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Agriculture needs a confidence boost

Agriculture needs a confidence boost

The past two years have been tough for the local agricultural sector, and the strain that farmers and agribusinesses have been under is really starting to show.
FARMTALK: we want to get to know you better

FARMTALK: we want to get to know you better

Farmer’s Weekly has been proudly serving the Southern African agricultural sector for the past 106 years, and one of the reasons why we have managed to keep going for over...
Politics and farming are intertwined

Politics and farming are intertwined

As the political situation in Zimbabwe started heating up in mid-November, Farmer’s Weekly published a news story on its website about how the departure of President Robert Mugabe may affect...
Drought: a disaster for farmworkers

Drought: a disaster for farmworkers

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the impact of widespread drought conditions across South Africa over the past three years has now become a humanitarian disaster.
Farm crime: an unbearable burden

Farm crime: an unbearable burden

It must be at least six years ago now that I first became aware of the real scope of one of the many harassments that farmers face.
#BlackMonday brought out the best and worst in us

#BlackMonday brought out the best and worst in us

As I write this, only one day has passed since thousands of South Africans took part in peaceful protests to say that they had had enough of crime, enough of...
DAFF going from bad to rotten

DAFF going from bad to rotten

One plus one normally adds up to two. Unless you look at the performance of our departments of agriculture and land affairs.
Farming’s darkest challenge

Farming’s darkest challenge

When we speak about the challenges of farming, we almost invariably talk about economic difficulties such as the cost-price squeeze and attaining economies of scale.
The beginning of the end of ‘Big Food’

The beginning of the end of ‘Big Food’

These past two years have been some of the toughest ever for SA agribusinesses hit by supply constraints due to drought. These businesses have also been affected by cheap imports,...
Swiss Ag Tour

Swiss farming: not as easy as it looks

On first impressions, it is difficult not to be envious of the Swiss and begrudge them their seemingly easy lives. It is one of the most peaceful and prosperous countries...
Co-ops the answer for smallholders?

Co-ops the answer for smallholders?

One of the greatest frustrations farmers face in modern agricultural value chains is that they are, to a large extent, relegated to being price-takers.
The importance of data in agriculture

The importance of data in agriculture

In May this year, The Economist ran a cover story that said that the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.

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Pork chops with white wine

Pork chops with white wine

A pork chop – and may all my ancestors kindly look the other way – is a marvellous thing. And when simmered in white wine and a tangy Dijon mustard...

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