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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...
Why smallholders need to think like entrepreneurs

Why smallholders need to think like entrepreneurs

As irrigation schemes are found mostly in areas with high poverty levels, smallholder irrigation presents major opportunities for reducing rural poverty. However, smallholder irrigation is performing below expectations. A new...
Study shows which policies succeed in developing agriculture

Study shows which policies succeed in developing agriculture

Research by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the International Institute for Sustainable Development analysed progress in agricultural development in 117 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to...
Self-development for young farmers

Self-development: shaping young farmers into future leaders

Dr René Uys, director of Thinking Fusion AFRICA, argues that young South African farmers need to have the emotional fortitude to face up to the often harsh realities of agriculture...
Supermarket of the future

Prepare for the supermarket of the future

Disruptive change is coming to supermarkets and this will have a ripple effect throughout the food industry supply chain. According to Bjorn Thumas, director of business development at TOMRA Food,...
Kenyan model shows how to support emerging farmers

Kenyan model shows how to support emerging farmers

Professor Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha of Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership outlines some key production and marketing strategies to help promote the economic sustainability of smallholder farmers, and therefore more...
Data sharing in the fresh produce industry

Data sharing in the fresh produce industry

According to Ed Treacy, vice-president of supply chain efficiencies for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), blockchain technology holds great possibilities for improving efficiency and traceability in the fresh produce sector....
Africa’s swelling population problem

Africa’s swelling population problem

Overpopulation and managing population growth are some of the most difficult subjects to write about.
Homeland consolidation: a forerunner of land reform?

Homeland consolidation: a forerunner of land reform?

Zimbini Coka, a junior lecturer at the University of the Free State’s Department of Agricultural Economics, visited areas that became part of the Ciskei homeland through consolidation in the 1970s...
Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Time for Africa to treat agriculture as a business

Rural economies in Africa have become zones of economic misery. According to Dr Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, stimulating economic growth in these areas through agriculture and...
It’s time for smallholder farmers to enter value chains

It’s time for smallholder farmers to enter value chains

The expropriation without compensation debate has been making national headlines since last year, with many proponents arguing that it would economically empower the poor. However, Zamikhaya Maseti, a senior specialist...
Food-to-go: Retailers tuck into a growing trend

Food-to-go: Retailers tuck into a growing trend

The report, ‘Business models to ride the food-to-go wave,’ released by Rabobank, explores the growing trend of precooked and ready-to-eat meals, and how retailers and foodservice providers can work together...

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Integrated financing for smallholder farmers

Africa’s agricultural potential can only be realised if smallholders gain access to finance. But loans cannot be focused on just one aspect of the value chain at the expense of...

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