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#BizTrends2021: Recovery starts now - looking back at 2020 and ahead to a more resilient region
#BizTrends2021: Recovery starts now - looking back at 2020 and ahead to a more resilient region

In recent years, Africa has recorded the fastest growth globally in the number of hungry people and will have the highest total number of hungry people in the next decade if we cannot reverse current trends...

Patrice TallaBy Patrice Talla 6 Jan 2021

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

Geoffrey WhiteBy Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

Southern Africa could face another season of poor agricultural output
Southern Africa could face another season of poor agricultural output

A recent report from the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative indicates a high probability of below-normal rainfall in Southern Africa between December 2019 and February 2020...

Wandile SihloboBy Wandile Sihlobo 9 Dec 2019

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#AfricaCom: Beyond fintech, where humans and technology meet

Fintech is the trailblazer for interactions between humans and tech, and learnings beyond that journey can be extended to agriculture, education and healthcare...

Nicci BothaBy Nicci Botha 15 Nov 2019

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Warehousing: A foundation for economic growth

Warehouses tend to be one of the most ignored elements of infrastructure and logistics, but are a fundamental part of the supply chain...

Geoffrey WhiteBy Geoffrey White 1 Nov 2019

Women in agriculture: Unsung heroes around the globe
Women in agriculture: Unsung heroes around the globe

Let's move away from treating gender issues as "something at the end-of-the-day" business...

Konanani LiphadziBy Konanani Liphadzi 24 Oct 2019

#StartupStory: YouFarm - helping you to invest in agriculture
#StartupStory: YouFarm - helping you to invest in agriculture

YouFarm is a Zimbabwean startup that has been chosen by Startupbootcamp AfriTech to attend a three-month accelerator in Cape Town, South Africa...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 3 Oct 2019

Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

Wandile SihloboBy Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

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Elections will come and go, but challenges in land reform will not

While land reform features prominently in manifestos of several political parties, not much detail is being provided on how individual parties plan to improve land reform and deal with the current challenges...

Peter SetouBy Peter Setou 7 May 2019

SA's fruit industry - Doing more with less
SA's fruit industry - Doing more with less

Doing more with less is a theme that's found its way into the narratives of all our economic sectors, in one way or another. The agricultural sector - and the fruit industry - has certainly not been spared, especially when it comes to the dwindling...

Konanani LiphadziBy Konanani Liphadzi 12 Apr 2019

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Nigeria surpasses South Africa as sub-Saharan Africa's leading maize producer

Agbiz head of agribusiness research, Wandile Sihlobo compares South Africa's maize yields to a second biggest producer in sub-Saharan Africa - Nigeria...

Wandile SihloboBy Wandile Sihlobo 7 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector
#BizTrends2019: 5 trends shaping the fresh produce sector

The fresh produce industry's characteristics can easily be defined by those of its products - quick turnaround and short shelve life. It is definitely not an easy game...

Lindie StroebelBy Lindie Stroebel 21 Jan 2019

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers
Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings...

Wandile SihloboBy Wandile Sihlobo 15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019
#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019

Throughout 2018, the conversation on land reform became a national talking point, even making it to Google's most popular word of the year...

Peter SetouBy Peter Setou 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains
#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains

A recent development has been implemented as a value chain solution stretching across five consecutive roles in the cotton and cotton products value chain, aiming to still link up the remaining three to four roles to complete the journey from cotton...

Dr Hennie RasBy Dr Hennie Ras 7 Jan 2019

South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate lowered
South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate lowered

There are growing concerns that the current dry weather conditions in most parts of South Africa could lead to a lower maize harvest in the 2018/19 production season...

Wandile SihloboBy Wandile Sihlobo 20 Dec 2018

A brief history of South Africa's maize production
A brief history of South Africa's maize production

A recently published research paper by agricultural economists Jan Greyling and Philip Pardey in the Agrekon Journal brings home some key points about South Africa's maize production in terms of commercial and smallholder share contribution...

Wandile SihloboBy Wandile Sihlobo 3 Dec 2018

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Food security: Africa should be the answer

The focus that agriculture currently enjoys is a golden opportunity for science and skills transfer to position Africa as the solution to the food security conundrum, argues Peter Oberem...

Peter OberemBy Peter Oberem 28 Nov 2018

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