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Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy

  • Food Security and Household Welfare Analysis

    Food affordability speaks to the issue of food security, specifically for low-income households. In light of the 2012-2013 farm worker strikes and minimum wage debates in South Africa, BFAP extended its consumer focus to analyse the impact of different wage rates on household food security, specifically from a nutritional vantage point. A team of qualified nutritionists were consulted to compile a series of balanced food plates...

  • Food Consumption Trend Analysis

    The profile and dynamics of the South African consumer market analyses consumer wealth by looking at the different Living Measurement Standards (LSM) classes in South Africa and class mobility of consumers between these classes. Global food trend analysis includes the identification and discussion of current issues, such as convenience and indulgence, whereas the local focus tends to analyse how local trends correspond to the identified global trends. Ad hoc research on issues, such as consumers’ perception of food quality, also forms part of BFAP’s consumer focus...

  • Farm Level Analysis

    The BFAP farm-level analysis program was established with the main objective to assist agribusinesses and farm businesses with strategic decision-making under changing and uncertain market conditions. This is done by means of advanced quantitative analyses of how different policy options, macroeconomic variables, and volatile commodity market conditions could impact upon farm businesses in selected production regions in South Africa. The BFAP farm-level analysis program includes economic analysis of the production of grain, oilseed, livestock, wine, fruit, sugar, and vegetables...

History and the way forward

Founded in 2004, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), with offices at the University of Pretoria, the University of Stellenbosch, and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, is made up of 37 public and private sector researchers, analysts and experts who pool their knowledge and research to inform policy – and decision-making within South Africa’s food system. BFAP is a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional platform collaborating with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and the University of Missouri, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the Thünen Institute in Braunschweig and is part of the newly established Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI).

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Every year Grain SA presents an Inspiration Award at the Grain Producer of the Year Function. This award is presented to individuals or organisations in appreciation of their excellent contributions to the grain industry, who excelled to achieve extraordinary results in their respective fields and to those who inspired the industry to be more competitive in their commitment to excellence.

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We congratulate two of our BFAP Team members:  Divan van der Westhuizen and Lindsay Trapnell; the authors of the article titled:

How do we compare with "down under"?

This article has been awarded the best article for the month of February by the GrainSA magazine and stands a chance to win the best article of the year. Click Here to download the article.


The Agricultural Writers SA announced the National Farmer, Agriculturist and New Entrant to Commercial Farming of the Year on the 14th of November 2014. Agriculturist of the Year - Prof Ferdi Meyer (Director of BFAP) competed with 6 nominees for the Award. 

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BFAP Baseline

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Baseline 2014 here




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Baseline 2014 here



Recent Reports

 Implications of the National Water Resource Strategy 2 on irrigation agriculture, its economic contribution and the long run sustainability



Land reform in the Free State, the land audit and the way forward to 2030