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Accessing Africa’s food markets

Accessing Africa’s food markets: Insights from three experts

Agriculture employs 70% of the workforce in Africa and constitutes 30% of total GDP. Yet the continent relies heavily on imports and food aid. Lindi Botha spoke to three leaders...
Grazing camps

Beefing up cattle using the continuous grazing system

While intensive and fast-rotation beef grazing systems are becoming more popular in South Africa, the Duminies of Duminy Boerdery in Vryheid have stuck by their extensive continuous grazing system. They...
Brucellosis can bankrupt you. Don't let it!

How to manage brucellosis on your farm – tips from top...

A widespread problem in sub-Saharan Africa, bovine brucellosis can cripple a cattle or dairy farming operation. As no cure is available, all infected animals are required by law to be...
A sustainable approach to feeding the world by 2050

A sustainable approach to feeding the world by 2050

There is a large shortfall between the amount of food being produced in the world today and the quantity needed to feed an expected 10 billion people by 2050. A...
Shortcomings of modern water pumps

Shortcomings of modern water pumps

Choose the best pump you can afford for your system. A cheap purchase will end up costing you money.
Keep earthworms to improve soil quality

Keep earthworms to improve soil quality

Earthworms play a crucial role in improving soil quality, and every farmer should try to maintain a healthy population of these remarkable creatures.
Small-scale cotton farming

Small-scale cotton farming can create prosperity

The remote community of Khombaso in Mpumalanga has placed all its hope in developing a cotton industry to lift the town out of poverty and prevent further urbanisation of its...
Southern Cape wheat farmer shares his strategy for managing budgets and cash flow

Financial planning: crucial to sustainable production

To weather the impact of market fluctuations and extreme climatic conditions, producers have to think strategically about farming. Pieter de Jager spoke to Glenneis Kriel about his strategy.
Growing Swiss chard

How to grow Swiss chard at home

Swiss chard can either be sown directly or transplanted. Both methods have their pros and cons.
The difference half a degree of global warming can make

The difference half a degree of global warming can make

The ‘Global Warming of 1.5˚C’ report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights several climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1,5˚C, compared with...
Losing the food security fight

Losing the food security fight

Despite significant improvements in agricultural production over the last two decades, food insecurity has been on the rise for the past three years.
SA’s cannabis legislation and horses

SA’s cannabis legislation and horses

Remedies derived from cannabis have been used to treat injury in horses since the days of Alexander the Great. But what effect does marijuana have on horses? Dr Mac explains.

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