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Frans Cronje

How to create successful, commercial black farmers

Many in the agriculture sector believe that government’s efforts to develop successful black farmers since 1994 have largely failed. Frans Cronje, CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations,...
Cracking into the almond business

Cracking into the almond business

Local and global demand for almonds is on the increase as consumers begin to favour healthier food. Saturated production in the world’s largest production regions presents South African farmers with...
Tebogo Mogashoa

Wildlife Ranching SA’s transformation plans

Newly-elected president of Wildlife Ranching SA, Tebogo Mogashoa, says transformation of the game industry and advocating for the legal trade in rhino horn will be among the top focal points...
Blockchain: the future of agricultural trade

Blockchain: the future of agricultural trade

Many farmers are investing in new technologies that can help increase production and efficiency at farm level, but the uptake of digital trading technology has been slower. As a result,...
Unlocking export markets for SA’s vegetable industry

Unlocking export markets for SA’s vegetable industry

Global opportunities are opening up for South African vegetable producers and exporters with the emergence of new markets in some Asian and African countries. This is due to an increase...
Why plenty of food means plenty of conflict

Why plenty of food means plenty of conflict

A large body of literature claims that where there is a lack of food, conflict is bound to increase as people battle over limited resources. However, researcher Ore Koren suggests...
Cattle theft made brutal by Africa’s illicit arms trade

Cattle theft made brutal by Africa’s illicit arms trade

The circulation of illicit arms has made cattle rustling more violent and harmful. East Africa has lessons to share on prevention, say Duncan E Omondi Gumba and Nelson Alusala of...
How agriculture can ease the global urban water shortage

How agriculture can ease the global urban water shortage

A new study that looks at the water competition between cities and agriculture has found that urban water demand in 482 of the world’s largest cities will increase by 80%...
Stock theft threatens growth in SA’s goat value chain

Stock theft threatens growth in SA’s goat value chain

While common across South Africa, goats remain a largely untapped resource for poverty alleviation and rural development. But efforts to remedy the situation are being undermined by the widespread theft...
Time for the private sector to fight rural poverty

Time for the private sector to fight rural poverty

While rural development is supposed to be a key focus of the South African government, the state is failing in this obligation. Veteran rural development expert Jimmy Lonsdale believes the...
Animal welfare: are consumers wilfully ignorant?

Animal welfare: are consumers wilfully ignorant?

Wilful ignorance is when people consciously avoid information. Many studies have documented consumer attitudes toward farm animal welfare, but few have questioned whether people really want to know how farm...
Global hunger: the price we pay for food

Global hunger: the price we pay for food

In poorer nations, buying the ingredients for a single meal can use up a significant portion of a person’s earnings. Where there is conflict or economic collapse, it can exceed...

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Women in agriculture are key to boosting food security

Women in agriculture are key to boosting food security

Food and nutrition insecurity remains a major problem worldwide. Alan Dangour, Professor in Food and Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explains how...

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