Agriculture: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 11:58 am
MySmartFarm, a Cape Town-based company, won IBM’s South Africa SmartCamp with a cloud-based analytics solution that promises to empower the agriculture industries. There are many problems people face in emerging markets, and they all need elegant solutions, an African tech expert says. “Despite the misconceptions that abound, there is no shortage of investors or money, only shortages of good people, and scalable and executable opportunities.”
Dana Sanchez, 8:45 am
Boeing and South African Airways say they will work together on a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. Flight tests show that biofuel made from organic sources such as plants or algae performs as well as or better than petroleum-based jet fuel, the U.S.-based aerospace company said.
Ben Wolford, 9:00 am AFKI Original
Robert Marx, 54, is one of the American connoisseurs of South African wines, and he’s one of the reasons the U.S. lands in the top four importers. Marx is from Minnesota, but in 1980 he was a young man in Cape Town, a Marine stationed to guard the U.S. consulate there. “As a 21-year-old guy I was introduced to wine,” he said. Years later, after retiring, he was on a plane back to Africa with a copy of “Red Wine for Dummies” in his lap.
Susan Erwin, 1:00 pm AFKI Original
When Selena Cuffe heard that South Africa’s multi-billion dollar wine industry had less than 2-percent black ownership, the U.S. citizen saw an opportunity. Today, her company – Heritage Link Brands – is the largest marketer of black-produced wine from Africa in the U.S., serving a loyal customer base of household names from American Airlines to Whole Foods. South Africa is the ninth-largest wine producing country in the world. Cuffe works with wine producers including the House of Mandela brand, owned and operated by Nelson Mandela’s family.
Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 1:41 pm
Poachers in Tanzania will face tougher penalties thanks to a new government bill. The bill arose due to an increase in poaching. Illegal hunters of elephant tusks are backed by wealthy international barons and legal assistance isn’t a problem for them, wildlife officials say. Their court cases are often long and many are acquitted.
Ann Brown, 8:00 pm
Africa’s largest bank by assets, Standard Bank Group, has teamed up with its subsidiary Stanbic Bank in Kenya and signed a deal with Aeolus Kenya, to build a $150-million wind power plant in Kenya.
Ann Brown, 7:00 pm
The country has seen maize, wheat and cotton output drop in recent years. The maize and fertilizer manufacturing companies have been hit by such problems as a increased power outages and capitalization constraints.
Makula Dunbar, 11:33 am
An ad hoc ban on the export of staple food crops in the country is one of the major drawbacks in the fight against poverty in rural communities, whose livelihoods depend on agriculture. The ban does not only affect the rural poor, but also hikes prices, which in the end have been demotivating farmers, leading to low production and productivity.
Ann Brown, 4:00 pm
From Reuters Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa grower, aims to create 2.4 million new jobs by the end of 2016 though a program of heavy investments in agriculture, a senior government official said. Once the motor for economic growth in West Africa, Ivory Coast is recovering from a decade-long political crisis that split the […]
Makula Dunbar, 6:04 pm
The executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), has called at the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP 11) to the UNCCD on international organisations and the business community to provide support to Namibia in addressing the severe drought the country currently face.
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