Manstrat AIS Articles 2015

Food Chains

Food Chains

01 December 2015
Thembeka Zengele

It's been an unusually challenging year for South Africa's agricultural sector. In addition to farmers being under pressure to intensify their agricultural production outputs to feed a growing population, events due to the current drought has not only stripped most farmers... Read more

Involving the Youth in Policy Development Processes

Involving the Youth in Policy Development Processes

04 November 2015
Thembeka Zengele

South Africa has a young population - 66% of its total inhabitants are below the age of 35 (UNFPA South Africa, 2014). For our country in the current context, so many young people, having to live with so much uncertainty about their future, is frequently described as a ticking time bomb... Read more

Food security after the first Millennium Development Goal

Food security after the first Millennium Development Goal

01 October 2015
Thembeka Zengele

The overall progress, with which we have made in fulfilling the First Millennium Development Goal to combat world hunger, is a phenomenal achievement. One of the targets of this goal is "cutting by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger between 2000 and 2015". This target... Read more

Does climate change affect the productivity of agricultural soils

Does climate change affect the productivity of agricultural soils?

03 September 2015
Thembeka Zengele

Scientists say that global climate change is reshaping the world as we know it. This is evident through rising sea levels, shifting seasons and longer, more intense heat waves across the globe. In addition, the potential future effects of climate change include more frequent veld fires, longer periods of drought in some regions and an... Read more

An integrated concept of soil health

An integrated concept of soil health

04 August 2015
Thembeka Zengele

Healthy soils are better able to promote plant and animal health and retain a balanced system after exposure to environmental stress or disturbance - such as too much or too little irrigation. Healthy soils have improved water retention and, therefore, require less irrigation and fewer... Read more

Farming for our future: Sustainable Agriculture

Farming for our future: Sustainable Agriculture

01 July 2015
Thembeka Zengele

It is generally envisaged that the world population is growing larger and younger, and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. With our changing dietary and living patterns, research shows that we are globally consuming more natural resources than the planet can provide sustainably. Against this backdrop, farms should be viewed as systems... Read more

Diversity in the kingdom of plantae

Diversity in the kingdom of plantae

03 June 2015
Thembeka Zengele

There are numerous convincing scientific, economic and sociological reasons to work towards making the conservation of plant diversity, a priority in today's modern age. But, we will achieve this ideal only through mass national and global participation. Humans use plants for a wide variety of reasons such as food, fuel, fibre, oil, herbs, spices, industrial crops... Read more

Chilling With Smallholder Farmers This Winter

Chilling With Smallholder Farmers This Winter

18 May 2015
Thembeka Zengele

Over the recent decade, the concept of food quality has been receiving lots of attention mainly due to food scares among consumers, the genetic modification of foods, and animal welfare practices. This attention has influenced the way that consumers make rational or irrational food choices... Read more

Urbanisation and Urban Food Supply in South Africa

Urbanisation and Urban Food Supply in South Africa

01 April 2015
Thembeka Zengele

The issue of food security in South African urban areas is a highly complex social development problem linked to the increasing rate of urbanisation (van der Merwe, C. - August 2011). More people are migrating from rural areas to urban establishments in search of better job opportunities... Read more

Hash Tag: Importance of Water

Hash Tag: Importance of Water

04 March 2015
Thembeka Zengele

South Africa is classified as a water scarce country, with more than half of the population using more water than they need. As stated in News 24 (3 November 2014, viewed 12 February 2015, Breaking News), "We are already using 98% of our available water supply, and 40% of our waste water treatment is in a critical state"... Read more

Vertical Farming

Farming Vertically

05 February 2015
Thembeka Zengele

While vertical farming is a relatively new concept in South Africa, it is already an accepted practice in many parts of the world. The concept, for this reason, is worth exploring as part of possible long-term food security solutions linked to rapid urbanisation worldwide. As the demand for fresh, locally produced food increases for city dwellers... Read more

Farm Sector

Farming Sector Gearing up for Success in 2015

15 January 2015
Thembeka Zengele

Despite challenges related to electricity provision and employment creation, together with union muscle flexing, the rapid drop in oil prices comes as a welcome respite for almost everyone... Read more

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