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Mzansi, we’re literally eating ourselves to death

A recent, comprehensive global review of the food security index put South Africa in the 48th position out of 113 countries – improving slightly...

Backyard gardeners tackle hunger and unemployment head-on

In Avian Park, a small community just outside of Worcester in the Western Cape, residents are tackling food scarcity and unemployment head on. The...

Former banker champions organic food to give Mother Nature a break

The toll that is taken on the environment to grow Mzansi’s food has inspired a former Johannesburg banker to utilize her “green thumbs” and...

Childcare workers feed thousands in Mzansi communities

Children have a right to be children – to play and to dream. They have the right to exist freely. So says Pat Maqina, a technical advisor and senior mentor...

Seasoned farmer risks losing farm in land reform blunder

Award-winning farmer Petros Sithole spent 11 years of his retirement rebuilding a rundown farm in Mpumalanga. But now he stands to lose everything due...

Organic food garden empowers people with disabilities

An organic farming project in the countryside of the Uthungulu District in KwaZulu-Natal is arming people living with physical disabilities with in-depth agricultural training...

Crowd-farming: Redefining Livestock Investment

There is a traditional Xhosa proverb that states: Ubuhle bendoda ziinkomo zayo, which loosely translates to “A man is only as handsome as the size of...

Sweetie, do you know where your honey comes from?

Honey-lovers, did you know that we don’t have a traceability system that helps ensure the quality of what you buy? South Africans consume much...

Woman-led farming enterprise seeks to revive indigenous vegetable markets in Mzansi

There’s a growing interest to revive the status of indigenous food crops in Mzansi and a group of urban, black, female farmers are determined...

China through my eyes (我眼中的中国)

Agricultural economist Ikageng Maluleka spent three weeks in China earlier this year on a study trip, getting the opportunity to immerse herself in the...

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Township entrepreneurs on defensive about ‘spaza shop’ spin-offs

The Shoprite Group’s Usave retail chain recently introduced mobile stores in township communities to give people easier access to food purchases during the nation-wide...

From ‘write-off’ to multi-award-winning international crop exporter

When 27-year-old Uzair Essack saw his peers graduate two to three years before him, he never imagined that he would one day own a multi-award-winning export company that would gain...

Back to school: Don’t ignore kids’ coronavirus anxiety

With the first learners due to return to school after the covid-19 lockdown shortly, experts have urged parents to help their children cope with...

Didiza thanks farmers, agri organisations for generosity

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, has expressed her appreciation for farmers, farmers’ organisations and agribusinesses that go out of their way to show humanity towards the destitute.  May organisations showed ubuntu by donating and contributing food parcels,...

Covid-19 boosts digitisation of agriculture industry

The covid-19 shock has propelled the agriculture sector into taking a giant technological leap forward. We’ve seen farmers adopting digital and social media platforms to sell produce directly to...