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We all want land reform. Let’s make it work!

We all want land reform. Let’s make it work!

Meaningful land reform is crucial, not only to allay the farming community’s fears, but to help restore the economy and benefit South Africa’s poor.
How Africa can emulate India’s agricultural success

How Africa can emulate India’s agricultural success

India’s self-sufficiency in grains is no accident. In the 1960s, in response to food shortages, the country began systematically modernising its agricultural sector. This was achieved through government subsidies, research...
Addressing agrochemical residues on fresh produce

Addressing agrochemical residues on fresh produce

The use of agrochemicals in the commercial production of fresh produce is widespread in South Africa and elsewhere. However, according to Tom Murray, technical manager at Woolworths, retailers realise that...
Dave Pepler

The role of ‘human error’ in climate change

Speaking at a technical information day hosted by the Dried Fruit Technical Services and Canning Fruit Producers’ Association, environmentalist Dave Pepler focused on individual responsibility in terms of climate change...
Reap returns on investments by ‘farming the markets’

Reap returns on investments by ‘farming the markets’

Farming the markets’ originates from the analogy that exists between personal finance (investing) and farming.
The cost of South Africa’s food loss and waste

The cost of South Africa’s food loss and waste

The 2017 ‘Food loss and waste: facts and futures’ report, compiled by the WWF-SA, investigates food loss and waste in South Africa. According to the report, a third of all...
Low rural calving rates threaten Africa’s food security

Low rural calving rates threaten Africa’s food security

During the Agribusiness Africa conference hosted by Farmer’s Weekly, Dr Riaan du Preez, manager of scientific affairs at Afrivet, highlighted a disturbing statistic about cow conception on the continent: six...
SA needs compassionate business leaders - Pravin Gordhan

SA needs compassionate business leaders

South Africa needs leaders from all sectors of the economy who are proactive, imaginative and understanding of the economic difficulties the country faces. This was according to former finance minister...
Climate variability versus climate change

Climate variability versus climate change

Climate expert Johan van den Berg recently addressed the Northern Cape Red Meat Producers’ Organisation congress on the outlook for climatic conditions in the future, and how to manage the...
Global food demand and prices to decrease over next decade

Global food demand and prices to decrease over next decade

The “Agricultural outlook 2017-2026” report, compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, forecasts that over the next decade,...
Farming in Africa: bigger is not always better, studies show

Farming in Africa: bigger is not always better, studies show

Improving the efficiency of smallholder farmers in Africa is necessary not only to help grow African economies, but also to improve the livelihoods of these farmers and their families. However,...
Take a cue from Asia on successful land reform

Take a cue from Asia on successful land reform

Speaking at the AVI Africa Poultry conference, Christo van der Rheede, deputy executive officer at Agri SA, questioned government’s commitment to land reform. In particular, he criticised its protracted and...

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