The big debate about small farms

2018-10-19 08:36

Size is not a good criterion for defining small farms. One hectare of irrigated peri-urban land has a higher profit potential than 500 hectares in the Karoo, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

How a solar plant is changing the fortunes of a small-town economy

2018-10-14 17:43

The railway town of Touwsrivier in the Western Cape no longer has a thriving economy - but residents, local government and others aren't taking that lightly.

Court dismisses farmers' appeal over flooding at Africa’s largest estuary system

2018-10-02 16:55

A group of sugar cane farmers, who sought to manage the flooding of water on their farmland, have failed in their bid to appeal a ruling over the management and breaching of the uMfolozi River in the St Lucia Estuary.

Philippine farmers risk death to save crops from killer typhoon

2018-09-17 10:30

As Typhoon Manghkut hurtled toward the Philippines, those in its firing line had a stark choice: stay or flee. Many chose to remain in order to protect their most precious possessions - their food and livestock.

From subsistence farming to a thriving upmarket supplier

2018-09-08 10:00

It may be hard to believe that some of the rare organic foods at an upmarket retailer come from small communal lands in rural South Africa - but an enterprising small-scale farmer in Mpumalanga is turning subsistence farming into a thriving business.

Land also cultural for white people

2018-08-08 14:59

Family farms are not just land, they are family businesses and the family livelihood and family inheritances. Because farmers tend to reinvest profits in their farms, inter-generational family wealth is tied up with the land, writes Valerie Payn.

Black and white Zimbabwe farmers try to bridge a sharp divide

2018-07-30 06:01

Two years ago, a black Zimbabwean farmer saw a white farmer thrown off land by a violent mob. Now the two work together.

Madagascan farmers are arming themselves with spears and guns to ward off vanilla thieves

2018-07-26 10:38

It's been widely documented that the world's love of vanilla, coupled with climate change is resulting in a serious shortage of the prized plant.

WATCH: US-China trade war - A farmer's view

2018-07-06 11:00

Rural farmers could be hurt most by a tit-for-tat trade war between the US and China.

Land reform, yes – the question is, how?

2018-06-21 08:14

Any attempt to deal with SA's challenges through the settlement of peasant farmers is likely to exacerbate inequality, writes Terence Corrigan.


Summer drought may shrink supplies of French spuds

2018-10-19 06:13

It's harvest time and the chips are down for potato producers in northern France where a long summer drought could see French spuds shrink in size and volume.

Buy a solar panel, make money

2018-10-07 15:52

Individuals can essentially become independent power producers by buying a solar panel, which feeds into the national grid.

Research shows agri renaissance possible for Western Cape

2018-09-19 06:16

An “agri renaissance” of higher yields, reduced costs and improved nutritional value is possible for the Western Cape, shows research by the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

CHARTS: How land-seizure talks have hit SA's farming industry

2018-09-11 08:00

It’s not just the rand that’s been hurt by the ANC’s plan to change the Constitution to make land expropriation without compensation easier.

What it’s like to be a young black female commercial farmer in SA

2018-08-24 16:44

Dimakatso Sekhoto wants to see more young farmers in the industry and she's doing everything in her power to make it happen.

A tax on eggs just jumped by 50% – but producers say you probably won't pay more

2018-08-01 12:54

A previously voluntary levy for marketing and empowerment paid by some egg producers has been increased and made mandatory, but the SA Poultry Association doesn't think consumers will notice any change.

These Joburg offices now have farms inside them — and workers get to harvest lunch

2018-07-27 06:15

Business gardens are taking off, and feeding staff.

'Farming from your stoep' at the touch of a button

2018-07-15 16:15

SA start-up Aerobotics is using drone technology and data analytics to help farmers manage disease and pest control at the touch of a button.

Western Cape farm worker killed as dam wall collapses on him

2018-06-22 11:34

One moment, Barend Rood was helping to repair a dam in order to catch the rain bringing relief to drought-stricken Western Cape farmers, and the next he was dead, trapped under the weight of sand that had collapsed on him on.

Young, black farmers are 'begging for government support' to no avail

2018-06-07 15:58

Nono Sekhoto says her success as a farmer has been despite government, not because of it.

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