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Tobias Doyer: New Grain SA CEO

The Grain SA Group of Entities, the voluntary industry organisation that provides commodity strategic support and services to the grain and oilseed producers of South Africa, today announced the appointment of Dr Tobias Doyer as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 08 January 2024. Recognised as an accomplished and forward-thinking leader, Doyer brings a […]

No need for panic buying of eggs, says Didiza

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, has assured that the avian influenza outbreak is under control, with 70% of farms not infected by the disease and continuing to produce eggs and chickens. In a statement issued by the department, Didiza said the egg stock levels are replenishing steadily and there is no […]

Seeds of Change: Insights from Dr. Mike Barrow’s Quest for Resilient Maize Varieties

Written by Zylem and RegenZ We recently caught up with Dr Mike Barrow to discuss the reintroduction of maize genetics into modern breeding programmes, particularly for small-scale farmers. Dr Barrow worked as a Maize Breeder for Pannar for 37 years. His numerous hybrids were widely sold in Africa within the small-scale sector. For over three […]

South Africa and renewable energy: a 12-year old programme offers insights for countries moving to cleaner power sources

Written by Aalia Cassim, University of the Witwatersrand; Imraan Valodia, University of the Witwatersrand; Julia Taylor, University of the Witwatersrand, and Rod Crompton, University of the Witwatersrand There are many unknowns about how societies will manage the climate transition. And the associated energy transition from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy. The climate transition will require significant levels of investment – estimated at […]

Advanced feed mixer improves dairy cattle health

Choosing the right feeding system can mean the difference between a thriving herd or one that just exists according to Dylan Eagleston who recently made the switch to a Trioliet feed mixer. The Stockton Farm is a dairy farm based in Creighton KwaZulu Natal where Dylan has used the Trioliet Feeding Wagon for several months […]

Soil: where food begins

Much like the air we breathe and the water we drink, we take the soil in which our food grows for granted too often. World Soil Day, celebrated on 5 December, helps to raise awareness of this life-giving resource. This year, Syngenta supports the cause through a focus on root health. The theme for World […]

Sprouting New Beginnings: The Sprightly Seed’s Garden Initiative Tackles Child Undernutrition and Pioneers Sustainable Agriculture in South African Schools

The Sprightly Seed, a dedicated public benefit organisation committed to environmental sustainability, social development, and education announced the launch of its new organic garden at Bel Porto School. The unveiling of the community garden timed perfectly with the global observance of World Soil Day highlights the non-profit’s commitment to promoting food security, sustainable practice, and […]

Water crisis in South Africa: damning report finds 46% contamination, 67% of treatment works near to breaking down

By Craig Macaskill   Posted 2023-12-11   In Blog  Written by Anja du Plessis, University of South Africa A new report by South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation paints a grim picture of the quality of the country’s drinking water, and its water infrastructure. The Blue Drop Audit Report is meant to ensure that water service authorities are held accountable […]

COP28’s Food, Agriculture and Water Day secures major commitments to address climate impacts and keep 1.5C within reach

COP28’s Food, Agriculture and Water Day saw major announcements on climate action for both water and food security and decarbonization, as countries demonstrated their commitment to implement the COP28 UAE Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems, and Climate Action (the Declaration). H.E Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment and […]