Rehabilitating bare areas with ponding

I am frequently told that the reason very few landowners do soil erosion control or try to rehabilitate bare, degraded areas is because of the costs involved. Soil erosion control can certainly be costly but there are some methods that can be implemented at incredibly low cost and that are effective. Ponding, or hollows, are…

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Improve Household Food Security and Nutrition in Rural Areas

In many rural communities and over-crowded townships in peri-urban areas, the unemployment rate is alarmingly high, and many families suffer daily from hunger and poverty. This negatively affects the early development of the children. Although some of these families receive some form of government grant and help from a school feeding scheme, they are not…

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Soilless Farming

Nooitgedacht Fresh Produce at Bredasdorp Park uses soilless and organic farming to produce healthy, nutrient rich vegetables and herbs, on a reduced farm footprint, and in doing so spread awareness of the use of the technology to inspire others. The need for vertical production at Bredasdorp Park stems from a board decision to support food…

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Water and irrigation in South Africa

South Africa has a strong water industry and the availability in South Africa varies greatly in space and time. While the west is dry with rainfall only during the summer and as low as 100mm, the east and southeast receive rainfall throughout the year with an average of up to 1 000 mm.  The area…

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A New Aquaponics Training Program for Stellenbosch University

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponic technology to grow both fish and plants together in a closed-loop system. While aquaponics can play a role in increasing food security, it may also be a potential educational tool because of its interdisciplinary nature and required technological skill set. With aquaponics, students could conduct hands-on activities…

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Hydroponics – linking food security and finance

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report (2020) highlighted that the world is not on track to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.1: to “end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” by. As a result, on a global scale, the number of undernourished people…

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Agricultural Water Management

By 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion, a 50% increase compared to 2000. Agriculture must provide this increase against the decreasing availability of and competition for land and water from other uses, whether non-food crops, urbanization, or industrial development. Most of the crop land is in fact rainfed and this is where remains the largest…

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Producing more with less

How innovation in agriculture is making every drop count The world’s water supply is fast becoming a scarce and precious resource. A recently released FAO report provided details on the deteriorating state of the Earth’s land and water resources, highlighting the challenges that farmers face to sustainably feed a growing world population expected to reach…

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For decades, indigenous people have observed biophysical animate and inanimate beings for weather forecast and climate predictions about current and future weather variables that cannot be sensed by humans. However, the dispossession of land and natural resources from South African natives under the previous regime resulted in generational degradation or complete loss of the use…

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Technology in a bottle: the story of C4L tech

Think of what matters more to you than anything else in the world. It is likely to be someone, not something. People matter more than anything. The story that I want to tell you today is about the future of humans, but more importantly the future of the little one you now hold dear. Your…

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