Explainer: what’s behind the locust swarms damaging crops in southern Africa

8 October 2020. Africa is currently experiencing two locust outbreaks both due to unusual climatic conditions. These two outbreaks are unrelated but are due to the unusually high rainfall and flooding in the areas where low densities of the locusts occur. Read more…


Southern Africa scrambles against locust invasion

8 September 2020. Authorities in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are frantically trying to control the giant swarms of migratory locusts, which have put 7 million people in the southern region at risk of famine. Read more…


ARC aims to free Southern Africa from the fruit fly

8 September 2020. Spring day marks the beginning of the F3 Fruit Fly Free project. This project aims to establish and maintain fruit production areas free or under low prevalence of this pest in Southern Africa. The project is coordinated by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). Read more…


Project ‘Fruit Fly Free’ fruit production in Southern Africa

1 September 2020. The primary objective of the project is to develop a regionally harmonised framework for development and implementation of recognised Pest Free Areas (PFA) and Areas of Low Pest Prevalence (ALPP) for regulated fruit fly pests of commercial fruit commodities in southern Africa (South Africa and Mozambique). Read more…


Kenya: Farmers battle fruit-fly as climate warms

14 April 2020. Farmers in fruit fly-infested areas are losing on average up to half their crops each year to the tiny pests, said research assistant Onesmus Mwaura from the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). Read more…


Second wave of locusts in east Africa might be 20 times worse

14 April 2020. While much of the world focuses on the coronavirus pandemic, East Africa is battling the worst invasion of desert locusts in decades; a months-long “scourge of biblical proportions” that experts warn could get worse with a larger second wave already arriving in parts of the region. Read more…


Why so many epidemics originate in Asia and Africa

5 March 2020. Population explosion and changing urban landscapes. Subsistence agriculture and animal markets. Live animal markets. Bushmeat hunting and butchering. Traditional Chinese medicine. Read more…


South Africa postpones promotional campaign in China due to coronavirus

13 February 2020. The promotional campaign for South African grapes, initially planned at wholesale markets in Guangzhou and Shanghai next month, has been postponed to next season due to the Corona virus, and feedback from the market in China, says Clayton Swart, communications manager at South African Table Grape Industry. Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

29 January 2020. Read more…Tanzanian government ‘well prepared to avert large swarms of desert locusts’


Farmers urged to take precautions against Fall Armyworm

7 January 2020. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has urged maize crops, sorghum and sweetcorn growers and the public to take precautionary measures to control the Fall Armyworm (FAW). Read more…