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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 2 days ago

New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"

Afrimart, a Pan-African business to business (B2B) e-commerce platform for products made in Africa, has just been launched, offering growth prospects for the less exploited intra-Africa trade...

3 days ago

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 17 Jul 2018

Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award

Nigerian agri-tech startup Farmcrowdy has won the African Digital Business of the Year Award for its solution that makes farms available for sponsorship...

By Tom Jackson 17 Jul 2018

Maximising profitability of biogas plants

In order to attain profitability, developers need to analyse different feedstock and technology sources, and biogas plant decision-makers require data under conditions mirroring those in full-scale reactors...

By Idan Chiyanzu 16 Jul 2018

Farmers curb crime with technology

The Agri Securitas Trust Fund has recently allocated funding for the protection of farmers and their farm workers through specialised technology. The money from the Trust Fund and the plans of farmers, help to protect themselves as well as their farm workers against crime and violence...

13 Jul 2018

Expropriation without compensation: Is it negatively affecting investment for SA agriculture?

Of late, a number of commentaries have surfaced arguing that the discussions about the proposed expropriation without compensation have not negatively affected investment in the agricultural sectors, suggesting that investment has actually increased over time...

By Wandile Sihlobo and John Purchase 13 Jul 2018

Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $500k funding

The funding comes in the form of a $250,000 convertible grant from the FMO MASSIF Fund and a $250,000 loan from the Rabobank Foundation, which Apollo Agriculture chief executive officer (CEO) Eli Pollak said would allow it to expand its lending reach and greatly accelerate its rate of learning...

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

Fishery management needs to be reworked to counter effects of climate change

A range of fishery management tools already exist that can be used to respond to climate change, but many will need to be retooled to respond to specific needs in specific contexts...

11 Jul 2018

Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries

The world food import bill has broadly tripled since 2000 to reach $1.43tn in 2017, while it has risen around fivefold for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages...

10 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war

Soya bean production remains at the heart of the US-China trade war, hence prices were under pressure on Friday (6 July 2018) on the back of the introduction of tariffs. For context, China is the world's largest soya bean consumer and heavily reliant on imports.

By Wandile Sihlobo 9 Jul 2018

AWIEF's #Value4Her programme is empowering women agri-entrepreneurs in Africa

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum's #Value4Her project launch took place in Nairobi, Kenya over two days and saw 15 southern Africa-based women agri-entrepreneurs attend stakeholder workshops and keynotes from key gender empowerment and agri-business drivers...

6 Jul 2018

Meet the Maker: Durbanville Distillery

The distillery as it turns out is not run as part of the wine estate, but rather as a separate entity which allows for them to focus on their distinctive gin and distillation process...

By Samantha Snedorf 6 Jul 2018

Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general

Forests and trees contribute far more to human livelihoods than is commonly known, playing crucial roles in food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural economies...

6 Jul 2018

AGT Foods Africa expands focus to launch superfoods

AGT Foods Africa has announced that it will soon be hopping on the superfoods trend with the launch of its own line of superfoods...

5 Jul 2018

Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June

The decline is driven primarily by lower benchmark price quotations for wheat, maize and vegetable oils including those made from soybeans...

5 Jul 2018

Listeriosis can be rallying call for the industry

The recent listeriosis outbreak is a timely reminder that the food supply chain is constantly under attack from outside threats. In this, there is a lesson for the rest of the industry, writes Emma Corder, Nilfisk South Africa country manager.

By Emma Corder 5 Jul 2018

Agricultural census to kick off soon

The census of agriculture provides data on the size, maturity and structure of the agriculture industry...

By Elmarie Helberg 5 Jul 2018

Zimbabwe's YouFarm helps farmers raise funding

Zimbabwean startup YouFarm is providing collateral-free funding to farmers by allowing users to invest in crops and livestock, and share the profits with the farmer when the produce goes to market...

By Tom Jackson 5 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: The weather remains a vital part of the discussion in SA wheat market

Although the recent rainfall in the province was not evenly distributed, almost all wheat growing regions of the province received a fair amount, which should improve crop growing conditions...

4 Jul 2018

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