South Africa

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South Africa's FANRPAN Node Host – the NAMC

The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) is a statutory body that was established in terms of section three and four of the Marketing of Agricultural Product Act (No. 47) of 1996 accessible online at The mandate of the NAMC as stipulated in the Act is to advise the Minister of Agriculture (now including Forestry and Fisheries) and Directly Affected Groups or stakeholders on issues of marketing of agriculture and food products as guided by the four objectives of the Act. The objectives of the Act are: to increase market access for all market participants, to promote the efficiency of the marketing of agricultural products, to optimise export earnings from agricultural products, and to enhance the viability of the agricultural sector.

In order to deliver on this broad mandate the NAMC has four operational divisions, namely: Statutory Measures, Agribusiness Development, Agricultural Trusts, and Markets and Economic Research Centre (MERC). The South African Node of FANRPAN is hosted within the MERC division of the NAMC.

Markets and Economic Research Centre's three Areas of Focus

MERC is the research division of the organization with its research scope shaped by the organizational research strategy of 2007 as amended. It is important to note that MERC supports (in terms of the research coverage) all the four strategic objectives as set out in Section 2 of the MAP Act...

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