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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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New farmer: How to build cattle fencing right the first time

There are lots of reasons why you would want to build a fence on your farm, from separating properties, keeping your animals in and out of certain areas, and for security. But for whatever reason you might be building a fence for, you need to ensure that you do it well.

What you can do to prevent another booze sales ban

The alcohol sales ban has been lifted, but don’t be fooled: government won’t hesitate to impose another ban if Covid-19 continues to surge. Alcohol consumers have to play their part in drinking responsibly if they’re serious about saving the tattered industry.

Civil society efforts send ripples of change through SA

The key to combatting food insecurity is the creation of sustainable community-based food supply chains, argues Refilwe Pico, communications officer at the Seriti Institute. This non-profit is a developmental facilitation agency that helps communities and social partners reach their goals by delivering innovative, sustainable and comprehensive solutions to enhance socioeconomic impact.

Tragedy strikes Mauwane on ‘coldest night of the year’

Eric Mauwane, a vegetable farmer from Gauteng, lost everything on what was described as the coldest night in Mzansi this year. A heartbroken Mauwane tells us, “Everything is gone. The farm is completely gone.”

KOO recall: No, you really can’t eat defective products

Many are still holding on to some of the defective KOO and Hugo’s products that were recalled. Surely, all 20 million cans can’t be defective, right? Yes, says a top food expert, but “none of the recalled batches should be consumed.”