• The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its March 29 annual Prospective Plantings report, said farmers in 2019 intend to plant 4% more acres of corn than a year ago, 5% fewer acres of soybeans and 4% fewer acres of wheat.

  • Action is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). As the principle connection between people and planet, sustainable food and agriculture can fuel positive change. FAO’s new publication, Transforming food and agriculture to achieve the SDGs, presents 20 actions to help countries in incorporating sustainable agriculture and rural development into their broader development goals. These 20 actions offer a practical guide to implementing the 2030 Agenda. Here are some examples:

  • When Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed office as president of Zimbabwe in late 2017, one of the immediate tasks he had was to rebuild an economy that had performed poorly for nearly two decades.

  • The agricultural mechanisation rate in SSA is the lowest in the world. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Agricultural Machinery Association, roughly 65% of land preparation is done manually by labourers in SSA, compared with around 40% in East Asia, 30% in South Asia and 25% in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Reality 3D models, Lidar points clouds, superhigh-resolution aerial imagery and artificial intelligence from aerial imagery… these are just a few of the products derived from aerial mapping that the GIS sector takes for granted in 2019.

  • Over the last century, government policies and large food producers have prioritized farming practices that grow crop varieties with high yields.

  • CLIMATE change is happening: Scientists say it is, environmentalists agree and, most important, women farmers report the truth of it. Oxfam is very clear that climate change is the biggest threat to global hunger and that it is the women who produce our food who suffer first — and worst.

  • The principle of "optimum production and maximum profit" is very old and it is the most important principle in the agricultural industry as all the different disciplines are involved in the implementation of the principle.  Specifically, because it determines the profitability of farming enterprises without which financial survival is not possible.

    Increasing the combined profitability of all the business enterprises across the individual industries in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the economy is the only way to create economic growth. The profit motive is the main driver of economic growth in a capitalist economic system based on the private ownership of all the factors of production, such as land and raw materials, capital, labour and management, while its prices, utilisation and mobility are basically determined by the market forces of supply and demand.

    The fact of the matter is that food security can only be sustainable if food production is profitable.

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  • Despite falling commodity prices and challenges surrounding farm profitability, the growing use of cover crops is maintaining, if not gaining, momentum.

  • The UK's first 'farm drive thru' which sells fresh, local produce available to weary travellers on-the-go is now officially open.

  • The fear of robots coming for your job is one of the many challenges confronting 21st-century workers, but the machines aren't ready to take on every industry just yet.

  • Agri SA is an agricultural representative organisation that is committed to the development of agriculture in South Africa. We are a non-profit organisation that is helping to develop a stable, profitable agricultural environment within this country.

  • An African woman with hoe in hand is the default symbol of agriculture in Africa, according to the late Calestous Juma, African academic and former Harvard Kennedy School professor. Mr. Juma used that image to convey the drudgery-filled farming that women on the continent face.

  • Nigeria is one of the most developed countries in Africa. In fact, she has progressed tremendously in the service industry of late. She has also improved immensely in the information and communication (ICT) industry.

  • Chances are, you already know drones are amazing. After all, this is something DroneLife readers just understand. But if you’re anything like me, you’re still regularly blown away when you learn about the latest developments in commercial drone technology. The possibilities seem endless.

  • The first artificial intelligence (AI) enabled augmented reality crop management system may be coming to an indoor farm near you very soon. Huxley combines machine learning, computer vision and an augmented reality interface to essentially allow anyone to be a master farmer.

  • he southern hemisphere’s largest agriculture expo, the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day, will feature a record-breaking 775 stands, and organiser Grain SA says that all the stands have now been sold out.

  • Farming in SA is undergoing a revolution, and not the kind envisioned by the Economic Freedom Fighters and its copycats in the ruling party.

  • One would assume the month that most excites farmers and agricultural role-players would be the one in which they harvest their crops, especially in a good season. In the case of SA that might not be true.


    Despite the aftermath of the global recession still being felt in my countries across the globe, South Africa has seen considerable growth in its developing sectors. 




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