Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggs
Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggs

As Easter approaches, all over the world orders ramp up for chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. But, have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from and its environmental impact?

3 days ago

eLearning Africa launches training programme for farming, food sectors in Africa
eLearning Africa launches training programme for farming, food sectors in Africa

eLearning Africa has announced that, for the first time, its event will include a special programme of seminars, discussions and debates about learning and training for Africa's farming and food sector.

Rebecca Stromeyer, the founder of eLearning Africa, said: "Farming and food production currently employ over 40% of the continent's workforce, more than 70% of whom are women. Communications technology is making a huge difference to farming in Africa, delivering information and training about prices, markets, sources of finance, farm business development, crop management, animal husbandry, health, ecology, climate change, new ways of fighting diseases and a host of other matters."

3 days ago

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 (DAFF) 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.

3 days ago

SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over
SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over

South Africa's food price inflation numbers continue to surprise us. The figures recently released by Statistics South Africa show that food price inflation remained unchanged in March 2019 at 2.3% for the third consecutive month.

By Wandile Sihlobo 3 days ago

AAVF creates platform for vertical farming network
AAVF creates platform for vertical farming network

The African Association for Vertical Farming (AAVF) recently held its launch and inaugural conference for vertical farming in Africa at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus. The conference spanned three days and featured speakers, workshops and site visits to vertical farming enterprises.

17 Apr 2019

SA's black farming community needs sustainable agribusiness support says AFGRI
SA's black farming community needs sustainable agribusiness support says AFGRI

According to AFGRI's recently-renamed Lemang Agricultural Services, access to finance, training and entrepreneurship is critical to building SA's black farming community. "With food security becoming an increasing concern for South Africa and the rest of the continent, it's important that agribusinesses such as AFGRI get behind our farmers, particularly black farmers wanting to take the next step into full commercialisation," says Marion Shikwinya, who heads up Lemang Agricultural Services.

17 Apr 2019

Campbell sells fresh food producer Bolthouse Farms for $510m
Campbell sells fresh food producer Bolthouse Farms for $510m

US-based food producer Campbell Soup Company has agreed to sell Bolthouse Farms to an affiliate of private equity firm Butterfly Equity, for $510 million in cash. The deal marks the divestiture of the entire Campbell Fresh division.

16 Apr 2019

Meet the family behind SA's new Loxtonia Cider brand
Meet the family behind SA's new Loxtonia Cider brand

Loxtonia Cider's Larry Whitfield and his daughter Ali prove that the apple certainly does not fall far from the tree.

15 Apr 2019

Researchers help Eastern Cape farm explore new opportunities to improve livelihoods
Researchers help Eastern Cape farm explore new opportunities to improve livelihoods

UWC's Professor Ndiko Ludidi has shown that the knowledge generated in university laboratories can make a very tangible difference in the real world.

Ludidi, of the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), illustrated this when he and his Plant Biotechnology Research Group (PBRG) collaborators - Dr Marshall Keyster of UWC, and Dr Ifeanyi Egbichi at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha - assisted a group of smallholder farmers, led by a former UWC student Sisiphiwo Dingana, to remodel the practices on their small-holding collective farm.

15 Apr 2019

Smallholders benefitting from digitised agriculture
Smallholders benefitting from digitised agriculture

For smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa, low yields and decreased incomes are part of their daily struggles. Peter Alisengawa, a 34-year old smallholder who lives in the remote Namukanagha village in Uganda's Iganga district, says that agricultural productivity has been a mixture of hope and despair as he always records miserable yields.

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 15 Apr 2019