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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 former President Robert Mugabe’s tenure. […]

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 remain at relatively lower levels, […]

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 last (10th) WTO Ministerial Conference […]

National Minimum Wage Bill headed to Parliament

by Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence on Nov 23rd, 2017|

Last week Friday (the 17th of November) the Minister of Labour published the National Minimum Wage Bill and its accompanying amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). These Bills followed a somewhat a-typical route as it was […]

From a beast of burden to delicacy

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

Remember how scandalous it was when the University of Stellenbosch’s meat scientists published a study in 2013 showing that some processed meat products in retail stores contained donkey meat which was not declared on the packaging? The societal outrage […]

Global sunflower seed production declines

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Nov 16th, 2017|

After experiencing an uptick in sunflower seed production in the 2016/17 season, the world is set to harvest a relatively smaller crop in the 2017/18 production season. The most recent estimates from SUNSEEDMAN, a Turkish based consulting group, suggests […]