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

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

1 day ago

Agroecology as innovation
Agroecology as innovation

"We need to promote a transformative change in the way that we produce and consume food. We need to put forward sustainable food systems that offer healthy and nutritious food, and also preserve the environment. Agroecology can offer several contributions to this process."

By Timothy A. Wise 11 Jul 2019

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CTICC to host over 100 international conferences by 2026

Over 100 international conferences, which are expected to bring over 127 000 delegates to Cape Town, has been confirmed to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre up until 2026...

10 Jul 2019

Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies
Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies

As climate change alters temperature and rainfall patterns, yields of some crops are increasing while others decline. The net result: less food, especially where it's most needed.

10 Jul 2019

Tap digital solutions to transform Africa's agriculture
Tap digital solutions to transform Africa's agriculture

Governments and developers should actively engage farmers to promote their use...

By Laura Owings 8 Jul 2019

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Using citrus and grape by-products to preserve food

According to an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University, large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives...

4 Jul 2019

International, pan-African organisations commit to collaboration on blue economy
International, pan-African organisations commit to collaboration on blue economy

Fishing, aquaculture, shipping, ports, energy and finance industries all came under the spotlight at the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF2019) held in Tunis, Tunisia late last month...

4 Jul 2019

The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation
The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

Demand for palm and other vegetable oils is rising sharply, raising questions about which ones will be produced, who will control their production and sale, and where they will be grown...

By Jean-Marc Roda 2 Jul 2019

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CTA awards 4 grants to support blockchain use in agriculture

With CTA's support Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Erba 96 and Nitidae will implement blockchain projects in Côte d'Ivoire; Papua New Guinea; Sierra Leone; Trinidad and Tobago; and Uganda...

1 Jul 2019

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Global demand for avocado has local farmers firmly focused

Agricultural company, Laeveld Agrochem advises avocado farmers to surround themselves with experts in orchard planning and crop cultivation. In addition, precision farming technology can be used to help producers ensure sustainable yields...

28 Jun 2019

New study urges smarter use of small pelagic species to strengthen food security
New study urges smarter use of small pelagic species to strengthen food security

Small pelagic fish, generally processed, sold and eaten whole, account for three-quarters of the total inland fish catch of the continent but because of their low economic value they are not given the attention they deserve...

27 Jun 2019

Would you eat meat grown from cells in a laboratory? Here's how it works
Would you eat meat grown from cells in a laboratory? Here's how it works

Fake meat may be the food of the future...

By Leigh Ackland 26 Jun 2019

Western Cape farmers urged to join business chambers
Western Cape farmers urged to join business chambers

"Involvement of every farmer and business owner is imperative. We should stand united to cooperate with our municipalities, the province, business leaders and our communities."

25 Jun 2019

Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health
Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health

There is no doubt that Africa is grappling with numerous challenges such as climate change, low agricultural productivity, poor health standards, rapid growing population and poverty...

21 Jun 2019

Lab-grown dairy: The next food frontier
Lab-grown dairy: The next food frontier

Dairy proteins may be the next product to be mass produced in labs, for use in fluid "milk" production and processed dairy products like yogurt and cheese...

By Michael von Massow and Mitchell Gingerich 13 Jun 2019

Why food safety in Africa's informal markets must be driven by consumers
Why food safety in Africa's informal markets must be driven by consumers

Food safety studies in Ethiopia reveal that unlocking consumer demand for safe food is critical to stopping the millions of deaths and illnesses from foodborne pathogens across the continent...

By Arie Havelaar and Ashagrie Zewdu Woldegiorgis 10 Jun 2019

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FAO gives PMSA treaty combating illegal fishing the thumbs up

The treaty adoption is a boom for global efforts to safeguard global marine resources and achieve food security...

7 Jun 2019

John Deere, Corteva sign MoU driving Africa's agriculture growth
John Deere, Corteva sign MoU driving Africa's agriculture growth

John Deere and Corteva Agriscience have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at accelerating Africa's agricultural sector and enriching the lives of farmers across the continent...

7 Jun 2019

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Radisson Blu forms three-way partnership to enhance sustainable forest management in Zambia

In celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June 2019, Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka held an event to announce a new partnership between Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka, SOS Children's Village and Plant a Million Zambia...

7 Jun 2019

Econet, Yara launch Generation Africa, brings youth entrepreneurship to Africa
Econet, Yara launch Generation Africa, brings youth entrepreneurship to Africa

The partnership initiative will support a cohort of 12 budding young agri-food entrepreneurs to scale and prosper their ventures...

30 May 2019

Penguins' behaviour could aid fisheries management
Penguins' behaviour could aid fisheries management

The foraging behaviour of African penguins could provide useful information to aid fisheries management, a study conducted in South Africa suggests.

By Stephanie Achieng' 30 May 2019

Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries
Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries

Nestlé has launched a Research and Development (R&D) innovation challenge in sub-Saharan Africa to provide a platform for startups and universities to contribute to local sustainable growth...

28 May 2019

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

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

22 May 2019

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EU-African task force proposes new way ahead for African rural development

A European Commission task force, which included a researcher from the South African Centre of Excellence in Food Security, has released a series of recommendations on ways to unlock the economic potential of struggling rural Africa...

By Morgan Morris 21 May 2019

Oserian enhances carbon-free footprint, launches new solar power plant in Kenya
Oserian enhances carbon-free footprint, launches new solar power plant in Kenya

Integrated with the existing geothermal power, the Oserian Development Company will now produce sufficient renewable energy for consumption by tenants and residents of the Two Lakes Industrial Park.

13 May 2019

Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent
Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent

Most studies on the use of pesticides are funded by those that produce the chemicals but only independent research can inform us about the best agricultural practices.

By Sébastien Sauvé 13 May 2019

Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy
Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy

African businesses are being challenged to wake up to the economic, social and environmental power of the Blue Economy...

10 May 2019

Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

By Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

AfDP's agro-industrial processing zones will drive agriculture in Africa, says investors
AfDP's agro-industrial processing zones will drive agriculture in Africa, says investors

Nigerian government officials and key investors have endorsed the African Development Bank's Special agro-industrial processing zones initiative, describing it as a pathway to Africa's agricultural revolution...

3 May 2019

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