There is a shortage of farmers and the occupation is ageing. The UK alone needs 60 000 newcomers in the sector in the next ten years.
Farmers are leaving in droves and land is lying fallow in the face of the worst drought in 23 years.
Africa's farming potential is huge and the continent has a hungry and ballooning population to feed.
Farmers have responded to state efforts to legislate labour relations by leaving the sector or mechanising and restructuring their workforces.
The farming sector is growing and facing major changes that increasingly require more skilled labour.
Limpopo farmers are feeling powerless as the minerals department greedily consumes agricultural land and with it, the water supply.
Is the government’s mooted 12 000 hectare ‘ceiling’ on landownership practical - or even feasible?
Economists say the government's moves to bar noncitizens from buying agricultural property in South Africa are short-sighted.
Any hope for better economic growth in the short term would have to be in industries less affected by the energy crisis, said the minister.
The success of our education is less about passes, but more about how many can participate in the economy, writes Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Economist Kevin Lings highlights agricultural disappointments in an extract from his book 'The Missing Piece: Solving South Africa's Economic Puzzle'.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe faced farmers' questions about land reform, food security, labour unrest and agricultural policy inconsistencies.
The philanthropist says the rise of the continent will depend on whether its leaders are open to learning from each other, and from their own people.
The Crop Estimates Committee's forecast expects 2014's maize harvest to be the largest in over three decades.
The numbers speak for themselves: Africa's smallholder farmers can be agriculture's game changers of the 21st century.
SA farmers are "mechanising" to avoid labour legislation, such as higher minimum wages for farmworkers, and land claims, say reports.
The price of maize has slumped in expectation of a bumper crop and the biggest in over three decades.
Giving half of SA's commercial farms over to workers may be beyond the state's wherewithal.
The state-run Grain Marketing Board, designed to promote food security, is being blamed for exacerbating Zimbabwe's chronic food shortages.