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Nigeria surpasses South Africa as sub-Saharan Africa's leading maize producer

Agbiz head of agribusiness research, Wandile Sihlobo compares South Africa's maize yields to a second biggest producer in sub-Saharan Africa - Nigeria...

By Wandile Sihlobo 7 Feb 2019

AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market
AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market

AGCO's senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Africa elaborates on the company's new Farm in a Box initiative and how it's helping African farmers...

By Robin Fredericks 5 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector
#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 21 Jan 2019

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers
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

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

South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate lowered
South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate lowered

There are growing concerns that the current dry weather conditions in most parts of South Africa could lead to a lower maize harvest in the 2018/19 production season...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 Dec 2018

A brief history of South Africa's maize production
A brief history of South Africa's maize production

A recently published research paper by agricultural economists Jan Greyling and Philip Pardey in the Agrekon Journal brings home some key points about South Africa's maize production in terms of commercial and smallholder share contribution...

By Wandile Sihlobo 3 Dec 2018

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Food security: Africa should be the answer

The focus that agriculture currently enjoys is a golden opportunity for science and skills transfer to position Africa as the solution to the food security conundrum, argues Peter Oberem...

By Peter Oberem 28 Nov 2018

Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods
Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods

Celebrations were in order when Kenya recovered from the 2017 drought, when food price inflation was at double digits, causing political tension during the general election, however...

By Wandile Sihlobo 23 Nov 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods
#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods

With the population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the search has intensified for alternative protein sources to not only feed us all, but to do so sustainably by minimising the environmental impact...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Nov 2018

#FutureofFarming: Aerobotics launches new agritech innovations to combat pest, disease
#FutureofFarming: Aerobotics launches new agritech innovations to combat pest, disease

Cape Town startup, Aerobotics has launched five new innovations, which have been designed to help farmers with early pest and disease detection...

By Robin Fredericks 15 Oct 2018

Creating a new, inclusive wealth system based on Africa's continental context
Creating a new, inclusive wealth system based on Africa's continental context

Our continent has a significant amount of untapped wealth which we continue to overlook and oversee because we're always chasing short-term gratification over a longer-term and more inclusive approach to creating wealth...

By James Maposa 8 Oct 2018

Agritech startup Bandim Online winner of Seedstars Bissau
Agritech startup Bandim Online winner of Seedstars Bissau

Agritech startup Bandim Online has been named the winner of the Guinea Bissau round of the Seedstars World competition...

By Tom Jackson 4 Oct 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: The SA startup making ice-cream from insect milk
#FoodNextAfrica: The SA startup making ice-cream from insect milk

If creepy-crawlies make you squeamish, then Gourmet Grubb's ice-cream, which is made using insects, may not be high up on your list of things to try...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Oct 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: Braai goods online and on-demand
#FoodNextAfrica: Braai goods online and on-demand

Gauteng startup MyBraai has taken a popular South African past-time and turned it into a thriving online business...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Sep 2018

Achieving sustainable food security in South Africa
Achieving sustainable food security in South Africa

South Africa is ranked as the most food-secure country in Africa and is 44th out of 133 countries worldwide...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 Sep 2018

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack
African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Growth and jobs in South Africa's agricultural sector
Growth and jobs in South Africa's agricultural sector

With NEDLAC's Jobs Summit fast-approaching, agriculture is once again back in the spotlight as one of the sectors that could potentially play a role in job creation...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Sep 2018

#WomensMonth: Michelle Adelman hits the road running on food security in Africa
#WomensMonth: Michelle Adelman hits the road running on food security in Africa

Michelle Adelman, founder of Crossover Meat and Infinite Foods shares why she chose a career in food security, the challenges she has faced and her message for women in business...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Aug 2018

Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda
Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda

Agro Supply, a platform that finances agricultural technologies through mobile micro-savings, has been named winner of the Ugandan leg of the Seedstars World competition.

By Tom Jackson 29 Aug 2018

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage
Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe hopes to cover all 10 regions of the country in the next 18 months with its solution that helps farmers access animal vaccines quickly and reliably...

By Tom Jackson 28 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Just keep growing says Renshia Manual of GrowBox
#WomensMonth: Just keep growing says Renshia Manual of GrowBox

Entrepreneur and owner of GrowBox, Renshia Manual has obtained many accolades to her name, from being named a winner of the #YouthStartCT in 2016 to being selected for RedBull Amapiko in 2017...

By Robin Fredericks 20 Aug 2018

Meet the Maker: Ryan Phillips of BrewCraft
Meet the Maker: Ryan Phillips of BrewCraft

In this week's Meet the Maker, Samantha Snedorf makes her own bathtub gin with BrewCraft's botanical kit and chats to owner, Ryan Phillips to find out a little more about what makes him tick...

By Samantha Snedorf 17 Aug 2018

South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape
South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape

The United States Department of Agriculture has just released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, which covers most major grains and oilseeds estimates for the 2018/19 production season...

By Wandile Sihlobo 13 Aug 2018

Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape
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

Big jump in employment in South Africa's aquaculture industry
Big jump in employment in South Africa's aquaculture industry

Within the aquaculture space, a notable uptick in jobs was in fish hatcheries and fish farms, with a modest uptick in ocean and coastal fishing jobs...

By Wandile Sihlobo 6 Aug 2018

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa raises $627k funding round
Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa raises $627k funding round

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa, which allows smallholder farmers to access inputs, credit and markets, has raised a US$627,000 seed round to fund its continued expansion in the East African country and further develop its platform...

By Tom Jackson 31 Jul 2018

President Hotel's new chef adds a modern approach to classic cuisine
President Hotel's new chef adds a modern approach to classic cuisine

As the new executive chef for the President Hotel, Alcock will be expanding the hotel's food offering, working alongside local farms to bring "robust flavours of seasonally sourced foods" to life and will be leading the hotel into more tapas and a la carte style menus...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Jul 2018

Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports
Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports

With agriculture having its fair share of challenges, Wandile Sihlobo continues the discussion surrounding both domestic and regional developments with a closer look at agricultural trade performance...

By Wandile Sihlobo 19 Jul 2018

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