South Africa was struck by widespread drought in 2015 which caused extensive devastation and damage to crops, livestock and the economy. The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) unit conducted research into the effects of the drought for the country and the resultant report is the Policy Brief on the 2015/2016 Drought.

“This report evaluates the impact of the current drought on the South African economy, on commercial and smallholder producers, and on consumers. Whilst the impact of the drought on current prices is undeniable, the effect of the depreciation in the value of the Rand also remains undisputed. It not only shifts the level of the import and export parity price band, but also impacts on every stage of the food value chain.” – Policy Brief on the 2015/2016 Drought

To read the report, click here.

BFAP is a non-profit company where the University of Pretoria (UP) holds a position on the advisory board together with the other founding members of the network. The company offers advisory services through Enterprises University of Pretoria’s Research Solutions.