Global food import bill set to rise, boost in tropical fruit exports likely

10 November 2017 – Of particular concern is the economic and social implications of the double-digit increases in the food import bills for Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) and Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCS). Read more…


Land audit: 46.5% of South Africa’s high-potential agric land in hands of emerging farmers

1 November 2017 – AgriSA today released its land audit, the first of its kind to calculate the amount of land in the hands of PDIs (previously disadvantaged individuals, meaning South Africans who are not white). Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

26 October 2017 – Western cape drought threatens 50,000 agricultural jobs. Read more…


SA wine industry could add 100 000 jobs by 2025

19 October 2017 – South Africa’s wine industry could add a further 100 000 jobs by 2025, mostly in the Western Cape, following the signing this month of the Economic Partnerships Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) countries. Read more…


Western Cape drought could cost 17,000 ag sector jobs

2 September 2017 – It’s estimated that a potential drop of 10% in agricultural produce due to the drought could lead to 17,000 job losses in the South Africa’s Western Cape. An agricultural economist has also warned that the current drought will have the biggest impact on seasonal employment in December. Read more…

 


Agriculture groups push for Australia-UK free trade agreement after Brexit

14 August 2017 – Key segments of Australian agriculture believe that Brexit creates an “unprecedented opportunity” to lift exports to Britain, and potentially generate significant new export earnings from products as diverse as beef, lamb, rice and wine. Read more…


Farmland Grab News

3 August 2017 – Using the tenure guidelines for action research. Read more…


A 10-point plan to accelerate orderly land reform in South Africa

1 August 2017 – The National Forum concluded that South Africa’s constitution doesn’t stand in the way of land reform. However, it’s clear that political negligence has fuelled undue bureaucracy, mismanagement and corruption, which have severely hampered meaningful land reform. It reached consensus on a 10-point plan for constitutionally accelerated land reform. Read more…


New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa

25 July 2017 – Africa will this year continue to be home to some of the fastest-growing cities thanks to the continent’s large young population seeking jobs and improved livelihoods. However, a key challenge associated with rapidly urbanising populations is a chronic food insecurity problem that is aggravated by a lack of sufficient property rights, agricultural investment and policy and regulatory uncertainty leading to rising food prices despite access to land and willing producers to cultivate it. Read more…


A new reality for oil prices

21 July 2017 – The shale industry is increasingly acting as the price regulator for oil. This is not good news for Africa’s producers of crude. Read more…