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GTAP Resource #5169

"The Cash Cows, Dogs, Stars and Problem Children of the South African Agricultural Sector"
by Joubert, Christo

This paper investigates the development path of different agricultural sectors over the past 10 years in order to identify those sub-sectors that can contribute significantly towards reducing poverty and increasing food security. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) matrix was used to analyse growth patterns for different agricultural sub-sectors and classify them as cash cows, dogs, stars and problem children. The results show that the real average growth for the agricultural sector over the last ten years was 5.64 %. Of the 44 agricultural sub-sectors, 9 sub-sectors show a negative growth. The BCG matrix indicates one cash cow industry (sugar cane), eight dogs’(Sisal, Cotton, Tobacco, Tea, Chicory, Mohair, Fry peas, Dried fruit), fourteen stars (Fowls slaughtered, Maize, Cattle & calves slaughtered, Milk, Vegetables, Deciduous and other fruit, eggs, Citrus fruit, Wheat, Potatoes, Hay, Viticulture, Sheep and goats slaughtered, Pigs slaughtered) and twenty one problem children. Intervention by public-private sector is necessary to unlock the potential of the problem children, maintain the momentum of the stars, extent the life of the cash cow and decide on the future of the dogs/pets.

Resource Details (Export Citation) GTAP Keywords
Category: Econometric Application
Status: Published
By/In: International Journal of Agricultural Management.
Date: 2011
Version: Volume 1, Issue 1
Created: Joubert, C. (1/9/2017)
Updated: Batta, G. (1/9/2017)
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- Economic development
- Economic growth

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