COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Food System Impact

The outbreak of COVID-19 and measures announced to contain its spread has impacted all of us in almost every way imaginable. The outbreak is considered a “black swan” phenomenon: entirely unexpected, and completely unpredictable.
There is increasing concern whether there will be sufficient food supplies at affordable prices for Southern Africa during and following the containment period. In this regard, BFAP will provide continuous updates of the direct and indirect impacts on South Africa’s food system.

Latest publications

Bi-Monthly Trade Tracker Issue 2 February 2021

This brief reviews the agricultural sector’s full year trade performance for 2020, both at aggregate level, and for key commodities within the grains and oilseeds and horticulture subsectors. This edition also provides a more in depth focus on trade in alcoholic beverages in 2020.

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Published 1 month ago

Bi-Monthly Trade Tracker Issue 1 January 2021

This brief reviews the agricultural sector’s trade performance over the first 10 months of 2020, both at aggregate level, and for key commodities within the grains and oilseeds, livestock and horticulture subsectors.

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Published 3 months ago

Monthly Food Affordability Tracker Issue 7 December 2020

In October 2020, year-on-year inflation for food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 5.4%, with month-on-month inflation amounting to 1.4%. Both of these figures are steep increases compared to the relatively constant growth in prices in 2020Q3.
This is likely a combined result of increased cost pressures in food value chains, combined with a slight rebound in consumer confidence which could signal an uptick in demand.

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Published 4 months ago

Monthly Food Affordability Tracker Issue 6 November 2020

This report considers food inflation trends for Sepetmber 2020 and gives an outlook on what can be expected for the 2020Q4.
There is also a special section devoted specifically to meat affordability.

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Published 5 months ago

Monthly Food Affordability Tracker Issue 5 October 2020

This report explores food inflation dynamics and its underlying causes for the month of August.

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Published 6 months ago

Bi-Weekly Trade Tracker Issue 8 September 2020

This brief considers the current status of grain trade and the shifts in pome fruit exports as EU tariffs on imports impact the destination of choice for SA exporters. It also presents a view on how the import of agricultural inputs have been affected by the pandemic.

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Published 6 months ago