Is Drought Simply the Absence or Shortage Of Rainfall?

Defining a drought is not that easy and it often depends on who you ask, the South African Weather Service explains on its website. Most would consider a drought as a period of unusually dry weather that persists long enough to cause issues such as crop loss and water supply interruptions. But because dry conditions […]

How Increasing Water Availability for Local Production can Decrease Inflation

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy reports that imports of seed, oil and cake have gradually been increasing to meet the rising domestic demand. With approximately double the amount of crushing capacity available as the number of sunflower seed that is produced locally, the question arises why the local industry can’t fill the gap of imports and increase the local level of production – and the first answer that comes to mind, is water scarcity.