Sentiment in South Africa’s agriculture industry shoots to record high in Q2, 2021

Sentiment in South Africa’s agriculture industry shoots to record high in Q2, 2021

South Africa’s agricultural sector has not, in the recent past, had a season as good as the current one. This is evident from the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI), which in the second quarter of this year reached a record high (since its inception in 2001) of 75, from 64 in the first quarter of 2021.

Brief reflections on SA’s agricultural economy and women inclusion

Brief reflections on SA’s agricultural economy and women inclusion

The Beneficiary Selection Criteria for land reform that were first suggested by the Presidential Advisory Panel on land reform is a first step in ensuring gender diversity. The policy proposes that the government should have a bias towards women and youth in its land reform process. In the 700 000 hectares of land that the government is in the process of releasing, we will be able to judge if women and youth are genuinely prioritized.

Reflections on South Africa’s agriculture and food price inflation path in 2021

Reflections on South Africa’s agriculture and food price inflation path in 2021

I am generally optimistic that South Africa’s food price inflation might not exceed an average of 5% y/y in 2021. The La Nina rains have boosted agricultural production – across all subsectors. For maize, which is essential and discussed extensively, we expect a harvest of 16,6 million tonnes (from 15,3 million tonnes in 2019/20). This will be the second-largest harvest on record and well above the Crop Estimates Committee’s estimate of 15,8 million tonnes.

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