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​​​The African Agricultural Leadership Programme

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This initiative is aimed at prominent young professionals and leaders in the African agricultural environment and provides academic and operational experience in the agribusiness environment. The programme is implemented over a three year period as a partnership between the Standard Bank Centre for AgriBusiness Development & Leadership and the Royal Agricultural University in the UK (RAU), and is funded by the African Fellowship Trust (AFT). The programme involves a Master's-level component plus networking and internship placements with South African agribusiness groups.

To date, 18 selected young professionals from Africa have visited South Africa. After an orientation period at Stellenbosch University, they spent six weeks at selected agribusinesses on an industrial internship basis. Participating institutions were KaapAgri in Malmesbury, TSB in Malelane, the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) and Nerpo, Pretoria, Haygrove Tunnels in Grabouw, AgriMega, Bredasdorp, ZZ2 in Moketsi, Standard Bank, Johannesburg, the Stellenbosch Municipality and Pioneer Foods in Paarl.

Academic Research Programme​​

Photo 2.jpgThe Centre participates in postgraduate teaching in agri-management and development at the PhD and Master's level in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Since 2010, twenty-one South African students have been supported through bursaries/scholarships from AgriSeta and SantamAgri, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the African Fellows Trust reflecting a sound demographic, racial and gender balance. The research programme focuses on case studies in agricultural transformation, competitiveness and food security management, and the linking of new farmers/smallholders to commercial agri-food value chains. To date, 41 cases have been developed and are used for teaching purposes.


NDANGA, L.Z.D., LOUW, and A. & VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2010) Increasing domestic consumption of South African wines: Identifying the key market segments of the "Black Diamonds". Agrekon, 49.3


VAN NIEKERK, J.A., VAN ROOYEN, C.J., STROEBEL, A., WHITFIELD, K.P. AND SWANEPOEL, F.J.C. (2010) Towards designing a new agricultural extension service for the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. South African Journal of Agricultural Extension,


SEFOKO, N., VAN ROOYEN, C.J., D'HAESE, L. AND D'HAESE, M. (2010) Good governance and social responsibility in the South African wine industry. Scientific Journal XXV .Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland.

VAN ROOYEN, C.J., ESTERHUIZEN, D AND STROEBEL, L. (2011) Analysing the competitiveness of the South African wine industry, International Food and Agribusiness Management  Review, Vol.14, Issue 4.


D'HAESE, L., NKUNZIMANA, T., VAN DAMME, E., VINK.N. , VAN ROOYEN, C.J., REMAUT - DE WINTER, A-M., STAELENS, L. AND D'HAESE, M. (2011) Kwetsbaarheidanalyse en voedselsekerheidsindicatoren in KwaZulu-Natal. Mededlingen der Zitting, vol.56 (4), Belgium.


Van Niekerk, J .A., STROEBEL, A., VAN ROOYEN, C.J., WHITFIELD, K.P. AND SWANEPOEL,F.J.C.   (2011)   Towards redesigning the agricultural extension service in South Africa: Views and proposals of smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape. South African Journal of Agricultural Extension, Vol. 2.

VAN ROOYEN,C.J. and  ESTERHUIZEN, D. (2012) Measurement and analysis of trends in competitive performance: South African agribusiness during the 2000's. Journal of Applied Management and Finance, Vol. 4, 2012.

DE COCK,N., D'HAESE, M., VINK,N., VAN ROOYEN, C.J., SCHONFELDT,H.C. AND D'HAESE,L. (2013)  Food security in the rural areas of Limpopo province, South Africa. In " Food Security" Vol.5 No 2:269-282

D'HAESE, M., VINK, N., NKUNZIMANA, T., VAN DAMME, E., VAN ROOYEN, C.J., REMAUT, M., STEALENS, L and D'HEASE, L. (2013) Improving food security in the rural areas of KwaZulu - Natal province, South Africa: Too little, too slow. Development Southern Africa, Vol.30 No.3-4:468-490

DEVENDRA, C., SWANEPOEL, F.C.J., STROEBEL, A. AND VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2010) Implications and innovation strategies for enhancing the future contribution of livestock. In: Swanepoel, Frans, Stroebel, Aldo and Moyo, Siboniso. (Eds). The role of livestock in developing communities: enhancing multifunctionality.  The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Waginingen, the Netherlands.


MABAYA, E., TIHANYI, K., KARAAN, M AND VAN ROOYEN, J (2011) (Eds.) Case studies of emerging farmers and agribusiness in South Africa. Sun Press, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

  • VAN ROOYEN, C.J., and KIRSTEN, J.F. (2011) MGK operating Company (Temo Agriservices).

  • KIRSTEN, J.F., AND VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2011) NWK Limited.

  • VAN ROOYEN, C.J., AND KIRSTEN, J.F. (2011) The Sundays River Citrus Company.

  • VAN ROOYEN, C.J., KIRSTEN, J.F. AND HOBSON, S. (2011) The role of big agribusiness in economic transformation.


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2012).Issues in food security, Key note, AgriBusiness Conference, Zambia, Lusaka, 5-6 September 2012


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2012). Scenarios for agriculture in Africa, Key Note address, Ruform Conference, Entebbe, Uganda, 24-28 September 2012

VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2012). Job creation and agricultural development in South Africa, Discussion Leader, IFAMA World Conference, Shanghai, China, 20 June, 2012


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2013). Towards 2050: paradigm choices  for African agriculture, Discussion Leader,  IFAMA World Conference, Atlanta, USA, 16-17 June 2013.


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. GREYLING, J and VERMEULEN, H. (2013). The AGRIMASS project: Aptitudes and skills for agribusiness management, IFAMA World Conference, Atlanta, USA, 16- 17 June 2013.


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2013) Engaging talent to feed the world, IFAMA World Forum, Atlanta, USA, 19 June, 2013.


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2013) The PMA Foundation Talent project, PMA Fresh Fruit Global Convention, New Orleans, USA, 19 October 2013.    


VINK, N and VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2010) Agriculture and Food Security in South Africa. Commissioned by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. HOBSON, S and KIRSTEN, J.F.  (2010)  Transformation and Black Economic Empowerment in South African Agribusiness. Report to the Agribusiness Chamber, 2010.


SWANEPOEL, F and VAN ROOYEN, C.J.  (2011) A Strategic plan for the National Animal Information and Registration System (NARIS), Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Pretoria, 2011.

Maijers, W, Van Rooyen, C.J. and Mustafa, A.  (2012) Agribusiness development in the value chain, Ethiopia. Report to the Governments of Ethiopia and the Netherlands, Addis Ababa.

Van Rooyen, C.J.Greyling, J and Vermeulen, H. (2012) Agribusiness management skills and aptitudes survey. Report for SantamAgri/Agbiz, Pretoria.


Van Rooyen, C.J, Greyling, J, and Vermeulen, H. (2013) Talent and human resource development project, Report to the PMA Foundation, St Louis USA.


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2010) Innovative models for agricultural land reform in South Africa. KwaZulu Natal Planning Symposium, Durban, February, 2010


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2011) whereto with land reform in South African agriculture? Group of 14, Malmesbury.


KARAAN, A.S. VINK, N and Van ROOYEN, C.J. (2012) Reflections on Farmer Support Programmes, Carnegie 3 Conference, University of Cape Town, September 2012.


VAN ROOYEN, C.J. (2012) SA agribusiness management skills and aptitudes analysis, 2012, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa Conference, Bloemfontein, October 2012.