Agribusiness Outlook for 2018

by Dr John Purchase, Wandile Sihlobo, Sifiso Ntombela, Theo Boshoff, Mariana Purnell on Dec 4th, 2017|

“Over the past couple of years, Agbiz has indicated that South Africa had reached a decisive T-junction on its road into the future and that critical decisions were necessary to place the country on […]

High Level Panel (HLP) releases Report on Assessment of Key Legislation

by Dr John Purchase and Theo Boshoff on Dec 1st, 2017|

High Level Panel (HLP) releases Report on Assessment of Key Legislation

Over the past 21 months, the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change, which has been chaired […]

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    Was Zimbabwe the breadbasket of Africa before its land reform programme?

Was Zimbabwe the breadbasket of Africa before its land reform programme?

by Wandile Sihlobo (Agbiz agri economist) and Sifiso Ntombela (Agbiz trade economist) on Nov 29th, 2017|

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There is a commonly held view that Zimbabwe used to be the breadbasket of Africa, although the specific timeframe is unclear.

This vague narrative gives an impression that Zimbabwe lost its “breadbasket” status during […]

SA food price inflation decelerates

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Nov 23rd, 2017|

Food inflation slowed to 5.3% y/y in October 2017, from 5.4% y/y in the previous month. This is the lowest level in 23-months, thanks to lower agricultural commodity prices. Most food product price inflation […]

Prospects for agriculture in the upcoming WTO’s eleventh ministerial conference

by Sifiso Ntombela, Agbiz Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence on Nov 23rd, 2017|

Trade Ministers from the WTO’s 164-member countries will convene in Beunos Aires, Argentina from 10 to 13 December 2017 for the 11th Ministerial Conference, which is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. The […]