Mining appears to be the latest driving force behind invitations to South African farmers to establish large commercial agriculture operations elsewhere in Africa.
Recent rains across parts of Southern African have had little impact on the negative effects of the drought.
South Africa and Nigeria intend signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in agriculture between the two countries. Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke, recently made the announcement.
Namibia has become the first African country to export beef to the US. Paul Strydom, general manager at the Meat Board of Namibia, said that the approval process started in 2008 and was subjected to inspections from US state departments.
With factors such as climate change, sustainability, and difficult access to markets putting pressure on Africa’s millions of smallholder farmers, efforts were needed to help increase the resilience of such farmers.
Africa needed to reduce its dependence on imported and value-added food and fibre products, according to experts at Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value (CSV) Forum 2016, held in June in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
The Zimbabwean government has gazetted a Land Commission Bill according to which a land commission will be established to conduct regular land ownership and land use audits on farms seized from white farmers since 2000.
Zimbabwe’s government has succeeded in persuading Botswana to suspend its proposal to shoot cattle crossing the border from Zimbabwe into Botswana.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that more than 6,3 million people in drought-affected countries in Southern Africa could face food shortages.