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Poultry pricing, the invisible hand and profit margins

Agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council Thabile Nkunjana and Lulama Traub from the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes say South Africans are in fact eating...

Post-covid agricultural growth is more crucial than ever

It is no secret that agricultural and industrial growth are deeply intertwined. Amid the global pandemic this relationship has come the fore, Lunathi Hlakanyane...

Better food price controls needed to shield poor

Covid-19 has wrought havoc on poor households in countries across the world. In South Africa, more and more people are facing hunger resulting from...

‘Brainwashed with booze: my grandmother still remembers’

In the wake of the covid-19 pandemic there has been increasing discussions about the role of the alcohol industry social responsibility. Now Heinrich Bothman,...

Covid-19: Up to 75 000 future cotton jobs at risk

Eight months into the covid-19 pandemic, we're well aware of the devastating impact it has had on the global economy and millions of livelihoods....

Road trip leads economist to discover ‘the heartbeat of our nation’

Being an expert in the agricultural sector as an economist didn't prepare Ikageng Maluleke for what she would find when actually meeting farmers on...

Covid-19: Invest in small-scale farmers now for rural resilience

Small-scale farmers are extremely vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic, but their role in a sustainable rural food system is crucial. Hamlet Hlomendlini, senior agricultural...

Food security crisis: Africa should be the answer

We need to consider all historical factors if we want to provide safe and secure food for future generations, writes Dr Peter Oberem, the...

While retail sales plunge, agriculture shows great promise

Figures released on 22 July showed that South Africa's retail sales plunged by a record 50,4% in April and 12% in May on an...

Indigenous knowledge is a natural resource for rural farmers

Current discourses around transformation and decolonisation have led to the realisation of the importance of indigenous knowledge systems, from folk music to the decolonisation...

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Salt wars: Sodium, be you friend or foe?

Have you noticed how some people instinctively add salt to their food without even tasting it? Salt has been in use long before the beginning...

Liewe Lulu: ‘I love him, but can I forgive him?’

Miserable and confused from Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape writes Liewe Lulu My husband of 37 years has cheated on me. Together we built a thriving 200-hectare...

A beginner’s guide on how to meal prep like a pro

Let’s face it, the routine of coming home (or logging out) from work, making dinner, eating the fruits of your labour then cleaning up...

New body: 10 no-fuss ways to transform in 2021

And so, we have made it to 2021, we are in a panic and a frenzy looking for ways we can get rid of...

Liewe Lulu: Could it be time to call it quits?

A besotted but frazzled lover from Hartswater in the Northern Cape writes… Liewe Lulu Where to begin... So, I am a 37-year-old woman dating a younger man...