High-tech agriculture: Farmers risk being ‘locked in’ to unsustainable practices

12 March 2019 – Since World War II, Europe’s agricultural sector has been very receptive to new technology, and the result has been staggering productivity gains – for four generations, farmers have produced more than their parents did. At the same time, however, agricultural prices have fallen around the world and price subsidies have been cut. This has led to a cruel paradox: while farmers have never produced so much, many can no longer make a living from farming. Read more…


Is South African agriculture really dominated by big commercial farms? Evidence suggests not.

1 March 2019 – Behind some of the policy proposals and discussions on land redistribution in South Africa is a persistent notion that the country should establish ‘small-scale farms’ so that there could be more participants, and increase in productivity. This view was further shared by some participants at a conference organised by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas) at the University of the Western Cape on 4-5 February 2019. Read more…


Bitter aftertaste? Food companies could face costly disputes over land in Africa

1 March 2019 – Food companies doing business in Africa risk becoming bogged down in decades-long legal disputes over land that could cost tens of millions of dollars. Read more…


New FAO publication highlights why sustainable agriculture policies are key

12 February 2019 – During a recent Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) panel discussion, director general, José Graziano da Silva emphasised the need to achieve sustainable agriculture practices, with reference to a newly launched publication, Sustainable Food and Agriculture: An Integrated Approach which aims to present state-of-the-art evidence on how sustainable agriculture can be continuously improved at different scales. Read more…


Global action required for sustainable agriculture

21 December 2018 – The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the fundamental tool for joint action to achieve global goals such as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and assuring a viable environment. Read more…


Cape Town to host Agritech Africa conference, exhibition in 2020

20 December 2018 – Cape Town and the Western Cape Convention Bureau, together with the support of the South African National Convention Bureau will play host to Kenes Exhibitions’ Agritech Africa 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 17 to 19 June 2020. Read more…


Why giving South Africans title deeds isn’t the panacea for land reform

20 November 2018 – The land reform debate in South Africa has become increasingly polarised since Parliament resolved to consider amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. Read more…


South Africa: Tshwane Fresh Produce Market to be cleaned up

8 November 2018 – The market is the second biggest of its kind in South Africa. It links farmers from all over the country to consumers in the whole region, including countries like Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Read more…