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SA entomopathogenic nematodes effectively kill fungus gnat pests

Fungus gnats are serious pests in South Africa's undercover farming, often harming production of various crops

16 hours ago

High-tech tracker to battle ancient wheat plague

The tracking technology used to halt the deadly Ebola and Zika viruses could now be turned against wheat rust as scientists try new ways to stop the fungus devastating world grain crops

By Thin Lei Win 19 hours ago

Agricultural Writers SA awards top farmers, new entrants and agriculturists

Aiming to give prominence to the work that farmers and agriculturists do in South African agriculture, the Agricultural Writers SA recently hosted awards to honour

1 day ago

Report: Land projects promise much, leave locals hungry

Big foreign companies growing crops in Africa often promise jobs and development to local communities then leave them in even greater poverty when their projects falter

By Nellie Peyton 1 day ago

Greening the livestock sector: Low carbon livestock is possible

Readily available practices in livestock feeding and manure management, along with better use of technologies such as biogas generators, could help the livestock sector cut its GHG output by up to 30%

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Insect mass-rearing workshop held in SA

Just as cattle, fish and other livestock are reared in large numbers for meat or dairy production, so too insects are reared for various purposes

1 day ago

New initiatives in energy, water, agriculture announced at COP23

New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors were announced on Friday, 10 November, at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn

2 days ago

Agriculture and food systems will play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change

Unless sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food are adopted globally, emissions from agriculture sectors are set to increase, further contributing to climate change

2 days ago

Fynbos restoration: The sooner you fell pines, the better for fynbos

Landowners who want to remove pine trees from their property with the hope of seeing fynbos grow again should do so before the trees are more than 30 years old. If you wait any longer, it's less likely that any fynbos seeds will be left in the soil

2 days ago

How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators

Pollinators are the unsung heroes of food production and some indigenous pollinators are under threat

By Dirk Swanevelder, Annemarie Gous, Connal D. Eardle 2 days ago

You can't eat your smartphone: Why agriculture is the first frontier of African innovation

Technology enables African smallholder farmers to access better information, improve crop yields, secure better prices for their produce, and improve their livelihoods

By Ashley Boag 3 days ago

Green shoots visible for Tongaat after devastating drought

Tongaat Hulett, SA's largest sugar producer, is starting to see the positive effects of the end of a devastating drought that hit its operations in KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

By Tammy Foyn 3 days ago

Reviving passion fruit production in Kenya

Kenya exported passion fruit in the 90s and early 2000s, however, due to pest management challenges, the country has seen a decline in the production of the highly profitable crop

3 days ago

We don't have money or staff, says fisheries department

DAFF has admitted in Parliament it does not have the resources to support the cooperatives at the heart of government's small-scale fisheries policy

3 days ago

New online Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook to help steer food systems in sustainable direction

Climate-smart agriculture is one of the approaches to steer the needed transformation in the world's agriculture and food systems in ways that are both productive and sustainable

13 Nov 2017

New water resistant paper egg trays excite farmers

Poultry farmers participating in the Poultry Show in Abeokuta were excited at the exhibition of water resistance paper egg trays which the manufacturer says is purely made of paper instead of plastic

13 Nov 2017

Exports of white and yellow maize increase

White maize exports for the 2017/2018 marketing year are projected at 860,000 tonnes, which represents an increase of 46.40%. Yellow maize exports are projected at 1,330 million tonnes, an increase of 203.04%

13 Nov 2017

#AgriIndaba: Acumen and instinct in African agribusiness

Acumen's first agricultural investments were focused on solutions that improved yields by providing quality inputs to the farmers. In the light of new challenges facing small farmers, it has evolved its strategy

13 Nov 2017

Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021

A growing number of startups are trying to produce meat products without using animals, with a view to addressing concerns about animal welfare and the carbon footprint of meat

10 Nov 2017

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International

Tool helps developing nations map out export targets

A new online trade-boosting tool that makes it easier for businesses in developing countries to identify and target market opportunities has been unveiled by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Paris. The Export Potential Map is a user-friendly, free tool that takes much of the guesswork and second-hand intelligence out of trading decision-making.

By Tom Nevin 1 Nov 2017

Inside the Lush life of an ethical cosmetics buyer

Working as a buyer for ethical handmade cosmetics company Lush, your travels could take you sourcing neroli oil in Tunisia, blue chamomile oil in Hungary, benzoin resin in northern Laos and shea butter in Ghana. Guiding the expedition is Lush's ethical buying policies, which are rooted in animal welfare, workers rights and environmental conservation.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Oct 2017

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

MIAMI, US - Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers said on Monday.

17 Oct 2017

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