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SA olive oil elite have 10 spots to compete for in Absa Olive Oil Awards

Absa, which previously sponsored the Absa Top Five Olive Oil Awards, will extend this honour to 10 exceptional olive oils. The very best gold award recipients of the SA Olive Awards will be chosen as finalists

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Low rainfall could lead to poor Western Cape wheat harvests

The Western Cape is the biggest contributor to the country's wheat harvest. There is a real possibility that poorer rainfall may occur over the next few years which could lead to poorer harvest

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New pan-African fruit industry association to strengthen trade between Africa and EU

Afruibana, a pan-African association of fruit producers and exporters from Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Ghana has officially been launched. The association will take steps to support competitiveness and export fruits to EU countries

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Climate adaptation: SACAU supports global call for agriculture insurance

SACAU has joined a global call to make agriculture insurance available as one of the tools to help farmers adapt to the climate change challenges, particularly smallholder farmers

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Calling all sommeliers for SA's Best Young Sommelier competition

To empower the next generation of professional sommeliers, the South African Sommelier Association (SASA) in association with Moët & Chandon introduces the Best Young Sommerlier competition, with entries now open until 29 July 2017.

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Go and rot, you old bag

South Africans will soon be able to dispose of their plastic bags along with the rest of their waste without worrying about negative effects on the environment

By Farren Collins 2 days ago

Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. Impact evaluation data shows that an average of 3,200 community members benefits per fellowship awarded

2 days ago

Rwanda's essential oils offer big profits from little land

The pioneer of essential oils in Rwanda said he understood over a decade ago "the need to develop high-value crops" in his hilly nation of just 2.6m hectares

By Stephanie Aglietti 2 days ago

Drinking yoghurt increases in volume, value

BMi Research has released its report on the drinking yoghurt category, which continued to grow in volume and value in 2016

2 days ago

Nedbank boosts investment in Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés

Nedbank has increased its investment in the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme for 2017 with the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust pledging R700,000 to boost the Guild's Protégé Programme

2 days ago

AGCO Future Farm hosts young agripreneurs for mechanisation and business workshops

The AGCO Future Farm demonstrates the value of mechanisation, technology systems, and best agronomic practices through real-life experience. It is a centre for developing leading-edge agriculture for Africa

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Branding Chenin blanc as a South African specialty

According to the managing editor of Wine Enthusiast, South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal

3 days ago

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is 'wine futures' worthy

En primeur or 'wine futures', is a method of purchasing sought-after wines early while the wine is still in the barrel

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

Chinese overfishing threatens West African economies

Foreign fishing vessels, many from China, prowl the waters off West Africa every day. They capture millions of fish - catches that used to go to local boats

By Salem Solomon 3 days ago

Fall armyworms on march across Africa

Fall armyworm has spread to 21 African countries and threatens the continent's main food staple, maize. Fall armyworms pose a big threat to the continent's agriculture, says Huesing

By Sora Halake 3 days ago

Developing countries urged to set international food standards

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have issued a joint statement calling on countries to develop international food standards

3 days ago

How to grow your seed collection

There's something to be said about buying seed collections - multiple varieties of one plant in one seed packet. That has become the norm

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 3 days ago

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

We chat to President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world

18 Jul 2017

Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa

Wastewater is the one resource (unlike land, labour, or fresh water) that is continuously growing in volume and used to cultivate vegetables, grains, animal feed, and fish at a larger scale than we ever realised

By Christopher A. Scott 18 Jul 2017

Addressing land redistribution through the One Household One Hectare policy

The focus of the 1HH 1H programme is growth through redistribution. The policy gives effect to the department's mandate for access to land on an equitable basis and secures tenure of beneficiaries

By Yolisa Mfaise 18 Jul 2017

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International

Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees

A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday, 6 July.

7 Jul 2017

Growing food in the post-truth era

This article is part of an ongoing series from the Post-Truth Initiative, a Strategic Research Excellence Initiative at the University of Sydney. The series examines today's post-truth problem in public discourse: the thriving economy of lies, b*llsh!t and propaganda that threatens rational discourse and policy.

By Alana Mann 6 Jul 2017

Global status of commercialised biotech/GM crops

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) publishes an annual global review of biotech crops commercialisation or the ISAAA Briefs. It is one of the most cited references in modern agri-biotechnology due to its credibility and accuracy. Since the adoption of biotechnological crops in 1996, ISAAA has remained the single most prominent source of this information.

4 Jul 2017

EkoFarmer: High-tech turnkey solution for businesses who want to grow their own

Finish enterprise Exsilio has developed a high-tech solution comprising a redesigned container for growing salad and herbs, among others, in urban environments. Ecological local food can be cultivated efficiently in the 13-metre long farming module known as EkoFarmer.

28 Jun 2017

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