Food trends could drive production decisions

16 February 2018 – The agricultural sector is about producing, processing and marketing food and fibre to consumers. Although the natural fibre side of agriculture should never be neglected, the largest portion of the sector remains the production of various food products. Read more…


European NGOs call for tougher rules to block environmentally damaging investments

8 February 2018 – The EU must urgently develop new financial regulations to stop investors backing projects that result in harmful consequences such as land-grabbing, human rights violations or higher greenhouse gas emissions, according to a group of leading NGOs. Read more…


Agricultural education and training: The landscape, challenges and opportunities

6 February 2018 – Agriculture in Africa characteristically has a huge gulf between commercial and subsistence (resource-poor) farming that reflects in farmer livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa, most agricultural production occurs at small-scale (subsistence) level. In South Africa, commercial agriculture produces most of the food, although subsistence farming is the mainstay food source in remote rural areas. Read more…


Land grabbing: An urgent issue for indigenous peoples around the world

1 February 2018 – About 2.5 billion people around the globe, including 370 million indigenous people, depend on land and natural resources that are held, used, and managed collectively. Read more…


Scientists are breeding super-nutritious crops to help solve global hunger

30 January 2018 – But what do we understand by world hunger? Read more…


Urban Farming Is the Future of Agriculture

17 January 2018 – The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. Read more…


Five major trends in South Africa’s agro-food system

16 January 2018 – Agro-food systems often differ considerably from country to country, depending on the level of development, resource availability, business sophistication and agro-food policies and legislation adopted. Even within countries, huge inequality in development and demographic dynamics will necessitate the development of a diverse agro-food system, as we have in South Africa. Read more…


Agbiz: mixed expectations for 2018

9 January 2018 – Alleged corruption on a massive scale, combined with gross mismanagement at a number of major SOEs, has effectively eroded business confidence in the country and dried up investment. Clearly, South Africa needs to make a 180˚ U-turn and get onto the right policies, legislation and governance road to meet its development and economic goals. Read more…