How urbanisation can benefit farmers

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released its 2017 Global Food Policy Report, the latest in an annual analysis of developments in food policy across the developing world based on the most recent available evidence. This report especially focuses on the effect that urbanisation has on food systems. Read more…


Operation Phakisa to transform agricultural sector

The government will on Friday unveil the Operation Phakisa segment that focuses on agriculture, land reform, and rural development. This segment is meant to enhance and transform the agricultural sector while accelerating land reform. Read more…

The dynamics of land deals in Africa

Looking at several large-scale land deals in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, this extraordinary documentary highlights the nuanced impacts of these investments. Small-scale farmers and producers, national government officials, and African policy-makers unpack the deals, showing that there are winners and losers when providing investors access to large tracts of land in Africa. Read more..


Eased input costs, improved profit margins expected for 2017

The drought has caused a significant drop in planted areas, but much-awaited rains have brought some relief and farmers can finally commence with planting. The latest Crop Estimates Committee’s (CEC) planting intentions report showed a rebound in the expected area for most of the crops. Approximately 3.753 million hectares will come under crop production during the 2016/17 season. Read more…

The impact of political rhetoric on the stability of the agriculture sector

“Recently there have been a lot of political rhetoric about land invasions that we feel is very irresponsible,” said president of Agri SA, Johannes Möller, and we need to understand the impact that such rhetoric can have on food security and the stability of the sector. Read more…

Agro-processing incentives to boost jobs and economy

The Department of Trade and Industry is working on creating a dedicated agro-processing incentive scheme to attract investment in the sector. The department has said before that it will focus on the development and revitalisation of critical agro-processing infrastructure to stimulate growth in the industry. Read more