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. Typical farms across South Africa’s key producing regions are constructed according to a standard operating procedure (SOP)...
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).
Here you will find the most recent recent research the BFAP team has produced. Case studies, pure research, and collaboration work can be found here. The most recent Baseline can be found on the Home page and the previous Baselines are available in the Archives.
DECLINING TOBACCO PRODUCTION – ANALYSING KEY DRIVERS OF CHANGE
Since the 1990’s tobacco production in South Africa has decreased significantly. Currently South Africa is producing a third of the tobacco it produced during the 1990’s. This study will research the factors that have resulted in a decrease in tobacco production and investigate what happened to farmers who previously grew tobacco.
An understanding of the driving forces behind the decline of tobacco production will provide an understanding of why many farmers are leaving high value and labour intensive crops. This study aims to identify the key drivers of an enabling environment, especially taking the goals of the National Development Plan into consideration.