Sustainable water use crucial for the Middle East and North Africa, says FAO director general

"In the Middle East and North Africa region, water scarcity is certainly one of the main challenges for agriculture production and development."

4 hours ago

Speed up seed policies harmonisation

Lack of harmonised seed transfer in Africa is hampering food security...

By Gilbert Nakweya 1 day ago

WoSA export report shows positive growth of SA wine internationally

The 4% increase in value to R9.06bn reflects the positive sentiments towards South African wine in international markets, despite the 6% decrease in volume to 420.2 million litres of wine sold internationally...

1 day ago

AGCO unveils innovative Farm in a Box initiative for Africa's rural communities

Capacity-building and agricultural mechanisation are a priority to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming in Africa...

2 days ago

#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector

The fresh produce industry's characteristics can easily be defined by those of its products - quick turnaround and short shelve life. It is definitely not an easy game...

By Lindie Stroebel 3 days ago

10 tech startups to participate in Airbus, GIZ #Africa4Future programme

Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit have announced the top 10 African tech startups that will take part in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme...

3 days ago

A new way to curb nitrogen pollution: Regulate fertiliser producers, not just farmers

Reducing nitrogen pollution around the globe is an urgent environmental goal, but extremely challenging - in part because the main human source is agriculture...

By David Kanter 3 days ago

World Agritech Innovation Summit 2019 names Aerobotics as one of 13 startups to watch out for

Aerobotics has been named one of 13 startups to watch in this years' World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, which takes place between 19 and 20 March in San Francisco, California...

3 days ago

How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy

After rapid economic growth averaging 10% every year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia has emerged as an engine of development in Africa.

By Gebisa Ejeta 18 Jan 2019

NW MEC commits to addressing farmers' challenges

North West MEC for Rural‚ Environment and Agricultural Development, Desbo Mohono, says she will speedily address farmers' challenges and prioritise the needs of emerging farmers in the province...

17 Jan 2019

BizTrendsLIVE! Avoid the FOMO!

If you haven't got around to booking for the BizTrendsLIVE! yet, here's some info so you avoid FOMO...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Jan 2019

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings...

By Wandile Sihlobo 15 Jan 2019

Why Nigeria should first support rice farmers before it cuts off imports

Nigeria spends an average of $22bn (N7.92trn) each year on food imports. Its major food imports include wheat, sugar and fish...

By Rahman Akintayo Sanusi 15 Jan 2019

Devastating pest threatens Africa's citrus industry

East Africa could soon be facing the threat of a citrus fruit sap-sucking pest with the potential to collapse its regional fruit industry...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 14 Jan 2019

African countries should turn to lower risk solutions to fight fall armyworm

The caterpillars of the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an invasive moth, can potentially feed on over 350 different species of plants...

By Melanie Bateman 11 Jan 2019

Q&A: Transforming agriculture with tech scale-up

Jennifer Blanke, vice-president of the African Development Ban, talks Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and ways to transform African agriculture...

By Baraka Rateng' 8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019

Throughout 2018, the conversation on land reform became a national talking point, even making it to Google's most popular word of the year...

By Peter Setou 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains

A recent development has been implemented as a value chain solution stretching across five consecutive roles in the cotton and cotton products value chain, aiming to still link up the remaining three to four roles to complete the journey from cotton farmers to consumers of cotton-based garments and fashion...

By Dr Hennie Ras 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Food security and the planet are on a collision course

Food security and environmental sustainability are on a collision course and now, more than ever, we need to see a drastic change in the type of meat and dairy consumed by the majority of the world's population...

By Kevin Coetzee and Michelle Adelman 7 Jan 2019

Microbial aromas might save crops from drought

If you've ever walked in a forest following the first rainfall after a dry spell, you would recall a sweet, fresh and powerfully evocative smell. This earthy-smelling substance is geosmin, a chemical released into the air by a soil-dwelling bacteria called actinomycetes...

By Ruth Schmidt 4 Jan 2019

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