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Food Inflation Brief – August 2021

This report gives an overview of food inflation dynamics, its associated causes and the cost of basic healthy eating for August 2021. Inflation on food and non-alcoholic beverages for August 2021 was higher than expected, at 6.9%, with an increasing trend observed from February 2021. Among food categories, oils / fats (+21.3% year-on-year) and meat […]

BFAP Baseline 2021

Baseline 2021

Perspectives on Agriculture’s GDP performance in Q2 2021

South Africa’s seasonally adjusted GDP increased by 1.2% in the second quarter of 2021, with agriculture growing by 6.2% on the same basis. However, a direct comparison of Q2 2021 to Q2 2020, in real terms, reflects growth of 15.9% – exceptional performance in a weak economic environment. The star performer was the field crop […]

Employment Brief 2021 Q2

This agricultural employment brief interprets and contextualises the latest quarterly labour force survey from Stats SA and provides insights on the major factors driving agricultural employment. Click here to read more.

Food Inflation Brief – August 2021


This report gives an overview of food inflation dynamics, its associated causes and the cost of basic healthy eating for August 2021. Inflation on food and non-alcoholic beverages for August 2021 was higher than expected, at 6.9%, with an increasing trend observed from February 2021. Among food categories, oils / fats (+21.3% year-on-year) and meat […]

SA’s vision of a thriving agricultural sector

September 20, 2021

Tracy Davids and Ferdi Meyer wrote an opinion piece in the Business Day. The article is available here.

Covid-19 and the South African wine industry

September 19, 2021

South Africa has faced multiple waves of COVID-19 infections since March 2020 with various levels of economic restrictions imposed to control the pandemic’s spread. Such actions included intermittent bans on alcoholic beverage sales, which have had a substantial impact on the wine sector. This purpose of this paper is to quantify this impact, using a […]

BFAP Baseline 2021

September 17, 2021

The 2021 edition of the BFAP Baseline was launched on 15 September 2021. The Baseline presents an outlook of agricultural and agro-processing production, consumption, prices and trade for the period 2021 to 2030. It considers the performance of South African agriculture and agro-processing and their contribution to inclusive growth and economic prosperity in the South […]

BFAP Baseline 2021 Event


The following videos of the event are available: The full launch Presentation by Ferdi Meyer (fostering growth and sustainability of inclusive food value chains) Presentation by Tracy Davids (overview of BFAP Baseline – markets, profitability & food prices) Panel discussion (moving from plans to action and successful implementation) Side discussions were also recorded, delving deeper into the specifics […]

Brief on competition in the South African agricultural sector

September 16, 2021

This BFAP brief strives to inform the perennial debate on the extent of market concentration in South Africa’s agriculture sector. The complexity of the country’s food system warrants relevant context on the issue, preventing generalisation and over simplification because of some debilitating data challenges. Read the full brief here and a shortened version that appeared in […]

BFAP Baseline 2021


Baseline 2021

Perspectives on Agriculture’s GDP performance in Q2 2021


South Africa’s seasonally adjusted GDP increased by 1.2% in the second quarter of 2021, with agriculture growing by 6.2% on the same basis. However, a direct comparison of Q2 2021 to Q2 2020, in real terms, reflects growth of 15.9% – exceptional performance in a weak economic environment. The star performer was the field crop […]

Employment Brief 2021 Q2


This agricultural employment brief interprets and contextualises the latest quarterly labour force survey from Stats SA and provides insights on the major factors driving agricultural employment. Click here to read more.

Make kiwifruit part of the agriculture master plan

August 26, 2021

Louw Pienaar and Wandile Sihlobo wrote an opinion piece in the Business Day. Article available here: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2021-08-25-make-kiwifruit-part-of-the-agriculture-master-plan/