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The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) is a non-profit company, founded in 2004 with the purpose to inform decision-making by stakeholders in the agro-food, fibre and beverage complex by providing independent research-based policy and market analyses. BFAP has offices at the University of Pretoria, the University of Stellenbosch, and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and consists of 40 public and private sector analysts and experts who pool their knowledge and research to inform decision-making within South Africa’s food and beverage sector.

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy has recently signed Memorandom of Understanding (MoU) documents between

  • BFAP and DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) and
  • BFAP and Fort Hare University. 

The Bureau is looking forward to collaboration with the above mentioned institutions.


The Integrated Value Information System
  The latest initiative BFAP has undertaken is known as the Integrated Value Information System (IVIS) and is in essence a spatial modelling system which integrates economic and spatial modelling approaches into one advanced system that is designed to answer the current and future policy and business questions in the South African agricultural environment. Access the System by clicking on the Logo. 


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The competitiveness of South African broiler production

Poultry is a critical subsector within South African agriculture, as the single largest contributor to gross agricultural production value. Its contribution is further amplified through substantial up- and
downstream multiplier effects associated with a long, integrated value chain. In 2015, 40% of total
animal feed consumption in South Africa was attributed to broiler production (AFMA, 2016).

Download the full article summarizing key issues the Poultry industry is facing. 

Also see the report by BFAP, Evaluating the competitiveness of the South African broiler value chain.

The impact of the 2015/2016 drought 

The impact of the 2015/16 drought has been farreaching. Since the end of 2015, the severity of the drought has been evident across the key summer crop production regions. The greatest shock occurred in the white maize market where the total area under production plummeted by more than 25%. This has caused the local market to move from export to import parity price levels.

Download the full article here.


Press release on Food Inflation Expectations for 2016 and beyond

Recently there has been another wave of media reports on the impacts of the drought and the potential increases in food prices. In January BFAP projected that year-on-year inflation of the staple food basket would reach 29%. Download the full report HERE


BFAP's initial analyses on the 2015/2016 drought feature in Business Day: 

The worst drought since the early 1990s has put farming back on the front pages. And it has highlighted the short-and long-term policy issues affecting the sector.

It’s worth putting the drought in macroeconomic context though, first in that it affects only some crops, but not others, and second in the sense that SA’s food price woes this year aren’t just about the drought. Read the article HERE


BFAP's Tracy Davids and Diana Mawoko formed part of a discussion around the current drought the country is facing which was broadcast on Business day TV, Soweto TV and Kyknet. Prof Ferdi Meyer was also interviewed on the topic, together with Danie Roodt on "Nasie in gesprek".

 In the October 2015 Edition of the Oilseeds focus magazine an article on the competitiveness of the soya bean value chain by Prof. Ferdi Meyer was featured.

South Africa is currently facing the most severe drought since 1991; in KwaZulu Natal the worst in 73 years. It is clear that a comprehensive plan to manage this drought and ensure food security is needed.

Prof Ferdi Meyer together with the minister of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr. Senzeni Zokwana,  participated in a discussion with Freek Robinson in his show on KykNet: Robinson Regstreeks around the drought South Africa is currently experiencing. 


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Recent Reports



Evaluating the competitiveness of

the South African broiler value chain




Policy Brief on the 2015/2016 Drought