Agriculture Biotechnology

Agriculture in South Africa still forms a critical part of the country’s socio-economic and socio-political stability, with a large percentage of the population’s livelihood dependent on the need to build a globally competitive sector that will be able to withstand incoming agricultural produce from the rest of the world. This sector is central to the National Development Plan where Government aims to eliminate income poverty from 39% to 0% and reduce inequality by reducing the Gini Coefficient from 0,69 to 0,6. Core to delivering on these aspirations, is the need to develop and support an inclusive agricultural economy that should create new direct and indirect jobs and to maintain a positive trade balance from primary and processed agricultural products. For agriculture to contribute to these aspirations, the country has developed a multiple policy instrument with technology innovation playing a significant role towards a globally competitive sector.


To build a portfolio of agriculture technologies with potential for commercialisation and to contribute towards competitive, sustainable and inclusive agriculture and agri-business value chains.

Operational Objectives

  • Supporting the creation of an enabling environment for agricultural technology innovation;
  • supporting the development and demonstration of attractive agricultural technology innovations;
  • facilitating commercialisation of de-risked technologies; and
  • improving the diffusion of appropriate agricultural technologies to small-scale and emerging farmers.