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Why rooftop farms may be the next big thing
Why rooftop farms may be the next big thing

Signium Africa has predicted that city-wide hydroponic rooftop farming cooperatives have the potential to become the next big thing in commercial agriculture...

30 Apr 2019

Wealth from waste - three ways pollution can be turned into something useful
Wealth from waste - three ways pollution can be turned into something useful

Solving environmental problems usually just means cleaning up the mess people have made. But scientists are increasingly interested in creating something valuable from pollution...

By Maria Sotenko 11 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

USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities
USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities

These centres have been created to foster high-quality applied research and build relationships among the education community, the private sector, and policymakers...

3 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

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

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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

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

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

SAMPA donates R1m towards SU food safety initiative
SAMPA donates R1m towards SU food safety initiative

The South African Meat Processors Association (SAMPA) has donated R1m to Stellenbosch University's Centre for Food Safety in support of its ongoing endeavours related to food safety research...

22 Feb 2019

International push to improve food safety
International push to improve food safety

Greater international cooperation is needed to prevent unsafe food from causing ill health and hampering progress towards sustainable development...

18 Feb 2019

ATS, TuksNovation partner in promoting agricultural innovation in SA
ATS, TuksNovation partner in promoting agricultural innovation in SA

AFGRI Technology Services (ATS) has partnered with the University of Pretoria's TuksNovation to foster innovation in the agricultural sector in SA...

15 Feb 2019

5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 years
5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 years

IBM has revealed the five significant changes driven by innovation in science and technology that will transform every stage of the food supply chain within the next five years...

14 Feb 2019

AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market
AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market

AGCO's senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Africa elaborates on the company's new Farm in a Box initiative and how it's helping African farmers...

By Robin Fredericks 5 Feb 2019

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El Nino uncertainty in 2019

In his latest newsletter on climate and agricultural conditions, Johan van den Berg of Santam Agriculture says there is positive news for rainfall conditions, at least during February, for most of the summer rainfall area.

29 Jan 2019

New report: Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa
New report: Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa

It's estimated that by 2050, global aviation could account for over 22% of all global carbon dioxide emissions due to rapid growth in air traffic...

25 Jan 2019

Stoking conflict between farming and conservation hurts everyone
Stoking conflict between farming and conservation hurts everyone

Agriculture and the environment are not mutually exclusive, and polarisation of the issues only undermines progress toward successful and sustainable solutions...

By Philip A Loring, Sarah Minnes and Valencia Gaspard 22 Jan 2019

How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy
How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy

After rapid economic growth averaging 10% every year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia has emerged as an engine of development in Africa.

By Gebisa Ejeta 18 Jan 2019

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What farmers can learn from restaurants

Wes Lefroy, an agricultural analyst from Rabobank Australia is joined by Paula Savanti, New York-based senior analyst for Consumer Foods discuss on how restaurants are implementing data in marketing, and how this affects their strategic and operational decisions...

18 Jan 2019

New nitrogen removal technology reveals poultry manure potential for anaerobic digestion
New nitrogen removal technology reveals poultry manure potential for anaerobic digestion

Colsen BV has developed a technology that overcomes the challenges of the high ammonia concentrations such that the value of poultry manure can be enhanced by creating renewable energy and fertilisers...

16 Jan 2019

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Future Farmers expands to Paarl

The Future Farmers Foundation, founded in 2006 by Judy Stuart, has made a tremendous impact on the lives of aspiring young farmers...

14 Jan 2019

Top 10 food and bev trends for 2019
Top 10 food and bev trends for 2019

Innova Market Insights from Arnhem in the Netherlands, said targeting increasingly adventurous consumers set on new discoveries and experiences, will be key to developments in the food and beverage industry in 2019...

3 Jan 2019

In 100 years' time, maybe our food won't be grown in soil
In 100 years' time, maybe our food won't be grown in soil

It takes a lot to make a room of soil scientists gasp...

By Alex McBratney 28 Dec 2018

Why the issue of drug resistance in animal farming means a fight against urban elites
Why the issue of drug resistance in animal farming means a fight against urban elites

Drugs have been instrumental to the modernisation of agriculture and are fundamental to the production of abundant and cheap food. In animal farming, drugs not only improve the health and growth of farmed animals, but are also...

27 Dec 2018

Kruisfontein celebrates first embryo calves
Kruisfontein celebrates first embryo calves

The Kruisfontein Emerging Cattle Farmers Co-operative is on track to become one of the nucleus herds for livestock improvement in the Eastern Cape. This has been made possible through the most impactful technology available to bovine agriculture, in vitro fertilisation.

27 Dec 2018

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