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Nespresso commits to carbon neutral coffee by 2023
Nespresso commits to carbon neutral coffee by 2023Article

Nespresso has been carbon neutral across its business operations since 2017, and now commits to achieving full carbon neutrality across its supply chain and product life cycle...

2 days ago

As the SA Reserve Bank steadies, low rates continue to spur confidence in agriculture
As the SA Reserve Bank steadies, low rates continue to spur confidence in agricultureArticle

The Sarb considered risks to both growth and inflation as balanced, and signalled no intention to make further cuts for the remainder of 2020. However, in the second half of 2021 we may see the first round of hikes...

Paul Makube 2 days ago

Joint effort keeps South Africa's agricultural sector thriving during pandemic
Joint effort keeps South Africa's agricultural sector thriving during pandemicArticle

At the outset of the Covid-19 lockdown, agriculture and the food sector were classified as essential services to avoid disrupting the nation's food supply. But there were always concerns about whether the agricultural value chains and logistics could work efficiently when most other sectors of the economy had ground to a halt...

Wandile Sihlobo 2 days ago

Anzisha Prize 2020 reveals finalists
Anzisha Prize 2020 reveals finalistsArticle

The Anzisha Prize has revealed its top 20 finalists for 2020. Winners will be announced at this year's Anzisha Prize Conference on the 27 October 2020...

3 days ago

New voluntary levy for winter cereal industry
New voluntary levy for winter cereal industryArticle

New voluntary levy for winter cereal industry

3 days ago

Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth Map
Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth MapArticle

Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has developed a new tool anyone, anywhere can access to obtain multidimensional maps and statistics showing key climate and environmental trends wherever they are...

3 days ago

Doing good business is good for business
Doing good business is good for businessArticle

Sustainability has become somewhat of a buzzword in recent years and for good reason. From best practise and sustainability within the workplace to multinational manufacturers going green, the increasing importance of it is all around us...

Issued by Topco Media 16 Sep 2020

Tim Atkin releases 2020 report for South African wines
Tim Atkin releases 2020 report for South African winesArticle

Leading UK wine writer Tim Atkin has released his latest in-depth look at the South African wine industry. His annual report, now in its eighth year, is regarded as one of the most detailed and authoritative overviews of South African wine...

16 Sep 2020

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming - but who will really benefit?
The fourth agricultural revolution is coming - but who will really benefit?Article

AI, robots and other technologies could transform farming - for worse as well as for better...

David Rose and Charlotte-Anne Chivers 16 Sep 2020

Online business publication launches in vernacular
Online business publication launches in vernacularArticle

The South African media landscape is poised for a major shift today as it welcomes to its fold the first-of-its-kind isiZulu-medium online business publication. Published by Likhanyile Media, the publication is called Umbele, which means the udder...

Issued by Likhanyile 16 Sep 2020

How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050
How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050Article

Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years...

Michael Obersteiner, David Leclère, Piero Visconti 15 Sep 2020

Local poultry production shows moderate growth
Local poultry production shows moderate growthArticle

The production of South African poultry increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2020 when compared to the same period last year...

15 Sep 2020

GDP statistics: Agriculture is the economy's backbone
GDP statistics: Agriculture is the economy's backboneArticle

The gross domestic product statistics released by Stats SA has indicated a decline of 51% in the second quarter of 2020. This is the fourth consecutive quarter decline since the second quarter of 2019 catapulted South Africa's economy into a recession...

15 Sep 2020

Agribusiness confidence rebounds in Q3
Agribusiness confidence rebounds in Q3Article

After deteriorating from the 50-point mark to 39 in the second quarter, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) rebounded to 51 in the third quarter of 2020...

14 Sep 2020

Covid-19 threatens the South African potato industry
Covid-19 threatens the South African potato industryArticle

The South African potato industry is under threat due to a surplus of frozen and processed potato products in Europe. This surplus is a result of a decreased demand brought on by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic...

11 Sep 2020

Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission established
Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission establishedArticle

Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission, at its ordinary meeting this week...

10 Sep 2020

Professor Carolina Pohl-Albertyn, NRF SARChI Research Chair in Pathogenic Yeast.
Ignored fungal infections kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combinedArticle

Recently published estimates put the burden of disease due to fungal infection in South Africa at more than 3 million cases per year. These figures are especially shocking given that prior to 1980, fungal infections were not a major health problem...

Carolina Pohl-Albertyn, Issued by University of the Free State 10 Sep 2020

Building back better on food and agriculture
Building back better on food and agricultureArticle

FAO has elaborated a comprehensive Response and Recovery Programme to overcome the impacts of Covid-19 through up-scaled and robust international collaboration...

QU Dongyu 10 Sep 2020

Citrus industry gets green light to export to the Philippines
Citrus industry gets green light to export to the PhilippinesArticle

Following eleven years of negotiation, the South African citrus industry has been given the go-ahead to export to the Philippines after signing a work plan between the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry...

10 Sep 2020

TBCSA appeals to government to reopen international boarders safely
TBCSA appeals to government to reopen international boarders safelyArticle

As a top export earner and high employment creator for low to semi-skilled workers, tourism has the best potential to reignite South Africa's economy quickly. International tourism can reopen safely, but it requires an enabling environment, which includes the reopening of international borders, an improved visa regime, air access and better safety for tourists...

9 Sep 2020

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

Maarten Ackerman, chief economist and advisory partner, Citadel
Latest GDP shocker the straw that will break the camel's back?Article

Latest GDP figures have laid bare the grim reality of Covid-19's economic effects, revealing an unprecedented 51% decline in economic activity in the second quarter of this year...

Maarten Ackerman 9 Sep 2020

SA agriculture posts strong growth in Q2 of 2020
SA agriculture posts strong growth in Q2 of 2020Article

Following a good start to 2020 with first quarter agriculture GDP rebounding strongly by 28.6% quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted annualised, the sector posted another impressive growth of 15% in the second quarter of 2020 which made it the only positive contributor with a 0.3 of a percentage point...

Paul Makube 8 Sep 2020

Risenga Maluleke, statistician-general
GDP contracts by 51% under lockdownArticle

The South African economy contracted by a staggering 51% in Quarter 2 of 2020, as the country reeled from the consequences of the Covid-19 enforced lockdown...

8 Sep 2020

Surplus food: The key to boosting household food security
Surplus food: The key to boosting household food securityArticle

Government needs to legislate labelling that supports the diversion of surplus food; the food value chain needs to find efficient ways to divert and deliver it; and civil society needs to put pressure on the system to ensure that their fellow countrymen are adequately fed and nourished...

John Hudson 8 Sep 2020

Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?
Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?Article

In the period between 2015 and 2019, Zimbabwe's maize imports averaged 17% of overall agricultural imports which were valued at US$795m, according to data from Trade Map. But last Zimbabwean government made an important statement aiming to boost its maize production...

Wandile Sihlobo 7 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

R100m Covid-19 grant funding set aside for smallholder farmers
R100m Covid-19 grant funding set aside for smallholder farmersArticle

The fund will be made available to existing Land Bank smallholder farmers; this includes the banks farmers who are serviced through the bank's intermediary partners...

7 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

Newly launched virtual event to bring African agrofood, plastprintpack industries together
Newly launched virtual event to bring African agrofood, plastprintpack industries togetherArticle

The four-day event brings leading global manufacturers and decision-makers from the African agrofood and plastprintpack industries together, creating a network of valuable business contacts.

3 Sep 2020

Global food prices rise in August
Global food prices rise in AugustArticle

International quotations for sugar, vegetable oils and coarse grains increased from July, while worldwide cereal harvests remain on course to hit annual record...

3 Sep 2020

Timberland strives for net positivity by 2030
Timberland strives for net positivity by 2030Article

Timberland has set a goal for its products to have a net positive impact on nature by 2030, in en effort to address the negative environmental impact of the fashion industry...

2 Sep 2020

Genomic test for dairy cows launched in SA
Genomic test for dairy cows launched in SAArticle

Genomic testing will enable farmers to fine tune their management, selection and breeding decisions with confidence...

1 Sep 2020

New technology addresses alternate bearing in citrus
New technology addresses alternate bearing in citrusArticle

Agri Technovation, in partnership with Laeveld Agrochem, has introduced its new technology, the ITEST Carbohydrates analysis programme to assist citrus farmers in establishing greater equilibrium between crops, resulting in increased harvest yields over time...

1 Sep 2020

Accelerating Africa's digital future
Accelerating Africa's digital futureArticle

As a continent with very high potential for growing economies, how can African countries accelerate their digital adoption and leapfrog into a new era of socio-economic prosperity?

Fadi Pharaon 31 Aug 2020

Irochka via
Big harvests for 2020, from summer to winterArticle

Despite earlier reduction in output in the Mpumalanga areas and reports that some of the maize in western areas has been downgraded to WM2, the total maize crop of 15.54 million tonnes is 38% higher year-on-year...

Paul Makube 31 Aug 2020

CWG Vinotheque Auction to help save wine industry jobs
CWG Vinotheque Auction to help save wine industry jobsArticle

Wine lovers can look forward to a line-up of rare wines in limited quantities, some from winemakers who have retired from winemaking...

31 Aug 2020

Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions
Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissionsArticle

August 22 was Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year...

Brant Walkley 31 Aug 2020

Africa has a growing food security problem: why it can't be fixed without proper data
Africa has a growing food security problem: why it can't be fixed without proper dataArticle

Poor and inconsistent pricing data makes it hard to assess agricultural markets...

28 Aug 2020

Investing in digital infrastructure can make the difference to Africa's economic recovery
Investing in digital infrastructure can make the difference to Africa's economic recoveryArticle

Africa faces many challenges on its path to becoming a global economic competitor. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa's development can either be a massive barrier to advancement - or, the spark that lights the fire...

Amrote Abdella 27 Aug 2020

The imperative to create shared value for Africa through investment in agriculture
The imperative to create shared value for Africa through investment in agricultureArticle

While other industries and sectors may have come to hold greater economic prominence in much of the developed world, in Africa, agriculture remains the most significant economic driver...

Axel Smeulders 27 Aug 2020

How optimal water use can support food security, reduce waste in Africa
How optimal water use can support food security, reduce waste in AfricaArticle

While wastewater reuse presents a sustainable solution in supporting food security amid looming water shortages, the infrastructure costs present a barrier to widespread adoption in South Africa...

27 Aug 2020

National Assembly approves Covid-19 tax relief bills
National Assembly approves Covid-19 tax relief billsArticle

The National Assembly has passed the Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and the Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill...

26 Aug 2020

GGDA's plans to reignite Gauteng's economy
GGDA's plans to reignite Gauteng's economyArticle

The Gauteng Growth Development Agency (GGDA) continues to accelerate its strategic intent to grow the province's economy...

25 Aug 2020

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