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A resolute nation: ‘Not in our name, not in our country’

South Africans are tough as nails but, more importantly, we remain a caring nation despite recent widespread anarchy that shook the country to its core. “We can and we will overcome this,” writes Elton Greeve in an exclusive article for Food For Mzansi.

Fire: Farmers’ regenerative tool for livestock grazing

Fire is a tool that livestock farmers must use wisely and carefully, argues Craig Morris, senior researcher at Agricultural Research Council – Animal Production. He is researching the ecology of mesic...

Resilient food supply chains ‘will defy democracy attack’

Panic buying food only creates a self-fulfilling prophecy and deepens anxiety, warns two leading economists, Wandile Sihlobo from Agbiz and Dr Sifiso Ntombela from the National Agricultural Marketing Council. Their messages comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s weekend admission that there was a “well coordinated attack on our democracy.”

Households ‘can fight their own food insecurity’

Households should bear in mind that the right to access to food does not mean relying only on government provisions, argues agricultural economist Pamela Matyolo.

‘Ghetto Gardener’ is gardening his way into a better life

Just when he thought he had run out of options, Ludwe Qamata, the 'Ghetto Gardener', turned his life around through community gardening.

Opinion: We’ve learned to loot from government

Log onto any social media platform or switch over to any South African news channel, and you will be bombarded with visuals showing a shocking state of affairs. Mzansi is in a crisis unlike any other we have endured before, writes Lucinda Dordley, the head of news at Food For Mzansi.

Covid-19: Have agri jobs dynamics shifted permanently?

The agriculture sector will keep growing, although it might not mean employment growth, predicts economist Thabile Nkunjana of the NAMC.

Raisins industry is striving towards inclusive growth

Overall, there is a lot for the raisins industry to pride itself about regarding inclusive growth of the industry, writes Kayalethu Sotsha, senior agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council...

Ingonyama Trust verdict: What it means for land reform

In a landmark judgment a South African high court has declared that people living on customary land in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, notionally held in trust by the Ingonyama (king) of the Zulu...

SA’s agricultural exports celebrate all-time high

While the Covid-19 pandemic caused severe disruptions in global trade, South Africa's agricultural exports, including wine, citrus, and maize, hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2021.  International trade in...

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Chicken farm guide: Tips on chicken feed

Farming with chickens is relatively cheap compared to other farming options. One of your biggest expenses will be chicken feed, so you need to know exactly how to minimise food wastage and spoilage in order to keep your costs down.

African swine fever tips for small-scale pig farmers

African swine fever is no child’s play. It can literally destroy pig farmers overnight. Currently, Mzansi has at least 52 outbreaks across the country. An expert has top tips on biosecurity measures.

Farm dwellers, farmers clash with government over land

Farm dwellers, whose families have lived on Bapsfontein Farm (portion 5 of Varkfontein) near Bronkhorstspruit since 1954, have taken control of 160 of its 222 hectares, claiming that they are the rightful beneficiaries of the land.