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Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'

According to the research conducted from 2014 to 2018, the analysis across different regions of Africa consistently found the amount of time that a plant or animal is exposed to light in a 24-hour period as the dominant factor controlling the onset and end of vegetation growing seasons...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 18 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Beyond fintech, where humans and technology meet

Fintech is the trailblazer for interactions between humans and tech, and learnings beyond that journey can be extended to agriculture, education and healthcare...

By Nicci Botha 15 Nov 2019

FAO, GEF team up to make forest data more transparent, accessible and available

"Many developing countries lack the capacity to generate reliable forest data to report on their climate achievements. This project will provide an essential platform for more transparent forest-related data, helping countries to compile, analyse and disseminate better data in line with the Paris Agreement's requirements."

14 Nov 2019

Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here's how

The impact of climate change on agriculture and food production is clear: the sector will suffer. Here's what needs to be done...

13 Nov 2019

Saai to present resolution for protection of family farmers to UN

The Southern African Agri Initiative has announced that it will draw up a family farmer resolution that will be presented to the United Nations in 2020. This forms part of a larger campaign to continuously place crimes against family farmers on the international agenda...

13 Nov 2019

LE South Africa introduces oil-spill-eating enzyme technology

"In nature, bacteria release enzymes and biosurfactants that attack the spill. The biosurfactants emulsify the spill, breaking it down to be used as a food source for the bacteria. The end result of this process is CO2 and water."

8 Nov 2019

Wesgro secures R350m in agri investment deals

Dr Ivan Meyer is pleased to announce that Wesgro, the Western Cape government's mandated international trade and investment promotion agency, has helped secure R350m worth of agribusiness investment deals in the Western Cape during the first half of the year.

6 Nov 2019

EU targets fragile West African fish stocks, despite protection laws

The EU continues to enter into fresh agreements with countries, despite evidence of serious population declines in the species of interest...

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 6 Nov 2019

Agreement ensures Khoi, San earn share of Rooibos trade

The Khoi-Khoi and San communities are set to benefit from the commercialisation of Rooibos, following the signing of a historic Access and Benefit-sharing agreement...

4 Nov 2019

Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa

Nestlé and its regional partners have joined forces to launch the Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa to promote employability for young people...

4 Nov 2019

Warehousing: A foundation for economic growth

Warehouses tend to be one of the most ignored elements of infrastructure and logistics, but are a fundamental part of the supply chain...

By Geoffrey White 1 Nov 2019

FarmSmart, Amido partner to launch new mobile app for African farmers

Providing recommendations for farmers based on location, soil type, season and irrigation access, the app provides a powerful source of knowledge to smallholder farmers online and offline...

30 Oct 2019

Farmers harness solar power to produce livestock feed from the bush

Amidst extreme drought conditions in Namibia, farmers are forced to innovate to ensure the survival of their livestock...

29 Oct 2019

Kenya's Twiga Foods raises $30m in Series B round

Kenyan B2B food distribution company, Twiga Foods, has raised $23.75 million in a Series B equity round led by Goldman Sachs...

28 Oct 2019

EU invests €40m to bolster food security in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions

The EU, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations have signed a €40m, five-year programme to boost the development of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific...

25 Oct 2019

Maize production holds great potential for the African continent

Maize meal is the most widely grown crop in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for 40% of the continent's production and 0.3% of global maize production in 2017...

24 Oct 2019

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