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07 October

Jackfruit | How It’s Grown by Madhura Mao   A large, spiky, green coloured fruit called ‘jackfruit’ has been making appearances at markets and restaurant menus around the world. In 2017, Pinterest even declared it to be the top food trend of the year. Its fans in non-native countries often get to see jackfruit in […]

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30 September

Disruption Brings Opportunity by Jonathan Mills   There seem to be two views on necessary business change within leadership teams: Step change (significant change in policy and attitude, especially one that results in an improvement and increase) is risky and implies disrupting repetitive processes that leaders have been rewarded for improving over time Change is […]

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30 September

Baobab Holds Out Promise for Malawi’s Farmers and Forests by Sam Jones     Sitting in his well-ordered office on the outskirts of Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, Chris Dohse reflects on the metamorphosis of the mango. How, he asks, did the once-exotic south Asian fruit achieve high street ubiquity, reinventing itself as everything from a cheesecake […]

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28 September

Binga Farmer Strikes Gold with Castor Bean by Mthandazo Nyoni     KENT Yeatman, a farmer based in the drought-prone Binga district in Matabeleland North, believes he has finally struck the right chord by venturing into castor bean production. Over the years, Yeatman tried growing sugar cane, tobacco, coffee, citrus fruits and vegetables, but all […]

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28 September

That Mushroom Motorcycle Jacket Will Never Go Out of Style by Asher Elbein   Leather goods made of fungi are versatile and sustainable, a new study finds.     There are traditionally two ways to make a leather jacket. One involves a cow, and takes years. Another involves synthetic fabric, and requires plastic. But there’s […]

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22 September

Sustainable Farming and Economic Development in Rwanda: SC Johnson Supports Pyrethrum Flower Farming by SC Johnson   As part of our commitment to make life better for families, for more than a decade we have been looking for opportunities to invest in economic development at the base of the world’s economic pyramid, known as the […]

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22 September

Stainless Steel: The Metal of Choice in Agriculture and Food Processing Equipment by Columbus Stainless   Columbus Stainless, a member of the Spanish based Acerinox S.A. Group of Companies, is South Africa’s and Africa’s only producer of stainless steel flat products.  Founded in 1966, Columbus Stainless is the only fully integrated, technologically advanced, single site […]

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22 September

A Guide to Farming Saffron in South Africa by Jay Ferreira   Thousands of corns yield just a few grams of saffron. South Africa’s first saffron farmer, Renske van Zyl, explains the process of growing this delicate spice. Jay Ferreira reports.     In Asia, Europe and North Africa, saffron (Crocus sativus) is renowned for […]

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22 September

Top 10 FAQs About Growing Lavender For Profit by Craig Wallin     Growing lavender for profit can be a great way to turn your love of herbs and gardening into a solid income from selling lavender plants and the value-added products you can make. In many parts of the world, such as the Provence […]

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16 September

Smart Irrigation Design Proves Pivotal in Namibia’s First Successful Blueberry Harvest by Brandon Moss     July 2020 saw the commencement of Namibia’s first-ever commercial harvest of blueberries by local company Mashare Berries Farming (Pty) Ltd. The historic harvest is currently underway on a 20 ha development located close to the Okavango River between Mashare […]

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