Mentors

Here’s why African agriculture is failing local needs

Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa is under-performing, leaving 30% of people in the region food insecure. Researchers believe that failures of African agriculture stem from external forces, born during colonial and post-independence times.

Agriculture can greatly benefit from ‘a woman’s touch’

This week on Food For Mzansi’s #SoilSistas campaign, we meet Nomathamsanqa Dyonase, founder of Nomady Training and Development. Powered by Corteva Agriscience, we're highlighting some of the extraordinary female farmers participating in Corteva...

KZN farmers offer life-changing opportunities to students

When commercial farmers in the Harry Gwala District in KwaZulu-Natal noticed that farm management students from the local college were forced to go from door to door to find internships to...

How Mokgadi traded heels for gumboots to build a legacy

In this week's #SoilSistas feature we travel to rural Limpopo to meet farmer and environmental management scientist Mokgadi Manamela. She was selected for Corteva Women Agripreneur Programme 2021, a year-long blended...

From unemployed graduate to farmer – and loving it!

Mzansi’s #SoilSistas are a breath of fresh air in the agricultural space. And this week we travel to Kalbasfontein in Gauteng to meet maize and cattle farmer Keabetswe Mokgatla. She was...

This farmer smiles when she hears bees buzzing

Next up on Food For Mzansi’s #SoilSistas campaign we meet Metsana Kojane, founder of Eden Roots. Powered by Corteva Agriscience, we're highlighting some of the extraordinary female farmers participating in Corteva...

How Tsholo found purpose through tragedy

Next up on Food For Mzansi’s #SoilSistas celebrating female farmers is Tsholo Penyenye from Ramatlabama village in North West. Powered by Corteva Agriscience, we highlight some of the extraordinary women who...

How Musa went from beginner to winner in just one year

Food For Mzansi is proud to announce #SoilSistas, a new campaign celebrating female farmers across South Africa. Powered by Corteva Agriscience, we will highlight some of the extraordinary women who are...

Tonight on TV: How to find the right farming mentor

Whernit Dirks’ life is proof that your circumstances do not have to define your life path. His inspiring story is told in tonight's episode of For the love of the land,...

Tonight on TV: Mentor inspires young, black farmers

Changed by an ordeal he survived 20 years ago, Free State farmer Wessel Bibbey looked deep into his own soul. Today, he is mentoring young and dynamic farmers in an effort...

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Ask the vet: Mfethu, here’s how to prevent cow bloating

This week, an animal nutrition consultant helps a Food For Mzansi reader who struggles with bloating in dairy cows. High-yielding cows often suffer when from high-grain diets, but there are a few tips that will save the day.

African swine fever creeps closer to the United States

African swine fever is making its way around the world, and meat processors and agricultural officials in the United States are hard at work to ensure they are prepared for a possible outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease.

How Voermol changed the game for this Free State farmer

Eugene van der Walt has been farming for just over a decade. His operation has improved drastically since he discovered Voermol’s products.

The most adorable story you’ll read today. Fact!

This grade 8 learner’s future is so bright, he has to wear his shades! At 14, he is already farming with chickens and veggies in his parents’ backyard. His dream job? You’ll never guess… (No, it isn’t farming.)

Inland fisheries policy ‘can only work if implemented’

The inland fishing communities of Mzansi are looking forward to the day they can legally make their living. They have welcomed cabinet's recent approval of the draft National Freshwater (Inland) Wild-Capture Fisheries Policy as a first step towards decriminalising small-scale fishing from the country's rivers and dams. They fear, however, that it might be another five years before policy becomes reality at a local level.