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Blog
© FAOALC
By Tamara Paremoer and Simon Roberts

In 2016 the South African poultry sector faced intense pressure from two sides in the form of much higher input costs and increased imports of low-...

28 March 2017
Blog
© Beyond Access Initiative
By Itumeleng Makgetla

South Africa has some of the highest rates of joblessness in the world and youth unemployment is particularly severe. Roughly two in five young Sou...

24 March 2017
Blog
© ILRI
By Katrina Jurva

Walk into any supermarket and you will find a mix of products to stock the kitchen. It’s easy to assume that many of the goods on offer are sourced...

23 February 2017
Blog

Supermarkets are a key route to market for many suppliers of food and household consumable products. The growth of supermarket chains in southern A...

10 February 2017
Research Brief
Iron ore loaded trains, Saldanha terminal, South Africa. © jbdodane
By UNU-WIDER

Driven by rapid growth in mining and related infrastructure investment, exports of machinery and equipment from South Africa to other Southern Afri...

05 February 2017
Research Brief
Transport truck, P.W. Botha Airport, South Africa. © Bob Adams
By UNU-WIDER

Transport and logistical efficiencies are critical factors in the competitiveness of regional value producers. The relatively high cost of regional...

30 November 2016
Research Brief
By UNU-WIDER

Rising levels of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have led to an increase in the world’s average surface temperature, and further increases ar...

28 November 2016
Research Brief
Western Cape, South Africa © John Hogg / World Bank
By UNU-WIDER

Agriculture is critical to South Africa’s future economic growth, job creation, and national food security. However, the sector is directly affecte...

25 November 2016
Research Brief
Rolling farmland, Western Cape, South Africa. © Christopher Griner
By UNU-WIDER

Increased demand due to growing urban populations poses critical challenges for local industrialization in southern Africa. Such challenges are exe...

21 November 2016
Research Brief
Farming village near Iringa, Tanzania © Wolff / UN Photo
By UNU-WIDER

Previous studies have shown a general warming in most of Africa as a result of climate change. Further increases in surface temperature and evapora...

17 November 2016
climate
Research Brief
Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa. © John Hogg / World Bank
By UNU-WIDER

Supermarkets in Southern Africa have undergone significant growth in recent years. Some countries continue to import large amounts of food and rela...

10 November 2016
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