Fresh produce trade in Africa continues to be a market leader
Fresh produce trade in Africa continues to be a market leader

Guest speaker at the 2018 Produce Marketing Association's (PMA's), Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show, Coillard Hamusimbi of the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in Zambia continued his presentation on fresh produce trade in Africa by noting how: "African agriculture has greater opportunities than ever before. I do not recall a time when agriculture had such a centre position in terms of wanting to drive this continent to the next level economically, socially and otherwise. More so for fresh produce. Fresh produce will continue to lead the markets."

1 day ago

This Cape Town startup delivers restaurant-grade meat directly to your door
This Cape Town startup delivers restaurant-grade meat directly to your door

South Africans are embracing online shopping, with fashion retail and food delivery services specifically showing enormous promise. Grocery shopping, on the other hand, remains largely a physical activity with fresh produce posing a significant online barrier.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 day ago

Could Zambia stimulate fresh produce trade in Africa?
Could Zambia stimulate fresh produce trade in Africa?

According to Coillard Hamusimbi a consultant for Musika Development Initiatives and the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in Zambia, the fresh produce industry in Zambia brims with opportunities for the development of modern fresh produce markets that can also stimulate cross-border trade-flow in the entire region. Investments into the new fresh fruit and vegetable markets in the country can act as a re-export hub for supply to Zambia's neighbours.

2 days ago

Buttermilk and maas continues to increase in volume and value
Buttermilk and maas continues to increase in volume and value

South Africa's buttermilk and maas category has continued to increase year-on-year in both volume and value terms during 2017, states a recently released BMi Research report. With products being eaten with maize or used for cooking and baking, buttermilk and maas are considered part of the staple diet in the country.

2 days ago

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack
African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Pitch AgriHack is run by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRA), Women in Tech Africa, Nigeria's Wennovation Hub and Suguba Africa.

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

West Rand partners sign MoU, forms agri-processing hub
West Rand partners sign MoU, forms agri-processing hub

Sibanye-Stillwater, the West Rand Development Agency (WRDA), the Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency (GIFA) and the Far West Rand Dolomitic Water Association (FWRDWA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which has resulted in a cooperative, multi-stakeholder partnership to pioneer an agri-processing hub - the Bokamoso Barona Initiative - on the West Rand. The initiative promotes sustainable economic activity through the development of a large-scale agriculture and bio-energy hub in areas of the greater West Rand district.

14 Sep 2018

The evolution of rooibos tea, and why we love it
The evolution of rooibos tea, and why we love it

Rooibos tea has become an integral part of South Africans' way of life and is considered by many as our national beverage. In light of Heritage Month, the SA Rooibos Council (SARC) set out to determine how consumption of this local favourite has changed in recent years by polling more than 1,000 South Africans from diverse cultures and ages about the popular brew.

14 Sep 2018

Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced
Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced

The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced. Under the theme 'African innovation: Investing in inclusive innovation ecosystems', this year saw more than 3,000 applications from 52 African countries. Submissions this year demonstrate significant breakthroughs in ICT, agri-business, public health and the environment/energy sectors to improve the lives and economic prospects of Africans.

14 Sep 2018

Give your brand the space to grow on Bizcommunity
Give your brand the space to grow on Bizcommunity

Give your brand the space to blossom on the biggest B2B website, catering to 18 professional industry sectors and niche audiences across Africa.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 14 Sep 2018

FairPlay's fight for VAT-free chicken picks up support in Parliament
FairPlay's fight for VAT-free chicken picks up support in Parliament

Chicken emerged as a favourite to be VAT-exempted for the support of South Africa's poor, when stakeholders presented their responses to the Woolard Panel of Expert's report in Parliament yesterday. The overwhelming majority of organisations represented, which included FairPlay, Cosatu, SAPA, PWC, the Institute of Economic Justice and the SA Chamber of Banking called on MPs to vote for chicken to be added to the VAT-free basket.

13 Sep 2018

Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa
Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa

Food losses and waste are an enormous drain on natural resources. Roughly one-third of the annual food produced globally for human consumption - approximately 1.3 billion tonnes - is lost or wasted. These losses are particularly unfortunate in Africa where approximately 20% of the population is undernourished.

13 Sep 2018

Old vines take centre stage at CapeWine2018
Old vines take centre stage at CapeWine2018

According to André Morgenthal of the Old Vine Project (OVP), an increased focus on South Africa's old vines has accelerated an unprecedented interest from wine thought leaders around the world, in the country's wine heritage and the industry itself, with wines made from fruit sourced from these heritage vines proving their mettle. He says that membership of the OVP has grown by leaps and bounds from 10 members late last year, to over 40 as it currently stands, including a number of cooperative producers, with over 80% of old-vine wines represented within these systems.

12 Sep 2018

Empowering small, subsistence farmers in SA
Empowering small, subsistence farmers in SA

As small farmers in South Africa own 40% of the country's livestock, they can make a massive contribution towards rural income and food security by becoming more productive. By empowering them through relevant programmes, they could adopt a commercial mindset which can unlock a powerhouse of rural development, food security and individual wealth creation.

12 Sep 2018