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Fleeing ‘land grabbers’ turn to farms for refuge

On an abandoned private farm south of Johannesburg, the sound of hammers bashing nails into corrugated iron, brooms sweeping away the dust and a...

Food safety and social stability ‘two sides of same coin’

The covid-19 pandemic has proven that South Africa is also vulnerable to food insecurity, believes Francois Baird, the founder of the Fairplay movement. He...

Poultry pricing, the invisible hand and profit margins

Agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council Thabile Nkunjana and Lulama Traub from the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes say South Africans are in fact eating...

Campaign to help 2500 struggling households plant home gardens

The International Medical Services for Health South Africa (INMED SA) is helping 2500 struggling households in South Africa to plant their own backyard gardens by providing them with free seeds, training and assistance...

Post-covid agricultural growth is more crucial than ever

It is no secret that agricultural and industrial growth are deeply intertwined. Amid the global pandemic this relationship has come the fore, Lunathi Hlakanyane...

Better food price controls needed to shield poor

Covid-19 has wrought havoc on poor households in countries across the world. In South Africa, more and more people are facing hunger resulting from...

‘Brainwashed with booze: my grandmother still remembers’

In the wake of the covid-19 pandemic there has been increasing discussions about the role of the alcohol industry social responsibility. Now Heinrich Bothman,...

Covid-19: Up to 75 000 future cotton jobs at risk

Eight months into the covid-19 pandemic, we're well aware of the devastating impact it has had on the global economy and millions of livelihoods....

Malnutrition is ‘a silent war without weapons’

The power to overcome the crisis of hunger lies in the acceleration of agricultural productivity in rural and township communities, military veteran Steven Barnard...

Road trip leads economist to discover ‘the heartbeat of our nation’

Being an expert in the agricultural sector as an economist didn't prepare Ikageng Maluleke for what she would find when actually meeting farmers on...

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Treasury’s support to Land Bank is a food imperative, says Agri...

Following the earlier warning by Futuregrowth that all South Africans should hope that the Land Bank will be rescued from its financial woes, Agri...

Didiza: ‘Break barriers and see each other as human beings’

Instead of taking up arms the agricultural sector should sit down and resolve its problems, urged Thoko Didiza, the minister of agriculture, land reform...

Step aside, Spider-Man. Kutlo wants a farm-themed party!

Yes, farming is a tough and often dirty and sweaty. But that’s clearly not stopping young Kutlo Mongale and his cousins from having fun....

Why does our hit rate in black farmer commercialisation still suck?

Sinelizwi Fakade has seen both sides of the efforts by the state and the commercial farming sector to develop smallholder farmers into small-scale commercial...

Liewe Lulu: Do I marry out of duty?

Lone Wolf, from Hertzogville in the Free State writes… I am 29, single, straight, run a 200-hectare cattle operation and I am honestly fulfilled by...