How wheat straw, mango peels could be used for renewable food packaging

23 March 2021. Wheat straw and mango peels that are normally disposed of in landfills or used as manure and animal feed could potentially be used in the development of renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic active (the ability to respond to temperature and time changes in food storage) food packaging that could help keep products fresher for longer. Read more…


France´s Costly Green Wine Revolution

12 March 2021. Environmentally sustainable wine might sound great, but what if only rich producers can afford to make it? Read more…


Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculations

10 March 2020. Plastic pollution and climate change are two prominent environmental issues of our time. Plastic was once thought to be a miracle invention that made life simpler for families. Read more…


FAO, AFD project to boost sustainable wildlife management, food security in southern Africa

16 February 2021. Southern Africa’s Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, which straddles Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, each year experiences large scale migrations of megafauna, in particular elephants, where 50% of the total population of African elephants can be found. However, the area is also home to poor rural communities whose livelihoods depend on agriculture, fishing and hunting and who are not always able to meet their basic needs due, in part, to erratic rainfall and frequent droughts. Read more…


Above-normal summer rainfall anticipated for 2020/21

24 November 2020. Winter rainfall areas received a considerable amount of rain. Spring began with some significant rains in parts of the summer rainfall areas, particularly in the north-eastern and south-eastern parts of the country. Veld and livestock conditions range between reasonable and poor in most areas. The average level of major dams has increased in most provinces. Read more…


Climate change, migration and urbanisation: patterns in sub-Saharan Africa

9 November 2020. So what causes people to move and where do they go? And what is the relationship between these decisions and changes in climatic conditions? Read more…


Klein-Karoo stonefruit farmers still experiencing extreme drought

5 October 2020. There have been small amounts of sporadic rainfall over parts of the Klein-Karoo, but of the good winter rainfall over the southwestern Cape, they have had nothing. The Klein-Karoo is in particular known for its apricots, for which there is good export demand. Read more…


Recycling isn’t enough – the world’s plastic pollution crisis is only getting worse

28 September 2020. Plastic production and consumption has snowballed since large-scale production began in the 1950s. In 2020, an estimated 24 million to 34 million tonnes of plastic waste will enter the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans. That is roughly the weight of 21,000 rail locomotives. Read more…


WWF Partnership with South African Wine Set to Make Inroads in International Markets

8 September 2020. The South African wine industry’s partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the world’s most recognisable name in global conservation, has the potential to substantially grow the country’s wines’ international and local footprint as the demand for sustainable (agriculture) products increases. Read more…


Geographical indications: Are they on the map in South Africa?

31 August 2020. A geographical indication is defined in the TRIPS Agreement as an indicator that identifies a particular product as originating from a particular region or locality, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the product is essentially attributable to its geographical origin. Examples of such indications are Champagne, Tequila, Karoo Lamb and Rooibos. Read more…