Over the past decade, imports accounted for an average of 53% of South Africa’s annual wheat consumption of 3,2 million tonnes. As a result of this dependency on the global market, we pay close attention to primary producers, who serve as South African suppliers.
In 2020, the South African government approved a women empowerment policy proposing that roughly 50% of the allocation of agricultural farming land under the Redistribution Programme should be for women, 40% for youth, and 10% for people living with disabilities. Titled “National Policy on Beneficiary Selection and Land Allocation of 2020” the policy is an essential intervention as it outlines who should benefit from land redistribution.
Robust production means South Africa’s 2021 agricultural exports are on track to exceed the 2020 level of US$10.2 billion.
An agency could accelerate South Africa’s land reform by removing the process from political and bureaucratic control.
A positive outlook for crop production means South Africa’s consumer food price inflation could continue to moderate in the second half of the year and remain contained in 2022.