Title deeds crucial for successful land reform

The longer the land reform process takes, the less successful it will be, says former Zimbabwean Minister of Finance Simba Makoni. He formed part of a discussion panel on policy matters and scenarios at this year’s Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville, South Africa. The discussion was led by…

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SA farmer Cosmas Xaba investigates options in conservation agriculture

Cosmas Dumezweni Xaba (50) is a family man with a wife, 7 children and 1 grandchild. He retired from the mines in 2008 to come and farm, growing crops and rearing livestock. He strongly believes in doing things for the well-being of his family. He is a pastor at a…

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Conservation agriculture builds a better life for Phumelele Hlongwane

Phumelele Thembisile Hlongwane is a mother of 6 from Ezibomvini village in the Bergville area of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province. She is one of about 400 smallholder farmers experimenting with conservation agriculture as part of Grain SA’s Smallholder Farmer Innovation Programme with the Mahlathini Development Foundation. Phumelele says her passion stems…

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Grain Academy grows young SA farmers

Syngenta and Grain SA, in partnership with the University of the Free State Business School in South Africa (SA), offers the Grain Academy, a tailored leadership programme to equip young SA farmers with the necessary tools to grow. The academy launched in 2013 and is a platform where commercial grain…

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