South African fruit industry expansion shows faith in the future

11 December 2018 – South Africa has in the past missed some opportunities in pushing its agricultural agenda during broader trade negotiations, says Dr Konanani Liphadzi, Fruit SA CEO (right), but she considers that the recent change in government has brought an increased appreciation of the value of the fruit sector for the South African economy. Read more…


Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain

11 December 2018 – A key inhibitor to achieving long-term sustainability for Africa’s agricultural practitioners, particularly small-holder and subsistence-level farmers lies in accessing adequate financing. Read more…


SA agribusiness confidence index at lowest in nine years

4 December 2018 – After declining to 48 points in the third quarter of 2018 from 54 in the previous quarter, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened further to 42 in the last quarter of the year, the lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2009. Read more…


In pursuit of prosperity

4 December 2018 – Why do some emerging economies grow rapidly while others languish? New research highlights the role of public policy, effective government, and globally competitive companies.


Italy ranks as the world’s most competitive country

30 November 2018 – Closely followed by France and Spain. The three European countries, and world’s leading producers, are challenged by three Southern Hemisphere countries: Australia, Chile and the United States (third, fourth and fifth respectively). Read more…


Illegal imports are damaging the South African economy

27 November 2018 – While we have all seen the extent of public sector fraud and corruption, private sector corruption is just as damaging to the state and our economy. One such example is the illegal importation of goods into our country that flood mostly, but not exclusively, informal sector markets, which are most vulnerable and therefore receptive to cheap commodities. Read more…


Impact of the Draft Brexit Deal on European Food and Agribusiness

27 November 2018 – This RaboResearch F&A cross-sectoral report describes the impact of the draft Brexit deal and the accompanying political declaration on food & agribusiness companies in Europe.


Fresh Plaza News

23 October 2018 – Agricultural sector bullish about its role in South African economic recovery. Read more…


South Africa: New partnership to bring agri growth

18 October 2018 – One of the key economic drivers and objectives of the South African fruit and wine industries is to transform the agri-landscape in a sustainable manner by focusing on primary agriculture as well as the entire value chain – upstream and downstream. Read more…


EU ready to offer UK ‘super-charged’ free-trade deal

12 October 2018 – The European Union is set to offer the U.K. a free-trade deal deeper than any agreement that’s gone before, but will reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s demand for “frictionless trade,” according to EU diplomats. Read more…