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Competition, Concentration and Employment in the Food Sector

Venue: CCRED Seminar Room, 1st Floor, 6 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Date:
23 Aug 2017 to 24 Aug 2017
Time: 9:00

Joint colloquium by CCRED, the CoE in Food Security and PLAAS

Globally, the food system is characterized by increasing concentration and financialization. This is also true for South Africa where there has been a rapid reduction in the number of farming units since deregulation in the 1980s and increasing concentration at the processing, distribution and retail levels of the agricultural value chain.

There have also been numerous cases of cartel conduct and unilateral abuse of market power in this sector. In some markets; notably fertiliser, seeds, and retail, similar competition concerns are evident across the region and so too, are the firms that perpetrate them. Several researchers across southern Africa are evaluating the effects of concentration, market power and financialisation on workers, firms and farmers in the food sector. 

This colloquium brings these researchers together to discuss key areas of their work with the view to identifying common questions and joint research opportunities. The colloquium will also work towards formulating practical policy proposals for food systems across the region.