Southern Africa

Wine, workers and web applications

South African wine, fruit and cut-flower growers are employing a web application developed by Tesco to track labour standards to ensure they retain market access in the UK and don’t scare off the growing number of ethical consumers. Read more...

Battling desertification with decision support software

Sibiry Traore explains how decision support tools and GIS are being used to develop new, targeted agricultural techniques for Africa’s desert margins. Read more...

Mauritius: Reforming the sugar cane industry

L.J.C. Autrey, S. Ramasamy and K.F. Ng Kee Kwong describe the achievements in the process of introducing precision farming technologies in Mauritius, and the challenges ahead. Read more...

ICTs in Namibia’s communal area conservancies

Carol Murphy and Sandra Slater-Jones describe a GIS mapping procedure in which local people, and not outsiders, are the experts. Read more...

African herbs for global 'wellness'

Steve Hurt talks about Afrigetics, a web shop that offers a wide range of Southern African medicinal herbs to customers worldwide. Read more...

Weeding out alien invaders

Haru Mutasa reports on how geographic information technologies are being used in South Africa’s efforts to eradicate invasive plants in South Africa. Read more...

Grahamstown’s ICT awakening

In this award-winning story Haru Mutasa reports on how students at four schools in South Africa are enthusiastically embracing ICTs. Read more...

South Africa: Access to agricultural information

Joseph Kiplang'at reports on a study among rural women in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Read more...

Firehawk: detecting forest fires in South Africa

Jake Oosthuizen describes how Firehawk, an electronic forest fire detection system, has significantly improved the early detection of fires in KwaZulu Natal’s coastal zone, thus reducing the damage to the environment and the timber industry. Read more...

Using video testimony to formalize land rights in South Africa

Mike Barry outlines how South Africans are using video and handheld computers to provide testimony on their land rights and responsibilities. Read more...

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