SA agriculture learning to dance with the wind

7 May 2019 – The South African agricultural sector has been facing severe headwinds over the past few years. It came in the form of policy uncertainty, drought in large parts of the country, devastating disease outbreaks, infrastructure constraints and persistent non-tariff barriers and other trade-related problems. Read more…


Thinking Outside the Wine Box about Climate Change & the Future of Wine

25 April 2019 – The impact of climate change on your wine business goes beyond what you see in your vineyard or cellar and the cost of inaction now in terms of future consequences is likely to be pretty high. Climate change creates losers and some winners and the policies that are eventually adopted to deal with it will be the same. It is difficult to imagine a scenario where wine will be among the winners and we can already see the negative effects. Read more…


South Africa: Latest water levels

9 April 2019 – Water levels across the Western Cape have continued to decline over the past seven days, despite substantial rain last week. Read more…


Rethinking the Business Side of Climate Change and Wine

2 April 2019 – Powered in part by the Porto Protocol the big international gathering showed that the wine industry is moving the needle on climate change, both in terms of mitigating the impacts and addressing causes. Read more…


South Africa: Weekly State of the Reservoirs

26 March 2019 – Omri van Zyl, Managing Director Agri SA: “We have witnessed that there is acute drought in most of the country … so much so that many farmers are struggling to survive.” Read more…


Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate change

5 March 2019 – Imagine “carbon emissions”, and what springs to mind? Most people tend to think of power stations belching out clouds of carbon dioxide or queues of vehicles burning up fossil fuels as they crawl, bumper-to-bumper, along congested urban roads. But in Britain and many other countries, carbon emissions have another source, one that is almost completely invisible. In the UK, these overlooked emissions come from our most extensive semi-natural habitat, yet it is a habitat which is almost invisible within the national consciousness. Read more…


Changing weather patterns a challenge for South African farmers

26 February 2019. Read more…


El Nino uncertainty in 2019

5 February 2019 – Extremely high temperatures with heat wave conditions continued to occur over large parts of the country. During the past two weeks, there has been isolated rainfall with hail in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and parts of the eastern Free State. Hail has caused the most severe hail damage in the last ten years. Read more…


The Climate Apocalypse Is Now, and It’s Happening to You

4 December 2018 – What people say they know about climate change is a roller coaster of human ignorance—wait, everyone knows that but no one knows that? It’s striking to learn (according to Yale’s climate survey program) that 74 percent of women and 70 percent of men believe climate change will harm future generations of humans, but just 48 and 42 percent, respectively, think it’s harming them personally. Read more…