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Water rights: what to do when expanding an operation

Water rights: what to do when expanding an operation

Adding to a farming operation or agribusiness is not simply a matter of obtaining more land. James Brand, senior associate in environmental affairs at law firm ENSafrica, discusses the legalities...
Why SA and Namibia should strengthen trade links

Why SA and Namibia should strengthen trade links

Namibia is a reliable export and import partner for South Africa, and the two countries are closely linked politically and economically. This interdependency should be founded on mutual respect and...
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...
Tackling SA farmers’ image problem

Tackling SA farmers’ image problem

South Africans must join hands and look beyond political differences to take the agriculture sector forward through one of the most challenging times it has ever faced, according to Gerhard...
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%...

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Vehicle path management: key to reducing compaction

Vehicle path management: key to reducing compaction

Efficient in-field mechanisation is a major contributor to higher yield and lower production costs. Unfortunately, mechanisation also means that machinery wheels regularly compact the soil. According to precision farming specialist...

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