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South African consumer food price inflation could average just above 6.0%

The outlook on food products prices will remain mixed, despite the recent broad increase in products prices.

KwaZulu-Natal’s agriculture and food production in this time of floods

The devastation in the province holds minimal risks to food security, in the near term at least

Summer crop yields higher than expected

The maize yield is above the 10-year average even though the area planted is lower than last year

South Africa wheat products shielded from Russia-Ukraine war

South Africa has imported more wheat and farmers in provinces conducive to growing the winter rainfall crop are likely to plant more wheat

After two years of growth, SA’s agricultural economy could contract

Sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine will affect also exports and the price of fertiliser

La Niña determines predictions for the oilseed and grains harvest

The weather remains topical across the Southern Hemisphere but has resulted in mixed fortunes

Agricultural input costs remain elevated, squeezing farmers’ profits

Supply constraints in fertiliser-producing countries, coupled with rising shipping, oil and gas costs has pushed up the price of imported commodities such as fertiliser, herbicide and insecticide prices

A social compact is key to fighting rising unemployment and low growth

At its core, the social compact approach calls for increased co-operation and trust between business, labour, community and the government for the betterment of South Africa

What South Africa’s excessive rains mean for food prices

We will have a poorer harvest than the glowing 2020-21 harvest, but will probably not have to import supplies

This is how South Africa could unlock its agriculture growth potential

Unlocking the full growth potential over the long run will require policy interventions in agriculture and cross-cutting government departments

South Africa’s agricultural sector is likely to have an unusual period of three consecutive favourable seasons

But higher international commodity prices will keep input costs elevated for the livestock and poultry sector

How a land reform agency could break South Africa’s land redistribution deadlock

Things can happen much quicker if the arteries of land reform are unblocked

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