Monthly Archives: December 2016

Agricultural policy needs to acknowledge the leadership role women play

by Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz on Dec 19th, 2016|

* This article was published in The Huffington Post on 19 December 2016.

Most of Africa’s smallholding agricultural output is from women. It is counterproductive to continue seeing agriculture as a man’s pursuit.

Policy and investment decisions should be informed by the […]

Better rains bring a sunnier outlook for SA’s farmers — and consumers

by Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz on Dec 16th, 2016|

*This was first published in Wandile Sihlobo’s column for Business Day on 16 December 2016.

The growing optimism in the sector is apparent — but relief and a full recovery will take more than a single season to filter through, writes […]

UPDATE: South Africa’s agricultural machinery sales see slight uptick

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Dec 12th, 2016|

Recent agricultural machinery sales data indicates that in November 2016, tractor sales were up by 0.2% when compared to November 2015 — with 453 units sold. However, this was 20% lower than the previous month’s sales. At the same […]

South African agricultural sector remains in recession

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Dec 6th, 2016|

Recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data shows that South Africa’s agricultural sector remains in
recession. This is based on a negative growth of a seasonally adjusted annualised rate of -0.3% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2016 (see Chart 1).

These […]