The new initiative reproduces the core weaknesses of post-apartheid state land and agricultural policy. These have done little to improve the livelihoods of the poor.
We highlight the distressing rise in the prices of essential food products. We call for the urgent expansion of price controls, as well as an inquiry into the price-setting of major retailers.
And why development funders should listen to smallholder farmers
Understanding rural household aspirations and taking them seriously in development planning could offer great potential in shaping the future of rural spaces.
Changing weather modifies insect traits and can have an impact on their food, natural enemies and predators.
Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support.
Over the past two decades digitisation has steadily transformed African farming.
Understanding the political economy around maize production puts into context debates on key interventions in the value chain.
There have been some positive strides made in getting smallholders involved in digital agriculture in Africa
Ethiopia's teff plant is gluten-free and demand is growing. The country needs to upgrade its harvesting to reap the rewards.
Medium-scale farms are an important driver of agricultural and rural transformation in much of Africa.
The $4 billion that foundations are pledging to spend within five years amounts to less than 1 percent of what businesses and governments spend on global warming every year.
South Africa's smallholder farmers face major obstacles but being in groups can help them.
Africa's declaration to boost agriculture on the continent has seem some progress but a lot still needs to be done.
Findings from several scientific studies show the real impact of Rwanda's agricultural policies and the challenges it faces.
In Benin the differences between male and female farmers are their specific gender productive and reproductive roles, norms and identity.
There are questionable methods being used which distort our understanding of the number of smallholder farmers that embrace new technologies.
The development community has overlooked the ethical dilemmas associated with raising one individual above others through farmer-to-farmer systems.
Drought is a problem in South Africa and it affects farmers. As a result, farmers and government are working together to develop strategies.
Since 2000, the growth of the commercial seed market has almost tripled. More than 63% of the world’s commercial seed is now owned by six corporations.