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Smallholders vital for Africa’s agribusiness growth

To achieve success in Africa as a primary producer or agribusiness, you must make yourself indispensable to the local community, according to Dr Jack Armour, Free State Agriculture operations manager.
Overcoming obstacles to soya bean sector development

Daniel Njiwa, the Zambian representative for FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FoodTrade ESA), writes that soya beans are one of the world’s most important and tradeable oilseeds. According to him, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has much to gain from the development of stronger relationships among regional soya bean value chain members.
Fighting fire with communities’ support

The devastation caused by veld fires in the Free State was evidence that a new approach to the management and suppression of fires was needed, according to Malcolm Procter, the department of agriculture’s deputy-director of Forest and Veld Fire in Bloemfontein.
How global agri can mitigate climate change

Agriculture may be highly susceptible to the effects of climate change, but it can also be used to mitigate the effects of this alarming phenomenon. Prof Richard Eckard, director of Australia’s Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, explains.
The crucial role of women in African agriculture

Women in Africa are key contributors to economic growth and global food security, but they still face many challenges, according to Maureen Bandama, agricultural project consultant at IQ Logistica Investments.
Barriers to entry in agro-processing

In the working paper titled ‘Competition, barriers to entry and inclusive growth: agro-processing’, Tamara Paremoer and Reena das Nair of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg assess barriers to entry and expansion into the agro-processing sector.
Building stronger economies and communities in Africa

While Africa is rich in resources, it still lags behind much of the world in many socio-economic aspects. Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations and founding chairperson of the Kofi Annan Foundation, was the keynote speaker at the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Forum 2016 held recently in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He shared his views on what needs to be done to improve Africa’s economies and communities.
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.
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.
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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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