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FLM campaign dents SA's deepening hunger crisisArticle

Food Lover's Market's fourth annual Hunger Month campaign raised funds equating to 1,030,888 meals, exceeding the fresh produce retailer's 1 million meal target for 2020...

Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

Namibia harvests first commercial blueberries thanks to smart irrigation
Namibia harvests first commercial blueberries thanks to smart irrigationArticle

According to Willem Mostert, Namibian manager of Cherry Irrigation, whose team designed and implemented the fully automated drip irrigation and fertigation management system for the landmark project, the quality of the fruit harvested has so far been exceptional...

5 Aug 2020

Microsoft investment to boost sustainability in SA's agricultural sector
Microsoft investment to boost sustainability in SA's agricultural sectorArticle

The investment is aimed at driving sustainability in the sector for smallholder farmers, who form an important part of the agricultural workforce in the country...

4 Aug 2020

Breastfeeding and Covid-19: Busting the myths
Breastfeeding and Covid-19: Busting the mythsArticle

One of the most damaging falsehoods to emerge has been that Covid-19 positive moms can transmit the virus through breast milk to their little ones, and should stop breastfeeding...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 4 Aug 2020

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SA agri industry reacts to latest crime statisticsArticle

South Africa's annual crime statistics were released in July this year, instead of the traditional date of September, and will henceforth be released quarterly...

Ursula Human 4 Aug 2020

#WomensMonth: Catherine Wijnberg, founder of Fetola
#WomensMonth: Catherine Wijnberg, founder of FetolaArticle

Catherine Wijnberg is a successful female entrepreneur with experience in starting, growing, and operating businesses in five different sectors across three countries...

Evan-Lee Courie 31 Jul 2020

How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favour
How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favourArticle

Diet-related diseases are major public health problems in SA. But many in the food industry strongly oppose globally recommended policies that could address these issues...

Gary Sacks, Eric Crosbie and Melissa Mialon 30 Jul 2020

FAO launches platform to help global community reduce food loss, waste
FAO launches platform to help global community reduce food loss, wasteArticle

Gearing up for the inaugural International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 29 September, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has unveiled a new platform...

30 Jul 2020

Covid-19: Afrika Tikkun webinar unpacks shifting focus of global philanthropy
Covid-19: Afrika Tikkun webinar unpacks shifting focus of global philanthropyArticle

Part one of Afrika Tikkun's three-part webinar series, themed 'Global philanthropy, technology and the quest for equality', addressed how global philanthropy, improved technology and transformation can help...

29 Jul 2020

South Africans on the verge of a lockdown meltdown
South Africans on the verge of a lockdown meltdownArticle

Ask Afrika's Covid-19 socio-economic research shows levels of distress not abating...

Bernice Joubert and Mariette Croukamp, Issued by Ask Afrika 28 Jul 2020

#StartupStory: Burying social ills to create a brighter future
#StartupStory: Burying social ills to create a brighter futureArticle

Melun Jeptha noticed two empty plots of land that were being used as dumping grounds and decided to do something about it...

Evan-Lee Courie 27 Jul 2020

Food security: How will we feed 9 billion mouths by 2037?
Food security: How will we feed 9 billion mouths by 2037?Article

We need to consider all historical factors if we want to provide safe and secure food for future generations...

Dr Peter Oberem 27 Jul 2020

Scaled-down budget undermines agriculture as a pivotal sector for growth
Scaled-down budget undermines agriculture as a pivotal sector for growthArticle

Agri SA is of the opinion that the department's salary bill should be cut instead of its programmes for food security, land reform, production aid, infrastructure development in the form of Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme and rural development...

27 Jul 2020

This is how rural areas can be developed through agriculture
This is how rural areas can be developed through agricultureArticle

We need to confront infrastructure and governance constraints that have hindered the growth of agriculture over the past two decades...

24 Jul 2020

Need for collaboration, cooperation, co-creation during Covid-19 pandemic
Need for collaboration, cooperation, co-creation during Covid-19 pandemicArticle

Speaking at a recent Trialogue webinar, 'Supporting local government in the midst of a global pandemic', Paul Smith, Kagiso Trust's local government support head, recounted its ongoing work with the Makana municipality...

24 Jul 2020

Fraym launches localised tool mapping populations vulnerable to food insecurity
Fraym launches localised tool mapping populations vulnerable to food insecurityArticle

Geospatial data company Fraym has launch its Localized Food Insecurity Index, a highly detailed targeting tool that maps populations vulnerable to food insecurity...

23 Jul 2020

Food Dialogues 2020: Building a healthier, more resilient and just food system
Food Dialogues 2020: Building a healthier, more resilient and just food systemArticle

Issues around food, nutrition and hunger have reached a new level of urgency as the widespread, ongoing hunger in South Africa and many parts of the world are exacerbated by the global Covid-19 pandemic and responses to it...

23 Jul 2020

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Geospatial data platform launches to help build stronger food, agriculture sectorsArticle

"The geospatial platform will allow us to design more targeted agricultural interventions and investment plans through a territorial approach - an approach that fosters equality, inclusion and sustainable food and nutrition security."

22 Jul 2020

FoodForward SA's expanded network reaching under-served communities across SA
FoodForward SA's expanded network reaching under-served communities across SAArticle

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, food redistribution charity FoodForward SA has successfully distributed more than 4,000 tonnes of food to vulnerable communities...

20 Jul 2020

#BizUnity: Goedgedacht pivots to allay Covid-19 pressure in Swartland
#BizUnity: Goedgedacht pivots to allay Covid-19 pressure in SwartlandArticle

Results from the recently released National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) - Coronavirus Rapid Mobile (NIDS-CRAM) Survey reveal an exploding hunger crisis in South Africa...

Sindy Peters 17 Jul 2020

New UN report: Tens of millions more going hungry globally
New UN report: Tens of millions more going hungry globallyArticle

According to the United Nations' recently published annual State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world continue to struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition.

16 Jul 2020

Pick n Pay to match all donations at till points on Mandela Day
Pick n Pay to match all donations at till points on Mandela DayArticle

Pick n Pay's Feed the Nation campaign will match all customer cash donations made at till points on Mandela Day 2020, to help feed more people left vulnerable to hunger...

16 Jul 2020

Testing strategies to help Kenya's urban poor get access to food
Testing strategies to help Kenya's urban poor get access to foodArticle

In Kenya's urban areas, there's a serious problem of people not having enough food, particularly in the capital city of Nairobi...

Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 13 Jul 2020

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Raising a red flag on the privatisation of communal landArticle

During an online workshop hosted by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, participants discussed rapid and 'silent' privatisation of customary land under the theme women's land tenure security and livelihoods in Southern Africa...

13 Jul 2020

Reaching new heights with drone technology
Reaching new heights with drone technologyArticle

The Sernick Group has welcomed the opportunity to implement drone technology in their own commercial farming practices and has since been researching new ways to benefit from it.

8 Jul 2020

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EU contributes €15m to the fight against desert locust in AfricaArticle

The European Commission has allocated these funds to support the UN agency and partner countries in combatting the worst desert locust upsurges seen in the region in decades...

8 Jul 2020

Applications for CASP funding now open
Applications for CASP funding now openArticle

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has announced that applications for Comprehensive Agricultural Support Package funding are open for the 2021/22 financial year and invites subsistence and smallholder as well as black commercial farmers in the Western Cape, who meet the criteria, to apply...

8 Jul 2020

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How a global pandemic could strengthen agribusiness in AfricaArticle

As supply chains around the world are disrupted and the demand for certain types of food drops in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, questions have begun to emerge about Africa and its ability to ensure food security for its citizens...

Louis van Ravesteyn 8 Jul 2020

#BizUnity: How tending a food garden lends to greater food security
#BizUnity: How tending a food garden lends to greater food securityArticle

The MAMAS Alliance CSI Agency, together with Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), are embracing the well-known "Give a man a fish" proverb, connecting corporates with grassroots NGOs to start or strengthen community market gardens...

Sindy Peters 6 Jul 2020

#BizUnity: How tending a food garden lends to food securityArticle

The MAMAS Alliance CSI Agency, together with Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), are embracing the well-known "Give a man a fish" proverb, connecting corporates with grassroots NGOs to start or strengthen community market gardens...

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Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa
Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in AfricaArticle

In the last several months, Covid-19 has taken up nearly every news headline in nearly every country in the world. The health impact, testing, confinement, and trying to curb the pandemic have rightly been at the forefront...

Mimi Alemayehou 6 Jul 2020

New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communities
New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communitiesArticle

Accredited as an implementing partner, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will work with the Adaptation Fund on projects to help vulnerable countries fight the harmful effects of climate change...

6 Jul 2020

What is shaping culture? Eco South Africa
What is shaping culture? Eco South AfricaArticle

Brett Rogers explores the edges of culture and how things are changing, providing valuable insights for brands wanting to understand who and what is shaping culture...

Brett Rogers 6 Jul 2020

Fair Cape Cares Foundation helps feed vulnerable communities
Fair Cape Cares Foundation helps feed vulnerable communitiesArticle

The Fair Cape Cares Foundation has undertaken two large-scale initiatives to assist with feeding Cape Town's hungry during the extended Covid-19 lockdown...

3 Jul 2020

R2m investment helps Yebo Fresh expand township food distribution
R2m investment helps Yebo Fresh expand township food distributionArticle

The Scheinberg Relief Fund has contributed R2m to the online grocery delivery startup to help it expand its distribution capacity and food relief efforts...

30 Jun 2020

Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director-general, UN FAO
We must act now to avert an imminent food crisis in AfricaArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Africa at a time when the continent is already grappling with multiple crises...

Maria Helena Semedo 30 Jun 2020

#BizUnity: Small businesses doing big things during lockdown
#BizUnity: Small businesses doing big things during lockdownArticle

South Africa is into the third month of lockdown and many entrepreneurs still don't know if they will be able to reopen their businesses when the lockdown is over. However, this hasn't stopped them from opening their hearts and wallets to those in need.

Terrena Rathanlall 29 Jun 2020

SA leads Africa's maize trade during Covid-19
SA leads Africa's maize trade during Covid-19Article

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has brought significant uncertainty to global trade, largely due to disruptions in supply chains and weakening demand...

Casey Delport 29 Jun 2020

Korean bamboo cultivation system recognised as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System
Korean bamboo cultivation system recognised as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage SystemArticle

The Republic of Korea's Damyang Bamboo Field Agriculture System, a traditional farming system in Damyang, has been recognised as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System...

26 Jun 2020

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Cross-border crimes threaten Free State farming communitiesArticle

Free State Agriculture, which represents more than 3,500 commercial farmers in the Free State, is very concerned about the increase in cross-border crimes occurring in farming communities located between the South African and Lesotho border...

24 Jun 2020

VWSA completes and hands over phase one of Covid-19 facility
VWSA completes and hands over phase one of Covid-19 facilityArticle

Volkswagen Group South Africa has handed over the first phase of its Covid-19 temporary medical facility to the Eastern Cape Department of Health...

24 Jun 2020

'A food safety crisis now would bring SA's medical sector to its knees'
'A food safety crisis now would bring SA's medical sector to its knees'Article

One of South Africa's top food safety experts has warned that the country cannot afford another food-borne outbreak like the listeriosis one of 2017...

22 Jun 2020

New body to drive transformation in the poultry industry
New body to drive transformation in the poultry industryArticle

South Africa's black poultry producers are set to launch their own body to organise themselves into one voice for driving the transformation agenda in the industry. This follows years of no representation...

22 Jun 2020

SA youth exhibiting strain amidst surging Covid-19 cases
SA youth exhibiting strain amidst surging Covid-19 casesArticle

Younger South Africans are not having an easy time currently showing the highest levels of fear and depression amongst all age groups, according to recent quantitative research conducted by research firm, Ask Afrika...

Issued by Ask Afrika 19 Jun 2020

New recovery textbook needed for post-Covid real estate landscape
New recovery textbook needed for post-Covid real estate landscapeArticle

Clawing back from the devastating global cascade of the sub-prime collapse of 2008/09, the real estate market had a tried and tested economic textbook roadmap...

17 Jun 2020

Call for action to address malnutrition in all its forms
Call for action to address malnutrition in all its formsArticle

The coronavirus pandemic has emphasised the importance of food security and nutritional wellbeing for all South Africans and has exposed the vulnerability and weaknesses of our food systems. In view of this, we call on the government to address malnutrition in all its forms...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 17 Jun 2020

Hundreds expected to sign manifesto to 'heal the land and people'
Hundreds expected to sign manifesto to 'heal the land and people'Article

Hundreds of South Africans will, on Thursday, sign a manifesto to commit to co-creating a country where the production, distribution and utilisation of food with integrity will heal the land and its people...

Thabo Msimang, Issued by YehBaby Digital 17 Jun 2020

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Webinar: Why food safety is everyone's businessArticle

In collaboration with Business Day Dialogues, South African National Accreditation System (Sanas) recently held a discussion highlighting the critical role accreditation plays in improving food safety...

15 Jun 2020

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The impact of Covid-19 on food security in AfricaArticle

Supply chains, food and nutrition security, as well as current and future production functions, have been negatively impacted by a host of factors related to the Covid-19 crisis...

Professor Njuguna S. Ndung'u 11 Jun 2020

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