Opinion - By Invitation
Agricultural output versus SA’s population growth

Nico Strydom and Jean Struweg, researchers in the Department of Finance and Investment Management at the University of Johannesburg, recently published an article in Agrekon, titled, ‘Malthus revisited: Long-term Trends in South African Population Growth and Agricultural Output’. The paper discusses whether the agricultural sector can sustain South Africa’s rapidly increasing population.
Agriculture is paralysed by SA's poor leadership- Tony Leon

South Africa is currently faced with a paralysed, narrow and inward-looking leadership, according to political analyst and former leader of the Democratic Alliance, Tony Leon.
Farming in Zambia: not to be undertaken lightly

‘South Africa is the powerhouse of Africa and the place for farmers to be. It’s our calling to provide surplus food in order to provide food for the hungry in Africa. Let’s stay here and farm more effectively and bigger.” This was the message that Kallie Schoeman, MD of the Schoeman Group, brought back after the 2016 Farmer’s Weekly agricultural tour to Zambia.
Preparing to meet evolving consumer demands

With the speed at which the world is changing, it is difficult to predict the effects that advancing technology, increased access to information and consumers’ demands for personalised products will have on the agriculture sector. Ernst Janovsky, head of Absa’s AgriBusiness Centre of Excellence, discusses possible implications.
Get ready for change

Political uncertainty, climate change, water shortages, poor economic growth, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are reshaping the way that industries are operating. The Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, challenged delegates at the Red Meat Abattoir Association annual general meeting held in Stellenbosch, to ready themselves for these changes.
Better economic prospects ahead for sub-Saharan Africa

In the PwC Africa Agribusiness Insights Survey 2016, economic advisor, Dr Roelof Botha, looks at some of the most significant macroeconomic trends for agribusiness in Africa, and key challenges affecting sub-Saharan Africa’s economic outlook.
The ethics of climate change

Professor Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, former president of the Royal Society, and emeritus professor of cosmology and astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, looks beyond 2050.
Government out of touch with black farmers' needs - IRR land report

Government’s land reform policy will not rescue South Africa from its 36% unemployment rate, nor is it a true reflection of the real needs and wants of black emerging farmers. By John Kane-Berman of the Institute for Race Relations.
The effects of poor rural road conditions on produce

Highlighting the effects of rural road conditions on agricultural cargo is one way of enhancing the visibility of rural road research, according to Prof Wynand Steyn, an associate professor in civil engineering at the University of Pretoria.
Why conserving Africa’s biodiversity is so crucial

While the topic of food security is being increasingly discussed in many parts of the world, it appears that in Africa this vitally important subject receives far too little attention, says renowned conservationist and environmental consultant, Dr John Hanks.
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This week's poll
Do you think there are equal opportunities for women & men in the South African agri sector?
No, a lot still needs to change
Yes, much progress has been made to empower women in agriculture
The playing field is slowly levelling out
Last week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78%)
No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34%)
I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %) I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %)
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