Dr Theo de Jager takes leading role at World Farmers’ Organisation

An African is yet again leading the World Farmers’ Organisation(WFO). South African Theo de Jager was elected as its president yesterday. Dr de Jager is the first South African to head the organisation and the second African after Dr Evelyn Nguleka from Zambia. De Jager was nominated by the Zimbabwe…

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Extension services hampering agricultural transformation in southern Africa

Extension services in the region are failing farmers and a new approach is needed if the agricultural sector is to be transformed, said Dr Daimon Kambewa at the annual Southern African Conference for Agricultural Unions (SACAU), underway in Cape Town. “The old extension model was based on providing skills and…

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More labour intensive industries moving up into Africa

The high cost of electricity, labour legislation and land reform in South Africa mean labour intensive agricultural industries are set to move to African countries with more favourable conditions. “There are certain industries that are slowly moving past South African borders, like the banana industries that moved to Mozambique,” said…

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Future of our food in the hands of farmers

“Climate change means it is no longer business as usual. We need fundamental change, a revolution in the way we farm in Africa” This was the message to farmers in southern Africa on World Food day, from Dr Theo de Jager, president of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU).…

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