The recent rains might ameliorate a bleak picture but there appears to be no silver lining to the problems ahead, including food supply.
Crops should be in the ground and white maize starting to germinate. But only half the national crop has been planted and less than that will survive.
Three friends have launched a scheme to train township pupils to grow healthy food.
October 2015 was the hottest October on record. It also holds the record for seeing the biggest increase in temperature for a single month.
Past experience has shown that the government will continue to permit industry such as mining that destroys water supplies.
Farmers are leaving in droves and land is lying fallow in the face of the worst drought in 23 years.
Unconstitutional land expropriation could ruin South Africa's bread basket.
Food security has the potential to become a crucial issue amid surging population growth, and our farmers are ageing.
From food security to employment, Nomphelo Zozo is improving lives and promoting sustainable change in her Jo’burg informal settlement.
A proposed Gauteng coal mine is threatening 20 000 hectares of food-rich land and vital water sources.
An outbreak of foulbrood disease has killed 40% of the Western Cape's bee population this year, threatening SA's R20-billion agriculture industry.
Given the agricultural potential in former homelands and the challenges of communal land policies, this may be the time to review them.
Limpopo farmers are feeling powerless as the minerals department greedily consumes agricultural land and with it, the water supply.
For society's sake, we can't ignore food crises, politics and greedy white-controlled corporates.
The goal must be a uniquely African green revolution that successfully adapts global experiences to local conditions.
M&G newsroom is rife with discussion about the pros and cons of running and participating in the #6Rand campaign. Here are some views.
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The M&G's #6Rand challenge has elicited some varied reactions. Haji Mohamed Dawjee responds to some of the more, uh, interesting, misunderstandings.