FAO’s The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2021 report

24 November 2021. The report exposes the fragility of our agrifood systems and offers solutions on how to deal with sudden shocks. Read more…


Compliance blitz on the cards for the agrochemicals sector

23 November 2021. Environmental regulators are ready to challenge the agrochemicals sector in the wake of the recent UPL chemical warehouse fire in Durban, which continues to capture headlines and place this sector firmly under the compliance spotlight. Read more…


Roundtable to address agriculture food system challenges and policies

16 November 2021. Corteva Agriscience and the GIBS Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA) will be hosting their fourth and final series of roundtable discussions. The roundtable will offer a platform for key voices to set the table to address agriculture’s triple challenge of ensuring food security and nutrition for a growing population, supporting, and providing livelihoods for the millions of people working in the food supply chain, and doing so in an environmentally sustainable way by protecting the environment. Read more…


SA Agricultural Market Viewpoint

11 October 2021. What is the scope for South Africa’s agriculture to unlock
further trade gains in the African continent?


Keeping SA’s agricultural sector sustainable is imperative. Here’s why.

28 September 2021. According to a United Nations report, the most significant challenges threatening the food and agriculture sectors include a growing global population, climate change, more intense competition for natural resources, deforestation, land degradation, and more capital intensive and vertically integrated food systems concentrated in fewer hands. Read more…


BFAP: Competition in the South African agricultural sector

16 September 2021. This BFAP brief strives to inform the perennial debate on the extent of market concentration in South Africa’s agriculture sector. The complexity of the country’s food system warrants relevant context on the issue, preventing generalisation and over simplification because of some debilitating data challenges.


Global food commodity prices rebound in August

7 September 2021. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), global food commodity prices rebounded rapidly in August after two consecutive months of decline, led by strong gains in the international price quotations for sugar, wheat and vegetable oils. Read more…


How the South African government can boost its credibility in the agricultural sector

7 September 2021. Governments can build credibility over time through consistent commitment to implementing policies efficiently and effectively. South Africa hasn’t done well on this score. As a result of the poor record of policy implementation, investors and the general public have become sceptical of government policy pronouncements. Read more…


7 agribusiness tech trends to watch in 2021

17 August 2021. Agriculture continued to grow even in the face of the pandemic, unlike many other industrial sectors that experienced a decline. In 2020,  the growth of gross domestic product was 2.4% compared to 2019. In this year, the growth continues. Read more…


South Africa: Minister Didiza meets with agricultural sector stakeholders

16 July 2021. The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Ms Thoko Didiza, met with various stakeholders in the Agricultural and Food sector to discuss issues related to food access problems, logistics around transportation to KwaZulu-Natal, and various parts of Gauteng that had been affected by the unrests, albeit at minimal extent. Read more…