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Card image 31 December 2019 Food for Mzansi

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 to shake up this untapped market. In Lenasia, south of Soweto in Gauteng, far from the Johannesburg city noise, sits the female owned enterprise...

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Card image 11 November 2019 Daily Maverick

Future foretold: SA’s corporate heavyweights and the zero-sum game of climate collapse

Based in the UK, the Carbon Disclosure Project collates the environmental and climate change concerns of over 6,000 international corporations. By accessing the submissions of 16 major South African conglomerates across the sectors of food retail, mining, financial services and healthcare (among others), Our Burning Planet stumbled into an incredibly grim near-future landscape — one where current business models would struggle to co-exist with food, water and basic services for the majority. What we need, it seems, is a Hail Mary much larger than the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Card image 13 October 2019 Daily Maverick

Local fishers and activists want Langebaan fish farms stopped —but government mussels in

Langebaan, up the West Coast, is a well-known spot for tourists and kite surfers, but it is primarily a fishing village with small-scale fishers making a living off snoek and mullet. Now, under Operation Phakisa, it’s on the verge of becoming a hub for fish farms.

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Card image 18 September 2019 Daily Maverick

For farming (and farmers) to prosper, we need new models of co-operative agriculture

When considering strategies to develop farming sustainability, it is doubtful that the notion of ‘profit above all’ will work over the long term. The sector requires strategies that shift towards broader community inclusion and social value creation.

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Card image 09 September 2019 IOL

Partnerships in agriculture are more important than ever

Food security, together with adequate nutrition, is a matter of life or death at one end of the market.

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Card image 14 August 2019 Creamer Media's Engineeering News

South African agriculture, with certain exceptions, faces slow growth in coming years

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), a nonprofit organisation, has warned that it expects the gross value of South Africa's agricultural production this year to be similar, in real terms, to that of 2015. It stated this in its 'BFAP Baseline Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028' report, which it released on Wednesday. "Apart from low commodity prices and and pressure on disposable income of consumers, sectoral performance was riddled with exogenous shocks, such as Avian influenza, Listeria and severe drought conditions in many parts of the country," stated the report. "Under the 2019 Baseline projections, the short term recovery in agricultural GDP [gross domestic product] is supported by higher international prices following excessively wet conditions in the United States. After that, sustained improvements only occur from 2023 onwards, when economic growth rates pick up and production levels in the livestock industry recover from the drought and disease outbreaks."

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Card image 06 August 2019 Food for Mzansi

Give female farmers greater access to land and credit

Globally women play a significant role in agriculture. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, women are the backbone of the agricultural sector and make up almost half of the agricultural labour force, according to a working paper about the role of women in agriculture by the Agricultural Development...

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05 August 2019 PoliticsLive

Land debate embroiled in racial politics – FW de Klerk Foundation

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Card image 18 June 2019 The Conversation

South Africa should learn from Brazil about how to tackle ‘hidden hunger’

The interplay of poverty, inequality, urbanisation and the industrial food system leaves low-income families with limited access to fresh, healthy foods.

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Card image 03 June 2019 News 24

Land reform and agriculture: What to expect in the next 5 years

With the tough task of implementing government's land reform resting on her shoulders, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza has her work cut out.

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