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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....

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...

Covid-19: Invest in small-scale farmers now for rural resilience

Small-scale farmers are extremely vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic, but their role in a sustainable rural food system is crucial. Hamlet Hlomendlini, senior agricultural...

Food security crisis: Africa should be the answer

We need to consider all historical factors if we want to provide safe and secure food for future generations, writes Dr Peter Oberem, the...

While retail sales plunge, agriculture shows great promise

Figures released on 22 July showed that South Africa's retail sales plunged by a record 50,4% in April and 12% in May on an...

Indigenous knowledge is a natural resource for rural farmers

Current discourses around transformation and decolonisation have led to the realisation of the importance of indigenous knowledge systems, from folk music to the decolonisation...

FARM ATTACKS: ‘Can someone in government please stand up?’

Can someone in government please stand up, act decisively, and stop the loss of life? In this exclusive Food For Mzansi opinion piece, Elton...

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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...