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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...

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...

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Mechanisation: Lessons learned from four African countries

Agricultural mechanisation is on the rise in Africa. Although up to 90% of farmers still rely on manual labour or working animals, this is...

Meet the Olympian rower who, in the end, chose farming

Despite being a junior Olympian, there was never any doubt that Paul Lombard would, one day, end up in agriculture. After all, both his...

Farmers must brace themselves for surging feed prices

Producers anticipate that consumers will have to pay more for red meat sometime this year based on rising animal feed prices, which are already...

3 things happening in agri today, 18 January 2021 

The farmers’ television show, Vir die liefde van die land, is back by popular demand. The first episode, featuring Free State farmers Samson...

‘Fast-track land reform through community-private partnerships’

A lot has been said about how land reform programmes can be administered and many models exist, market-led approaches that have proven to be...