ARTICLES RELATING TO FOOD SECURITY

SA Harvest re-distributes quality surplus food

2019-10-21 14:38

Newly launched SA Harvest wants to eliminate hunger and food waste through education, and by the rescuing and re-distribution of quality surplus food.

Last week, potato prices jumped by 43% in 48 hours – here's why

2019-04-30 15:16

A 10kg-bag fetched R85 at the Durban market, long before the usual seasonal increase in prices.

Follow this diet and save the earth, experts say

2019-03-25 08:21

There’s a new diet which has nothing to do with body weight, but rather the 'weight of human consumption' on our planet. Here’s what it entails and why we should change our habits.

Land reform is about black farms, not braai spots - Mabuza

2018-11-22 19:11

Deputy president David Mabuza said the committee into land reform, which he chairs, had programmes aimed at avoiding land reform which leaves bustling farms unproductive.

The problem with being a net importer of wheat

2018-10-17 16:21

These are tough times for Africa – the shocks will be felt in terms of potential wheat price increases and this could remain the case until the continent improves its wheat production capacity, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

Russian way of securing food

2018-04-03 19:49

To understand how President Vladimir Putin is weaning Russians off foreign food, look no further than the apple trees growing in the Krasnodar region near the Black Sea...

China voracious buyer of foreign agricultural land

2018-02-26 06:00

A Chinese tycoon's purchase of vast wheat fields in France highlights China's increasing acquisition of foreign farmland to satisfy its massive population's growing appetite.

The only thing – land

2017-12-27 06:42

Politicians understand its power, its emotional force: land is the only thing “worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for”, writes Mandi Smallhorne.

SA improves food security ranking, despite drought

2017-10-18 11:12

South Africa’s food security ranking has improved three places to 44th out of 113 countries, and it ranks first on the African continent.

Why brutalising food vendors hits Africa’s growing cities where it hurts

2017-04-30 12:15

To feed developing urban populations, Africa’s cities must find productive ways to work with the informal traders and markets where they get their food, writes Danielle Resnick.

 

No reason to explore 100% local food procurement, says agriculture minister

2019-08-19 21:34

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza said while there were "no compelling reason for undertaking such a study", the department studies food security levels, agricultural production trends, and agricultural trade patterns.

The dreaded Fall armyworm has just been detected in the Western Cape – these are the foods at risk

2019-04-04 11:15

A number of crops will be under threat in the province – especially as SA moves into autumn.

SA will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 or face crisis - WWF report

2019-02-19 20:52

South Africa faces an impending food security crisis if there isn't urgent action to correct unsustainable practices, says environmental organisation World Wide Fund for Nature.

Informal trade may hold the key to food security

2018-10-20 09:22

Research shows that urban food insecurity is a serious problem in SA, and the informal sector can play a major role in alleviating it. Government policy must support informal traders, says Margareet Visser.

SA needs sci-tech investment for sustainable food security

2018-09-21 06:10

South Africa is lagging behind when it comes to food security. Investment in agriculture helps, but farming needs innovation too, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

Ramaphosa: Land reform an urgent matter

2018-03-15 07:53

President Cyril Ramaphosa reassured Parliament that land reform would not come at the expense of damaging the economy or threatening food security.

Call for greater focus on agriculture, food security in Budget 2018

2018-02-20 09:22

More attention should be paid to the agricultural sector in Budget 2018 to ensure food security and to optimise the output of the sector to drive economic growth, says an economist.

Alarming increase in childhood obesity over 4 decades

2017-10-18 13:30

Not only adults suffer the consequences of obesity. Worldwide a large percentage of children are overweight, which sets them up for serious health problems later in life.

Food insecurity increases global migration - UN

2017-05-06 12:23

The UN food agency says a global crisis in food supplies is causing even more migrants to cross borders.

70 farmers killed in 2016 – attacks more sophisticated

2016-12-09 19:08

With food prices becoming increasingly onerous for many South Africans, the latest report on farm murders by agricultural bodies makes for disturbing reading.

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