Investing in the future of food and agriculture – farm better, not bigger

20 August 2019. It is no secret that food security, health and sustainability are concerns around the world. The knock-on effect to this is the need to address hunger, lifestyle diseases and climate change. One of the primary considerations of this discussion is centred around changing how agriculture and farming are being done. Read more…


Family farmers are needed to enhance agricultural sustainability, says FAO

23 July 2019. During the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, FAO director-general, José Graziano da Silva shared how enabling public policies and legal frameworks for family farmers will “allow them to adapt and flourish in today’s changing environment” and maximise their contribution to sustainable development. He made the remark at the launch of the UN Decade of Family Farming. Read more…


New report: 10-year outlook on global agriculture and fish commodity markets

9 July 2019. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) edition of the OECD-FAO Agriculture Outlook, which provides a consensus assessment of the 10-year prospects for agricultural and fish commodity markets at national, regional and global levels; global demand for agricultural products is projected to grow by 15%, while agricultural productivity growth is expected to increase slightly faster, causing inflation-adjusted prices of the major agricultural commodities to remain at or below their current levels. Read more…


Smallholder crop farming is on the decline in South Africa.

9 July 2019. Why it matters. Read more…


Western Cape farmers urged to join business chambers

2 July 2019. Read more…


South Africa: New minister Angela Thoko Didiza to lead expropriation debate

27 June 2019 – South Africa’s newly appointed Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Angela Thoko Didiza, will need all her passion and some serious skills to get the country’s land-reform policy to work. Read more…


Feeding the World Along the New Silk Roads

14 June 2019. The expanding agricultural commodity complex promises to include more buyers and sellers and with new trade routes re-opened that have long been dormant. While this is fertile ground for emerging market opportunities, there are also risks — both acute and subtle — to this expanding agriculture trade. Here we examine some of those risks in greater detail. Read more…


Weekly State of the Reservoirs on 2019-05-20

23 May 2019. Read more…


Agri SA survey confirms structural shift in research spend

25 April 2019 – The survey indicates that the spend is moved away from the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and towards a variety of private institutions, universities and other government agencies to an estimated 75% of agricultural research spend. This is in drastic contrast to the traditional position of the ARC serving as the nexus of South African agricultural research and presents a set of urgent policy questions. Read more…


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…