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    Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declines marginally in Q4, 2016

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declines marginally in Q4, 2016

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Nov 21st, 2016|

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declined by 5 index points in the fourth quarter of this year to 55 Index points. Worth noting, however, is that an index above 50 indicates expansion in the South African agribusiness activity. Therefore […]

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    Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves significantly in Q3, 2016

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves significantly in Q3, 2016

by Wandile Sihlobo: Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Sep 19th, 2016|

After remaining below 50 index points for five consecutive quarters, the Agbiz/IDC Confidence Index recovered significantly by 13 index points to 60 in the third quarter of this year. This is the highest reading since the third quarter of […]

Farmers must manage pricing maze

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on May 17th, 2016|

South Africans along the entire food value chain have borne the brunt of the El Niño induced drought. However, grain producers must not forget to think beyond this ephemeral crisis and its associated high grain prices.

Weather models are already […]

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    South African maize imports: Should we prepare for the worse times?

South African maize imports: Should we prepare for the worse times?

by Wandile Sihlobo: Head of Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence and Tinashe Kapuya: Head of International Trade and Investment Intelligence on May 8th, 2016|

South Africa is traditionally a net exporter of maize. However the ongoing drought has led to some significant changes – South Africa is now a net importer of maize for the first time since the 2007/08 season. In fact, […]

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 Outlook 2016

by Dr John Purchase, Lindie Stroebel and Tinashe Kapuya on Jan 8th, 2016|

In the Agbiz Outlook 2015, Agbiz stated that 2015 will provide for a challenging environment for agribusinesses and farmers due to subdued local economic growth prospects and constrained consumers, as well as weather, policy and labour uncertainty. This has […]