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23 October 2019. African Continental Free Trade Area. Read more…


Risks of Brexit for South Africa minimal, but not zero

22 October 2019. As Brexit unfolds without a clear and predictable outcome, the question remains: What are the implications of various possible outcomes for South Africa and the region’s agriculture sector? Read more…


Agriculture industry will power Africa’s economic transformation, says Agra Forum

22 October 2019. It is widely acknowledged that agribusiness is the key to transforming African economies – this was the core message at the 2019 Agra Forum in Accra, Ghana and a constant topic of discussion during the African Agri Council (AAC) recent West Africa roadshow. Read more…


Southern Africa Customs Union announces Post-Brexit economic partnership with UK

16 October 2019. The Southern Africa Custom Union (Sacum) countries, along with Mozambique, recently announced the agreement in principle of a new economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the UK. The parliamentary processes needed to bring the agreement into effect are currently in progress. The deal, which will govern bilateral trade between the Sacum countries and the UK, will come into effect when or if the UK leaves the EU in October. Read more…


Vulnerable and marginalised South African farm workers’ future hanging in the balance

15 October 2019. Farm workers are an integral part of South Africa’s economy and the food system. Yet they are often food insecure themselves, marginalised and vulnerable to exploitation. Read more…


African economies with greatest potential for trade growth

1 October 2019. African economies come first and third in the Standard Chartered Trade20 Index, which identifies the markets with the greatest potential for future trade growth. Read more…


Where are we with land reform?

1 October 2019. Agricultural economist, Wandile Sihlobo says that come April 2020, the proposed change to the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation (EWC) may not happen. Read more…


Economic Conditions Snapshot, September 2019

1 October 2019. McKinsey Global Survey results. Respondents’ views are subdued on the current state of the global economy, and on their home economies in the months ahead. Trade conflicts and trade-policy changes remain the most commonly cited threats to growth.


SA concludes trade deal with UK in case of no-deal Brexit

12 September 2019. SA and five other countries in the southern African region had clinched a deal that would give the African states a soft landing in case of a no-deal Brexit. The deal ensures that trade continues as normal with the UK regardless of whether the country leaves the EU with a deal, without a deal or does not leave at all. Read more…


Brexit Fears Grow for UK Wine Trade

11 September 2019. The installation of a gung-ho Brexiteer at the helm of Britain’s government hasn’t helped the trade’s confidence. Read more…