• Based on information provided by 91 countries and 27 international organizations, analysis of global literature and datasets, and contributions from over 175 authors and reviewers, The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture assesses biodiversity for food and agriculture and its management worldwide.

  • Imagine “carbon emissions”, and what springs to mind? Most people tend to think of power stations belching out clouds of carbon dioxide or queues of vehicles burning up fossil fuels as they crawl, bumper-to-bumper, along congested urban roads.

  • The Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape is at the forefront of using technology to enhance sustainable farming, and as part of its initiative to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, has introduced Sentinel-2 earth observation technology.

  • The numbers released on February 27 by SA’s crop estimates committee underscores the message of optimism about agricultural conditions carried in my column on February 20.

  • South Africa's farmers compete in a global village and have to use the latest technology to ensure that decision-making is as effective as possible. Technology also has an important role to play in empowering small-scale farmers to make their businesses more viable. 

  • Evidence is now in and the verdict is that Africa’s agriculture is powering economic transformation in the region. African agriculture has shown remarkable improvement compared to its precarious state 15 years ago.

  • With the world's population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, scientists are working to develop new ways to meet rising global demand for food, energy and water without increasing the strain on natural resources. Organisations including the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation are calling for more innovation to address the links between these sectors, often referred to as the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus.

  • South Africa is divided into a number of farming regions according to climate, natural vegetation, soil type and farming practices.

  • My first blogpost this year was titled — Can South Africa’s sorghum industry be revived? In it, I highlighted the decline in the production of this crop, with area plantings having reached 28 800 hectares in the 2017/18 production season – the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37.

  • African women are often at the heart of communities dealing with huge changes related to economic development and shoulder the burden of environmental mismanagement.

  • Angola would be an excellent place to start a dairy in Africa because there is a large population with an economy fueled by the oil industry.

  • South Africa Farming and Agriculture-  November 2021

  • Concerns about future economic conditions had U.S. agriculture producers feeling less confident in March, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer reading. However, optimism surrounding exports reached its highest level since May 2017.

  • 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.

  • South Africans are the world’s worst-off citizens. For many in South Africa, there is no doubt that we are the poorest of the poor – striking teachers state as a fact on the evening news that they are the most impoverished workers in the country.

  • 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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  • Often said is the statement that the macroeconomic standing of the agricultural sector has diminished over time – and this argument is supported by the sector’s declining share of GDP, which fell from 4.2% in the 1996 to 2.4% in 2018.

  • t is often said that the macroeconomic standing of the agricultural sector has diminished over time – and this argument is supported by the sector’s declining share of GDP, which fell from 4.2% in 1996 to 2.4% in 2018.

  • Agriculture has come under the spotlight in SA. Not only did the 2015/2016 drought highlight the sector’s importance to economic growth and job creation ambitions, the recent policy proposal on land expropriation without compensation drew attention to its importance in ensuring national food security, while also addressing inequality.

  • 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.