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FAO distributes seeds and fertilisers to a million people in north-east Nigeria

With the planting season beginning this month, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is distributing seeds and fertilisers to more than one million people in north-eastern Nigeria. The move forms part of the government's efforts to restore livelihoods and combat critical levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in areas affected by Boko Haram violence.

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Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector
Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector

Situated in Germiston, Sun Silicates is currently the only company in South Africa that supplies both vermiculite and perlite-based insulating media used in the construction industry. With a history of over 12 years in the metallurgical and chemical industry, the company has undergone major expansion over the last four years, recently achieving ISO 2001:2015 certification.

By Sindy Peters 2 days ago

Zambia hotels winning at sustainability with agricultural and entrepreneurship projects
Zambia hotels winning at sustainability with agricultural and entrepreneurship projects

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel team's agricultural and entrepreneurship projects have had far-reaching impacts on the four sustainability drivers of people, planet, partner, and customer under the leadership of Emmanuelle Moneger, the GM for Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara and Avani Victoria Falls Resort, and Apollo Kazemba, cashier for Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara.

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IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga (right) welcomes the Nigerian Minister of Finance, the Hon. Kemi Adeosun (left) to IITA, Ibadan. Photo: O. Adebayo, IITA
Nigerian Minister of Finance encourages national roll out of youth agri programme

The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Honorable Kemi Adeosun, says Nigeria would benefit from signing up the African Development Bank (AfDB) funded Enable Youth programme, modelled after the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Youth Agripreneur (IYA) programme, which has seen a lot of success.

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AGT Foods CEO scoops EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 title

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, was picked from 59 individuals representing 49 countries and named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. He was chosen not only for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees.

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Mpho Nemukula, poultry farm manager, Sovereign Foods
SA youth driven by passion, finds success as poultry farm manager

From a very young age Mpho Nemukula, who works as an area manager for Sovereign Foods in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, knew that she wanted to be a farmer. It was no easy feat to enter the male-dominated agricultural industry, but her love of and passion for farming has contributed to her success as a poultry farm manager.

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BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving SDGs
BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving SDGs

The Ministries of Agriculture in five of the world's most important emerging economies - collectively known as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) - have an important role to play in achieving the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Dutch designers use human waste to make electricity
Dutch designers use human waste to make electricity

There is a curious exhibition currently taking place at the Cube Museum in Holland. Titled "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Toilets, But Were Afraid to Ask", the exhibition, which is on until November, is meant to stimulate viewers into thinking about the past, present and future of sanitary issues.

By Bongani Shweni 2 days ago

Technology, like this tea-picking machine in Kenya, can harness agriculture’s power to change lives. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change

The agricultural sector is the world's largest single employer. It provides jobs for more than 40% of the global population. It's also the largest source of income and jobs for poor, rural households.

By Frans Swanepoel 3 days ago

#YoungGunsB2B: Discovering SA's hottest wine talent
#YoungGunsB2B: Discovering SA's hottest wine talent

Wine Cellar: Fine Wine Merchants & Cellarers once again identified SA's hottest young winemaking talent - breaking the rules and pushing the limits at their annual Young Guns event - with this year's Young Guns going "Back to Basics".

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Partnership helps female farmers, youth bridge the unemployment gap
Partnership helps female farmers, youth bridge the unemployment gap

The growing global population remains a challenge for food security - soon, farmers might not be able to produce enough food to support everyone, resulting in people competing for limited food stocks.

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Ceres grower imports, cultivates Witlof roots to increase supply
Ceres grower imports, cultivates Witlof roots to increase supply

Witlof, also known as Belgian endive, costs more to produce than many other leafy vegetables. On top of a two-stage growing process, one of the factors contributing to the higher unit price is that Witlof sees need to be imported from the Netherlands and then yields poorly in South African soils - sometimes less than a third of the planted seeds produce roots that can be used for the second stage of Witlof production.

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Front row, L-R: Avuyile Maqolo, Masande Mlanjeni, Christiaan Abrahams, Siphenathi Kowa, Yolani Kaso

Back row: Siphokazi Taliwe, Yolanda Ngwevela, Yanga Tshaya (behind Yolanda), Tiffany Andrews, Louise Jones (Old Mutual Foundation), Siphesihle Tshaka, Siyabulela Makedama (behind Siphesihle), Phelisa Ntsokotha, Emihle Ganyaza, Zenande Fuzile, Sinobom Gosa, Porchia Jacobs, Samkelisiwe Magwaza, Simamkele Ncapayi, Nosipho Ngcawe, Yonela Zondwayo, Mpontseng Ramothathaki, Ntombentsha Stuurman
Old Mutual funding helps PYDA bring skilled youth into the WC wine industry

Companies need to play an active role in bringing about transformation in the Western Cape wine industry, including fostering young, previously disadvantaged and female talent. As part of Old Mutual's Responsible Business ethos, the Old Mutual Foundation invested development funding with the registered non-profit company, Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA) - in support of its work in driving job creation, transformation and inclusion - which saw 23 students graduating from the PYDA class of 2017. Through this funding, the PYDA were able to create job opportunities for 50 youth in the Western Cape wine industry.

15 Jun 2017