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Big Food raises a big question
Big Food raises a big question
In South Africa’s food value chain, oligopolies exist in almost every link. From seed to store, just a handful of players control much of each...
South Africa’s land reform efforts lack a focus on struggling farmers
South Africa’s land reform efforts lack a focus on struggling farmers
South Africa’s land reform programme has suffered many failures and its beneficiaries have in many cases seen little or no improvements to their...
Fortified seeds foil hidden hunger
Fortified seeds foil hidden hunger
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Reckless farm meds feed superbugs
Reckless farm meds feed superbugs
The world was once a place where a bad cut to your hand meant infection and the possibility of death, and surgical procedures that are now routine...
The answer to two of Africa's biggest problems lies in its soil
The answer to two of Africa's biggest problems lies in its soil
Every year, thousands of young Africans join an exodus from their families’ small, often struggling farms in the countryside. Their dream —...
Agriculture is a smart career move
Agriculture is a smart career move
Agriculture is now the fastest-growing subject at British universities, with a 4.6% increase in student numbers last year, according to the...
African farmers should think local
African farmers should think local
On a burning hot day at the Kenyan Coast, Kennedy Mathuku showcases his patch of amaranth green vegetables. Locally known as “mchicha,” this is...
Gupta mine tests farmers’ resilience
Gupta mine tests farmers’ resilience
"We are told that we should live next to mines and be good neighbours. But they don’t return the favour.”
SA farmers find alternatives to unsuitable ploughing
SA farmers find alternatives to unsuitable ploughing
Ploughing. Apparently we’re doing it all wrong. And we have been doing it wrong for a considerable time.
Water be damned, the mines are what count
Water be damned, the mines are what count
South Africa is in its second year of drought. A strong El Niño has exacerbated this, leaving the agriculture sector devastated and water...
Farmers' rights must be defended
Farmers' rights must be defended
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