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Crop Modelling

Crop Modelling

03 September 2018
Thembeka Zengele

The agricultural sector in South Africa faces a plethora of challenges and risks, including climate and market volatility, pests and diseases, not to mention extreme weather events such as the drought, floods and... Read more

Reducing Rural Poverty

Reducing Rural Poverty

01 August 2018
Thembeka Zengele

While inhabitants of rural South African often describe their communities as dynamic and vibrant, they are also home to the country's worst-off economic groups where poverty rates... Read more

New Technologies in Agriculture

New Technologies in Agriculture

02 July 2018
Thembeka Zengele

The advancement of technology in agriculture over the years has rapidly improved the way farmers increase productivity and markets around the world. Farmers are increasingly able to utilise more land for... Read more

Creating Decent Rural Employment for the Youth

Creating Decent Rural Employment for the Youth

18 June 2018
Thembeka Zengele

Considering the high level of youth unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa - which according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), reports the highest youth poverty rates globally at 69 percent- it is... Read more

The Impact of Climate Change on Food Security in South Africa

The Impact of Climate Change on Food Security in South Africa

02 May 2018
Thembeka Zengele

Climate change is associated with various natural disasters in South Africa such as the current drought in the winter rainfall areas of the Western Cape and the low rainfall in many parts of the summer-rainfall areas... Read more

Agriculture and Approaching Day Zero

Agriculture and Approaching Day Zero

03 April 2018
Thembeka Zengele

Day Zero, is the day on which Cape Town is eventually expected to run out of water. Cape Town introduced level 6B water restrictions on 01 February this year - restricting residents to 50 litres of water daily. Fortunately, as Capetonians adhere... Read more

Improving #Postharvest Services to Smallholder Farmers

Improving #Postharvest Services to Smallholder Farmers

05 March 2018
Thembeka Zengele

Smallholder farmers in South Africa are seen as an important vehicle through which goals of poverty reduction and rural development can be achieved; however, their development is hampered by the negative impact of the recent drought... Read more

Securing the Human Food Chain

Securing the Human Food Chain

08 February 2018
Thembeka Zengele

Recent Avian influenza outbreaks in South Africa are a sobering reminder of the constant threats to the human food chain. Trans-boundary diseases affect food crops and livestock, causing significant losses to farmers and threatening food security, livelihoods, national economies and global markets... Read more

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