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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

KZN couple continues family tradition supplying first-grade fresh produce
KZN couple continues family tradition supplying first-grade fresh produceArticle

Two pensioners from KwaZulu-Natal have continued their family tradition of farming in the La Mercy region...

7 Apr 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

Finalists in Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards announced
Finalists in Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards announcedArticle

17 finalists will walk away with awards and grants up to the value of R1.3m. A total of R12.6m will be awarded...

22 Jan 2021

Problematic assumptions raise questions about South Africa's new land reform plan
Problematic assumptions raise questions about South Africa's new land reform planArticle

The new initiative reproduces the core weaknesses of post-apartheid state land and agricultural policy. These have done little to improve the livelihoods of the poor...

Ben Cousins 27 Oct 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

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

Study shows land redistribution can create new jobs in agriculture in South Africa
Study shows land redistribution can create new jobs in agriculture in South AfricaArticle

The Covid-19 crisis has clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of the livelihoods of many South Africans, and highlighted food insecurity as one key aspect...

Ben Cousins 4 Jun 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

Global and historical lessons on how land reforms have unfolded
Global and historical lessons on how land reforms have unfoldedArticle

Land reform has always been closely tied to shifts in the wider political economy of countries...

Ben Cousins 9 Dec 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

How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy
How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economyArticle

After rapid economic growth averaging 10% every year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia has emerged as an engine of development in Africa.

Gebisa Ejeta 18 Jan 2019

Farmer irrigating vegetables in Mali ┬ęTingju Zhu/IFPRI
Smallholders' global food production underestimatedArticle

The proportion of smallholder farms globally may be much larger than previously thought, suggesting that their current contribution to global food production could be underestimated, a crowdsourcing study reveals.

Munyaradzi Makoni 18 Dec 2018

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#IATF2018: How African leaders can help transform agriculture in AfricaArticle

"Africa's leaders should honour their commitment to allocate 10% of their budgets to agriculture if the continent is to improve food security, reduce poverty and spur economic growth."

18 Dec 2018

How the lack of affordable vegetables is creating a billion-dollar obesity epidemic in South Africa
How the lack of affordable vegetables is creating a billion-dollar obesity epidemic in South AfricaArticle

David Sanders, emeritus professor at the school of public health at the University of the Western Cape says that South Africans have a very high burden of ill health, much of which is related to their diet...

15 Aug 2018

Potatoes SA announces first Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year
Potatoes SA announces first Enterprise Development Farmer of the YearArticle

Phophi Raletjena is the first ever Potatoes SA Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year. He ascribes his success to firstly, increasing his yield and secondly, the ability to source and access information and to learn from others...

Hanrie Greebe 11 Jun 2018

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Towards a food-secure AfricaArticle

"To achieve food sufficiency and turn the continent into a net food exporter, Africa must empower smallholder farmers, who constitute 70% of the population and produce 80% of the food consumed in the continent."

Raphael Obonyo 12 Feb 2018

Agricultural education and training: The landscape, challenges and opportunities
Agricultural education and training: The landscape, challenges and opportunitiesArticle

Many leading South African farming entities share the common sentiment that agricultural colleges are no longer delivering well-rounded, technically skilled professionals...

Prof Charlie Reinhardt 2 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: Investing in efficiency of Africa's small-scale farmers a game changer
#BizTrends2018: Investing in efficiency of Africa's small-scale farmers a game changerArticle

Technology is one of the key growth drivers expected to support efficiency gains and increased output internationally, from biotech to automation...

Ashley Boag 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Why education is the next big trend in African agriculture
#BizTrends2018: Why education is the next big trend in African agricultureArticle

Four key trends require immediate scrutiny: consolidation, transformation, technology and agri-education. Importantly, the upscaling of agricultural education is the crystalising requirement to strengthen and contextualise these trends...

Howard Blight 5 Jan 2018

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Nisboere: Exploring South Africa's small and unusual farmsArticle

Laeveld Agrochem's series Nisboere sees presenters visit small and unusual farms across the country and offer practical advice to viewers who may be interested in starting small-scale farms...

12 Sep 2017

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Kitchen gardens cultivate bond between refugees, Kenyan hostsArticle

A project in northern Kenya aims to make refugees self-reliant through farming while helping them integrate with the local community...

Benson Rioba 22 Aug 2017

Journalist and political commentator, Max du Preez
Has SA finally hit the reset button?Article

This country is never boring. Where else in the real world does the skinniving, intrigue and corruption offer more plot twists than Game of Thrones?

Nicci Botha 14 Jun 2017

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Holistic approach needed for agriculture to play the role the NDP envisionsArticle

Agriculture can contribute tremendously to growth in South Africa, but policymakers and key role players must "pull together"...

7 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Concrete beehive helps create a more sustainable beekeeping industry
#DesignIndaba2017: Concrete beehive helps create a more sustainable beekeeping industryArticle

The beekeeping model being exhibited at Design Indaba aids in the survival of bees; offers a more sustainable option for beekeepers and additional income sources for small-scale farmers...

2 Mar 2017

What does the future hold for Africa's farmers?
What does the future hold for Africa's farmers?Article

Smallholder farmers, lack of equipment and meager harvests: Africa's agricultural sector is widely seen as not being ready to face the future. Modernisation can help increase production but that is easier said than done...

Daniel Pelz 1 Feb 2017

#BestofBiz 2016: Agriculture
#BestofBiz 2016: AgricultureArticle

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views.

8 Dec 2016

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Madagascar faces dire food insecurityArticle

UN food agencies call for urgent action to address southern Madagascar's worsening food insecurity, as $67 million is needed in food aid and farming support for the upcoming planting season...

23 Nov 2016

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FAO and OIE launches first salvo against Peste des petits ruminantsArticle

The FAO and OIE has launched the first phase of a $996.4 million, 15-year plan to eradicate Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) - also known as sheep and goat plague - by 2030...

31 Oct 2016

The state of agriculture in Africa
The state of agriculture in AfricaArticle

Agriculture has the potential to lift the African continent out of poverty and alleviate hunger, however, the sector has struggled to perform in recent history...

27 Jun 2016

- Sizwe Nyuka Mlenzana at his Ekasi Green Project. Photo: Pumla Tuko
Making gardens in Khayelitsha's sandy soilArticle

Ekasi Green Project shares its vegetables and knowledge with the community...

Pumla Tuko 14 Jun 2016

Limited food options take their toll on the health of South Africa's rural poor
Limited food options take their toll on the health of South Africa's rural poorArticle

In the past 20 years, researchers have linked the increase of obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension in low- and middle-income countries to urbanisation, changing diets and less active lives...

Angela McIntyre 25 May 2016

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#AfricaMonth: Adopting a new mentality to small-scale farmingArticle

It's necessary for smallholder farmers in Africa to innovate and form partnerships with organisations that can help them do so. In this, the farmers of Nakuru county has...

Cari Van Wyk 20 May 2016

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Agriculture limbo after budget speechArticle

"It will be extremely shortsighted not to acknowledge the extreme economic pressures the country and also fiscal authorities currently have to grapple with

26 Feb 2016

ICT can take farming into the future
ICT can take farming into the futureArticle

Ahmed Ibrahim Wakea Allah is a farmer in Sudan. By taking part in an e-agriculture project, he quadrupled his wheat yield in just one year...

Ian Theunissen 30 Nov 2015

'Size cap on farms could devastate agriculture'
'Size cap on farms could devastate agriculture'Article

Agricultural experts have warned that the government's plan to cap the size of farms could have a devastating effect on food production and prices...

Jan-Jan Joubert 25 May 2015

Wheels come off farming project
Wheels come off farming projectArticle

A R500m project intended to help emerging black farmers is on the brink of collapse...

Sipho Masombuka and Bobby Jordan 23 Mar 2015

Zokwana's budget speech - a pragmatic approach to challenges in agriculture
Zokwana's budget speech - a pragmatic approach to challenges in agricultureArticle

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana delivered his first budget speech for 2014/2015 on Wednesday.

18 Jul 2014

Urban organic agriculture in downtown Joburg
Urban organic agriculture in downtown JoburgArticle

Discussions about the regeneration of Johannesburg's inner city usually revolve around refurbishment of buildings and attracting business and residents into the city. But an award-winning project in downtown Johannesburg with the ambitious long-term aim of feeding poor people in the inner city is changing the conversation.

25 Nov 2013

Free journo training workshop on food security, farming
Free journo training workshop on food security, farmingArticle

The Southern Africa Food Lab, having visited small scale farmers around the country identifying their challenges and needs, will hold a special training session for journalists as part of its meeting being held in Irene Dairy Farm Conference Centre, Irene Pretoria on 22 October 2013. Bookings close today, 16 October.

16 Oct 2013

Planned economic degrowth could improve sustainable developmentArticle

In his chapter, "The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries", Worldwatch senior fellow and state of the world 2012 project co-director, Erik Assadourian describes the benefits and opportunities of proactive "economic degrowth", defined as the intentional contraction of overdeveloped economies and more broadly, the redirection of economies away from the perpetual pursuit of growth.

18 Oct 2012

Small-scale farmers are vital link in food securityArticle

In a recent Business Report opinion piece, Pick n Pay Stores chairman Gareth Ackerman says that the need for initiatives to ensure the country's food security and the need to encourage small-scale farming as a means of alleviating poverty, creating jobs and opening up access for previously disadvantaged people to formal retail markets, is at the core of recent public discussion related to the state of South Africa's agricultural sector.

20 Apr 2012

Development: Investment in small farmers crucial in AfricaArticle

CAPE TOWN: Attempts to alleviate poverty and hunger and boost African economies are futile if the needs and potential of small-scale farmers in the region are ignored and the issue of trade barriers remains unaddressed.

Miriam Mannak 24 Jun 2009

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