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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...
Resolving agriculture’s transformation deadlock

Resolving agriculture’s transformation deadlock

James Martin, an independent agricultural transformation consultant and facilitator, says that transformation is a critical goal, but expecting power imbalances and prejudice to simply disappear is unreasonable. He believes that...
China’s love affair with wine, and how SA can benefit

China’s love affair with wine, and how SA can benefit

Chinese consumers’ growing affinity for wine, particularly imports from international premium wine producers, presents a growth opportunity for the South African wine industry, according to research conducted by Buyambo Mantashe...
Consumer trends are crucial for production decisions

Consumer trends are crucial for production decisions

Independent consumer researcher, Nadia van der Kolf, urges farmers to keep consumer trends in mind when planning production expansion.
Food label claims: true, misleading, or outright lies?

Food label claims: true, misleading, or outright lies?

Consumers face a barrage of confusing, sometimes dubious, claims on food labels. This could end up harming consumer trust in the food value chain, and substantially damaging the industry and...
The benefits of ecological beef cattle farming

The benefits of ecological beef cattle farming

Dr André Mentz, animal scientist and author of the book, Ecological Cattle Farming – A roadmap to sustainable cattle farming, says that ecologically friendly beef cattle production is now more...
SA’s disaster relief system: making a bad situation worse

SA’s disaster relief system: making a bad situation worse

The release of disaster relief funds is a contentious issue in South Africa, writes Dr Christo Coetzee, researcher and lecturer at the North-West University’s African Centre for Disaster Management. According to...
Recommendations for the control of problem animals

Recommendations for the control of problem animals

The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters) has proposed a number of amendments to the norms and standards for controlling damage-causing animals under the National Environmental Management,...
Tell a story and turn your produce into a brand

Tell a story and turn your produce into a brand

To capture the increasingly discerning consumer market, farmers have to learn how to use public relations and social media strategies effectively. Public relations expert and journalist, Brian Berkman, provides some valuable...
Shaping the future of global food security

Shaping the future of global food security

Feeding the global population nutritiously and sustainably by 2030 will require unprecedented innovation and coordination by all stakeholders, according to a report by the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on...
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