Western Cape agriculture set to lose billions

By Jeandre van der Walt. 1 March 2018. This story was originally posted in Farmer’s Weekly. The Western Cape’s agricultural sector is set to lose an estimated R5,9 billion in the 2017/2018 season due to prevailing drought conditions across the province. This is according to a recent policy brief report by the Bureau for Food and

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Costly diesel sets stage for higher food prices

By Gerald Andae. 19 March 2018. This story was originally posted in Business Daily. Commodity prices are expected to rise as farmers factor in the steady rise in the cost of diesel over the past eight months. The price of diesel has been on an upward trajectory since July last year with Energy Regulatory Commission

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Cassava farming is rapidly expanding in Zambia

Lusaka Times. 8 March 2018.   Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with Indaba Agriculture Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) has created renewed political and social interest in the cassava value chain. Speaking at a workshop held in Lusaka, Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa said cassava is an important crop grown after maize

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African Farming Must Plot Its Own Course

By Wandile Sihlobo, 01 FEBRUARY 2018. This aritcle was orignally posted on BusinessDay. Last week, I came across an interesting article by US agricultural economist Jayson Lusk, highlighting the disruptive trends in food and agriculture. Lusk identified six key trends on the horizon, the two most notable being blockchain the technology that facilitates bitcoin trades

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Farmers urged to embrace technology to boost food production

By Beth Nyaga, January 15, 2018. This article was originally posted on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. Egerton University has come up with new ways of ending perennial shortage and sky rocketing prices of maize in the country. Through its constituent college, Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development (TIAPD), the institution of higher learning is urging

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