New opportunities for South African agriculture: the African Continental Free Trade Area

New opportunities for South African agriculture: the African Continental Free Trade Area

The new African Free Continental Trade Area phases out 90% of tariffs on all goods traded between African Union member states over a 5-to-10-year period. This seeks to boost intra-African trade and investment in regional value chains. The current 41% share of SA agricultural exports that goes to Africa is concentrated in SADC. The opening of other markets presents an opportunity for further expansion in goods such as oranges, apples and wine.

African governments should have a fresh look at agriculture as part of the economic recovery plan after Covid-19

African governments should have a fresh look at agriculture as part of the economic recovery plan after Covid-19

African governments should have a fresh look at agriculture, embracing technology (information technology, mechanical and biotechnology) and also private-sector partnerships. There also needs to be confidence in the citizenry to manage their land parcels. This will involve the granting of title deeds or tradable long-term leases in various African countries. In the case of better seeds, the evidence from South Africa is there for many countries to observe and learn.

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