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More transparency in the chicken industry - court action suspended
More transparency in the chicken industry - court action suspended

The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) and the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) have agreed to lift the veil of secrecy on 'confidential' documents on which the protectionist application on chicken imports is based, thereby averting a protracted court battle...

16 May 2019

Revised guidelines for aquaculture programme
Revised guidelines for aquaculture programme

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has approved the revised guidelines of the Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme...

14 May 2019

Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters - you are
Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters - you are

"Ugly" or "wonky" veg were blamed for up to 40% of wasted fruit and vegetables in 2013, as produce was discarded for failing to meet retailer appearance standards...

By Miriam C. Dobson and Jill L. Edmondson 14 May 2019

Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent
Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent

Most studies on the use of pesticides are funded by those that produce the chemicals but only independent research can inform us about the best agricultural practices.

By Sébastien Sauvé 13 May 2019

African Swine Fever update
African Swine Fever update

Veterinary services together with the industry are conducting follow-up investigations to trace the origin of the disease and to identify other farms that may possibly be affected...

9 May 2019

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IPC releases new guidelines to enhance food insecurity, malnutrition analysis

The guideline by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification initiative is set to further hone food security and nutrition analysis processes for better and more actionable information during humanitarian crises...

26 Apr 2019

FoodForward SA celebrates 10 years with commitment to feeding 1 million people
FoodForward SA celebrates 10 years with commitment to feeding 1 million people

Commemorating its 10-year anniversary this year, food redistribution organisation FoodForward SA has committed to feeding 1 million people daily within five years...

25 Apr 2019

Travellers called to comply with SA's import regulations
Travellers called to comply with SA's import regulations

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has called all international travellers, who will be visiting or returning to South Africa during the Easter holidays, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products...

18 Apr 2019

Mobile app aiding farming data collection and sharing
Mobile app aiding farming data collection and sharing

A smartphone application is helping smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to collect data, share information on new agricultural practices and tackle climate change-related impacts...

By Samuel Hinneh 9 Apr 2019

UJ to host inaugural African Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture
UJ to host inaugural African Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture

iZindaba Zokudla (Conversations about Food) will this month host the inaugural conference for the African Association for Vertical Farming (AAVF) at the University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Soweto Campus, 9-10 April...

5 Apr 2019

350 African researchers to benefit from training in how to tackle crop disease
350 African researchers to benefit from training in how to tackle crop disease

UK-based Connected Virus Network and Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA - ILRI) recently partnered to run a crop disease training course in Nairobi, Kenya...

5 Apr 2019

FAO, ADEPT partner to promote potential of African diaspora in agribusiness
FAO, ADEPT partner to promote potential of African diaspora in agribusiness

Signing an agreement on the side-lines of the high-level event on Food and Agriculture in Times of Crises, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) have joined efforts...

4 Apr 2019

Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the Earth
Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the Earth

Climate change is underway, and human activities such as urbanisation, industrialisation and food production are key contributors...

By Silvio Caputo 4 Apr 2019

Feeding farm animals seaweed could help fight antibiotic resistance and climate change
Feeding farm animals seaweed could help fight antibiotic resistance and climate change

Feeding pigs seaweed could make them, us and the planet healthier without contributing to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

By Lauren Ford and Pamela Judith Walsh 1 Apr 2019

Cutting nitrogen fertiliser amounts raise rice yields
Cutting nitrogen fertiliser amounts raise rice yields

The amount of nitrogen in fertilisers could be reduced to achieve high rice yields and boost food security in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Paul Adepoju 29 Mar 2019

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Farmcrowdy closes $1m additional seed funding

Nigeria's digital agriculture platform, Farmcrowdy announced that it has closed on additional seed funding of $1...

By Fundisiwe Maseko 25 Mar 2019

Blue economy: Experts call for sustainable exploitation
Blue economy: Experts call for sustainable exploitation

By efficient management, the sustainable exploitation of resources in oceans, seas, lakes and rivers - also known as the blue economy - could contribute up to $1.5tn to the global economy...

By Ruth Waruhiu 25 Mar 2019

How load shedding compromises the survival of agricultural animals
How load shedding compromises the survival of agricultural animals

The National Council of SPCAs have shared its concerns for the animals that depend on electricity for survival during Eskom's scheduled load shedding...

20 Mar 2019

#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East
#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East

Unlocking exporting opportunities, especially within the agricultural sector, could be a major contributor to the South African economy...

18 Mar 2019

Skills development summit considers agriculture
Skills development summit considers agriculture

Food and agriculture came under the spotlight in discussions at the Haggai Education and Training Skills Development Summit, held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane...

By Deidre Louw 18 Mar 2019

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

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Status report: FMD outbreak

Since the last positive case was reported on 4 February, five weeks ago, there have been no new clinical cases of FMD or serologically positive test results in the epidemiological groups surveyed...

15 Mar 2019

Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change
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

Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate change
Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate change

The selection of seed varieties adapted to a particular climate could be refined if farmers themselves assess their performance, using their plots as small, experimental laboratories...

By Cecilia Rosen 12 Mar 2019

Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in Stellenbosch
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

How droughts will affect South Africa's broader economy
How droughts will affect South Africa's broader economy

Climate change poses a threat to everyone. Governments, farmers and society, in general, need to take proactive steps to deal with the outcomes of changing weather patterns...

By Mmatlou Kalaba 7 Mar 2019

Zambia: FMD outbreak in southern province
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

Seil-Safari navigates farmers through unchartered waters to new horizons
Seil-Safari navigates farmers through unchartered waters to new horizons

From 1-5 April 2019, Seil-Safari will bring together world-class speakers, agricultural experts and South Africa's farming community to share knowledge and know-how on the latest innovations and solutions in the sector...

Issued by Echo Produksies 5 Mar 2019

AFGRI commits R3m funding support to SA farmers
AFGRI commits R3m funding support to SA farmers

AFGRI has launched a not-for-profit company, the AFGRI Support Fund to assist those in the South Africa agricultural sector with their financial needs...

5 Mar 2019

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