Business - Global Farming
Dr Koos Coetzee Dr Koos Coetzee

Dr Koos Coetzee is an agricultural economist with many years’ experience with South African agriculture. In these articles he comments on global and local economic and other trends that affect South African farmers.

Global growth decline for SA

Global growth will accelerate in 2015, but the South African outlook remains subdued.
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A lesson in labournomics

Employment growth in agriculture is only possible if government starts working with the farming sector to limit unfair competition and re-affirm property rights.
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Opportunities in African countries

Exciting opportunities for South Africans are opening up in neighbouring countries.
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To plant or not to plant?

There are many factors that farmers need to take into account when deciding whether or not to plant maize this season.
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Food inflation - who is to blame?

Consumers invariably blame farmers when food prices rise. The reality is very different.
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Safex – ignore at your peril!

In the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 maize marketing years, maize farmers suffered large losses by ignoring the Safex futures market. What about 2014/2015?
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Agriculture’s true role

Farmers can play a key role in achieving the goals of the National Development Plan, but only with government support.
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Land reform proposal - a clear and present danger

The 50% land to farm worker proposal is impractical and has dangerous ramifications.
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The world food situation

Supply and demand remain in tight balance and highly volatile. However, international prices will probably remain near to current levels.
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Climate change can work for you

The spectre of global warming provides interesting opportunities for farmers to boost profits.
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