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    US soybean farmers likely to suffer from Trump’s protectionism

US soybean farmers likely to suffer from Trump’s protectionism

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Feb 2nd, 2017|

Every crisis brings opportunities. This rings true with the current trade debates in the Unites States (US), which could negatively influence its trade activities with China and Mexico. In an agricultural perspective, China is a key player in soybean […]

What would Brexit mean for South African wine exports?

by Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya, Economists at Agbiz on Jun 23rd, 2016|

As British citizens decide whether to remain or leave the EU (the so called Brexit vote) on 23 June 2016, how will SA’s wine exports be reconfigured should Britons choose the latter?

Under the new EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), […]

Brexit risks for South African agricultural exports

by Agbiz economists: Tinashe Kapuya and Wandile Sihlobo on Jun 20th, 2016|

The EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was signed two weeks shy of a referendum in which Britain is set to make a decision on whether to stay as a part of the European Union (EU) or not. South Africa’s […]

Will southern Africa cope with the current drought?

by Tinashe Kapuya, Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence, Agbiz on Jan 21st, 2016|

The beginning of 2016 saw heightened concerns around the erratic rainfall distribution, with all previous maize projections being revised downwards to “severe” and “disaster” scenarios. Many fear that southern Africa may be on the brink of the worst drought […]

  • Agbiz calls on government to push beyond current efforts to ensure that the impending suspension of South Africa’s duty-free quota-free access of agricultural products is avoided.
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    Agbiz responds to suspension of South Africa’s agricultural products from AGOA by USA Administration

Agbiz responds to suspension of South Africa’s agricultural products from AGOA by USA Administration

by Dr John Purchase and Mr Tinashe Kapuya on Nov 6th, 2015|

On the 5th November 2015, President Obama informed Congress of the intention to suspend the application of duty-free treatment to all AGOA-eligible agricultural products from South Africa (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/05/letter-president-suspension-application-duty-free-treatment-all-agoa). While this unfortunate development was not entirely unexpected, it is nonetheless […]

The AGOA conundrum: Where is the “sweet spot” for agriculture?

by Tinashe Kapuya, Agbiz Manager: Interantional Trade and Investment on Apr 17th, 2015|

This week, South Africa embarks on what looks like the final round of lobbying with the United States regarding the extension of the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), and the country’s inclusion in its next iteration. In the run […]