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Permaculture: 12 principles to farm like Mother Nature

“Permaculture principles are thinking tools that  enable the farmer to creatively design a food production system that is robust, resilient, self-sustaining and ecologically sustainable,” says Delwyn Pillay, full-time...
Agricultural economist Malapane Thamaga believes if farmers operate as a collective it enables them to negotiate for good prices rather that competing amongst themselves, leading to buyers dictating their prices. Photo: Supplied

Acting collectively, smallholders pool their power

Agricultural economist Malapane Thamaga believes South Africa’s farmers can benefit from the power of collective action through an agricultural clustering model. In this thought provoking article...

Guide: 10 crops to plant in autumn

Autumn is (shockingly!) already upon us, Mzansi! As we near winter, it’s time to look at which vegetables and other crops should be planted in autumn so...

Mentorship: Farming is not a solo show

The cultivating of plants and livestock is no small feat. For that you require a diverse set of skills, and the right people and...

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COVID-19

Millions availed for struggling hospitality businesses

Just more than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic first hit Mzansi, black-owned hospitality businesses can finally apply for much-needed funding. This could be...

Malnutrition is ‘a slow violence against our children’

The triple burden of malnutrition has cast a long shadow on children and their futures, robbing them of health and wellbeing, condemning them to...

Battling Covid-19 in a rural community

The Xhora Mouth area of the Eastern Cape is about 100km from Mthatha by car. The first 60km is a sporadically potholed tar road,...

Garlic prices too high? Plant your own!

If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed that the past few months have seen record-high prices of immune boosting foods such as...

Future Farmers: Global internships on ice due to Covid

The future of a proudly South African initiative to give young farmers international experience, hangs in the balance due to travel restrictions in the...

Food prices: ‘No rest for poor mothers’

“There is no rest. There is no peace. We must hustle,” said an Umlazi woman who participated in a six-month research study on the...

LIFESTYLE

Potato farmer and baby daddy: Is it time to call it quits?

Unrooted in Ficksburg, Free State writes Liewe Lulu I am engaged to be married to the father of my five-year-old son. In the seven years we...

Meet the foodie pioneering food styling in Zambia

When food influencers like Mogau Seshoene and Siba Mthongwana are household names in kitchens throughout the globe, you would be crazy not to be...

Recipe: Seasonal mushroom and chicken pasta

With seasons changing, a good bowl of pasta always hits the spot on the chilly days. Zambian food stylist Clara Kapelembe Bwali (29) shares...

Recipe: French toast Easter eggs delight

So, what do you do when your kids strike gold at this year’s Easter egg hunt? Let them go wild and munch them all? “Nope,”...

Recipe: A Cape Malay classic with a veggie twist

Like many other South Africans, I will be spending my Easter weekend with friends and family, sitting around a dinner table packed with traditional...

Easter memories: ‘The secret battle of the pickled fish’

This Good Friday, Food For Mzansi’s new chief reporter, Lucinda Dordley, reminisces about her family’s Easter memories. And she secretly wonders who between her...

CHANGEMAKERS

Meet the domestic worker turned chicken farmer

Next up on Food For Mzansi’s #SoilSistas campaign, we meet Khethiwe Maseko, the founder of Gugulam Poultry House in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. Powered by Corteva Agriscience,...

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MZANSI RECIPES

Pickled Fish: Liquid gold sauce that brings families together

Food that brings us together almost always has a history or at least some type of back story or memory attached to it. For the...

Recipe: Make Scotch fillet and Pesachdikke cake

The last days of the Jewish festival of Passover are coming up. Cookbook author and Johannesburg kosher foodie Sharon Lurie shares two recipes she...

Recipes: Celebrate Easter memories with these dishes

Christmas is great and all, but if you ask us, the best holiday feast of them all is Easter lunch. Fish? Hot cross buns? And...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

After millennia, Jewish Passover is still a living feast

Celebrating Passover, millions of observing Jewish people have gone to great lengths to put out their mouth-watering spreads on the Seder table during the...

Easter: Down memory lane with sommelier and writer

Celebrating holidays and traditions like Easter in a state of lockdown may be a norm we have no choice but to adapt to, but...

‘Ausi Wa di Chips’ clings to her food dream

It is nearing a year since Mzansi went into hard lockdown on 27 March 2020, and Ausi Wa die Chips (chip lady), Refiloe Nthoroane...

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LATEST ARTICLES

Podcast: Exploring the gender pay gap in agriculture

Statistics South Africa’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the fourth quarter of 2020 paints a gloomy picture related to the country's unemployment status. Agri SA...

Didiza says ‘role of extension officers to change fundamentally’

The role of agricultural extension officers and the service they provide to Mzansi farmers will dramatically change in the next few months. This, says...

Conditions of Free State roads negatively impacts farmers

The past year has been particularly challenging for farmers across the board, but those in the Free State are battling more hurdles than most....

Premier calls for probe amid growing tension on farms

After two farmworkers were killed in Mpumalanga, the KwaZulu-Natal premier has now also warned of mounting tension between farmers and their labourers in his...

Free State, meet your new Young Farmer of the Year

The winner of Free State Agriculture’s Young Farmer of the Year competition, Doug Osler, this evening pledged his commitment towards building the agricultural sector...

Meet the domestic worker turned chicken farmer

Next up on Food For Mzansi’s #SoilSistas campaign, we meet Khethiwe Maseko, the founder of Gugulam Poultry House in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. Powered by Corteva Agriscience,...

Free State farmers: ‘Stock theft not really a priority for SAPS’

Organised agriculture, as well as the farming community of the Free State, are once again calling out the South African Police Service (SAPS) for...

How to start mushroom farming in 6 easy steps

If you are wondering how to start mushroom farming in South Africa, look no further. Here you will find the outline of mushroom cultivars,...

Record year predicted for Cape table grape industry

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) is celebrating a bumper intake of 73 million cartons for the 2020/21 season, despite the impact of...

‘Fuel price hike adds salt to bleeding wound,’ say farmers

Nearly a week after the implementation of a massive petrol and diesel price hike, agriculturists from many different industries are concerned that it may...

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