State of the Nation Address a mixed bag on agriculture

State of the Nation Address a mixed bag on agriculture

The agricultural message within the State of the Nation Address was a mixed bag; an acknowledgement of the farming potential to create jobs and foster growth, yet a hazy view on land policy and support programmes for land reform beneficiaries. There may also be an over-reliance on the master plans; time will tell if it will genuinely deliver on its promise.

South Africa’s agricultural policy in 2021

South Africa’s agricultural policy in 2021

Wandile Sihlobo, Johann Kirsten and Sifiso Ntombela[i] From the Reconstruction and Development Programme of President Mandela to the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of President Mbeki, the National Development Plan of President Zuma and recently the...
Mnangagwa makes right move on farms

Mnangagwa makes right move on farms

When Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed office as president of Zimbabwe in late 2017, one of the immediate tasks he had was to rebuild an economy that had performed poorly for nearly two decades. At the heart of this process was a need for revitalisation of the agricultural...
Zimbabwe’s food insecurity could increase

Zimbabwe’s food insecurity could increase

It is hard to get a clear picture of crop conditions in Zimbabwe after Cyclone Idai. But reports from a number of media outlets who have people on the ground paint a concerning picture.  This afternoon, Al Jazeera came out with a headline — Cyclone Idai...

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