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…

The future of farmland (part 1): the new land grab

13 July 2017 – The flood of investment over the last several years means that agricultural land itself is being treated more and more like a profitable financial asset, instead of a productive natural resource. READ.

Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2017

Global executives see geopolitical issues as a rising risk to growth, but they remain more buoyant than downbeat in their outlook for both the global and domestic economies.

12 Issues Africa Needs To Address To Be More Globally Competitive

29 June 2017 – Africa is a continent of great opportunity and potential, but as a whole, the continent needs to work to become more globally competitive for the benefit of industries such as tech to truly thrive. Read more…

South Africa launches $78m investment scheme to stimulate ag sector

7 June 2017 – An incentive scheme designed to boost investments in new and existing agro-processing projects has kicked off with a R1-billion cost-sharing grant fund in South Africa.

The Agro-processing Support Scheme (APSS) targets food and beverage value addition and processing (including black winemakers), fertiliser production and other sectors. It aims to increase capacity, create employment, boost competitiveness and contribute to transformation in these five sectors.

The Department of Trade and Industry has set aside R1 billion in this financial year to fund the scheme. It offers a 20% to 30% cost-sharing grant, to a maximum of R20 million, over a two-year investment period. The minimum investment value is R1 million.

“It’s clear which assets qualify as the incentive is industry-specific,” he says. “We expect the incentive to stimulate the creation of more local agriculture projects such as apple, potato and vegetables farms, which should also assist in transformation objectives,” Duane Newman, joint MD of Cova Advisory and head of the tax incentives committee of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (Sait) said.


Publication date: 6/7/2017

The proposed agri land ownership Bill and its implications

If the Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill is enacted in its present form, it will have far-reaching consequences on the agricultural sector, affecting all owners of agricultural land. Foreign nationals and owners of agricultural land holdings determined to be in excess of ceilings for land ownership will be affected, with the excess of land being made available for redistribution, with or without expropriation. Read more…

Farmers Can Prosper By Focusing on What They Can Change Directly

Although the macroeconomic environment is likely to remain uncertain in the short to medium term, primary producers can still prosper if farmers focus on what they can, themselves, change. Read more…

The global land rush 10 years on: Taking stock of commercial pressures on land

by Lorenzo Cotula, Thierry Berger. Paper presented to the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, Washington, D.C., March 20-24, 2017.

The 2017 Index of Economic Freedom

Today, we live in the most prosperous time in human history. Poverty, sicknesses, and ignorance are receding throughout the world, due in large part to the advance of economic freedom. In 2017, the principles of economic freedom that have fueled this monumental progress are once again measured in the Index of Economic Freedom, an annual guide published by The Heritage Foundation. Who moved up? Who moved down? And why? Some of the results may surprise you.

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