Are land reform and expropriation fears justified?
Are land reform and expropriation fears justified?

As much as the heated debate about the proposed amendment of South Africa's Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation has dented property investment confidence among the country's middle class, much of the insecurity and fear is based on misinterpretation and a serious lack of reliable data, says Rowan Alexander, director of Alexander Swart Property.

16 hours ago

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

LAGOS, Nigeria - 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.

21 hours ago

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

Today, the world relies on Africa as the last growth frontier as it becomes an increasingly urban and booming continent. However, there is still a long way to go before it catches up with Asian emerging economies. In fact, Africa has the lowest wheat yield in the world compared to the highest one in the Netherlands. 55% of African arable land available is not cultivated as opposed to the 8% in North America. These numbers highlight the high potential for expansion and investment in the African agricultural industry.

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 1 day ago

Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award
Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award

Farmcrowdy, which late last year launched a mobile app and secured $1m in seed funding, allows users to crowdfund farms.

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

The risk of listeriosis lingers
The risk of listeriosis lingers

Product-related risk is one of the biggest perils facing businesses today, with significant amount of increased recalls revealing the potential for larger and more complex losses in the past decade, according to the 'Product Recall: Managing The Impact of the New Risk Landscape' report.

By Catia Folgore 1 day ago

Maximising profitability of biogas plants
Maximising profitability of biogas plants

Biogas production from substrates such as food waste, municipal waste, wastewater treatment plants and agricultural residues, including wheat or maize straw, have shown a significant increase in South Africa. However, the industrial viability of these operations in especially biogas plants is difficult to estimate.

By Idan Chiyanzu 2 days ago

KWV named Brandy Producer of the Year at global spirits competition
KWV named Brandy Producer of the Year at global spirits competition

KWV scooped the 2018 trophy for the Brandy Producer of the Year at the International Spirit Challenge (ISC), in a ceremony held in Bishopsgate, London last week. This is the third time that KWV's master distiller, Pieter de Bod, has been honoured with the coveted Producer's Award.

2 days ago

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle
FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle

The FairPlay movement has called for a public enquiry into the fiasco that saw a zero tariff for sugar being set and gazetted in South Africa last year, which allowed importers to bring in and stockpile sugar duty-free, "and which plunged the South African industry into a crisis".

2 days ago

Farmers curb crime with technology
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

Meet the Maker: Love-Gin
Meet the Maker: Love-Gin

Love-Gin is a family owned business, established by mother and son duo, Sandra and Heinrich Swanepoel. I love their product which is essentially a DIY bathtub, gin making kit that gets you to create your very own juniper spirits.

By Samantha Snedorf 13 Jul 2018

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

We typically use the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index to gauge the health of the South African agricultural sector, as well as the potential investment path. 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
Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $500k funding

Kenyan startup Apollo Agriculture has secured $500,000 in funding from Dutch Development Bank FMO and the Rabobank Foundation to fund harvesting cycles, further develop its credit model, and expand geographically. Apollo Agriculture supplies small Kenyan farmers with high-quality farming inputs on credit, crop insurance and voice-based training, using a "high tech, low touch" model by leveraging advances in mobile money, machine learning and remote sensing technology.

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

Bayer SA committed to supporting smallholder farmers
Bayer SA committed to supporting smallholder farmers

Wool is one of the most profitable commodities in agriculture and for the most part, forms part of larger agriculture exported. Bayer Southern Africa, in partnership with local government, has undertaken to deliver shearing equipment to four farming community's wool production initiatives. This includes one farm in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal and three in the Eastern Cape.

12 Jul 2018