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Tanzanian students bring drone technology to farmers

A team of university students building a drone from scratch say they plan to revolutionise farm surveillance technology in Tanzania. The project aims to empower farmers...

By Clare Clancy 23 Dec 2015

Tanzania firm makes bags that kill pests

A Tanzanian agricultural company has launched a reusable grain storage technology. Agroz Company has introduced reusable bags that can help farmers...

By Felix Kipkemoi 10 Dec 2015

Interactive discussions on agri-market to take place at Agribusiness Congress East Africa

The Agribusiness Congress East Africa aims to create an enabling environment for all farmers to participate...

13 Nov 2015

Southern African grain stakeholders establishes regional platform

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

6 Oct 2015

Organisations condemn go-ahead given by South African GMO authorities for GM maize seed

Non-governmental and farmer organisations strongly condemn the go-ahead given by the South African GMO authorities for Monsanto to commercially sell its genetically modified...

19 Jun 2015

Women want greater inclusion in agribusiness

Women farmers in southern Africa want to move beyond generic empowerment slogans and focus on targeted and transformative solutions...

11 Jun 2015

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 19 Aug 2014

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.

13 Aug 2014

It's Africa's Time celebrates inclusive partnerships across Africa

Although it is estimated that irrigation alone could increase output by up to 50%, one of the biggest challenges facing the Kenyan agriculture industry is outdated technology...

31 Jul 2014

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 30 Jul 2014

$4m in projects to strengthen Tanzania's agricultural productivity

More than 100,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania will benefit after today's announcement of US$4.25-million in new grants.

14 Jul 2014

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 6 Jun 2014

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 2 Jun 2014

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.

8 May 2014

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 13 Mar 2014

Piracy at lowest level for six years says bureau

LONDON - Sea piracy fell to its lowest level around the world in six years last year thanks to a clampdown on Somali pirates according to the International Maritime Bureau.

17 Jan 2014

Fast-track fund for food security

Many African countries are farming countries, where agriculture is both a major component of gross domestic product growth as well as local employment and food supply.

By Shaun Harris 26 Nov 2013

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.

8 Oct 2013

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 16 Sep 2013

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.

16 Sep 2013

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