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Image: Food Dialogues: growing food and placemaking in the City A 10-part series on the food system in Cape Town

Join Zarina Nteta, Green Clusters project manager, for a conversation on “Growing Food and Placemaking in the City” at the next Food Dialogues, an initiative of the Oranjezicht City Farm, on 2 June. The conversation will be continued at the next Green Clusters dialogue in July.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security
Image: PepsiCo volunteers assist in improving living conditions for local disadvantaged women and children. Simba continues to focus on assisting disadvantaged farming communities in South Africa

Investment in sustainable farming projects is the cornerstone of securing South Africa’s next generation of commercial farmers. Considering that 80% of the land surface in South Africa is owned by agriculture (from small-scale farmers to emerging and commercial farmers)1, an ongoing source of local produce makes the country less reliant on imports and provides jobs and income for rural communities that are then able to generate a source of income and support their nutritional needs.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security
Image: How Urban Farming can benefit young people. The Cape Town Partnership recently facilitated a dialogue with the Slow Food Youth Network and a number of urban and peri-urban farms around Cape To

The Cape Town Partnership recently facilitated a dialogue with the Slow Food Youth Network and a  number of urban and peri-urban farms around Cape Town. The focus of the discussion was how to increase youth involvement in urban agriculture. The event was held at Tyisa Nabanye, a community farm in Tamboerskloof. This was an important start in the development of a Green Clusters culture, a collaborative approach to urban farming.

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ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security , Social & Community
Image: Summer Holiday Programme 7 December 2013 to 14 January 2014

Join us all summer long for hands-on workshops, competitions, demonstrations and science shows that will blow (and grow) your mind!   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security , Sustainability
Image: Organic Food Garden for the Somerset West Night Shelter This organic food garden is a great example of community and City involvement in a sustainable upliftment initiative
The weekend of the 24th and 25th of August saw a buzz of activity at the Somerset West Night Shelter as Urban Harvest arrived with training material and a truck loaded full of organic garden supplies.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , CHANGE MAKER, Agriculture/Food, Food security , Sustainability
Image: We can all be Change Agents: Mandela DAY 2013 Creating Change has a vision to create food sovereignty in disadvantaged communities through sustainable solutions empowering children and communities

In todays processed food culture, very few children ever get their hands dirty and discover the magic of planting their own food or the joy of learning that good food doesn’t come from a factory.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security , Wildlife Conservation
Image: 2 weekends, 4000 trees – Greenpop’s Reforest Fest at Platbos Forest Greenpop Will Host Two Reforestation Fests at Platbos Forest in May 2013
Come and experience some of Cape Town’s top musicians in a setting like no other – under the canopy of the ancient Platbos Forest. For the third year running, Greenpop will host the Reforest Fest in Platbos forest. This annual reforestation effort has seen over 3000 indigenous trees being planted in the southern-most forest of Africa since 2011.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security , Disability
Cereals are good for you, supplying the body with carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins...

However, some people are intolerant to the gluten protein they contain. Now, researchers are developing new recipes for tasty, gluten-free pasta and pastries - a change from the often bland and unexciting fare those intolerant to gluten many times have to gaze at on their plate...   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
A decade ago, a shockwave raced through the world's agricultural markets. China opened its borders to foreign-grown soy.

 

Ranchers in Argentina ploughed under their pastureland and Brazilian farmers opened new acreage for planting. Almost overnight, the economies of those countries changed. Why did this happen? And why does it make sense to grow food and ship it around the world rather than raise crops close to home? so asks John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton University.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
Study says manufactured nanomaterials may be harmful to agricultural production.

Researchers contend that manufactured nanomaterials - now popular in consumer products such as shampoos, gels, hair dyes and sunscreens - may be detrimental to the quality and yield of food crops, as reported in a paper in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
Here's a perfect example of the old saying ‘from muck to riches’.

Sewage sludge, wastewater and liquid manure are valuable sources of fertilizer for food production. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a chemical-free, eco-friendly process that enables the recovered salts to be converted directly into organic food for crop plants.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
UCLA researcher initiates successful crop substitution project in tobacco-rich China.

In China, 350 million people smoke. Each year, 1 million die from smoking. Many more become disabled. Approximately 20 million Chinese farmers produce the world's largest share of tobacco, nearly 40% of the global supply, writes UCLA’s Sarah Anderson. Is there any reason why the same sort of approach could not be applied In African tobacco-producing nations?
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COMPANY NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security
Airline’s involvement will boost sustainability drive in Southern Africa.

1time airline's commitment to creating a greener Southern Africa has resulted in a partnership with social enterprise company Greenpop, which will prove vital in aiding environmental awareness and sustainable development in the region.
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HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
A researcher at UCT says where GM plants are concerned, caution is vital.

Charles Moitui and Sanjay Bavikatte each received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Private Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT) June graduation ceremony, for research contributing to regulating international law on genetically modified plants and protecting traditional indigenous communities' tenure patterns, respectively.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
Small can be better, for a number of reasons…

South Africa should invest in small-scale farming if it intends overcoming food insecurity, ending the culture of relying on social grants and also meeting the UN MDG 1, writes Butjwana Seokoma* in this article republished courtesy of SANGONeT - http://www.ngopulse.org/.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
German researchers come with a solution to help organic farmers.

When cabbage root flies lay their eggs on freshly planted vegetables, organic farmers often lose their entire crop. In the future, pellets made of cyanobacteria and fermentation residues from biogas plants will repel these insects in an ecologically compatible manner – and simultaneously fertilize the plants. Moreover, there are additional benefits -  and that means even better economies for organic farmers.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
Agriculture moves from subsistence to knowledge-based commercial farming.

Small-scale farmers should take advantage of the opportunities provided by information communication technology for agriculture to grow being subsistence to commercial farmers, writes Okuti Boroa, livelihoods consultant at I-Network, in this article republished courtesy of SANGONeT - http://www.ngopulse.org/.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
Revelations lead to action.

Following revelations that several common household food products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has sought advice on its legal options. The ACB seeks to enforce the public's right of access to information on the GMO content of food products so that consumers can make informed choices according to their individual wishes and needs.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security

Foodbanking, practised in about 40 countries, is relatively new to South Africa. The many benefits of foodbanking are not yet widely understood.

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COMPANY NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security , Government, Social & Community
DED’s encourages responsible tourism

The Dinokeng Project, which is run by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (DED), demonstrated sustainable tourism in action to delegates at Meetings Africa, SA's premier conferencing and meetings expo.   Read More...



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