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Irrigating Africa: Can small-scale farmers lead the way?

We often hear that irrigation in Africa is too limited, and that the key to a "green revolution" on the continent is to expand to levels seen in Asia. But what if there is much more small-scale, informal irrigation in Africa than we thought?

By Ian Scoones 1 day ago

Agritech Expo Zambia 2019 announces AgriTeach programme lineup

AgriTeach workshops are focused on skills development, aimed at addressing current farming challenges and offer practical, smart and innovative solutions to ensure quality farming and maximum production...

15 Mar 2019

Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture

Launched in 2016 by Morocco, the initiative provides a unified framework, exploring the emergence of low carbon and low ecological footprint on the ecosystems, in building a sustainable and prosperous fisheries economy...

15 Mar 2019

AGT Foods to sponsor Greenpop tree planting festivals

AGT Foods Retail & Food Ingredients has teamed up with Greenpop as sponsor for its tree planting festivals taking place in Africa...

15 Mar 2019

Agri SA, SAAFWUA signs MoU to enhance water resource management

Both organisations will collaborate on initiatives and projects that advance and facilitate the development of support mechanisms, for the Local Water Resource Management Institution to ensure the effective use of water by all South African farmers...

14 Mar 2019

Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change

The World Economic Report on Global Risk by the World Bank lists elements of climate change and climate risk in its top 10 list of risks the world faces today...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2019

Time to reframe the discipline of finance to focus on sustainability

Millions of Africans still suffer from water shortages due to problems of uneven distribution and management of existing supplies...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Mar 2019

Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April

The Cannabis Expo, a trade and consumer exhibition dedicated to the cannabis industry, is set be held at Sun Exhibits at GrandWest in Cape Town from 4 to 7 April...

11 Mar 2019

Global hydroponic markets to reach estimated CAGR of 6.5% by 2025

With the advent of advanced agricultural infrastructures and procedures, hydroponics is gaining widespread popularity with its ability to address the need for green vegetables...

11 Mar 2019

Ethiopia needs to improve production of its "golden crop" Teff. Here's how

Teff is in demand because it has various health benefits. It's high in fibre and rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, protein, and amino acids. But what's really contributed to its enormous popularity, is that it's gluten free...

11 Mar 2019

Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in Stellenbosch

Woolworths has partnered with Spier Wine Farm, the Sustainability Institute and its AgroEcology Academy to launch the Living Soils Community Learning Farm - a three-year pilot project with the aim to establish demonstrative ecologically-restorative methods to grow nutrient-rich foods...

8 Mar 2019

High-tech agriculture: Farmers risk being 'locked in' to unsustainable practices

Digital approaches in farming are called "precision agriculture", which aims to measure the needs of crops or livestock as precisely as possible to be able to apply "the right amount at the right time". This has proven to be a valuable approach, particularly for crops...

8 Mar 2019

African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmers

The Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation has placed two African seed companies at the top of this year's Access to Seeds Index for eastern and southern Africa, for playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity...

7 Mar 2019

Zambia: FMD outbreak in southern province

Foot and mouth disease has been reported in Monze, Zambia. So far, more than 20 cattle have been affected across the district...

6 Mar 2019

4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019

Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing for FNB Agriculture, says agricultural technology innovation is evolving at an unprecedented pace, leaving farmers with no choice but to adapt and reinvent themselves...

4 Mar 2019

Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in Africa

The liquor industry has signed the Guidelines for Good Business Practice for South African Companies Operating on the African Continent...

1 Mar 2019

Stellenbosch University's agriculture initiative to aid Malawi farming community

The Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University will play a part in helping the Malawian economy move away from its dependency on tobacco farming towards other viable alternatives...

1 Mar 2019

Aerobotics expands its Series A funding with Paper Plane Ventures

South Africa startup Aerobotics has announced the expansion of its Series A funding round to $4m, through a signed deal with Paper Plane Ventures...

1 Mar 2019

Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate change

In only a few decades, traditional dryland farming on drained peat soils will be increasingly difficult as the rich organic soils vanish and flood prevention becomes too costly...

27 Feb 2019

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