The who’s who of South African agriculture convened at the launch of Wandile Sihlobo’s latest book, A country of two agricultures: The disparities, the challenges, the solutions. The event, recently held in Johannesburg, served as a platform to engage in a constructive dialogue about the sector’s future.
With influential attendees, including agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza, and the active participation of enthusiastic young agriculturists, the evening became a forum for insightful discussions and inspiration.
Sihlobo, chief economist at Agbiz and member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential economic advisory council, shared his deep insights into the persistent challenges within the sector. His latest work reflects his dedication to addressing the existing disparities and fostering growth in the industry.
Experts believe A country of two agricultures distinguishes itself with its thorough analysis, considering both domestic and international factors shaping South Africa’s agriculture. By illuminating these complexities, Sihlobo offers practical guidance for the government and the private sector, aiding them in navigating risks and seizing emerging opportunities.
What sets the book apart is its foundation in the real-life experiences of farmers, giving it a genuine voice that resonates with those actively involved in the sector. It also presents a robust framework to empower black farmers, enhance their competitiveness, and bolster national food security.
A notable aspect of the event was the active involvement of young individuals. Their energy and innovative ideas injected a sense of hope into the discussions, underscoring the vital role of engaging the youth in shaping the nation’s agricultural destiny.
The event was further enriched by the presence of Didiza who elaborated on government’s stance on land reform, addressing concerns and furnishing insights into comprehensive plans for advancing the agricultural sector.