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News archive - July-2017

Farming in the carbon-constrain era with disruptive technologies: implications for food security

Farmers and agribusinesses are facing a triple challenge of coping with increasing input costs, adjustment costs to low-carbon economy and adapting to disruptive technologies brought by the fourth industrial revolution. In this think-piece, we explore ways in which farmers and agribusinesses can overcome these challenges and continue to contribute to the food security goal - Sifiso Ntombela, Agbiz Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence

18.01.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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Mixed rainfall changes SA agricultural outlook

I concluded 2017 with a positive outlook for South Africa’s agriculture in 2018 – underpinned by good chances of La Niña weather conditions during the 2017/18 summer season. This essentially meant that the country was expected to receive above-normal rainfall, which would have been good for agricultural activity - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Economist - This article first appeared in Business Day, 11 January 2017

 

11.01.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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South African tractor sales grew by 19% y/y in December 2017

South African tractor sales expanded by 19% y/y in December 2017, with 417 units sold. However, this was down by 26% when compared to the previous month, which mirrors a slowdown in field activity as summer crop planting was almost complete in most areas - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist

11.01.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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Future economies powerhouse, would they have an appetite for beef?

PwC projected that the world economy could double in size by 2050, driven by new powerhouse economies such as China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Russia measured in purchasing power parity (PPP). Growth theory postulates that as economies developed, their consumers’ protein intake tends to increase substituting the starch - Sifiso Ntombela

09.01.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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