Category: Climate

 

SmartAgri Newsletter #5

The first SmartAgri Newsletter of 2018/19 is here! In his edition you'll find: the Conservation Agriculture Western Capes’ annual conference in August, listen to “Die Kwik Styg”, explore the CCC carbon calculator to manage... Read more about 'SmartAgri Newsletter #5'...


Presentation: Current water situation in WC

This presentation shows the current water situation in the Western Cape, looking at the major dams in the supply system as well as historic rainfall trends and the drought impact on agriculture. Click on... Read more about 'Presentation: Current water situation in WC'...


SA wine industry increases research in climate change adaptation

This article by Bizcommunity shows what the SA wine sector is focusing research on in order to make the industry more resilient to climate change. This includes research into:  smart-agri tools drought... Read more about 'SA wine industry increases research in climate change adaptation'...


How will climate change impact agricultural water requirements in the Berg WMA?

This sector brief by GreenCape explores the value of water in the agriculture sector, the quantity of water the agricultural sector needs and the impact of climate change on the future of agriculture. Read... Read more about 'How will climate change impact agricultural water requirements in the Berg WMA? '...


OVERBERG: PREPARE FOR A TOUGH FIRE SEASON

The Overberg District and the Overstrand Local Municipalities are preparing for a challenging fire season. Read more about their proactive activities here.  And learn what you can do as a landowner or manager... Read more about 'OVERBERG: PREPARE FOR A TOUGH FIRE SEASON'...


How the world needs to change as regions get drier

The University of Cape Town[http://www.assar.uct.ac.za/] is working with partner organisations in southern, west and east Africa as well as India to investigate how to adapt to climate change in semi-arid regions. In examining various approaches that have already... Read more about 'How the world needs to change as regions get drier'...


Implications of a carbon tax and offset system for agriculture in South Africa

The South African Government has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025 (National Climate Change Response Policy 2011). Part of the strategy to drive this is enforcing... Read more about 'Implications of a carbon tax and offset system for agriculture in South Africa'...


Climate variability versus climate change

The recent (and still ongoing in certain areas) drought has heated up the climate change debate. Changes in production seasons and increases in the number of hot days have been experienced by farmers... Read more about 'Climate variability versus climate change'...


Climate smart crops: A necessity for future food and nutrition security

Climate change is taking a severe toll on farmers, as they watch their livelihoods disappear with the onslaught of floods, droughts and rising sea levels and temperatures. With agriculture currently employing over 1.3... Read more about 'Climate smart crops: A necessity for future food and nutrition security'...


SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund

South African launched big data company, Aerobotics has secured R8-million in seed funding from 4Di and Kenya's Savannah Fund to expand their presence into new regions. The data analytics platform Aeroview, uses satellites,... Read more about 'SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund'...


Water scarcity drives a new wave of practices in Cape Winelands

30% Of farmland in South Africa has been lost due to water scarcity in the last two decades and technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in safeguarding future losses. The Department of... Read more about 'Water scarcity drives a new wave of practices in Cape Winelands'...


Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites

As a mean to secure income whilst enhancing their resilience to drought conditions many former herders in Kenya have started to grow chillies. The FAO assisted in negotiating a three-year agreement between 200... Read more about 'Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites'...


Climate adaptation: SACAU supports global call for agriculture insurance

A global call has been made to make agriculture insurance available as a means to assist farmers in adapting to climate change. Various global organisations are involved and have identified key hurdles requiring coordinated efforts... Read more about 'Climate adaptation: SACAU supports global call for agriculture insurance'...


Carbon calculator makes footprint on SA fruit industry

In aim of addressing climate change in the fruit and wine industry, the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) and Hortgro, together with Winetech established the Confronting Climate Change project. The project, which includes... Read more about 'Carbon calculator makes footprint on SA fruit industry'...


Bewaringslandbou ál uitweg in Noordwes

Bewaringsboerdery kan nie net die impak van klimaatsverandering versag nie, maar ook opbrengs verhoog en inset koste verlaag. Mielie proewe in 2014/15 wys hoer opbrengs vir bewaringsboerdery in Noordwes. Die opbrengs van mielies onder bewaringsboerdery proewe... Read more about 'Bewaringslandbou ál uitweg in Noordwes'...


Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change

Farmers around the globe are looking for ways to increase resilience against climate change whilst increasing profits. A smallholder farmer community in Kenya have been able to do so through implementing agroforestry and... Read more about 'Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change'...


Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output: study

A recent study has shown that 60% of land currently used for the production of coffee in Ethiopia can become unsuitable due to impacts of climate change. This will require timely and well planned... Read more about 'Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output: study'...


Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr

Here is an Aljazeera documentry looking at the current drought situation in the Western Cape, the agriculture sector and how Fruitlook and research in plant resilience plays a role.   Hier is 'n Aljazeera dokumentêr... Read more about 'Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr '...


Chad is the country most vulnerable to climate change - here's why

Chad has been identified as the most vulnerable country to climate change in a study involving 186 countries. Over the past 50 years, 90% of Lake Chad has disappeared due to droughts and... Read more about 'Chad is the country most vulnerable to climate change - here's why'...


Premier declares WC a disaster area – initiates project “Avoiding Day Zero"

Premier Helen Zille has officially declared the Western Cape a disaster area in response to the current drought crisis – the worst since 1904.   “The disaster declaration will accelerate the Western Cape Disaster Management... Read more about 'Premier declares WC a disaster area – initiates project “Avoiding Day Zero"'...


Klimaat se verandering soos tydbom

Verskeie onlangse natuurverskynsels dui aan op aardverwarming. Die voorkoms van onderandere die herfs-kommandowurm en die tamatieblaarmyner is aan aardverwarming verbind. Die landbou moet nóú reeds beplan en kan nie wag vir môre nie. Dit sluit die identifisering van... Read more about 'Klimaat se verandering soos tydbom'...


McCain adapts to drought with changing business model, water strategy

The impact of the drought has been immense for farmers, producers and consumers and the need for adaptation along the value chain has been realised by McCain. Through changing their business model McCain... Read more about 'McCain adapts to drought with changing business model, water strategy'...


Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?

Hydroponic and greenhouse technology is a technique of intensive plant production using minimal water, energy and land. Tomato yield comparison: Hydroponics technology produce more than 1 000t/ha VS South Africa’s average tomato yield of about 56t/ha Lettuce... Read more about 'Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?'...


Smallholder farmers need a leg-up to adapt to climate change

The effect of climate change on agriculture production are expected to intensify over time and vary across countries and regions. Unless action is taken now to make agriculture more sustainable, productive and resilient,... Read more about 'Smallholder farmers need a leg-up to adapt to climate change'...


Management of grapevines during drought periods

This document highlights a few practical guidelines for managing vineyards during drought conditions. Read document Read more about 'Management of grapevines during drought periods'...


Pulses and Climate Change

The changing climatic conditions will continue to put pressure on agricultural systems and populations dependent on produce especially vulnerable communities. This infographic shows how one can increase resilience to climate change through the introduction... Read more about 'Pulses and Climate Change'...


Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash

Is regenerative farming only good for the environment or does it make good business sense as well? Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared R102... Read more about 'Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash'...


Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

The impact of this year’s below-average rainfall and the drought not only highlights the South African agriculture sector’s vulnerability but also underscores its need for resilience planning. Read article  Read more about 'Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector'...


Countries share their recipes for adapting agriculture to climate change

Now that adapting agriculture to climate change is firmly on the agenda in the UN climate change discussions, attention has shifted to the question of how to move ahead.   Read more Read more about 'Countries share their recipes for adapting agriculture to climate change'...


Paris Climate Agreement Cannot Be Met Without Emissions Reduction Target for Agriculture

Scientists have calculated, for the first time, the extent to which agricultural emissions must reduce to meet the new climate agreement to limit warming to 2°C in 2100. Read more Read more about 'Paris Climate Agreement Cannot Be Met Without Emissions Reduction Target for Agriculture'...


Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

The El Nino weather event has resulted in the driest calendar year nationwide since record keeping began in 1904. Read more about the effects on agriculture production, labour and investment statistics and what... Read more about 'Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector'...


The State of Food and Agriculture

In this infographic the UN: Food and Agriculture Organisation highlights how climate change may affect agricultural production. It further identifies the possible responses that can be adopted through sustainable agriculture practices. Click here to... Read more about 'The State of Food and Agriculture '...


SA teen wins Google Science Fair 2016 grand prize

A citrus peel and avocado oil product has recently won first price at Google Science Fair in the US for being able to reduce the impact of drought on agricultural production. The product... Read more about 'SA teen wins Google Science Fair 2016 grand prize'...


How global agri can mitigate climate change

Agriculture may be highly susceptible to the effects of climate change, but it can also be used to mitigate the effects of this alarming phenomenon. Prof Richard Eckard, director of Australia’s Primary Industries... Read more about 'How global agri can mitigate climate change'...


Western Cape Government identifies priority areas for drought mitigation

Following a successful two-day drought dialogue, the Western Cape government has compiled a list of priority areas that will drive the province’s drought mitigation strategies into the future. From the 32 priority challenges a... Read more about 'Western Cape Government identifies priority areas for drought mitigation'...


National Agro-meteorological Committee Advisory on the 2016 winter season

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has released a Statement from Climate and Disaster Management 01 July 2016. Broad advisory guidelines are also suggested depending on the particular region. The basic strategy... Read more about 'National Agro-meteorological Committee Advisory on the 2016 winter season'...


Drought Dialogue 2016

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture presented a Drought Dialogue on the 23 and 24th of June 2016 at Elsenburg, Stellenbosch to invited stakeholders of the agricultural sector. The outcome of this dialogue was... Read more about 'Drought Dialogue 2016'...


Droogte nog met ons

Sien Netwerk24 artikel oor byna 800 boere in die Wes-Kaap wat sedert begin vanjaar weens die droogte deur die provinsiale regering gehelp is om te verseker dat plase nie tot niet gaan nie... Read more about 'Droogte nog met ons'...


Heavy rain leading to localised flooding expected 10 June 2016

Heavy rain leading to localised flooding is expected in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape Metropole, Overberg District and Southern parts of the Cape Winelands of Western Cape in the morning. Heavy... Read more about 'Heavy rain leading to localised flooding expected 10 June 2016'...


Strong winds expected

Strong winds are expected over the southern parts of the Northern Cape, over the Central Karoo and in places over the Cape Winelands of the Western Cape as well as over the western... Read more about 'Strong winds expected'...


Heavy rain expected

Heavy rain is expected in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape Metropole, Overberg District and southern parts of the Cape Winelands early Friday morning. Click here for more information on suggested advisory... Read more about 'Heavy rain expected'...


Life Cycle Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture

You can view a video on Life Cycle Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture here.  Read more about 'Life Cycle Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture'...


CCC workshop dates 2016

There are 3 different types of industry engagements that the Confronting Climate Change project is offering; each with a specific target audience and intended outcome. Read more & see dates Read more about 'CCC workshop dates 2016'...


WWF : "Thinking for the Future" project

WWF completed a project created for developing scenarios for risk resilience in the South African agri-food value chain. You can view output documents of this project below, including the final report (planning for... Read more about 'WWF : "Thinking for the Future" project'...


Climate Smart Agriculture

An article by Farmer's Weekly explains how undercover farming can be a possible solution for climate change. Links to articles on hydroponic farming and how to get your livestock through the drought are... Read more about 'Climate Smart Agriculture'...


Klop voertekorte met drie alternatiewe

Die huidige droogte sien veeboere groot verliese ly. Garingboom, doringlose turksvy en oumansoutbos kan benut word om voer tekorte te bekamp. Lees artikel.  Read more about 'Klop voertekorte met drie alternatiewe'...


Beating the drought with conservation farming

Michael Dippenaar a farmer from the Swellendam area shares about conservation agriculture. Read full article here. Read more about 'Beating the drought with conservation farming'...


Droogte: Boere se planne met vee

Uitstekende planne wat boere maak om hul vee te laat oorleef in droogte tye. Lees die volle artikel deur mnr Charl van Rooyen op Landbou.com     Read more about 'Droogte: Boere se planne met vee'...


CSIR Climate Change Warning

The CSIR have issued a warning to Sub-Saharan Africa to expect disproportionate temperature changes due to global warming. Agriculture in Southern Africa is vulnerable to climate change, particularly upcoming commercial and subsistence farmers. Listen... Read more about 'CSIR Climate Change Warning'...


Disaster bill passed in Parliament

The bill aims to streamline the country's approach to planning for and responding to disasters, including the drought currently gripping many parts of the country. Read more. Read more about 'Disaster bill passed in Parliament'...


Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management

Read the National Agro-meteorological Committee's Advisory on the 2015/16 summer season Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management here. Read more about 'Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management'...


Droogte kring uit na plaaslike ekonomieë

'n Artikel deur Landbou Weekblad, beeld uit hoe die droogte in die Swartland, wat een van die ergste drie droogste winters in 70 jaar is, onderandere dorpe beïnvloed wat afhanklik is van die... Read more about 'Droogte kring uit na plaaslike ekonomieë'...


2015/16 Summer Season Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management

Climate change statement for 2015/2016. A great document to read on the current weather situation in SA. Read full document Read more about '2015/16 Summer Season Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management'...


Droogte ‘gaan domino speel in Wes-Kaap'

Min reën die afgelope winter kan baie skade vir boere veroorsaak. Lees die die volle berig op Lanbouweekblad se webblad. Read more about 'Droogte ‘gaan domino speel in Wes-Kaap''...