Wandile Sihlobo

Head of Agribusiness Research at Agricultural Business Chamber
Location:South Africa

Profile

Wandile Sihlobo is an agricultural economist and head of agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in South Africa. He is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine.
SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over

South Africa's food price inflation numbers continue to surprise us. The figures recently released by Statistics South Africa show that food price inflation remained unchanged in March 2019 at 2.3% for the third consecutive month...

By Wandile Sihlobo 1 day ago

Global grains market developments, and the implications for SA

The March 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the United States Department of Agriculture has provided further evidence that the world will have fairly large maize, soybean, and rice supplies in the 2018/19 season. Meanwhile, wheat production...

By Wandile Sihlobo 1 Apr 2019

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves marginally in Q1 2019

The survey was conducted between 28 February and 15 March and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa...

By Wandile Sihlobo 18 Mar 2019

Changing weather patterns a challenge for South African farmers

Last month I painted a bleak picture of SA's grain and oilseed crop conditions due to the dryness of the central and western parts of the country. So it is only fair that I present an update after good rains in the first two weeks of February. Crop conditions have...

By Wandile Sihlobo 25 Feb 2019

Nigeria surpasses South Africa as sub-Saharan Africa's leading maize producer

Agbiz head of agribusiness research, Wandile Sihlobo compares South Africa's maize yields to a second biggest producer in sub-Saharan Africa - Nigeria...

By Wandile Sihlobo 7 Feb 2019

Good performance in SA agricultural exports despite the drought

Wine is one of South Africa's largest agricultural exports, therefore the growth in its exports contributes positively to the country's agricultural trade balance...

By Wandile Sihlobo 31 Jan 2019

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings...

By Wandile Sihlobo 15 Jan 2019

Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?

South African farmers planted 28,800 hectares of sorghum in the 2017/18 production season - the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37. This is a disappointing picture, given that sorghum was once seen as key to the development of the biofuel industry in South Africa...

By Wandile Sihlobo 2 Jan 2019

South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate lowered

There are growing concerns that the current dry weather conditions in most parts of South Africa could lead to a lower maize harvest in the 2018/19 production season...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 Dec 2018

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 years

Subsequent to a decline from 54 to 48 points in the third quarter of 2018, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened further to 42 in the last quarter of the year. This is the lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2009...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Dec 2018

A brief history of South Africa's maize production

A recently published research paper by agricultural economists Jan Greyling and Philip Pardey in the Agrekon Journal brings home some key points about South Africa's maize production in terms of commercial and smallholder share contribution...

By Wandile Sihlobo 3 Dec 2018

Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods

Celebrations were in order when Kenya recovered from the 2017 drought, when food price inflation was at double digits, causing political tension during the general election, however...

By Wandile Sihlobo 23 Nov 2018

Achieving sustainable food security in South Africa

South Africa is ranked as the most food-secure country in Africa and is 44th out of 133 countries worldwide...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 Sep 2018

Growth and jobs in South Africa's agricultural sector

With NEDLAC's Jobs Summit fast-approaching, agriculture is once again back in the spotlight as one of the sectors that could potentially play a role in job creation...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Sep 2018

Delays in South Africa's wheat tariff publication not helpful

The delays in the publication of adjustments to the South African wheat import tariff are once again causing an interesting pattern...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 Aug 2018

South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape

The United States Department of Agriculture has just released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, which covers most major grains and oilseeds estimates for the 2018/19 production season...

By Wandile Sihlobo 13 Aug 2018

Big jump in employment in South Africa's aquaculture industry

Within the aquaculture space, a notable uptick in jobs was in fish hatcheries and fish farms, with a modest uptick in ocean and coastal fishing jobs...

By Wandile Sihlobo 6 Aug 2018

Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports

With agriculture having its fair share of challenges, Wandile Sihlobo continues the discussion surrounding both domestic and regional developments with a closer look at agricultural trade performance...

By Wandile Sihlobo 19 Jul 2018

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