Agbiz is a voluntary, dynamic and influential association of agribusinesses operating in South and southern Africa. Agbiz's function is to ensure that agribusiness plays a constructive role in the country's economic growth, development and transformation, and to create an environment in which agribusinesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive, expand and be competitive.

Strategic Intent

The strategic intent of Agbiz is to enable businesses in the South African agricultural value chains to operate competitively and sustainably in the domestic environment, and on a global basis. 

Agbiz Culture & Values

Agbiz is a voluntary, dynamic and influential association of businesses operating in agricultural value chains in South Africa. Its members:

  • Are market-oriented agribusinesses or associations integrated in agricultural value chains;
  • Have sophisticated governance structures that ensure good corporate governance;
  • Include businesses and associations: financing agribusiness in South Africa, development finance institutions, short term and crop insurance companies, input providers, off-takers, agro-processors, storage and logistic companies, commodity traders, professional advisory services, commodity organisations and co-operatives providing a range of services and products to producers and various other businesses and associations in agricultural value chains in the country.

Agbiz and its members cooperate positively, dynamically, creatively and with integrity to foster conditions for the sector to grow inclusively.

The culture of Agbiz is to subscribe to the values of ethical business, accountability, leadership, trust, competence, quality service and excellent communication.

Core Strategic Objectives

  • Core objective 1: To influence the regulatory environment insofar as it affects agribusiness activities, by way of on-going and professional interaction with all relevant institutions.
  • Core objective 2: To position agribusinesses and Agbiz as key stakeholders within local communities in the South African economies and even further abroad.
  • Core objective 3: To improve the commercial and developing agribusiness environment through liaison and co-operation with influential groups within the business environment, both locally and globally.
  • Core objective 4: To promote inclusive growth and participation in agricultural value chains.
  • Core objective 5: To create unique, relevant and accessible agribusiness intelligence to  support Agbiz programmes.

To provide a dedicated service to specific sectors and industries, Agbiz amended its constitution in 2014 to make provision for the establishment of semi-autonomous Desks to service the specialised needs not addressed by the major focus areas of Agbiz. The following Desks have been established and are functioning very well:

Agbiz Grain

In 2014 the Agbiz Grain Desk, with the storers of grain as members and formerly known as the Grain Silo Industry, was established. The Agbiz Grain Desk is very competently managed by Mr Wessel Lemmer, with assistance from Ms Annelien Collins.

Agbiz Fruit

The fruit industry has established a fruit desk – Agbiz Fruit – at Agbiz in January 2019. Experienced in targeted communications and research on industrial, trade, and agricultural policy, global economic governance, and regional integration, Mr Wolfe Braude currently manages  the Agbiz Fruit Desk.

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