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Plant-based innovation trends - now and beyond 2020
Plant-based innovation trends - now and beyond 2020Article

Plant-based has been a growing food trend for some years now, and with greater consumer interest has come better product innovation...

Hayley Richardson 7 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

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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

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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

Mediaheads 360 announces new television content integration opportunity
Mediaheads 360 announces new television content integration opportunityArticle

One of the biggest TV shows in history is coming to SABC 1 in January 2021, owned and produced by Known Associates Entertainment and in partnership with MediaHeads 360...

Issued by MediaHeads 360 18 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

While retail sales plunge, SA's agriculture industry shows promise
While retail sales plunge, SA's agriculture industry shows promiseArticle

The agricultural sector is showing itself to be an anomaly, and it grew almost 30% during the financially turbulent first quarter of 2020...

29 Jul 2020

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SA agriculture sector 1Q20 recovery - where to from here?Article

Despite four consecutive quarters of contraction and ongoing challenges due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa's agriculture sector rebounded by 27.8% quarter-on-quarter...

Casey Delport 28 Jul 2020

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State of the agricultural sector in South Africa' economyArticle

The sector increased by 27.8% quarter-on-quarter due to higher production of animal products, horticulture and field crops amid favourable weather conditions...

Paul Makube 21 Jul 2020

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings
Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findingsArticle

The coconut - an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls - causes more environmental harm than many people realise...

Erik Meijaard 7 Jul 2020

Global food commodity prices rebound in June
Global food commodity prices rebound in JuneArticle

The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 93.2 points in June, some 2.4% higher than the previous month...

2 Jul 2020

Positive weather conditions help lift agriculture GDP output
Positive weather conditions help lift agriculture GDP outputArticle

The latest GDP update from Statistics South Africa shows an impressive rebound in agriculture forestry and fishing industry sector fortunes for the first quarter of 2020...

Paul Makube 1 Jul 2020

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Despite lower Mpumalanga yields, overall harvest outlook still impressiveArticle

After lifting the 2019/20 maize harvest estimate by 2.4% to 15.89 million tonnes in its May 2020 report, the National Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) made a downward revision of the total maize output to 15.51 million tonnes...

Paul Makube 26 Jun 2020

Netflix and Nigerian producer Mo Abudu enters multi-title partnership
Netflix and Nigerian producer Mo Abudu enters multi-title partnershipArticle

Netflix inks multi-title partnership with prolific Nigerian producer Mo Abudu to develop content from Nigeria...

12 Jun 2020

Covid-19: 'We are facing a humanitarian crisis like never before' - Breadline Africa
Covid-19: 'We are facing a humanitarian crisis like never before' - Breadline AfricaArticle

It is a sunny Tuesday afternoon. Farida Ryklief stands in front of a huge big pot of soup and a crate of bread on a table outside a kitchen in Delft, Cape Town...

Tariro Washinyira 11 Jun 2020

Hollard's Covid-19 response includes distribution of food hampers
Hollard's Covid-19 response includes distribution of food hampersArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated food insecurity in the most vulnerable communities within our society, says Londiwe Mkhize, Hollard's Group Head of Corporate Affairs...

Issued by Hollard 29 May 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

A positive outlook for SA's agricultural exports
A positive outlook for SA's agricultural exportsArticle

Canada, Brazil, the US and Ireland continue to report closures of meat-processing plants because of Covid-19 infections. This essentially means that if the disruptions in various meat plants persist for some time and spill over into the global market, SA would not be spared from the price impact, particularly on poultry products...

Casey Delport 14 May 2020

Global food commodity prices drop in April
Global food commodity prices drop in AprilArticle

FAO expects subdued usage to push up cereal stocks in 2019/20 and FAO's first forecast for wheat markets in 2020/21 points to continued growth in inventories...

7 May 2020

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Harvest outlook impressive and raises hope agriculture sector reboundArticle

At 15.22 million tonnes, the maize harvest will be the third-largest on record having been raised by 2.8% from the previous month and 35% year-on-year...

Paul Makube 4 May 2020

Good nutrition, a priority during Covid-19
Good nutrition, a priority during Covid-19Article

The global pandemic has stripped daily life down to the essentials, and we find ourselves under lockdown restrictions with our thoughts and actions around food set in a very different context to anything we have known before...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 29 Apr 2020

Why Ghana's smallholders aren't excited by the latest 'Green Revolution'
Why Ghana's smallholders aren't excited by the latest 'Green Revolution'Article

In the past 20 years, a newer model of the Green Revolution has emerged predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. Domestic and international agribusinesses have a much more prominent place...

Siera Vercillo 14 Apr 2020

17th Naledi Theatre Awards nominees announced
17th Naledi Theatre Awards nominees announcedArticle

The Naledi Theatre Awards has announced the nominees for the 17th edition of the awards programme. The awards acknowledges South African theatre productions staged in 2019...

14 Apr 2020

Global food price index drops in March
Global food price index drops in MarchArticle

Weakening demand and falling oil prices due to the global pandemic drive down international prices for major food commodities

2 Apr 2020

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Bullish grain supplies estimates will tame food inflationArticle

The season so far has progressed well, and all indications are that we are going to finish the year on a positive note...

Paul Makube 26 Mar 2020

Baglios' new sound takes customers around the world with every spoonful
Baglios' new sound takes customers around the world with every spoonfulArticle

By understanding the brand message and target market, DMX was able to curate a unique recipe for Baglios's exceptional in-store journey...

Issued by DMX 24 Mar 2020

Plant health in the spotlight at Pannar Extravaganza
Plant health in the spotlight at Pannar ExtravaganzaArticle

This year's Pannar Extravaganza focused on plant health; a theme specifically selected to tie in with the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health 2020.

Ursula Human 13 Mar 2020

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Soybeans can help combat Africa's agriculture and food security woesArticle

It won't be without its challenges, but soybean could well be the answer to Africa's agricultural and food security woes...

4 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

Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warn
Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warnArticle

Indigenous and local communities face threats from biodiversity loss...

Julie Mollins 20 Feb 2020

Alarmed by a rapid spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science is calling on government to declare a health emergency. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Lassa fever: why there's a call to declare a health emergency in NigeriaArticle

The Nigerian Academy of Science has called for the current outbreak of Lassa fever in Africa's most populous nation to be declared a national health emergency because of its severity...

13 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

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Optimistic outlook for agricultureArticle

The latest forecast released by South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee points to a somewhat optimistic outlook for the agricultural sector as seasonal conditions turned positive...

Paul Makube 30 Jan 2020

Nigeria has given a new GM cowpea variety the go ahead. Why it matters
Nigeria has given a new GM cowpea variety the go ahead. Why it mattersArticle

Nigeria recently approved the world's first GM cowpea, which provides full protection against the pod-borer Maruca, a major problem for this important crop...

28 Jan 2020

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The business of political PR: Advising heads of states in AfricaArticle

Maryanne Maina interviews Adebola Williams, CEO of StateCraft in Nigeria, a political communications company, on their mission to galvanise a generation to make informed choices...

Maryanne Maina 14 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: How to succeed in agriculture in 2020Article

The broader agricultural economic environment is changing, and this would require us to revisit how we determine our success as well...

Nico Groenewald 13 Jan 2020

South Africans go plant-based for Veganuary
South Africans go plant-based for VeganuaryArticle

More than 14,000 South Africans have officially signed up to partake in this year's Veganuary campaign, joining 350,000 other people across more than 150 countries...

Lauren Hartzenberg 10 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Sustainability to drive coffee growth in 2020
#BizTrends2020: Sustainability to drive coffee growth in 2020Article

Coffee has fuelled people's mornings for hundreds of years, and like other fuels, it comes with its own unique environmental issues...

Jonathan Robinson 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Top food and restaurant trends from the 2019 Eat Out Award-winning chefs
#BizTrends2020: Top food and restaurant trends from the 2019 Eat Out Award-winning chefsArticle

2019 Eat Out Award-winning chefs Bertus Basson of Overture Restaurant, Candice Philip of Grei, Gregory Czarnecki of The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Ivor Jones of Chef's Warehouse Beau Constantia, Michael Cooke of Camphors at Vergelegen and Ryan Cole of Salsify at The Roundhouse, weigh in with their top food and restaurant trends for 2020...

20 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Agriculture
#BestofBiz 2019: AgricultureArticle

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Global food prices up 2.7% in November
Global food prices up 2.7% in NovemberArticle

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils...

5 Dec 2019

Spur launches new vegetarian and plant-based menu
Spur launches new vegetarian and plant-based menuArticle

Spur Steak Ranches has launched a new plant-based menu at its restaurants across the country...

19 Nov 2019

Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creation
Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creationArticle

"The masterplan is an industry framework that will ensure that chicken, which has become a staple protein in millions of local homes, will retain its place as South Africa's favourite food."

7 Nov 2019

West Africa build gathers pace for The Conversation Africa
West Africa build gathers pace for The Conversation AfricaArticle

The Conversation Africa bolsters West African team to continue expansion into the African continent...

Alexandra Storey, Caroline Southey, Lyrr Thurston 15 Oct 2019

Lifetime achievement award for AfDB's Adesina
Lifetime achievement award for AfDB's AdesinaArticle

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina receives Emeka Anyaoku lifetime achievement award...

14 Oct 2019

Establishing an Africa-based global destination image platform at Brand Summit Africa 2020
Establishing an Africa-based global destination image platform at Brand Summit Africa 2020Article

Brand Summit South Africa is excited to announce that 1-5 June 2020 has been dubbed "Brand Summit Week" in Cape Town, launching a pan-African theme in response to calls to expand the strategic reach of the event to embrace the entire African continent from 2020 onwards...

Issued by Africa Brand Summit 9 Oct 2019

Global food prices held steady in September - FAO Food Price Index
Global food prices held steady in September - FAO Food Price IndexArticle

According to the FAO Food Price Index, global food prices were steady in September, as lower sugar prices were offset by increased quotations for vegetable oils and meat...

8 Oct 2019

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Alchemy Elixzar launches South Africa's first CBD-infused skincare lineArticle

Alchemy Elixzar has launched South Africa's first complete range of CBD-infused skincare products...

7 Oct 2019

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