Faculty of Commerce and Administration

Agri-Business Centre's Objectives

  • Reveal the fabulous human, material and natural resources that are at the disposal of these agricultural households to fight poverty and unemployment and increase incomes and household food security and nutrition - through teaching, education, research, technology, information and communication, community capacity building and empowerment
  • Assist these agricultural households to mobilise and raise material resources from within themselves and their communities, and from government, social and private sectors in and outside the country to finance themselves as independent, self-reliant and an effective force of social and economic networks of restructuring, empowerment and sustainable development
  • Enable these agricultural households to use their human, material and natural resources and social and economic networks to effect a large-scale sustainable development process and activities for their own benefit, their own communities, the Eastern Cape and South Africa.

The Agri-Business Centre uses five pillars to realise these objectives:

  • Pursue good governance in all institutions, businesses, organisations and bodies that are owned by and run affairs of agricultural households, including common property associations
  • A prosperous network of cooperative enterprises
  • Knowledge and innovation networks of institutions of teaching, education, research, technology and community capacity building and empowerment
  • A network of financial cooperative institutions that are owned by these agricultural households to provide them with all finance solutions including transmission services, lending, insurance and investment
  • An effective cooperative network of retail and consumer markets.

The main activities of the Agri-Business Centre include:

  • Maintaining an up-to-date portal that includes the profile about multiple indices of agricultural households’ deprivation, their land and natural resources base, agricultural value chains and the food systems
  • Access by agricultural households to government and state-owned entities’ products and services
  • Enlisted recipients of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme as development change agents during their training
  • Academic courses offered as short learning programmes, diplomas and degrees for the Agri-Business Centre
  • Professional staff members involved in the activities and programmes of the Agri-Business Centre
  • User-owned, self-financed and democratic land governance institutions, cooperative enterprises, and cooperative financial institutions
  • Social and public economy value chains that co-exist with private economy value chains to produce value for public purpose.