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Black Citrus Growers Programme launched
Black Citrus Growers Programme launchedArticle

The programme is expected to create an additional 1,726 permanent and seasonal jobs in the citrus industry...

6 May 2020

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Soybeans can help combat Africa's agriculture and food security woesArticle

It won't be without its challenges, but soybean could well be the answer to Africa's agricultural and food security woes...

4 Mar 2020

Cabinet approves Public Procurement Bill for comment
Cabinet approves Public Procurement Bill for commentArticle

Cabinet has approved the publication of the Public Procurement Bill for public comment - setting in motion legislation for procurement strategies that support government's socio-economic objectives...

18 Feb 2020

Management of intact forestlands by indigenous peoples key to protecting climate
Management of intact forestlands by indigenous peoples key to protecting climateArticle

Rights recognition crucial to fend off global warming and catastrophic climate change...

Julie Mollins 23 Jan 2020

Technology, innovation can help halt land sector corruption in Africa - AfDB
Technology, innovation can help halt land sector corruption in Africa - AfDBArticle

Speaking at the 2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa on Monday, 25 November, African Development Bank senior vice president Charles Boamah urged African countries to act faster in purging corruption in the land sector...

26 Nov 2019

2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa: Why it matters
2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa: Why it mattersArticle

This year's Conference on Land Policy in Africa, 25-29 November, is themed 'Winning the fight against corruption in the land sector in Africa'...

25 Nov 2019

Eleventh-hour delay in court case involving King Goodwill Zwelithini
Eleventh-hour delay in court case involving King Goodwill ZwelithiniArticle

A politically-charged court case involving millions of rands in rent paid to a trust headed by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been postponed at the last moment...

Tony Carnie 20 Nov 2019

Namibia's urban poor are stuck in limbo, without land or services
Namibia's urban poor are stuck in limbo, without land or servicesArticle

Informal settlements are increasingly emerging in cities in developing countries across the world, including Africa...

Selma T. Karuaihe 3 Oct 2019

Agriculture offers best chance for economic growth in SA
Agriculture offers best chance for economic growth in SAArticle

The Southern Africa Agri Initiative welcomes the national treasury's discussion document on economic policy that was released on 27 August 2019...

3 Sep 2019

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Land reform report big on historical context, sketchy on the futureArticle

Professor Nhlanhla Cyril Mbatha, a professor at the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership, discusses the findings and flaws of the Presidential Advisory Panel's report on South Africa's land reform and agriculture...

Professor Nhlanhla Cyril Mbatha 15 Aug 2019

Advisory panel releases final land reform report
Advisory panel releases final land reform reportArticle

The Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has proposed for the amendment of the Constitution that clarifies that expropriation without compensation may be necessary in limited circumstances...

29 Jul 2019

How digital technologies can help Africa's smallholder farmers
How digital technologies can help Africa's smallholder farmersArticle

There have been some positive strides made in getting smallholders involved in digital agriculture in Africa...

15 Jul 2019

Backyard farming key to food security in cities
Backyard farming key to food security in citiesArticle

Revising regulations to increase backyard gardening in cities could be key to sustainable food production in sub-Saharan Africa...

21 May 2019

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'No real development in Africa without regional integration'Article

Key issues pertaining to Africa's socioeconomic development, including the empowerment of women and youth and Africa's free trade area...

Kingsley Ighobor 21 May 2019

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

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

Rahman Akintayo Sanusi 15 Jan 2019

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New Year's messages from agri leadersArticle

The agriculture sector survived a year of rising uncertainty in 2018, but with the national election and the threat of drought looming, 2019 will be every bit as challenging. According to leaders in the sector, farmers will have to be resilient and partner with the right role players to face the trials that await.

11 Jan 2019

Unisa-Sowetan Dialogues kicks off with discussion around land debate
Unisa-Sowetan Dialogues kicks off with discussion around land debateArticle

Late last month, Unisa's Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL), in partnership with Unisa and The Sowetan, launched the first of the Unisa-Sowetan Dialogues...

4 Dec 2018

Why giving South Africans title deeds isn't the panacea for land reform
Why giving South Africans title deeds isn't the panacea for land reformArticle

The land reform debate in South Africa has become increasingly polarised...

Simon Hull 14 Nov 2018

Habitat for Humanity addresses Africa's unique housing challenges at local leadership conference
Habitat for Humanity addresses Africa's unique housing challenges at local leadership conferenceArticle

With some of the fastest growing cities in the world over the next 50 years, Africa will encounter many challenges...

25 Oct 2018

Spotlight on successful transformation at Agri SA congress
Spotlight on successful transformation at Agri SA congressArticle

The annual Agri SA Congress recently took place at the Maslow at Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria. While day one of the congress focused on land reform issues, on day two the spotlight fell on the success stories of transformation in the agricultural industry...

Ursula Human 12 Oct 2018

FAO, AU launch new framework to increase agriculture efficiency
FAO, AU launch new framework to increase agriculture efficiencyArticle

The framework offers a detailed look at the history of machinery in Africa and points the way towards addressing challenges and creating new opportunities to assure the successful adoption of mechanisation...

5 Oct 2018

Greenwashing: corporate tree planting generates goodwill but may sometimes harm the planet
Greenwashing: corporate tree planting generates goodwill but may sometimes harm the planetArticle

Trees do a lot more for us than you probably think...

Benjamin Neimark 26 Sep 2018

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What's driving persistent poverty in rural KenyaArticle

Like most of sub Saharan African countries, Kenya has registered a decline in the poverty rate over the past decade...

Timothy Njagi Njeru 8 Aug 2018

Climate change initiative to strengthen forest, farming communities
Climate change initiative to strengthen forest, farming communitiesArticle

"Forest and farm producers are more powerful when organised. By building their capacity, the Forest and Farm Facility initiative will help more producers and their organisations withstand the effects of climate change."

23 Jul 2018

Traditional land not affected by Section 25 amendment
Traditional land not affected by Section 25 amendmentArticle

A meeting of a Ministerial Task Team and National House of Traditional Leaders has resolved that the traditional land would not be affected by the proposed amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution...

9 Jul 2018

Why impact assessments should be built on human values
Why impact assessments should be built on human valuesArticle

While government regulation is the main driver of environmental and social impact assessments of economic activity, human rights and justice are now...

27 Jun 2018

Current land reform challenges need to be fixed before moving forward
Current land reform challenges need to be fixed before moving forwardArticle

Constitutional changes will not address the current issues impeding the success of land reform. What the country needs for successful land reform is a diverse and flexible set of instruments to enable its acceleration...

28 May 2018

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate changeArticle

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

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Study highlights agriculture's potential to promote economic development and transformationArticle

"Agriculture is one of the most crucial issues in Africa's transformation agenda... now is the time to change our farming processes."

15 May 2018

How South Africa should tackle the redistribution of land in urban areas
How South Africa should tackle the redistribution of land in urban areasArticle

Land debates are reverberating across South Africa...

Sarita Pillay 8 May 2018

Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutions
Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutionsArticle

Housing microfinance can and should become a mainstream offering for financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa...

13 Apr 2018

Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy
Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategyArticle

The looming challenges associated with an unhealthy or dissatisfied labour force requires urgent attention. "To achieve longer-term prosperity in agriculture, we must make the health and financial security of workers of all levels a priority."

22 Mar 2018

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South Africa's land debate is clouded by misrepresentation and lack of dataArticle

There is only the haziest of understandings of how well or how badly land reform is doing, and why. The woeful record keeping of national and local government departments is partly to blame. But they are not the sole culprits...

Ben Cousins 12 Mar 2018

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Africa needs to explore opportunities across the food chain to create enough jobs for youthArticle

Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces the linkages between rural areas and cities - including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and service provision...

22 Feb 2018

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Ten priorities for getting agriculture moving in ZimbabweArticle

Agriculture is taking centre stage in plans for the revival of Zimbabwe's ailing economy. What are the top priorities for agriculture, and what can be learnt from the challenges faced since the land reform?

Ian Scoones 24 Jan 2018

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On land expropriation without compensation: Be aware of the risksArticle

NERPO has, according to reports, come out in favour of expropriation of farmland without compensation. We expect that there are other groups that will do the same over the coming weeks. However...

Kerwin Lebone 19 Jan 2018

Zimbabwe urgently needs a new land administration system
Zimbabwe urgently needs a new land administration systemArticle

Zimbabwe urgently needs a new system of land administration to harness development in the agricultural sector...

Ian Scoones 16 Jan 2018

Rwanda's agricultural revolution is not the success it claims to be
Rwanda's agricultural revolution is not the success it claims to beArticle

The Rwandan government - supported by major international donors - has high ambitions to modernise and professionalise its agrarian and land sector to reduce poverty and create economic growth...

Multiple authors 18 Dec 2017

Agbiz: mixed expectations for 2018
Agbiz: mixed expectations for 2018Article

Alleged corruption on a massive scale, combined with gross mismanagement at a number of major SOEs, has effectively eroded business confidence in South Africa and dried up investment...

18 Dec 2017

Will Zim agriculture revive and if so, how?
Will Zim agriculture revive and if so, how?Article

Many thought it would never happen, but Robert Mugabe has left the building. In the past few weeks, a lot has been said about this major change for Zimbabwe...

4 Dec 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Africa holds the key to feeding the world's population
#WorldFoodDay: Africa holds the key to feeding the world's populationArticle

Africa holds the key to feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Dr Akinwumi Adesina says during Norman Borlaug Lecture...

20 Oct 2017

Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systems
Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systemsArticle

The 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security endorsed new recommendations centred on the need for an integrated policy approach to forestry, agriculture, water and food security and nutrition...

16 Oct 2017

Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, poverty
Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, povertyArticle

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union co-hosted a high-level event noting that more needs to be done in land tenure governance...

12 Oct 2017

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Report: Agriculture can power transformation of African economiesArticle

Reforms could trigger an economic transformation with benefits far beyond the sector, stimulating growth in manufacturing and related services, whilst driving down food prices and raising disposable incomes...

11 Oct 2017

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How urban food demand can spark urban renewal, transformationArticle

Rural areas have vast potential for economic growth in terms of food production and related sectors. Unlocking this often neglected potential is key to achieving the 2030 development agenda...

10 Oct 2017

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How land reform and rural development can help reduce poverty in South AfricaArticle

South Africa will need to review its land reform policy, with an eye to boosting productive land use among the rural poor, if it is to push back rising poverty levels...

Leslie J. Bank and Tim GB Hart 29 Sep 2017

The High Court in Pretoria has declared a section of the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act invalid. Photo: Wikipedia user Cvanrooyen (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Court declares land tenure act invalidArticle

Parliament told to fix section which discriminates against women...

Safura Abdool Karim 28 Sep 2017

L-R: Ben Cousins from PLAAS, Aditya Kumar from DAG, Sarita Pillay from Ndifuna Ukwazi and Lauren Royston from SERI discuss land reform at the Open Book Festival.
Title deeds: how do we fix the system?Article

Experts at Open Book Festival debate different approaches to dealing with property in poor neighbourhoods...

Ashleigh Furlong 11 Sep 2017

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Land audit still not completedArticle

The land-reform programme has generally been tardy, which has created uncertainty in the agricultural sector. The biggest challenge for the land reform programme remained...

15 Aug 2017

Why title deeds aren't the solution to South Africa's land tenure problem
Why title deeds aren't the solution to South Africa's land tenure problemArticle

The conventional view is that insecurity of land tenure results from the lack of a registered title deed which records the property rights of occupants of land or housing...

Ben Cousins 15 Aug 2017

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