by IndexBox, the global oil crops market revenue amounted to $394.4bn in 2018, picking up by 7.6% against the previous year...

24 Feb 2020

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ARC launches new maize information guide for farmersArticle

The maize information guide is a mobile application which comprises a current collection of scientifically proven data on maize production, insect identification and disease management; weed and nematodes control.

21 Feb 2020

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Government to regulate commercial use of hemp productsArticle

Government will this year open up and regulate the commercial use of hemp products, providing opportunities for small-scale farmers, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday.

14 Feb 2020

Insights from Senegal: Involving farmers in research is key to boosting agriculture
Insights from Senegal: Involving farmers in research is key to boosting agricultureArticle

Farmers are more likely to adopt and share new practices when their knowledge and experience is taken into account...

10 Feb 2020

Palm oil: Research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature ones
Palm oil: Research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature onesArticle

Researchers found that palm oil plantations up to five years old were more harmful to the climate than already established ones...

Sofie Sjogersten 23 Jan 2020

Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pest
Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pestArticle

A new $500m initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is leading the way...

Rémi Nono Womdim 19 Dec 2019

Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?
Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?Article

Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support...

12 Dec 2019

The 2019 Vision2030 Awards finalists announcement
The 2019 Vision2030 Awards finalists announcementArticle

Top Media and Communications have released those companies and individuals selected as finalists in the 2019 Vision2030 Awards...

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Kenya's Twiga Foods raises $30m in Series B round
Kenya's Twiga Foods raises $30m in Series B roundArticle

Kenyan B2B food distribution company, Twiga Foods, has raised $23.75 million in a Series B equity round led by Goldman Sachs...

28 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

SU hosts discussion on agricultural research ideals, partnerships
SU hosts discussion on agricultural research ideals, partnershipsArticle

Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of AgriSciences, in collaboration with Agri SA, recently hosted agricultural industry role players to discuss the future of agricultural research ideals, related partnerships with SU and the South African academia in general...

20 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

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

Irrigation earns flood-prone farmers US$4,344 a hectare
Irrigation earns flood-prone farmers US$4,344 a hectareArticle

According to researchers, several African communities in areas prone to floods grow crops in soils left behind by floods - a practice called flood recession agriculture - and thus they aimed to identify conditions under which this practice yields maximum benefits in northern Ghana.

30 Jul 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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For success, train families not farmersArticle

Dr Luke Metelerkamp, a research associate at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University explores a new approach to upskilling emerging farmers...

Dr Luke Metelerkamp 11 Jul 2019

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Using citrus and grape by-products to preserve foodArticle

According to an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University, large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives...

4 Jul 2019

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SA animal scientists explore the ecological footprint of livestockArticle

According to UFS rector and vice-chancellor, Prof Francis Petersen, if we approach current food supply challenges with scientific level-headedness, systematically build on knowledge and experience gained, and draw on similar inputs from other specialist fields, the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

19 Jun 2019

Sweet potato 'ideal dual-purpose crop' for smallholders
Sweet potato 'ideal dual-purpose crop' for smallholdersArticle

Sweet potato could solve nutritional deficiencies and aid food security in poor households...

Munyaradzi Makoni 14 Jun 2019

Researchers set sights on cataloguing the genetic diversity of insects pestering SA olives
Researchers set sights on cataloguing the genetic diversity of insects pestering SA olivesArticle

A genetic catalogue of the insect pests found on wild and cultivated olive tree species in South Africa is being compiled by a small team of geneticists in the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University and their South African and overseas collaborators...

Engela Duvenage 12 Jun 2019

Agriculture among key sectors that contributed to contraction of the economy
Agriculture among key sectors that contributed to contraction of the economyArticle

The South African economy, the most industrialised economy on the African continent, has been struggling to gain momentum and has not grown by more than 2.5% a year since 2013...

Tebogo Mashabela 5 Jun 2019

Data-driven decision-making for water security
Data-driven decision-making for water securityArticle

Every day we make observations to inform our decisions - whether it is taking your loved one's temperature to establish if they have a fever or checking your fuel gauge or range on your vehicle's display. It provides us with the comfort of knowing and decision-making information...

Dr Shafick Adams 29 May 2019

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