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.

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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Time to set the record straight

Large-scale commercial farming is as environmentally friendly and socially responsible as any other type of farming. It is our duty to explain this to the consumer.
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Solving food insecurity

A nation can only be fed by supporting commercial agriculture and growing the economy.
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Grain outlook: don’t be misled!

Maize prices are currently at record levels, while future prices are much lower, creating uncertainty amongst maize producers and maize users.
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FMD-free status: Sorry, but it’s just not enough!

The joy at recovering our FMD-free status must not overshadow the need to prevent FMD and other diseases from striking again.
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Farmers face tough year

Global economic conditions are improving, but in South Africa, both consumers and farmers will continue struggling to make ends meet.
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Benefits – what benefits?

Theoretically, trade agreements benefit all trading partners – but currently, this is patently untrue in the case of South Africa.
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Ninth World Trade organisation

Why the recent WTO gathering in Bali proved disappointing from a farming perspective.
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Will SA be able to feed others?

Our farmers have the ability to provide food for sub-Saharan Africa. But government has to make conditions for farmers more attractive. Retaining our skilled producers is crucial for food security.
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