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Scientists accused of carrying out research that favours seed companies

The European Union’s stringent laws on maximum residue levels could threaten agricultural exports from Kenya and Uganda. Maximum residue levels (MRLs) are the upper legal levels of pesticide residues in food or feed. MRLs are meant to ensure the lowest possible consumer exposure.

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East Africa: green agriculture grows in leaps and bounds

NAIROBI – Organic agriculture using natural farming methods rather than fertilisers and pesticides has made significant gains in African countries not just among farmers but among consumers too.

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Farming in the heart of Joburg

A dumpsite in the Johannesburg inner city has been transformed into a 1-hectare food garden supplying fresh vegetables to children and HIV-positive people, in a project demonstrating the enormous potential of urban agriculture.

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Organic farming could answer to food insecurity

Commercial farmers sometimes fail at organic farming because they switch over too quickly, ditching all chemicals, which is as traumatic for the soil as “a drug addict going cold turkey”. This is how Cornelius Oosthuizen, the head of the South African Biofarm Institute’s management team, who promotes sustainable and profitable biological and organic farming in Africa, explains why there are relatively few organic farming success stories in South Africa.
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