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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...
Do we need a new way to measure our prosperity?

Do we need a new way to measure our prosperity?

Claims have emerged that institutions such as the World Bank are ‘doctoring’ the methods they use to measure food security, competitiveness and other factors in developing countries.
Agriculture is changing and so must agri economists

Agriculture is changing and so must agri economists

It’s not only farmers who have to adapt to the fundamental changes occurring in world agriculture, or go out of business. Agricultural economists also have to adapt. This is the...
Black youths must be made aware of agri sector careers

Black youths must be made aware of agri sector careers

In his BCom Hons research paper, Mlungisi Mama examines why so few black youths are interested in agriculture as a career. His conclusion is that they believe the sector comprises...
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...

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Farmers welcome sharp decline in fuel prices

Farmers welcome sharp decline in fuel prices

The large drop in the diesel price that can be expected for December, as announced by the Automobile Association (AA) on Thursday, will be especially beneficial to crop producers who...

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