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Drinking yoghurt increases in volume, value
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, congruent with the historical trend of the category.

2 days ago

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Rwanda's essential oils offer big profits from little land

GAHARA, Rwanda - Inside a metal shed in southeastern Rwanda, Nicholas Hitimana brandished a plastic container holding a green liquid: geranium essential oil, freshly distilled and ready for export at more than $200 (175 euros) a kilo.

By Stephanie Aglietti 2 days ago

The 2017 Resolution Social Venture Challenge winners
Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

Ten teams comprising 21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge - a collaboration between the Mastercard Foundation and The Resolution Project - at the Baobab Summit in Johannesburg. The winning teams earned a fellowship including seed funding, mentorship and access to a network of young global change makers to pursue impactful projects in their communities.

2 days ago

Go and rot, you old bag
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

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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. The fish are then shipped to China, Europe, and the United States, satisfying a global demand for seafood and fueling a multi-billion-dollar industry.

By Salem Solomon 3 days ago

Fall armyworms on march across Africa
Fall armyworms on march across Africa

A recently arrived species of armyworm has spread to 21 African countries and threatens the continent's main food staple, maize, report experts from the US Agency for International Development. USAID senior biotechnology advisor Joseph Huesing says the Fall armyworms - transported from their usual habitat in the US state of Florida or the Caribbean - are attacking maize crops all over sub-Saharan Africa.

By Sora Halake 3 days ago

Branding Chenin blanc as a South African specialty
Branding Chenin blanc as a South African specialty

According to Lauren Buzzeo, the managing editor of the US-based publication Wine Enthusiast read worldwide, South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal in the way New Zealand has done with Sauvignon blanc and Argentina, with Malbec. Buzzeo has been covering South Africa for the magazine since 2010 as its tasting director and senior editor.

3 days ago

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is 'wine futures' worthy
Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is 'wine futures' worthy

En primeur or 'wine futures', is a method of purchasing sought-after wines early while the wine (a vintage) is still in the barrel, usually one or two years before it's released to the market. This trading model, originated in Europe, offers the customer the opportunity to invest before the wine is bottled.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

Developing countries urged to set international food standards
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, particularly developing ones, to develop international food standards for trade.

3 days ago

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

Wastewater from sewage that is churned out by expanding cities and towns worldwide helps meet food security globally, especially in developing regions. It 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

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

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib was recently named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees. We chat to Al-Katib about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world.

18 Jul 2017

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African Union commits to small stock rearing

GABORONE, Botswana - The coordinator of the AU-Inter Africa Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR, VETGOV) based at Sebele says the African Union (AU) is committed to empowering women and youth in small stock production.

By Benjamin Shapi 17 Jul 2017

Reliance Compost Founder, Eddie Redelinghuys
#CSIMonth: Creating sustainable environments through organic compost

Reliance Compost recently earned a gold Eco-Logic Award in the Recycling and Waste Management category, which recognises a policy, programme, or project that has demonstrably contributed to a greater public understanding and participation in waste reduction, re-use, and recycling. We chat to Reliance Compost founder and director, Eddie Redelinghuys about organic compost, growing green minds and ensuring a healthy world for future generations.

By Cari coetzee 17 Jul 2017