Structural Changes in the South African Agricultural Economy between 1910 and 2010

There aren’t many academic papers that present a comprehensive picture of the change in pace of the nature of production and productivity growth in South African agriculture during the 20th century like that of the late Dr George Frederick (Frikkie) Liebenberg’s PhD thesis.

I will try to write short blog entries and highlight few interesting treats within the coming weeks. For now — here are three outstanding charts from the second chapter of the thesis – covering the structural changes in the South African agricultural economy between 1910 and 2010.

Gross value of South African agricultural production
Gross value of South African agricultural production (Liebenberg, 2013)

 

Trends in South African agricultural trade
Trends in South African agricultural trade (Liebenberg, 2013)
Number, tatal area and average size of farms in South Africa between 1980 and 2010
Number, tatal area and average size of farms in South Africa between 1980 and 2010 (Liebenberg, 2013)

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Author: Wandile Sihlobo

Wandile Sihlobo is an agricultural economist and head of agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in South Africa. He is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine. Sihlobo is a member of the South African Agricultural Economics Association. He has previously served as an economist at Grain South Africa. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

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