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Covid-19 and the agricultural sector: We dare not waste this crisis
Covid-19 and the agricultural sector: We dare not waste this crisisArticle

The agricultural sector - particularly in Africa - bears the historical paradox of having significant economic potential on the one hand and lacking the required agility and innovation to harness its resources for notable global competitiveness on the other...

Ishmael Sunga 21 hours ago

Nearly 20 million more people hit by food crises last year
Nearly 20 million more people hit by food crises last yearArticle

Nearly 20 million more people faced food crises last year amid armed conflict, the Covid-19 pandemic and weather extremes...

Maytaal Angel 6 May 2021

Public arts festival (Un)Infecting the City to take place May and June
Public arts festival (Un)Infecting the City to take place May and JuneArticle

The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) will present Infecting the City, which has been renamed (Un)Infecting the City for this year, during May and June 2021.

4 May 2021

Global competition invites startups, enterprises to change the face of food systems
Global competition invites startups, enterprises to change the face of food systemsArticle

The UN Food Systems Summit has announced a competition to identify the best small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the world who are transforming food systems for a better tomorrow...

29 Apr 2021

Covid-19 economic impact failed to put brakes on climate change - WMO report
Covid-19 economic impact failed to put brakes on climate change - WMO reportArticle

The Covid-19-related economic slowdown failed to put the brakes on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts according to a new report by the WMO...

22 Apr 2021

FAO, AUC launch guide to help countries enter Africa's new single market
FAO, AUC launch guide to help countries enter Africa's new single marketArticle

Increased agricultural trade between African countries can drive sustainable development and play a pivotal role in the transformation of our food systems...

16 Apr 2021

Blockchain could play an important role in future agriculture and food security
Blockchain could play an important role in future agriculture and food securityArticle

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has further destabilized global food chains supplies. Technological innovations like blockchain can help address these challenges...

Abdul-Rahim Abdulai, Carling Bieg, Evan Fraser and Sarah Marquis 16 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

New forum launched for global soil health
New forum launched for global soil healthArticle

Farmers, especially Africa's millions of smallholders, must be empowered to be the primary caregivers of the soil in the interest of food security and climate-change management alike...

24 Mar 2021

Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emerge
Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emergeArticle

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' latest report has revealed that agricultural losses from natural hazards continue to soar, inflicting economic damage and undermining nutrition...

23 Mar 2021

From crop to cup: Ricoffy beans now 100% sustainably sourced
From crop to cup: Ricoffy beans now 100% sustainably sourcedArticle

Nestlé South Africa recently announced the launch of its Nescafé Ricoffy Responsibly Sourced campaign which aims to consolidate the brands sustainability initiatives, strategies and resources...

Robin Fredericks 23 Mar 2021

A new way of processing cowpeas brings affordable nutrition to children
A new way of processing cowpeas brings affordable nutrition to childrenArticle

Indigenous foods such as cowpeas can improve people's nutrition and help them cope with the hunger brought about by the effects of Covid-19 on foreign food imports...

Nokuthula Vilakati 15 Mar 2021

Children are eating too much poor nutrient quality food and too little of good nutrient quality food. Shutterstock
South Africa needs to change direction on maternal health to solve child malnutritionArticle

When we think about nurturing healthy children, we need to adopt a life course approach to maternal nutrition. In other words, a women's health for the benefit of herself and her child must be prioritised early in life...

Chantell Witten & Shane Norris 9 Mar 2021

GFSI ranks SA first in food security in sub-Saharan Africa
GFSI ranks SA first in food security in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

This despite an overall decline in global food security...

5 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

FAO DG outlines 'Four Betters' approach in transforming agri-food systems
FAO DG outlines 'Four Betters' approach in transforming agri-food systemsArticle

FAO director-general Qu Dongyu recently delivered the keynote lecture at Italy's Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, saying a holistic redesign of the world's agri-food systems...

1 Mar 2021

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Technology and supermarket chains can help strengthen southern Africa's food systemsArticle

Covid-19 restrictions on restaurants and catering have led to supermarkets being the key route to market...

Thando Vilakazi and Namhla Landani 16 Feb 2021

Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the Covid-19 response
Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the Covid-19 responseArticle

Covid-19 is deepening global food insecurity, as the pandemic's economic impact adds to existing challenges...

Jules Siedenburg and John Paul Cauchi 26 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

WorldFish, LVFO strengthen research ties boosting aquatic food availability in East Africa
WorldFish, LVFO strengthen research ties boosting aquatic food availability in East AfricaArticle

The new agreement marks a step towards competitive, gender-equitable, and sustainable commercial aquaculture and fisheries management in the Lake Victoria Basin, bordered by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda...

13 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Recovery starts now - looking back at 2020 and ahead to a more resilient region
#BizTrends2021: Recovery starts now - looking back at 2020 and ahead to a more resilient regionArticle

In recent years, Africa has recorded the fastest growth globally in the number of hungry people and will have the highest total number of hungry people in the next decade if we cannot reverse current trends...

Patrice Talla 21 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

Africa Tech Week tackling the post-corona digital revolution
Africa Tech Week tackling the post-corona digital revolutionArticle

Although the post-corona digital revolution may bring about the paradigm shift for how we interact with and use technology in our daily lives from academia to the workplace, 2020 may finally be the tipping point for global digital penetration...

Issued by Topco Media 23 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

A balanced approach to ocean and inland aquaculture will nourish the world
A balanced approach to ocean and inland aquaculture will nourish the worldArticle

New research evaluates claims that ocean aquaculture is the next sustainable and equitable food frontier, points to a balanced approach that includes land-based aquaculture as essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals...

18 Nov 2020

City planning is a critical lever to address urban food insecurity
City planning is a critical lever to address urban food insecurityArticle

While food insecurity in South Africa is commonly framed as a rural problem, food insecurity is increasingly concentrated in urban areas...

Mologadi Makwela 11 Nov 2020

Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it
Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop itArticle

Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate...

John Lynch 9 Nov 2020

Data-driven agriculture can solve the challenge of food security in Africa
Data-driven agriculture can solve the challenge of food security in AfricaArticle

While many farmers still rely on traditional techniques to coax a living from the land, there are opportunities to use cutting-edge technology to drive Africa towards a food-secure future...

Amrote Abdella 21 Oct 2020

Major SA food brands join PnP in food waste reduction commitment
Major SA food brands join PnP in food waste reduction commitmentArticle

Pick n Pay has recruited 20 of its largest food and manufacturer suppliers to join the 10x20x30 initiative, a global private-sector project, to significantly combat in-store and supply chain food waste by 2030...

15 Oct 2020

Green, integrated approaches could address food security challenges
Green, integrated approaches could address food security challengesArticle

According to advisors from food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa), IFAT Africa, and analytica lab Africa, agriculture and food production does not happen in isolation, and to maximise food production and address world hunger, stakeholders across a broad value chain have to start working more collaboratively and sustainably...

15 Oct 2020

Good nutrition for good immunity
Good nutrition for good immunityArticle

The global pandemic has highlighted many fault-lines across society, and in our current state of ongoing disruption, it also presents us with unique opportunities to make changes...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 8 Oct 2020

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South African Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement launchesArticle

The CGCSA has launched the South African Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement, which commits food manufacturers and retailers to reducing food waste...

29 Sep 2020

Nutrition in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic
Nutrition in the context of the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the challenges of food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition that existed prior to the outbreak, but which are now affecting more individuals and households...

Issued by University of the Free State 28 Sep 2020

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems
FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systemsArticle

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

21 Sep 2020

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...

17 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

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

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

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

Covid-19 has hit SMEs in SA's food sector hard. What can be done to help them
Covid-19 has hit SMEs in SA's food sector hard. What can be done to help themArticle

Covid-19 has prompted widespread discussion of the resilience of food systems and how efficiency and competitiveness have been previously understood...

Andrew Bowman and Reena das Nair 1 Sep 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

A palm oil plantation in Malaysia. (Shutterstock)
How our food choices cut into forests and put us closer to virusesArticle

Forests provide an essential buffer between people and wildlife - and the viruses they carry. Global agriculture is destroying forests, harming biodiversity and may be putting human life at risk...

24 Aug 2020

Rebuilding the humanitarian ecosystem in South Africa
Rebuilding the humanitarian ecosystem in South AfricaArticle

When the dust settles, the humanitarian sector will need to take strategic steps to restore and strengthen its capacity to contribute effectively to a post-Covid world...

Reana Rossouw, Issued by Next Generation 7 Aug 2020

Microsoft investment to boost sustainability in SA's agricultural sector
Microsoft investment to boost sustainability in SA's agricultural sectorArticle

The investment is aimed at driving sustainability in the sector for smallholder farmers, who form an important part of the agricultural workforce in the country...

4 Aug 2020

FAO launches platform to help global community reduce food loss, waste
FAO launches platform to help global community reduce food loss, wasteArticle

Gearing up for the inaugural International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 29 September, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has unveiled a new platform...

30 Jul 2020

Food or foe - the real cost of counterfeit consumables
Food or foe - the real cost of counterfeit consumablesArticle

The rise of counterfeit consumables has increased exponentially over the past few years across the African continent. A cause for major concern as many of these cases end in a fatality...

Vashti Nagel 28 Jul 2020

Pandemic highlights the importance of dietetics
Pandemic highlights the importance of dieteticsArticle

As diabetes emerges, worldwide, as a top co-morbidity of Covid-19, there's an increasing focus for many of us on our family eating habits and how we can make smart, sustainable improvements to support immunity and overall health through food...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 28 Jul 2020

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