Fast growing African population: Opportunity or threat for Africa’s agriculture?

Decisions made by South African and African policymakers now will determine the contribution the agricultural sector will make to the growing demand for food the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing. Lulama Ndibongo-Traub, from the Bureau of Food and Agricultural Policy’s (BFAP) research section for Africa – at the annual BFAP…

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Informal markets keeping economy afloat

The South African economy is actually growing between 3% and 4% - in contrast to the current figure of 2% - because the informal market is vastly underestimated, says Ernst Janovsky, agricultural economist. Janovsky, who addressed delegates at the AGM of the South African Grain Information Service (Sagis) about the…

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Zambian Mukula traders sue government over export ban

Mukula traders, reeling from the adverse effects of the moratorium on the export of the sought-after timber species, have dragged the Zambian government to court. Government last month imposed an export ban on several species, including Mukula, to curb illegal harvest and trade. The legal action comes only days after…

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