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Farm smarter, not harder: Key to satisfying the growing demand for wine
Farm smarter, not harder: Key to satisfying the growing demand for wineArticle

Sustainability and conservation, along with technology and innovation, are among the main drivers in the development of the more efficient and productive agricultural practices that South African wine producers need...

Daneel Rossouw 14 May 2019

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

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.

Sébastien Sauvé 13 May 2019

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

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 Sihlobo 10 May 2019

Farmcrowdy Group partners Best Foods Fresh Farms
Farmcrowdy Group partners Best Foods Fresh FarmsArticle

Under the agreement, Farmcrowdy Group and its subsidiaries will consolidate their financial, technology, sales and marketing resources to increase the go-to-market efforts of Best Foods with Farmgate Africa.

Fundisiwe Maseko 7 May 2019

AfDP's agro-industrial processing zones will drive agriculture in Africa, says investors
AfDP's agro-industrial processing zones will drive agriculture in Africa, says investorsArticle

Nigerian government officials and key investors have endorsed the African Development Bank's Special agro-industrial processing zones initiative, describing it as a pathway to Africa's agricultural revolution...

2 May 2019

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Promoting US business interests in AfricaArticle

Nine Africa Heads of State will attend the US-Africa Business Summit in June...

30 Apr 2019

Applications now open for Pitch AgriHack 2019
Applications now open for Pitch AgriHack 2019Article

Selected finalists will pitch their innovations to ICT4Ag and business experts at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra between 3 and 7 September 2019...

26 Apr 2019

Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban area
Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban areaArticle

The United Nations reports that water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. Just over a third of people don't have access to safely managed drinking water. This is why the Sustainable Development Goals set out to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.

Ana Rita Sequeira et al. 23 Apr 2019

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

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...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Apr 2019

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

According to AFGRI, access to finance, training and entrepreneurship is critical to building SA's black farming community...

16 Apr 2019

AFT Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness in Africa
AFT Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness in AfricaArticle

Agriculture Fast Track Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana and seven other African countries

11 Apr 2019

SAPPO confirms outbreak of African swine fever in the North West
SAPPO confirms outbreak of African swine fever in the North WestArticle

The outbreak occurred outside South Africa's control zone for the disease and may be linked to contact with wild animals...

11 Apr 2019

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

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 natural resource of water...

Konanani Liphadzi 11 Apr 2019

Commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation to a global breadbasket
Commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation to a global breadbasketArticle

Zhann Meyer, Africa Head of Global Commodity Finance for Nedbank CIB, delves into how commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation...

Zhann Meyer 10 Apr 2019

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Rwanda's economic growth could be derailed by its autocratic regimeArticle

A quarter of a century ago Rwanda was a graveyard. Hundreds of thousands of lives had been lost and government institutions were in a shambles...

Noel Twagiramungu & Joseph Sebarenzi 9 Apr 2019

(L-R): Zanele Mbeki, former First Lady of South Africa and Irene Ochem, AWIEF founder and CEO. Credit: AWIEF.
Bookings open for 5th annual Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum 2019Article

The 5th annual AWIEF conference, exhibition and awards are now open for registration. The event aims to promote and accelerate the growth of women-owned and women-led businesses for Africa's inclusive economic growth...

8 Apr 2019

Support of SA cattle farmers is the key to a thriving beef economy
Support of SA cattle farmers is the key to a thriving beef economyArticle

The last few months have not been easy for the South African beef industry, which has been hard hit by a high maize price, a debilitating drought and a stagnant economy...

Roelie van Reenen 4 Apr 2019

Giba Communal Property Association signs partnership agreement with private investor
Giba Communal Property Association signs partnership agreement with private investorArticle

Facilitated through Vumelana Advisory Funds' community-private partnership model, the Giba Communal Property Association (CPA) has signed off 127 hectares for two lease agreements with private investor W van R Schmidt...

4 Apr 2019

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

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

Global grains market developments, and the implications for SA
Global grains market developments, and the implications for SAArticle

The March 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the United States Department of Agriculture has provided further evidence that the world will have fairly large maize, soybean, and rice supplies in the 2018/19 season. Meanwhile, wheat production...

Wandile Sihlobo 1 Apr 2019

Digital boost for SA's poorest pupils
Digital boost for SA's poorest pupilsArticle

Private sector heavyweights show support for new digital education model...

1 Apr 2019

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Crop estimates still positive but not enough to lift agriculture GDP in the near termArticle

As expected, the latest Crop Estimates Committee's (CEC) production estimate report showed an upward revision to the February estimate for maize to 10.56 million tonnes...

Paul Makube 27 Mar 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: Take a bow, McDonald'sArticle

And the Onion goes to... Chicken Licken, for its bullying tactics towards a vegan eatery...

Brendan Seery 19 Mar 2019

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Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves marginally in Q1 2019Article

The survey was conducted between 28 February and 15 March and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Mar 2019

Main challenges to inclusive growth, peace and security in Central Africa
Main challenges to inclusive growth, peace and security in Central AfricaArticle

"Our future lies in regional integration. We need resources to move forward," say Central Africa bankers...

14 Mar 2019

Entrepreneurship bootcamp for West Africa startups
Entrepreneurship bootcamp for West Africa startupsArticle

20 top Francophone African startups enter the World Bank Group tech acceleration program...

12 Mar 2019

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The impact of Eskom's tariff increase on agricultureArticle

The Eskom tariff increases announced for the next three years will impact the agricultural economy negatively by increasing the cost of production - pushing up electricity as one of the highest input costs for irrigation farmers...

Dawie Maree 8 Mar 2019

Impact of petrol/diesel price increase on farmers
Impact of petrol/diesel price increase on farmersArticle

The increase in the price of petrol at 74 cents a litre and diesel around 91 cents a litre, will have a severe impact on the cash flow of farmers...

Dawie Maree 5 Mar 2019

4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019
4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019Article

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

Call for nominations for the 2019 #YAFF awards
Call for nominations for the 2019 #YAFF awardsArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries invites stakeholders in the sector to nominate young top producers in agriculture, forestry or fisheries for the 2019 Youth in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Awards...

4 Mar 2019

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Green & Gold Macadamias, Camellia form new marketing partnershipArticle

"We are delighted that Camellia has taken the decision to market their macadamia brand, Maclands through G&G. The addition of their produce now makes us responsible for selling 20% of the globe's kernel crop in all markets around the world."

28 Feb 2019

#BudgetSpeech2019: Agbiz welcomes change of tone on agricultural development
#BudgetSpeech2019: Agbiz welcomes change of tone on agricultural developmentArticle

Agbiz has welcomed the frank assessment by finance minister Tito Mboweni during his maiden Budget Speech, as well as the recognition that economic growth is fundamental to fiscal sustainability...

21 Feb 2019

#BudgetSpeech2019: Agricultural development key to driving economic growth
#BudgetSpeech2019: Agricultural development key to driving economic growthArticle

Budgetary allocations emanating from the 2019 National Budget Speech are expected to reinforce the importance of the agricultural sector in the South African economy...

20 Feb 2019

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

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

Wandile Sihlobo 7 Feb 2019

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Finance institutions invest in blueberry farm expansionArticle

International financial institutions recently announced a United Exports investment that will support a 180ha blueberry farm expansion and infrastructure upgrade...

6 Feb 2019

Recycling is not enough. Zero-packaging stores show we can kick our plastic addiction
Recycling is not enough. Zero-packaging stores show we can kick our plastic addictionArticle

Wrapped, sealed, boxed, cling-filmed and vacuum packed. We have become used to consumables being packaged in every way imaginable...

Sabrina Chakori 5 Feb 2019

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

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...

Robin Fredericks 5 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overview
#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overviewArticle

Bizcommunity invited contributors to join its vision for Africa (with over 230 industry trend contributions making up the 2019 report) at BizTrendsLIVE!, which took place at Ster-Kinekor Sandton City in Johannesburg on Thursday, 31 January.

Jessica Tennant, Issued by Bizcommunity.com 1 Feb 2019

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Good performance in SA agricultural exports despite the droughtArticle

Wine is one of South Africa's largest agricultural exports, therefore the growth in its exports contributes positively to the country's agricultural trade balance...

Wandile Sihlobo 31 Jan 2019

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Agriculture Minister enjoys rare exposure to fruit industryArticle

In January, Minister Senzeni Zokwana's first-ever visit to the fresh fruit industry made for a historic event on the industry calendar...

Konanani Liphadzi 31 Jan 2019

Agritech Expo Zambia returns, adds new features
Agritech Expo Zambia returns, adds new featuresArticle

"Agritech Expo Zambia 2019 promises more agro-technology and innovation advancements as the event continues to unveil the future for our agriculture."

30 Jan 2019

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Agri-Vie Fund acquires 36% of local FMCG manufacturerArticle

While the beverage industry is dominated by global brands, good investment opportunities still exist in companies with excellent management, a good product offering and strong distribution channels...

30 Jan 2019

Drought survey shows severe crisis conditions in rural SA
Drought survey shows severe crisis conditions in rural SAArticle

Agri SA conducted a survey in December 2018 among its members to accurately assess the impact of the drought on farming and job creation...

29 Jan 2019

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Agribusiness: Driving firm performance in Africa agricultureArticle

According to the World Bank, Africa's economic performance over the last decade has been significant, registering an average growth of 5%. If this growth is maintained, projections indicate that Africa's current GDP of 4.1% will increase by an estimated threefold by 2030 and sevenfold by 2050...

Patience Panashe 28 Jan 2019

AfCFTA will facilitate the emergence of new Africa champions
AfCFTA will facilitate the emergence of new Africa championsArticle

Africa CEO Forum 2019: 1,500 business leaders come together to make African economic integration a reality...

24 Jan 2019

Speed up seed policies harmonisation
Speed up seed policies harmonisationArticle

Lack of harmonised seed transfer in Africa is hampering food security...

Gilbert Nakweya 22 Jan 2019

Nelius Ferreira, Free State Agriculture’s Young Farmer of the Year for 2018, explains some practices in his apple farming. 

From left are Professor's Allan Bennie and Pieter Fourie, both from the Central University of Technology, and Ferreira. ©Jóhann Thormählen
Last chance to enter the FSA's 24th Young Farmer of the Year competitionArticle

Free State Agriculture organisation appeals to all young farmers, their friends and family to make sure the best candidates are finalists this year. Entries close on 31 January 2019.

17 Jan 2019

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

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 Sihlobo 15 Jan 2019

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New Year's messages from agri leadersArticle

The agriculture sector survived a year of rising uncertainty in 2018, but with the national election and the threat of drought looming, 2019 will be every bit as challenging. According to leaders in the sector, farmers will have to be resilient and partner with the right role players to face the trials that await.

11 Jan 2019

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Q&A: Transforming agriculture with tech scale-upArticle

Jennifer Blanke, vice-president of the African Development Ban, talks Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and ways to transform African agriculture...

Baraka Rateng' 7 Jan 2019

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