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Sub-Saharan Africa's food security has turned out better than feared. But risks remain
Sub-Saharan Africa's food security has turned out better than feared. But risks remainArticle

Government support for farmers, higher rainfall and grain imports have helped sub-Saharan Africa stave off food insecurity, but the region isn't out of the woods yet...

Wandile Sihlobo 7 May 2021

Climate-friendly farming strategies can improve the land and generate income for farmers
Climate-friendly farming strategies can improve the land and generate income for farmersArticle

Farmers can help slow climate change by mixing native grasses into croplands, restoring wetlands and raising perennial crops. These strategies also conserve soil and water and build new markets...

29 Apr 2021

There is room for an upward adjustment of SA maize production estimates
There is room for an upward adjustment of SA maize production estimatesArticle

South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee mildly lifted its forecast for 2020/21 summer grain and oilseeds production from last month by 1% to 18,7 million tonnes...

Wandile Sihlobo 29 Mar 2021

Poor rural infrastructure holds back food production by small Nigerian farmers
Poor rural infrastructure holds back food production by small Nigerian farmersArticle

Agriculture is an important part of development and poverty mitigation in low income countries. It depends on infrastructure such as good roads, safe drinking water...

Abiodun Olusola Omotayo, Abeeb Babatunde Omotoso, Saidat Adebola Daud 25 Feb 2021

Cyclone Eloise's damage could have implications for South Africa's maize price outlook
Cyclone Eloise's damage could have implications for South Africa's maize price outlookArticle

Mozambique's National Institute for Disaster Management suggests there has been notable damage in some fields...

Wandile Sihlobo 29 Jan 2021

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Overcoming water challenges in agricultureArticle

FAO's The State of Food and Agriculture 2020 takes a new look at water shortages and scarcity in the world...

26 Nov 2020

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Global agtech market value to reach $22bn by 2025Article

The agtech market is comprised of services such as agricultural sensors for crop management, GPS field mapping, and supply chain management...

23 Nov 2020

Positive growth from SA's agriculture sector despite economic crisis
Positive growth from SA's agriculture sector despite economic crisisArticle

In the midst of an unprecedented economic and health crisis one sector in our economy has outshone the rest. The agricultural sector expanded by almost 28% in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2019 and 15.1% in the second quarter.

19 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

Changes in South Africa's rainfall seasons could affect farming and water resources
Changes in South Africa's rainfall seasons could affect farming and water resourcesArticle

Trends across the different rainfall zones can be linked to changes recorded for large-scale climate systems...

Sarah Roffe and Jennifer Fitchett 14 Oct 2020

Andy Jury, CEO, Mukuru
How the social impact of remittances is aiding wellbeing in developing countriesArticle

As developing nations reel from the impact of the novel coronavirus and national lockdowns, communities and households are seeing their collective resilience and wellbeing put to a rigorous test...

Andy Jury 18 Sep 2020

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Using agriculture to help boost job creation, investment in MozambiqueArticle

Brazilian investors have expressed interest in Mozambique's agribusiness, given the agro-ecological potential and the promising opportunities that the country offers in this sector.

25 Aug 2020

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SA might be on track for another good crops season due to higher rainfallArticle

It has become increasingly challenging to forecast agricultural production seasons with any level of confidence. One of the factors that has contributed to this challenge is more unpredictable weather conditions, especially over the last decade.

Wandile Sihlobo 31 Jul 2020

Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats
Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and batsArticle

The steep decline in biodiversity is worrying, especially as wild species are important for pollination and pest control...

Lenore Fahrig 13 Jul 2020

South Africa can expect bigger summer grains and oilseeds crop
South Africa can expect bigger summer grains and oilseeds cropArticle

South Africa's 2019/20 fourth summer crop production estimates data recently released by the Crop Estimates Committee did not introduce major adjustments from the previous estimates...

29 May 2020

Looking to science for food security solutions
Looking to science for food security solutionsArticle

Considering the IP and legal implications of gene editing...

Chyreene Truluck 27 May 2020

Final revised crop production figures for 2019 released
Final revised crop production figures for 2019 releasedArticle

Comparing the final calculated crop figures with the numbers set by the Crop Estimates Committee, the size of the commercial wheat crop is now 1,535 000 tonnes, which is 33,325 tonnes or 2,22% more than...

11 May 2020

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How agritech solutions can help farmers offset coronavirus risksArticle

Agricultural technologies are helping to combat some of the problems that have been intensified in the sector due to the impact of Covid-19...

Nico Groenewald 5 May 2020

Conservation agriculture can boost maize yields
Conservation agriculture can boost maize yieldsArticle

Maize farmers who aim to practise no-tillage or conservation agriculture on their farms will benefit from considerably higher yields during dry seasons...

Engela Duvenage 4 May 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

4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020
4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020Article

All 16 finalists will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 to expand the scope of their projects...

19 Feb 2020

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A look at sustainable farming trends in South AfricaArticle

According to the conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 in order to feed an estimated population of 73 million people. The implementation of sustainable farming practices is therefore crucial to ensure food security.

Claudi Nortjé 12 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

Putting trade to work to balance agriculture and environmental factors
Putting trade to work to balance agriculture and environmental factorsArticle

Trade is a way that countries can tap into their own local advantages and close food security gaps, says FAO Director-General QU Dongyu...

19 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The social franchising opportunity
#BizTrends2020: The social franchising opportunityArticle

In South Africa, many young people are looking for jobs and one wonders what jobs they had in mind...

Vera Valasis 10 Jan 2020

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CEC releases 5th forecast of 2019 winter cereal cropsArticle

The Crop Estimates Committee or CEC has just released its estimate and fifth production forecast for winter cereal crop production in 2019...

20 Dec 2019

Soil is our best ally in the fight against climate change - but we're fast running out of it
Soil is our best ally in the fight against climate change - but we're fast running out of itArticle

Areas of the UK may lose their topsoil in little over a century according to new research...

17 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

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Agribusiness Confidence Index declines in Q4 of 2019Article

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...

Wandile Sihlobo 5 Dec 2019

Call for JSE to act on climate change
Call for JSE to act on climate changeArticle

About 50 protesters from Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future, and members of mining affected communities - many from Soweto - protested outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton on Black Friday...

Kimberly Mutandiro 2 Dec 2019

Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here's how
Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here's howArticle

The impact of climate change on agriculture and food production is clear: the sector will suffer. Here's what needs to be done...

13 Nov 2019

Can Africa overcome these threats to security and stability?
Can Africa overcome these threats to security and stability?Article

Our continent is hurtling towards an uncertain future that is being shaped by the forces of the Fourth Industrial Revolution...

Pedro Guerreiro 11 Nov 2019

Crop leftovers can store huge amounts of carbon: insights from Uganda
Crop leftovers can store huge amounts of carbon: insights from UgandaArticle

Unused biomass residues from maize, sorghum, rice, millet and groundnut in Uganda show to offer unique opportunities for circular production and soil amendment of biochar...

15 Oct 2019

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Crop planting drive to improve KZN food securityArticle

In an effort to create vibrant agricultural communities and improve food security, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government will this week launch a multimillion-rand Crops Planting Programme in Mkhanyakude District Municipality...

11 Sep 2019

Biotech crops help producers overcome challenges
Biotech crops help producers overcome challengesArticle

South Africa's biotech crop adoption increased a further 3% in just one year between 2017 and 2018, a new report has revealed...

8 Sep 2019

Genetic improvement in aquaculture is key for food security
Genetic improvement in aquaculture is key for food securityArticle

Wider, appropriate and long-term application of genetic improvement in aquaculture, with a focus on selective breeding, will help boost food production to meet a projected increase in demand for fish and fish products...

28 Aug 2019

Ghana's pact with China to explore bauxite threatens a unique forest
Ghana's pact with China to explore bauxite threatens a unique forestArticle

Ghana's Atewa forest is one of the most beautiful and scenic landscapes in the country...

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah 20 Aug 2019

Ghana wants to grow more cashews. But what about unintended consequences?
Ghana wants to grow more cashews. But what about unintended consequences?Article

Expansion of cashew production for export poses potential challenges particularly around food security...

James Boafo and Kristen Lyons 15 Aug 2019

Global food prices slide marginally in July
Global food prices slide marginally in JulyArticle

The overall drop reflects decline in cereals, dairy and sugar prices...

1 Aug 2019

Undercover farming helps overcome climate change challenges
Undercover farming helps overcome climate change challengesArticle

To combat the effects of climate change and to keep farming businesses sustainable, a growing number of producers are farming undercover...

Carin Venter 25 Jul 2019

Interest rate cut positive for SA agriculture
Interest rate cut positive for SA agricultureArticle

The recent cut in interest rates, coupled with a reduction in petrol prices and a stronger Rand, while marginal, will go a long way to provide relief to farmers who are currently struggling considering the tough economic environment...

25 Jul 2019

Gwede Mantashe, mineral resources and energy minister
R850m set aside for beneficiation initiativesArticle

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says R850m has been set aside to support beneficiation initiatives by science councils that will forge a developmental growth path and transform the economy...

11 Jul 2019

Government relaxes water allocation restrictions for EC farmers
Government relaxes water allocation restrictions for EC farmersArticle

The easing of restrictions comes on the back of discussions between the Department of Water and Sanitation, Kouga Dam custodians the Gamtoos Irrigation Board and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 25 June 2019...

26 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

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

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The maize price, risk and insuranceArticle

Risk is synonymous with farming, and in the grain industry it is even higher, considering current conditions...

30 May 2019

Synchronising food production can have disastrous effects
Synchronising food production can have disastrous effectsArticle

Governments need to think about global ways agricultural policies may affect the stability of the food system as a whole, beyond locally focused efforts to increase resilience in production...

Zia Mehrabi and Navin Ramankutty 2 May 2019

Researchers help Eastern Cape farm explore new opportunities to improve livelihoods
Researchers help Eastern Cape farm explore new opportunities to improve livelihoodsArticle

UWC's Professor Ndiko Ludidi has shown that the knowledge generated in university laboratories can make a very tangible difference in the real world...

15 Apr 2019

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Crop estimates still positive but not enough to lift agriculture GDP in the near termArticle

As expected, the latest Crop Estimates Committee's (CEC) production estimate report showed an upward revision to the February estimate for maize to 10.56 million tonnes...

Paul Makube 27 Mar 2019

Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate change
Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate changeArticle

The selection of seed varieties adapted to a particular climate could be refined if farmers themselves assess their performance, using their plots as small, experimental laboratories...

Cecilia Rosen 12 Mar 2019

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