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Agri-tech startups the future of farming

The AMPION Veture Bus aims to create ten agri-tech startups to provide innovative solutions to transform the agricultural sector in Africa...

Drought behind Tongaat Hulett profit fall

Tongaat Hulett, SA's largest sugar producer by market value, saw its revenue decline 5.7% to R7.6bn and net profit fall 15% to R742m for six months ended September...

Southern African grain stakeholders establishes regional platform

Founded by eight Southern African countries, the formal establishment of a regional network for...

SADC Veterinary Committee to upgrade livestock labs

The SADC Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostic Sub-Committee is working on measures aimed at upgrading livestock laboratories to meet international standards...

Drought, climate change and forestry: the role of science and technology

In July this year, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome projected a 17 percent decrease in cereal production across Southern Africa...

By Mandi Smallhorne

Workshop to help SADC countries improve food production

The governments of South Africa and New Zealand will join forces to share their expertise on food safety systems for export with their counterparts in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

Could Africa become like China?

Africa's changing demographic over the next three-and-a-half decades could transform the continent into the next China, but only if its youthful population is educated and entrepreneurial.

By Jana Marais

Postive results likely from US-Africa summit says Davies

South Africa and Africa in general benefitted immensely from the recent US-Africa Leaders' Summit held in Washington last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on his return.

AECI plans to reduce its reliance on a weak SA

JSE-listed AECI plans to start producing explosives in Australia by year-end‚ as the chemicals and explosives firm looks to reduce its reliance on South Africa's weak mining and manufacturing sectors.

By Nick Hedley

Sanlam looking to invest in Africa, South-East Asia

Sanlam says it has R3bn in discretionary capital that is earmarked for growth opportunities mainly in Africa and South-East Asia.

By Phakamisa Ndzamela

Packaging in SA is always changing shape

If there is one industry where everything is in flux and companies have to re-jig their shapes and formats all the time, it is SA's packaging manufacturers. Apart from constantly changing industry conditions, not least from encroaching rivals, each firm has specific obstacles to get over.

By Mark Allix

Zimbabwe central bank has 'no tools' to fix economy

Zimbabwe's new central bank chief said the country's economy was weakening and the bank did not have the tools to fix it.

SAB seeks African growth via larger maltings plant

The local arm of SABMiller (SAB)‚ South African Breweries' maltings division is looking to supply product to other African countries following its investments to expand capacity‚ according to the unit's general manager Thinus van Schoor.

By Nick Hedley

Food producers in high-priced certainty

Safe-haven investments do not come much safer than food producers. This has made big-name companies such as AVI and Tiger Brands market favourites and driven up the JSE food producers sector rating to a level last seen 19 years ago.

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad

Crunch time for fruit exports

After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.

Practical approaches on how to tackle the global waste problem

Centuries of being wasteful and not being resourceful have had a severe impact on the environment, but since we cannot go back in the past to correct our mistakes...

By Alan Kahn

Change of menu for Crookes Brothers

The sale by KwaZulu-Natal-based agribusiness Crookes Brothers of its Bredasdorp grain farming operations won't be a surprise to shareholders.

By Marc Hasenfuss

Africa lifts SA fruit and veg retailers

African markets to the northern parts of SA are proving lucrative for local fruit and vegetable retailers, with business accounting for at least 10% of turnover for the sector.

By Shannon Sherry

Widespread drought threatens 400,000

WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA: A severe drought that sparked a state of emergency in Namibia has left 400,000 people facing hunger, the government said.

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