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Ghana's farmers aren't all seeing the fruits of a Green Revolution

Realities on the ground tell a different story from the claim that a Green Revolution ensures food security and increased income for smallholder farmers in Ghana...

17 Jun 2021

How research, collaboration are contributing to food security in Africa

Professor of Plant Breeding Maryke Labuschagne is working with a group of more than 20 African PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to improve the...

14 Jun 2021

Feeding Africa from Africa: Smallholder farmers to leverage on AfCFTA

Senamiso Ndlovu, 32, is a smallholder farmer with big food production dreams. The seed of her farming ambitions is the growing urban food demand...

By Busani Bafana 14 Jun 2021

Deforestation is driven by global markets

The world is at a crossroads, as humanity tries to mitigate climate change and halt biodiversity loss, while still securing a supply of food for everyone...

By Ruben Valbuena and Thomas Lovejoy 11 Jun 2021

Luxury fashion label Chanel invests $25m in new climate adaptation fund

Chanel is backing a new climate adaptation fund that aims to raise $100m by 2025 to invest in projects to promote sustainable agriculture, protect forests and support small-scale farmers in developing countries...

By Michael Taylor 11 Jun 2021

Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next

In 1938, French colonial authorities in what is today Mali started on an ambitious infrastructure plan to transform the desert into an area of agricultural production...

By Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari and Timothy Foster 10 Jun 2021

New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture

Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided...

By Anja Gassner, Philip Dobie and Terry Sunderland 7 Jun 2021

Farmers, Ferraris and harvesting good investments in Africa

Roux Wildenboer, sector head: agriculture at Absa Group shares his thoughts regarding how the agri sector has been a shining light for the continent and the investor community, highlighting the importance of continued investment into infrastructure development...

By Roux Wildenboer 31 May 2021

Vergelegen completes eroded watercourse rehabilitation programme

Vergelegen Wine Estate's environmental undertaking on five sites has seen the removal, storage and replanting of some 15,000 indigenous plants that were housed temporarily while the programme was underway...

20 May 2021

Brown locusts have survived a long drought in South Africa - here's how

Eggs can remain in the soil for several years with the embryos waiting to receive sufficient moisture to complete development. This results in synchronised hatching when there's sufficient rain...

By Frances Duncan 19 May 2021

Biosecurity measures can reduce the risk of avian influenza in farmer flocks

South Africa is on high alert with the Avian Influenza outbreaks. Implementing strict biosecurity measures can reduce the spread of this devastating virus through stringent action...

17 May 2021

Cannabis Master Plan to be presented to Nedlac

DALRRD Minister Thoko Didiza says as the legalisation and the commercialisation of cannabis remains at the forefront of public debate and on top of the agenda for policymakers globally, the plan will be presented to the National Economic Development and Labour Council by the end of May 2021...

14 May 2021

From the lowveld jungle to the concrete jungle: Gauteng - we are here!

It all began five years ago when our Belgian founder, Dr. Guy Hendrickx, came to South Africa to find out how we can manage mosquitoes in the most cost-effective and eco-conscious way for our clients...

Issued by SMARTSENZ® IPM 14 May 2021

Nine in 10 farmers still struggling with lockdown

An online emerging farmers' summit has revealed that, despite overall favourable agricultural and weather conditions, including good rainfall, 87% of small growers in South Africa have not managed to recover from last year's hard lockdown...

13 May 2021






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