Long queues for food at township in South Africa

Large crowds queued for food handouts at a township in South Africa as the financial impact of the coronavirus continued to take its toll. Poor families at Laudium township near Pretoria were given food packages and maize meal, along with products to help protect themselves from the virus such as face masks, soap and sanitiser. … Read more Long queues for food at township in South Africa

Cotton Bollworm Affecting Crops in New South Wales, Australia

The cotton bollworm is affecting crops of canola in the Central West Slopes and Plains district of New South Wales. Helicoverpa armigera – also known as the corn earworm – have been munching their way through pods and stems just North of Gilgandra. The pest ranges from Southern Queensland all the way down to Tasmania … Read more Cotton Bollworm Affecting Crops in New South Wales, Australia

Africa Needs Food Security – Not Necessarily Food Self-Sufficiency

In Africa, agriculture is big business. The sector accounts for 30-40% of the continent’s GDP, and almost 60% of export earnings. Two thirds of Africa’s population depend on agriculture for their livelihood. But the continent’s potential as a cost-effective food producer – not just for Africa, but the world – has barely been realised. Farmers … Read more Africa Needs Food Security – Not Necessarily Food Self-Sufficiency