Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape

As South Africa establishes itself ever more securely in the modern world, so South African farmers must adapt to a set of new challenges...

By Bruce Hakutizwi 8 Aug 2018

Research identifies plant disease impact on Africa's food crop

Plant diseases significantly limit the ability of many countries to produce sufficient staple and cash crops. Research conducted by Connected focuses on addressing its spread by vector-insects that transmit a disease from one plant to another...

3 Aug 2018

Healthy lifestyle changes impact avocado oil market

Increased health awareness among people due to the prevalence of chronic diseases and heart-related disorders, owing to improper diet and lifestyle, is expected to be a major driving factor for the consumption of avocado oil...

1 Aug 2018

Key findings and insights into the U.S. tomato market

The U.S tomato market totalled $12.8bn in 2017 in wholesale prices, which was $2.2bn (15%) less than the year before and $5.4bn (30%) less than its highest level observed in 2018...

26 Jul 2018

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 17 Jul 2018

Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award

Nigerian agri-tech startup Farmcrowdy has won the African Digital Business of the Year Award for its solution that makes farms available for sponsorship...

By Tom Jackson 17 Jul 2018

Listeriosis can be rallying call for the industry

The recent listeriosis outbreak is a timely reminder that the food supply chain is constantly under attack from outside threats. In this, there is a lesson for the rest of the industry, writes Emma Corder, Nilfisk South Africa country manager.

By Emma Corder 5 Jul 2018

Beninese, Nigerian startups selected for Food Connection Challenge

In all, the Food Connection Challenge received 88 applications from Benin and 228 from Nigeria, with an independent jury selecting those SMEs they considered the most promising and the best fit for the programme.

By Tom Jackson 2 Jul 2018

Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides

Planting season for corn and soybeans across the U.S. corn belt is drawing to a close. As they plant, farmers are participating in what is likely to be one of the largest deployments of insecticides in United States history.

By John F. Tooker 28 Jun 2018

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don't need to imagine. That is exactly what happens every day when an estimated 815 million people around the globe go hungry...

By Paul South 27 Jun 2018

Water requirements of livestock: 7 factors to consider

Water is a key factor in the digestion and absorption of nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats in livestock. A lack of water will, therefore, have more immediate and drastic effects on body physiology than the lack of other nutrients...

27 Jun 2018

Diversify sweet potato to entice youth to agriculture

Scientists should conduct more research to create sweet potato varieties that can withstand floods and help turn the crop into other products to attract the youth to agriculture...

27 Jun 2018

Key insights into the global lemon market

The global lemon market totalled $13.9bn in 2016, which was 19% more in 2015. This according to the World: Lemons and Limes - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025, released by IndexBox.

22 Jun 2018

Agribusiness Confidence Index: SA agribusiness remains optimistic albeit index decline

With the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index results still above the neutral 50-point, although having declined marginally from 58 to 54 index points, the agribusiness sector remains optimistic about business conditions in South Africa...

18 Jun 2018

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