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AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS RESEARCH IN SOUTH AFRICA’S PUBLIC SECTOR: THE ROLE OF THE NAMC

This commentary argues that, unlike in most successful countries elsewhere both in the developed and developing world, public agricultural economics research capacity in post-apartheid South Africa is not optimally organized – and therefore not properly geared – to enable relevant and good quality economic research output.  Instead one finds scattered islands of capacity within government […]

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DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT (1994 ONWARDS) POSTURE TO AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES IN SOUTH AFRICA – IS THIS AN INHERITED PROBLEM OR OWN CREATION?

This commentary ponders the questions: Whose decision was it to liberalise agricultural trade at the rate we did, was it the democratic government policy direction or the policies of the apartheid government? Was it wise for South Africa to take developed country commitments following the signing of the Uruguay Round Agreement and the subsequent deregulation […]

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COMMENTARY: WHERE TO WITH AFRICAN REGIONAL INTEGRATION?

The desirability and necessity of African economic integration is largely not in dispute. However, despite the support from African governments, progress in African regional economic integration has been slow. This commentary summarises discussions held at the recent Tralac Annual Conference 2016 with a theme “Towards Rules-based Governance in African Trade and Integration?”.

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