Category: Agribusiness

We Only Consume 20 out of 300.000 Edible Plants!

Mother earth counts around 300.000 edible plants, yet, on average, 80% of our caloric intake is derived from 20 highly modified species. This interesting fact inspired an organisation called Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe (BIZ) to rediscover...

EU Relaxes Stevia Blend Formulation Regulations

On Thursday, November 3rd, Regulation (EU) 2016/1814 comes into force. This legislation amends the specifications for steviol glycosides set out in an annex to regulation (EU) No 231/2012. The updated regulation has removed the rule that...

A Rare Peek Inside The Doomsday Vault!

Buried deep inside Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Global Seed Vault virtually stores a copy of every seed known to be on the face of this earth....

Handbook on the Dynamics of Rural Innovation

Innovation is becoming increasingly important in agriculture. By 2050 we need to feed 9 billion people and for that to happen the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicts a 70% increase in food production will be...

All Bets on Jackfruit?

A video on Jackfruit, published by Nutribullet guru David Wolfe, is going viral on Facebook. Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is the largest known tree-borne fruit and can weigh up to a whopping 35 kg! It...

Satisfying Smallholder Farmers Thirst for Finance

The Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab, in association with Initiative for Smallholder Finance, released a new study ‘Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance.‘ The new study builds on the...

The New Billion Dollar Crop

Industrial hemp is being touted as the new Billion Dollar Crop. Perhaps rightly so, as it does have many usefully applications. Yet, hemp is defiantly NOT a new crop, nor have there been any...

Agriculture as an Engine for Economic Growth

Agribusiness is generally considered to be unsexy, and is therefore often ignored. Yet, agribusiness may well be the perfect catalyst towards economic growth in both developed and lesser developed areas. At the same time ...