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#WorldFoodDay: Investing in agricultural education can help feed future populations
#WorldFoodDay: Investing in agricultural education can help feed future populations

We chat to Howard Blight, founder of Agricolleges International, about World Food Day and the role of education in realising food security goals

9 hours ago

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Bird flu pours new misery on Dutch poultry farmers

Dutch poultry farmers, already left reeling by a contaminated egg scandal, were in a new flap over an outbreak of bird flu with thousands of hens to be destroyed

12 hours ago

Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover
Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover

Bayer announced a multi-billion-euro deal Friday to sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, easing the path of its planned takeover of US seed maker Monsanto

13 hours ago

#WorldFoodDay: Access to data vital for empowering smallholders, building resilience
#WorldFoodDay: Access to data vital for empowering smallholders, building resilience

Access to reliable information, including on changing weather patterns and market conditions, is essential for empowering farmers

13 hours ago

GerdSchiffler
SA stone fruit producers remain positive despite drought challenges

Despite the challenges of the drought, stone fruit producers have proven themselves resilient and South African can fulfil its commitments to the market for the 2017/2018 season

14 hours ago

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Organic farming matters - just not in the way you think

Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That's been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins

By Verena Seufert, Navin Ramankutty 3 days ago

Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year
Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year

At the 2017 MTN Business App of the Year Awards, which took place on Thursday, 12 October 2017, Shyft was named the overall winner

3 days ago

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From the tree into the frying pan: The olive oil journey

As world demand increases, South Africa is stepping up to the plate in meeting the shortage of quality, fresh olive oil

By Wessel Lemmer 3 days ago

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Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

Ecocean harvests baby fish, nurtures them onshore and then returns them to the sea after a short acclimatisation period in an underwater "bio-hut" or nursery

3 days ago

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Organisations join forces, launches roadmap to combat zoonotic TB

"Preventing and controlling bovine TB at its animal source is crucial to avoid its transmission to humans, improve food safety and protect the livelihood of many rural communities."

3 days ago

Polluted chicken muck piling up in The Netherlands
Polluted chicken muck piling up in The Netherlands

Tonnes of chicken muck contaminated with a banned insecticide are piling up in hundreds of Dutch poultry farms hit by the tainted-egg scandal

12 Oct 2017

Ghana aims to regain top spot in cocoa production
Ghana aims to regain top spot in cocoa production

The country is the second-biggest supplier of cocoa worldwide, beaten only by its West African neighbour, Cote D'Ivoire. But Ghana was once the world champion

By Kwaku Botwe 12 Oct 2017

Avian flu may spread via aerosol and droplets
Avian flu may spread via aerosol and droplets

Using lab-simulated processing of chickens asymptomatically infected with human and avian-origin H5N1 viruses, the researchers identified both airborne infectious droplets and aerosols

12 Oct 2017

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Sovereign Foods shareholders approve Bidco offer, delisting from JSE

Subject to obtaining the outstanding regulatory approvals, ownership of Sovereign Foods will pass to Bidco who will acquire 100% of the Sovereign shares in issue

12 Oct 2017

Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, poverty
Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, poverty

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union co-hosted a high-level event noting that more needs to be done in land tenure governance

12 Oct 2017

Philafrica aims to become big food exporter
Philafrica aims to become big food exporter

Philafrica Food says it plans to transform food processing in sub-Saharan Africa through investments of between R50m and R100m

By Neels Blom 11 Oct 2017

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Horticulture soon to beat tourism in 'cash ranking'

Tanzania's horticulture industry is reported to be growing at the rate of eleven percent annually, the fastest growing sector in the country

By Hazla Omar 11 Oct 2017

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CGIAR wants to build a big data platform and innovate with startups to help smallholder farmers

CGIAR met with a wide range of partners to look at how they could use their data using AI and big data to drive farming improvements in continents like Africa

11 Oct 2017

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Report: Agriculture can power transformation of African economies

Reforms could trigger an economic transformation with benefits far beyond the sector, stimulating growth in manufacturing and related services, whilst driving down food prices and raising disposable incomes

11 Oct 2017

AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month
AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month

AfricArena, described as the largest tech innovation conference for startups and investors hosted on African soil, will take place from 6-7 November 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre

11 Oct 2017

Spier receives overall champion Veritas Award
Spier receives overall champion Veritas Award

The winners of the 2017 Veritas Awards were announced at a gala dinner held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town

11 Oct 2017

NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels

Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday, 10 October, slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes

11 Oct 2017

Team South Africa 2017 team members: Jolette Steyn, Anita Streicher-Nel, Anton Swarts and Jeanri-Tine van Zyl (Image Supplied)
Team SA 2017 preparing for World Blind Tasting Challenge in France

Team South Africa 2017 will compete against 27 wine tasting teams from across the globe at the World Blind Tasting Challenge in Nuit Saint George, France

10 Oct 2017

Climate advisory for the 2017/2018 summer season
Climate advisory for the 2017/2018 summer season

With the seasonal forecast in mind and the current conditions, farmers are advised to continue to conserve water and other resources

10 Oct 2017

Dangote: Nigeria is learning how to produce the entire value chain
Dangote: Nigeria is learning how to produce the entire value chain

"We are not going to import anything any longer," said Aliko Dangote in a candid discussion with Claridges in London editor in chief Lionel Barber at the Financial Times' 4th annual Africa Summit

10 Oct 2017

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How urban food demand can spark urban renewal, transformation

Rural areas have vast potential for economic growth in terms of food production and related sectors. Unlocking this often neglected potential is key to achieving the 2030 development agenda

10 Oct 2017

Reinhardt van Rooyen
What if IoT could help protect and track your assets?

Asset tracking has long been vital to organisations and the internet of things (IoT) provides a welcome new way to enhance the efficiency of these systems

By Reinhardt van Rooyen 10 Oct 2017

Understanding the legalities of water regulations in SA
Understanding the legalities of water regulations in SA

The rainy season in the Western Cape has now drawn to a close, and dam levels are at just above half of what they were at this time last year

10 Oct 2017

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The immense challenge of desertification in sub-Saharan Africa

12 million hectares of arable land are being lost each year globally, to desertification and drought, when 20 million tonnes of cereals could have been cultivated in this area

By Nabil Ben Khatra, Maud Loireau 9 Oct 2017

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