China to Adopt Genetically Modified Maize and Soy: Why it Matters for South Africa

Farmers drive sprinkler irrigation machines in a wheat field in East China’s Jiangsu province. Costfoto/Future Publishing via Getty Images Wandile Sihlobo, Stellenbosch University Something important for global agriculture happened this past week but received minimal media coverage. The Chinese National Crop Variety Approval Committee released two standards that clear the path for cultivating genetically modified […]

Rising Food Prices Hit Poor People the Hardest: a Close Look at Inflation in South Africa

Food prices in South Africa are rising. Photo by Chen Cheng/Xinhua via Getty Images Jannie Rossouw, University of the Witwatersrand Concerns about rising food prices are making the headlines across the world as pressures mount in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The war has driven up prices of commodities, including wheat, which is […]

Enforcing Competition Would Ease Food Price Hikes in East and Southern Africa

A woman selling produce at the Manzini Wholesale Produce and Craft Market in Swaziland. Edwin Remsberg/VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Grace Nsomba, University of Johannesburg and Simon Roberts, University of Johannesburg Small and medium-scale farmers and agri-businesses in east and southern Africa are getting a raw deal. To succeed they need fair and integrated […]