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Empowering South Africa’s subsistent farmers

Empowering South Africa's subsistent farmers

23 October 2017
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

South Africa, with its well-established commercial farming sector, has fulfilled the First Millennium Development Goal of combating hunger at a national level and is ahead of the rest... Read more

Subsistence farming

Subsistence farming

09 October 2017
Portia Phahlane

Farming remains a principal means of achieving some level of food security and sustenance, for many rural families. 2011 census results show that 2.9 million households in South Africa are involved... Read more

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Agriculture in Africa.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Agriculture in Africa.

25 July 2017
John Lapham

To gain perspective of the fourth industrial revolution, it is necessary to go back about 250 years to the start of what we generally term as "industrialisation". The first industrial revolution (1750 to 1830) enhanced... Read more

The Race Towards the 4th Industrial Revolution in the Agricultural Sector

The Race Towards the 4th Industrial Revolution in the Agricultural Sector

10 July 2017
Portia Phahlane

Globally, the agricultural sector faces the ongoing challenge of supplying nutritious food on a sustainable basis to a population that is expected to rise to 8.5 billion by 2030. The situation will compel... Read more

Honeybee pollination, an important role in Agrobiodiversity

Honeybee pollination, an important role in Agrobiodiversity

15 May 2017
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Modern farming methods are a far cry from traditional farming methods - methods that we know harmed the environment in many ways. The loss of biodiversity due to unsustainable farming practices has lead to a reduced ability of the... Read more

Risk Management - Small-Scale Farmers

Risk Management - Small-Scale Farmers

24 April 2017
Dr John Lapham

Many small-scale farmers inherently adopt a "low-input, low-return, risk avoidance strategy" to farming, particularly when growing crops. Crops are at the mercy of environmental extremes such as droughts, floods and outbreak of pests and disease. Small-scale farmers fear the potential losses from these threats when investing in crop... Read more

Risk management in farming

Risk management in farming

10 April 2017
Portia Phahlane

Producing food is a business like any other, and like other businesses subjected to risk, and for owners and food producers to be successful, they need to manage a variety of risks continuously present where they operate... Read more

Conserving water on the farm

Conserving water on the farm

22 March 2017
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Water availability, a most important issue in South Africa for most of its recent history, is back in the limelight, mostly due to experiencing one of our worst droughts in decades during the past year. Recent rains in the summer rainfall regions have brought welcome... Read more

Future Challenges to African Food Production

Future challenges to african food production

27 February 2017
Dr John Lapham

It is estimated that the global population will increase from its current level of 7.3 billion to people to 9.7 billion by 2050, an increase of 2.4 billion or 33%. Most of this increase, 1.3 billion people, will occur in Africa. Another way of looking at this is that the world's... Read more

Future challenges faced by the livestock industry

Future challenges faced by the livestock industry

13 February 2017
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Agricultural land in South Africa is primarily livestock-based as about 70 % of it can be utilised only by livestock or game species, making livestock-farming the largest agricultural sector in the country. Livestock makes a significant contribution to GDP and trade in South Africa... Read more

The future role of youth in food security

The future role of youth in food security

06 February 2017
Portia Phahlane

FACT: The farming population in South Africa is ageing, and rapidly so. This unsettling development on the demographic of our farming population puts a considerable amount of pressure on the agricultural sector and on the country's status as a net food producer. According to AgriSA... Read more

Investing in Crop Production

Investing in Crop Production

16 January 2017
Thembeka Zengele

According to the World Bank investing in agriculture is one of the most important and effective strategies for economic growth and reducing hunger in rural areas where the majority of the world's poor live. After all, whether an economy is in recession or booming, people still have to eat. It is for this reason that many investors regard agricultural enterprises as being "recession-proof"... Read more

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