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Dawn of the DIY democracy

Dawn of the DIY democracy

On the rare occasions when I manage to escape the city early enough on a Friday to drive the 450km from my office in Johannesburg to the farm where I...
The Hoedspruit Hub demonstration garden

SA is ruining all hope of real change

Transformation in the farming sector, or any other sector, has not failed because too little effort and money have been invested in it.
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Dear Minister Zokwana, you have failed our farmers

Let me start by apologising to all the civil servants working for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), those hard-working citizens who show up at the office every...
How do we attract women to agriculture?

How do we attract women to agriculture?

This week we celebrate National Women’s Day in South Africa, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to say to, and about women in...

Getting comfortable with ambiguity

I am still busy processing the vast amount of ideas and information that were shared by the speakers and other participants at the 12th Agribusiness Africa Conference, hosted by Farmer’s...
Let’s talk about farmworkers

Let’s talk about farmworkers

Chris Clayton, a journalist from the US whom I met at a conference in Argentina about five years ago, recently wrote a column about a study on the rate of...
Can agriculture really create jobs?

Can agriculture really create jobs?

After reading the report ‘Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa’, which was published earlier this year by the World Bank, I started wondering whether we have begun taking for...
Time to exit the commodity game

Time to exit the commodity game

For some farmers, this might be easier said than done, but to make a living from farming in the future you will either have to go big or be unique.
Is fair trade a fool’s paradise?

Is fair trade a fool’s paradise?

The biggest story coming out of the recent Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada is the heckling by US President Donald Trump on Twitter, which was directed at other...
A letter to young farmers

A letter to young farmers in South Africa

A friend I met through our mutual interest in farming recently introduced me to the book Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future, compiled by the...

Crime – what SA is best known for?

In the past few weeks I have travelled to a number of countries and met journalists, farmers and agribusiness professionals from all over the world.
The Land Bank’s missed opportunity

The Land Bank’s missed opportunity

I have often wondered, while listening to presentations given at conferences by agricultural economists, whether these learned men and women would make the best or worst farmers.

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Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Dr Fambies van Biljon, veterinarian at Sovereign Foods, talks to Glenneis Kriel about the crucial need to establish a well-run biosecurity programme at a poultry production facility.

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