+27 71 448 3496
leon@whyafrica.co.za

Agriculture

Recent weather conditions in southern Africa had a significant impact on grain producers in the region. Image credit: Melissa Askew from Unsplash.

Climate concerns for farmers

Climate concerns for farmers Recent weather conditions in southern Africa had a significant impact on grain producers in the region. The recent weather conditions that prevailed in the winter grain regions and current conditions in the summer grain regions have a significant economic impact on grain producers in South Africa. The winter grain production season …

Climate concerns for farmers Read More »

Farming for the future

Farming for the future New technology will play an important role in enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability. By Clive Roberts According to a new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation  (FAO), Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2023 ,15 years since the establishment of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, agriculture-related …

Farming for the future Read More »

Restoring land in East Africa

Restoring land in East Africa Technology is one of the tools used in an extremely effective restoration campaign in East Africa. By John Gaisford   An estimated 65% of Africa’s land is degraded, and that number is expected to worsen thanks largely to climate change and associated desertification. The resultant drylands in sub-Saharan Africa are …

Restoring land in East Africa Read More »

Don’t confuse yourself when doing business in Africa. Talk to us, at WhyAfrica we listen. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

At WhyAfrica we listen

At WhyAfrica we listen Doing business in Africa or expanding your African footprint can be confusing. Therefore, you need someone to listen to your needs. Investing in Africa’s homegrown companies and markets even more so. Traveling across Africa’s borders or looking for a job in an African country, can be a perplexing exercise. The last …

At WhyAfrica we listen Read More »

Saudi Arabia to start SA meat imports as ban ends

Saudi Arabia to start SA meat imports as ban ends Its all systems go for Saudi Arabia to start importing South African beef writes Wandile Sihlobo. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has not featured prominently in South Africa’s beef export markets in the past, with only small volumes last exported in the early 2000s. The …

Saudi Arabia to start SA meat imports as ban ends Read More »

Has SA’s agricultural sector moved on in democracy?

Has SA’s agricultural sector moved on in democracy?   Despite significant challenges, the South African agricultural sector has grown tremendously over the last 30 years. By Wandile Sihlobo There are divergent views about the effectiveness and extent to which South Africa’s agricultural policies have been implemented. Regardless of how experts feel about the capacity of …

Has SA’s agricultural sector moved on in democracy? Read More »

What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024?

What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024? After a short break in December 2023, WhyAfrica is off to a flying start in 2024 and getting ready to attend the 30th edition of Investing in African Mining Indaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 8 February. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica …

What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024? Read More »

Zimbabwe’s maize production exceeds expectations

Zimbabwe’s maize production exceeds expectations Despite fears that Zimbabwe would have a maize shortage in 2023, there are signs that import needs may be far lower than initially anticipated. By Wandile Sihlobo Zimbabwe was one of the countries I worried would have a maize supply shortage in 2023. This was after data from the Pretoria …

Zimbabwe’s maize production exceeds expectations Read More »

Africa in the age of change

Africa in the age of change The disruptive forces put into motion by the onset of Covid-19 in 2020 were the prelude to greater change in what scientists now refer to as the Anthropocene (the geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems). Even before the deadly pandemic …

Africa in the age of change Read More »

Sustainability attracts clients and top talent

Sustainability attracts clients and top talent  Agriculture, food production and food retail companies that contribute to sustainability in South Africa can attract more customers and top talent, says Dr Achieng Ojwang, executive director of the United Nations Global Compact Network South Africa (GCNSA). The GCNSA is a corporate sustainability platform tasked with compiling South Africa’s …

Sustainability attracts clients and top talent Read More »

Data-driven action for agriculture needed

Data-driven action for agriculture needed  New research urges data-driven action for agriculture and food system change. The data shows an urgent need for improvement, as well as the potential for shared learnings.  “The state of food systems worldwide in the countdown to 2030“, published earlier this week by The Food Systems Countdown to 2030 Initiative …

Data-driven action for agriculture needed Read More »

SA’s small timber growers achieve forest certification

SA’s small timber growers achieve forest certification Sappi, a member of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA), recently announced that five small timber growers in KwaZulu-Natal have made history by becoming the first participants in the Sappi Khulisa programme to achieve forest certification through the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) …

SA’s small timber growers achieve forest certification Read More »

Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid

Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid  Yellow Door Energy has partnered with Overyssel Boerdery in a multi-million Rand Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to secure energy independence by harvesting renewable energy.    In a landmark move, Yellow Door Energy, a sustainable renewable energy partner for businesses, signed a multi-million Rand PPA with Overyssel Boerdery, one of …

Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid Read More »

Improving Africa’s livestock systems

Improving Africa’s livestock systems To further advance collaboration in livestock systems research, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CGIAR) centre, have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding, further strengthening their decades-long partnership. This strategic alliance, announced at ILRI’s Nairobi Campus in Kenya last …

Improving Africa’s livestock systems Read More »

Headwinds hamper unifying vision for SA agriculture

Headwinds hamper unifying vision for SA agriculture The South African agricultural sector had the opportunity to create a unifying vision through the Agriculture and Agro-processing Master Plan (AAMP). Disappointingly, the vision that excited most role-players in the agricultural sector over the past two years is beginning to wane. By Wandile Sihlobo When structuring growth-enhancing reforms, …

Headwinds hamper unifying vision for SA agriculture Read More »

Upgrades at Port of East London in SA imminent

Upgrades at Port of East London in SA imminent As part of the proposed rehabilitation of the century-old Quay Wall 3 at the Port of East London in South Africa, a geotechnical investigation has been completed to assess ground conditions at the site. Extensive upgrades are planned for the quay and other port infrastructure by …

Upgrades at Port of East London in SA imminent Read More »

Resource-rich Africa has no excuse to remain poor says Adesina

Resource-rich Africa has no excuse to remain poor says Adesina With USD6.2-trillion worth of natural resources, 65% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, and a vibrant youth, Africa has no excuse to be poor, says African Development Bank Group President Dr Akinwumi Adesina.   Adesina says that the continent needs to solve its many challenges and …

Resource-rich Africa has no excuse to remain poor says Adesina Read More »

New cold storage facility will revolutionise agriculture in Zambia

New cold storage facility will revolutionise agriculture in Zambia     Multinational logistics company DP World’s Market Access Consumer business, Deep Catch Group, has opened a world-class cold storage facility, Lusaka Commercial Cold Store (LCCS), in Lusaka, Zambia. The LCCS is a groundbreaking project that is set to revolutionise the cold storage industry in Zambia and …

New cold storage facility will revolutionise agriculture in Zambia Read More »

Chad’s cotton growers gather to discuss sustainable agriculture

Chad’s cotton growers gather to discuss sustainable agriculture Key stakeholders from Chad’s cotton industry gathered in the country’s capital N’Djamena earlier this week to discuss the sustainable agriculture and the launch of a collaborative new programme. Chad’s only exporter of cotton, Cotontchad, Better Cotton, the world’s largest cotton sustainability initiative, and IDH, which seeks to …

Chad’s cotton growers gather to discuss sustainable agriculture Read More »

Floods force farmers in South Sudan to rely on more rice

Floods force farmers in South Sudan to rely on more rice   Every year for five years, farmers in Aululic, South Sudan, watched their sorghum crops rot after floods inundated their lands. As the 2023 harvest approaches, though, the farmers, most of whom are women, expect a bumper harvest, of rice. Rice is not a crop …

Floods force farmers in South Sudan to rely on more rice Read More »

EU explores investment opportunities in Mozambique

EU explores investment opportunities in Mozambique The European Union’s (EU’s) Global Gateway Investment Forum is in Mozambique’s capital Maputo today and tomorrow to look into the potential and investment opportunities that Mozambique has to offer.      The EU’s Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson will be present at the forum as well as Mozambican and European policy …

EU explores investment opportunities in Mozambique Read More »

WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola

WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola Economic activities like mining, agriculture and tourism will change the trajectory of people in towns like Cazombo in the Moxico Province of Angola. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine              Cazombo is a town in the Moxico Province of Angola about 156km from …

WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola Read More »

Better Cotton commits to support Côte d’Ivoire farmers

Better Cotton commits to support Côte d’Ivoire farmers Better Cotton, the world’s largest cotton sustainability initiative, has announced the opening of a new programme in Côte d’Ivoire and committed to support 200,000 domestic cotton farmers in its first five years. The new field-level programme will offer training and resources to farming communities across the country, …

Better Cotton commits to support Côte d’Ivoire farmers Read More »

Climate experts call for collective efforts to address extreme weather

Climate experts call for collective efforts to address extreme weather International climate scientists have called for more investment in the appropriate skills and technology to improve seasonal forecast and early warning systems to address extreme weather events. A technological and skills boost is essential to intensify efforts to predict, mitigate and possibly avoid extreme climate …

Climate experts call for collective efforts to address extreme weather Read More »

Clean water a boost for KZN’s Nongoma communities

Clean water a boost for KZN’s Nongoma communities  After years of enduring long walks to fetch water from the river, residents of three communities in Nongoma, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, will have access to clean water thanks to a R1-million investment into a water project by the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC).  ZAC launched and handed …

Clean water a boost for KZN’s Nongoma communities Read More »

Biosecurity breaches a red flag for SA farmers

Biosecurity breaches a red flag for SA farmers Biosecurity breaches have become a significant global challenge. But few countries have had to deal with the intensity of these disease outbreaks — foot and mouth, African swine fever and avian influenza — almost simultaneously, as South Africa has had to do. By Wandile Sihlobo In 2022, …

Biosecurity breaches a red flag for SA farmers Read More »

Adesina urges stakeholders to invest in Africa’s agribusiness

Adesina urges stakeholders to invest in Africa’s agribusiness Africa’s food and agribusiness will be worth an estimated USD11-trillion by 2030 and investors should seriously consider investing in this growing sector of the economy.  African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina told participants of the World Food Prize Foundation’s Norman E. Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa …

Adesina urges stakeholders to invest in Africa’s agribusiness Read More »

Smallholder farmers in Ghana to benefit from IFDC MoU

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Ghana and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) will benefit thousands of smallholder farmers across Ghana. The decade-long partnership between IFDC and the Government of Ghana, through its Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), has received a boost to promote agriculture in Ghana. Last month, the two …

Smallholder farmers in Ghana to benefit from IFDC MoU Read More »

Euro boost for Ugandan coffee trader

Euro boost for Ugandan coffee trader  The Agri-Business Capital Fund (ABC Fund) has invested EUR800,000 into JKCC General Supplies (JKCC), a Ugandan based coffee trader. JKCC commenced its operations in 2017 and specialises in sourcing high-quality coffee beans directly from more than 3,700 smallholder farmers across 16 districts in Uganda. These smallholder farmers are formally …

Euro boost for Ugandan coffee trader Read More »