Climate services can improve locally-led agricultural actions

Climate services can improve locally-led agricultural actions

Society is facing an interconnected crisis ranging from a climate emergency to rapid biodiversity destruction and engrained poverty. A myriad of global and local actors is working together to determine the importance of locally-led actions in this regard. The provision of climate services can support the need for farmers to adapt to the changing climate.…

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Protecting natural springs and seepages

Protecting natural springs and seepages

Springs occur where the water table within an aquifer meets a valley slope resulting in a slow flow of water emerging from the ground . Most springs occur as a slow, modest trickle of water, but greater discharge volumes do occur where artesian springs flow upwards to the ground surface under pressure, usually resulting in…

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South Africa’s winter rainfall zone and its future outlook

South Africa’s winter rainfall zone and its future outlook

September typically marks the end of South Africa’s winter rainfall season, which generally starts in April and is uniquely experienced across the country’s southwestern Cape and western coast, a region referred to as the winter rainfall zone. Much of this winter period rainfall is produced by cold front arms of mid-latitude cyclones deriving moisture from…

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NAMPO Cape 2022: Times of Change

Nampo Cape 2022

From 14-17 September 2022, all roads lead to Bredasdorp again for the annual NAMPO Cape Expo at Bredasdorp Park. Visitors to NAMPO Cape 2022 can look forward to: More than 500 exhibitors BKB Merino Classic National Championships Nation in Conversation discussions of current topics Nedbank Flora flower arrangements Agricultural trials and demonstrations Elim Fynbos exhibition…

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A do-it-yourself affordable round dam for farms

A do-it-yourself affordable round dam for farms

Water is absolutely essential for life, therefore also for food production – whether it is used for drinking for humans or livestock watering, irrigation of crops or vegetables, fish farming, or processing of crops. In order to use water productively, it needs to be stored in a tank or reservoir, depending on the purpose. The…

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Rehabilitating bare areas with ponding

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

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 project at Bredasdorp Park is growing

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: Facts and figures

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

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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