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.

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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Empowerment projects: successful & sustainable

Transformation through share-equity schemes seems the best way of empowering people.
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Farmers secrets to success

Official statistics aside, there seems to be a wide gulf between farmers who are doing well and those who are not. What are successful farmers doing right?
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Sustainable farming

Caring for farm workers, the environment and one’s finances are all key to farming sustainably. In future, however, these factors will be even more crucial.
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Good news for livestock farmers

The lower grain prices expected during 2013/2014 will be a boon for livestock producers hard hit by drought and high input costs.
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Be an African optimist

The growing African market provides numerous opportunities for South African agriculture.
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