maize farmers

 
​Farmers are smiling – up to a point
​Farmers are smiling – up to a point
Laurens Schlebusch farms with crops and livestock in the Free State. Looking around his farmlands, he says the drought has almost certainly been...
Growing pains are a family matter
Growing pains are a family matter
The Mtsweni family’s mealies stand tall. The stalks rise in green ranks on the left as you drive on to the farm they lease near Nigel in Gauteng....
​Plenty of maize, but not a grain to eat: How small farmers went hungry in Limpopo
​Plenty of maize, but not a grain to eat: How small farmers went hungry in Limpopo
In the land of abundance, nothing could have prepared more than 5 000 small-scale farmers for the news that they could lose millions of tonnes of...
Land tenure limits Eastern Cape's crops
Land tenure limits Eastern Cape's crops
Like many agricultural industry representatives, at this time of year, I travel the country, conducting farm visits and regional meetings. Recently,...
South Africa imports maize as stocks slump to nine-month low
South Africa imports maize as stocks slump to nine-month low
South Africa is importing yellow maize for the first time in 22 months as stocks of the grain declined to a nine-month low in January, agri-business Senwes has said....
Lesotho's food crisis: A waiting game
Lesotho's food crisis: A waiting game
An estimated 725 000 Basotho – around a third of the country's population – will need humanitarian assistance as a food crisis...
Grain price squeezes Botswana
Grain price squeezes Botswana
Although  cereal prices eased in 2011, the Midwest of the United States, the maize and wheat basket of the world, has been hit by the worst...
World faces tough choices on food
World faces tough choices on food
Now the increase in the price of maize, wheat and soya beans in the past three months –  the third spike in the past five years –...
Maize price jumps as US drought drags on
Maize price jumps as US drought drags on
Fears that global food prices will rocket at the end of the year following a poor United States harvest were heightened this week after predictions...
South Africa's maize farmers look east
South Africa's maize farmers look east
With promises of booming demand in the East and low shipping costs, South African farmers are vigorously courting Asian buyers, focusing on...
Maize production blossoms in SA
Maize production blossoms in SA
After a big spike in maize prices last year – a major determinant of food inflation for the poor – Grain SA hopes that a soon-to-be-implemented information mechanism will make the market more transparent and stable in future.Maize prices rose sharply in...
The amazing whiteness of local staples
The amazing whiteness of local staples
South African suppliers of staple foods are in a "race with whiteness". In contrast to more advanced economies, the country's maize meal, its...

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