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Fertiliser, agribusiness leaders to address challenges at regional conference

Fertiliser and agribusiness leaders will meet in Maputo, Mozambique for the East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference from 9-11 October...

3 days ago

Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture

Nigerian entrepreneur and business leader, Aliko Dangote told investors: "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world."

21 Sep 2017

Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser

This new seaweed harvesting business will be collecting washed up seaweed, and processing it to extract the organic matter in liquid form...

20 Sep 2017

Genome of dry zone food stable pearl millet sequenced for first time

Scientists said they had unravelled the genetic code of pearl millet, the staple food of an estimated 100 million people living in some of the world's driest areas...

19 Sep 2017

How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

19 Sep 2017

Long-overdue GMO testing laboratory to be established

The NCRST is in the process of establishing a Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) testing laboratory to facilitate full implementation of Namibia's Biosafety Framework...

31 Aug 2017

New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa

It is increasingly becoming important to explore newer and more innovative approaches to successful farming. Urban agriculture is one of the techniques considered to be on the cusp of advancements within the sector...

By Wessel Lemmer 24 Jul 2017

Growing food in the post-truth era

The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades. Having constructed food scarcity as a justification for a second Green Revolution, Big Agriculture now employs...

By Alana Mann 6 Jul 2017

Pursuing sustainable soil management to combat soil pollution

Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land...

26 Jun 2017

Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change

There are already several excellent examples of ways in which science has led to dramatic increases in food production and moved farmers in some countries closer to self-sufficiency...

By Frans Swanepoel 19 Jun 2017

African agribusiness partnerships driving growth on the continent

Despite coming relatively late to large-scale food production and export, the continent has a number of advantages driving its ability to boost food production and access new global markets...

15 May 2017

Young Africans create new roads for agriculture

Young Africans are seeking to transform agriculture by using new technologies while contributing to food security and employment...

By Pius Sawa, Reuters 28 Apr 2017

Govt unveils crop disease quarantine

MLN is a destructive disease capable of causing overwhelming damage to maize crops and has already caused significant damage in Central Africa and Western Africa...

By Runyararo Muzavazi 24 Apr 2017

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International

American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control

American poultry expert Dr. Fidelis Hegngi briefed African government delegates from nine countries on avian influenza during a two-day seminar in Pretoria and said that 24 hours from detection to depopulation is the ideal for effective avian influenza control.

21 Sep 2017

Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire - The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife, a green group said on Wednesday. "In several national parks and other protected areas, 90 percent or more of the land mass has been converted to cocoa," the group Mighty Earth said in its investigation.

15 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate

After a successful programme in 2016, #cocreate2Accelerate returns in 2017 for another round of building relationships between high-potential young companies from the Netherlands and South Africa. This year, #cocreate2Accelerate will include a long programme based on a rigorous process aimed at matching companies from both countries within specific vertical sectors to actively collaborate in the solving of identified challenges. The short programme will accompany this process and is aimed at introducing Dutch companies to the Cape Town startup ecosystem.

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

What comes first: the free-range chicken or the free-range egg

Many shoppers buy free-range eggs because they think the eggs are superior, rather than out of explicit concern for the hens' welfare, according to our new research.

By Rachel A. Ankeny and Heather Bray 12 Sep 2017

Starbucks celebrates 99% ethically sourced coffee

On 9 September 2017, participating Starbucks store teams in Britain, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Cyprus and South Africa celebrated the group's position in 99% ethical sourcing, by writing 99 on customers' cups.

11 Sep 2017

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