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Travellers urged to comply with SA's import regulations
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has called all international travellers, who will be visiting South Africa during the June and July school holidays, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products... read
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates... read
Agribusiness Confidence Index: SA agribusiness remains optimistic albeit index decline
With the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index results still above the neutral 50-point, although having declined marginally from 58 to 54 index points, the agribusiness sector remains optimistic about business conditions in South Africa... read
African Development Bank approves $15m equity investment in AFSF to boost agribusiness in Africa
In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank Board has approved a $15m equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agribusiness SMEs and enhance food security in Africa... read
From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry
Africa's agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News. read
Mossel Bay factory goes drought-friendly by extracting water from cow's milk
Nestlé South Africa has transformed its Mossel Bay dairy factory into a "zero water" manufacturing site. The company has installed new water recovery, treatment and recycling technology at the factory... read
Commercial Fishing
Sea Harvest BEE consortium confirms terms for Viking Group acquisition
"We have been looking to grow via an acquisition in the fishing and aquaculture space. The Viking Group is a very complementary business and the joining of these two organisations allows us to diversify into other species and create a truly global diversified fishing company which will now include aquaculture." read
Mauritius and South Africa sign MoU on fisheries
The MoU aims at further enhancing the existing friendly relations between the two countries through development of cooperation in the fields of fisheries, fishing, seafood processing, trade of fish and fish products... read
Food Security
FAO calls for greater resilience against drought in Africa
Farmers and herders face mounting challenges as water becomes scarcer, land more degraded and eroded, and soils more fragile. Yet, there is still too much focus on recovering from drought rather than being less susceptible to it... read
Repositioning family farming in global agriculture

Ntswaki Motaung

The UN has officially declared 2019 to 2028 as the decade of family farming - aiming to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development... read
Research & Development
Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world's poor at risk

Kristie Ebi

Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops - particularly rice and wheat - respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesising more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains... read
Afrisoils programme launches in Africa to tackle soil productivity and degradation
FAO and its Global Soil Partnership has launched a new programme with the aim of increasing soil productivity in 47 African countries by 30% and reduce soil degradation by 25% in the next 10 years... read
Viticulture & Oenology
Registration now open for The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference
Set to take place at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 19 October 2018, The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, now in its third, year will feature a panel of local and international speakers who will centre their respective topics on the theme of innovation... read
South Africa's Pinotage wine industry shows a decade of growing success
According to the latest statistics published by SAWIS, the South African Pinotage wine industry is the only red cultivar to have grown in hectares over the past 10 years. As one of the top 10 most-planted wine grape varieties in South Africa, the report shows that... read
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