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Building communities through livestock improvement projects

Building communities through livestock improvement projects

12 December 2017
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

In the South African rural landscape, family farming is a common activity amongst small-scale livestock farmers. Livestock is a source of wealth to them - they keep animals for a multitude ... Read more

Community Building through Communal Land

Community Building through Communal Land

29 November 2017
Sabhinah Ncongwane

Communal land is land controlled by the community with no individual or organisational claim to ownership of the land. It is commonly used for grazing of small and big livestock by subsistence or small-scale... Read more

The importance of close communal activities for small-holder farmers

The importance of close communal activities for small-holder farmers

20 November 2017
Portia Phahlane

Farming by definition, is a close communal activity. Due to their relative isolation farmers have always had to rely more on each other than say, urban communities who were so much closer to formal support... Read more

Comparing NOAA SFLUX data with NOAA PGRB data

Comparing NOAA SFLUX data with NOAA PGRB data

06 November 2017
Juanita van Zyl

Research by the Manstrat GIS Group over the last couple of months, focused to some extent on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Forecast System (GFS). A part of the GFS system contains... Read more

Subsistence farming

Subsistence farming

30 October 2017
Sabhinah Ncongwane

Subsistence farming, often referred to as smallholder agriculture - is a common practice in the poverty stricken rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Subsistence farming is crop and livestock production... Read more

The effect of globalisation and liberalisation on small farmers

Example of NOAA GFS forecast products

16 October 2017
Juanita van Zyl

Since June, we have been focusing our GIS research and development work on the development of short and long-range weather forecasts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) houses and updates various... Read more

The effect of globalisation and liberalisation on small farmers

The effect of globalisation and liberalisation on small farmers

26 September 2017
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

South Africa's agricultural sector is a major employer, with a reported total labour force of 835 000, as reported in August 2017. In terms of our current employment market... Read more

Constraints to Agricultural Trade in Africa

Constraints to Agricultural Trade in Africa

18 September 2017
Dr John Lapham

Agricultural activities across Sub-Saharan Africa have always accounted for a significant part of all economies. Currently, the sector provides for three-quarters of employment and contributes to a third of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the area. Despite this, and with its vast agricultural potential, Africa changed from a net... Read more

Exploring the use of the NOAA Climate Forecast System

Exploring the use of the NOAA Climate Forecast System

29 August 2017
Juanita van Zyl

Long range/seasonal forecasts play a significant role in agriculture South Africa mainly because of our highly variable climate. Seasonal forecasts highlight the risks for crop... Read more

Woman in Agriculture

Woman in Agriculture

21 August 2017
Sabhinah Ncongwane

Women represent the backbone of rural development and national economies in many countries - an estimated 80% of the agricultural production in Africa come from small-scale farmers, the majority... Read more

Exploring the use of NOAA Global Forecast System

Exploring the use of NOAA Global Forecast System

14 August 2017
Juanita van Zyl

The information age has given us access to several local and international geographical data sources. The challenge is often to find the most reliable data amongst everything that's... Read more

New technologies and robots - changing the future of agriculture

New technologies and robots - changing the future of agriculture

17 July 2017
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

New technologies are emerging and they are changing the way in which we learn, work and live. We are on the on the brink of a technological revolution, generally referred to as the... Read more

Youth in Agriculture

Youth in Agriculture

26 June 2017
Sabhinah Ncongwane

It is estimated that 1.25 billion or 14% of the global population will be between the ages of 15 and 24 by the year 2050. For many of these young people, entrepreneurial opportunities will be limited... Read more

Supporting youth in Agriculture

Supporting youth in Agriculture

12 June 2017
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

We cannot talk about the future of agriculture and food security, without including talking about our youth. South Africa's current population of 54 million is largely made up of young people of which 66 % are younger than 35 years... Read more

Agrobiodiversity - Why does it matter?

Agrobiodiversity - Why does it matter?

22 May 2017
Portia Phahlane/John Lapham

The term biological diversity, or biodiversity, is used to describe all the diversity of life on earth; it includes the genetic diversity of plants and animals, the diversity of species and the diversity of ecosystems... Read more

New Dataset Developments for Agri-Parks

New Dataset Developments for Agri-Parks

08 May 2017
Juanita van Zyl

The Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Rural Development and Land Reform are collaborating with various government departments in establishing Agri-Parks in all 44 districts of South Africa. The purpose of the Agri-Park project is to... Read more

Risk management for emerging farmers

Risk management for emerging farmers

18 April 2017
Zandisiwe Manyathela and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Like all other entrepreneurs and business owners, food producers are subject to risks. Managing agricultural risks includes the identification, evaluation and prioritisation of risks, and then making decisions on how best to... Read more

Tropical cyclones and their effect Southern Africa

Tropical cyclones and their effect Southern Africa

27 March 2017
Juanita van Zyl

Tropical cyclone activity in the Mozambican channel and in and around Madagascar between January and February is nothing new to our region. These systems rarely make landfall on the African continent, but when they do, they seem to have extreme... Read more

Conserving water with drip irrigation

Conserving water with drip irrigation

13 March 2017
Sabhinah Ncongwane and Thembeka Zengele

Potable fresh water is a limited resource that makes up 1% of the global water supply, and it is diminishing. The remaining supply consists of 97% salt water and 2% made up of icebergs. With the increasing demand for fresh water to meet the world’s industrial, municipal and... Read more

Earth Science under attack - where to now?

Earth Science under attack - where to now?

20 February 2017
Juanita van Zyl

Science commonly plays a role in supporting governments to make informed decisions about its natural resources. The purpose of science is to investigate and offer solutions for the various problems the world face. Earth sciences have played a role in our understanding of... Read more

Armyworm

ARMYWORMS

02 February 2017
Dr John Lapham

The African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta, is a pest of cereal crops and pastures in Eastern and Southern Africa. During an outbreak of this pest, serious damage is done to the crops, while it also causes losses in livestock with infestations resulting in toxic residues on the pastures... Read more

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