Africa’s untapped opportunity: How Africa’s free-trade area could catalyse the agricultural sector’s development

8 December 2020. The African Continental Free-Trade Area (AfCFTA) could accelerate the development of sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural sector and help the continent to become self-sufficient in food production. Read more…


2020: South Africa sends far more fruit to EU and Russia; far less to China

16 November 2020. Read more…


UK lockdown a blow to South African baby veg and flower exports

5 November 2020. In terms of the South African fresh produce industry, the UK’s new lockdown will have the largest effect on the exports of baby veg and flowers, both edible flowers and cut flowers like proteas grown in the Western Cape. Read more…


Restrictions in trade to contain Covid-19 have been devastating for Africa’s urban poor

27 October 2020. Trade routes have been significantly disrupted this year in efforts to contain Covid-19. The effects of this are already showing: global growth is set to contract by 4.9% and growth in sub-Saharan Africa will contract by 3.2%. Read more…


Global food prices up 21% in September

12 October 2020. According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the benchmark price index for food commodities rose in September, led by vegetable oils and cereals. The index averaged 97.9 points during the month, up 2.1% from August and 5.0% higher than its value in September 2019. Read more…


PMA Fresh Connections 2020

24 August 2020. South Africa: Despite huge logistical challenges still a fantastic fresh produce season. Read more…


Defending tomorrow: The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders

31 July 2020. First line of defence against climate breakdown. Yet despite clearer evidence than ever of the crucial role they play, far too many businesses, financiers and governments fail to safeguard their vital and peaceful work. Read more…


How a global pandemic could strengthen agribusiness in Africa

14 July 2020. As supply chains around the world are disrupted and the demand for certain types of food drops in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, questions have begun to emerge about Africa and its ability to ensure food security for its citizens. Read more…


Global food commodity prices rebound in June

7 July 2020. Global food commodity prices have risen for the first time since the beginning of the year driven by a rebound in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations. However, in the cereals and meat markets, most prices remained under downward pressure amid market uncertainties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more…


South Africa posts healthy agricultural trade surplus

10 June 2020. The South African agriculture sector has increased its trade surplus by 16% in the first quarter of 2020, with minimal disruptions experienced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more…