Wandile Sihlobo

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Wandile Sihlobo
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Born (1990-10-16) October 16, 1990 (age 33)
Eastern Cape, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
CitizenshipSouth Africa
  • B.Sc
  • M.Sc
Alma mater
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Stellenbosch University
OccupationAgricultural Economist

Wandile Sihlobo is chief economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz). Sihlobo is a commissioner at the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC).

He is the author of Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity and Agriculture.

Sihlobo is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine. He also contributes to Fin24 and Daily Maverick.

Sihlobo is a member of the South African Agricultural Economics Association.

He has previously served as an economist at Grain South Africa (Grain SA).

Sihlobo holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

In 2018, Agricultural Writers SA named Sihlobo an Agriculturalist of the Year. In 2019, Sihlobo was on the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans.


  • Sihlobo, W. essay in Parsons, R. (2020). Recession, Recovery & Reform. Jacana Media, South Africa. EAN 9781431429882.
  • Sihlobo, W. (2020). Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity and Agriculture. Pan Macmillan, South Africa. ISBN 9781770107168.
  • Sihlobo, W., & Kapuya, T. (2018). Why Land'Expropriation without Compensation'is a bad idea. CDE Viewpoints No. 2, July 2018.
  • Sihlobo, W. (2018). The effect of land expropriation without compensation debate. FarmBiz, 4(11), 10–11.
  • Sihlobo, W. (2017). South Africa’s land reform: How it could work. Farmer’s Weekly, Volume 2017 Number 17022, Jun 2017, p. 14 – 25.
  • Sihlobo, W. (2016). An evaluation of competitiveness of South African maize exports. MScAgric thesis Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Sihlobo, W., & Nel, L. (2016). Is South Africa’s agricultural sector addressing inclusive socio-economic development?. Opportunity for Change, 65. ISBN 9781928332244. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24184.06407
  • Kapuya, T., & Sihlobo, W. (2016). Prioritisation of South Africa's orange export market in the Far East. FarmBiz, 2(9), 16–17.
  • Sihlobo, W., & Kapuya, T. (2016). Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index remains low: agribusiness update. FarmBiz, 2(7), 12–13.
  • Sihlobo, W. (2016). Review of the domestic and global wheat markets: business-wheat market. Farmer’s Weekly, 2016(16018), 42–43.
  • Sihlobo, W. (2016). Increased investment in research could potentially save South Africa’s wheat sector. Africa at LSE (24 Aug 2016). Blog Entry.
  • Sihlobo, W. (2014). South African maize market structure and East African export opportunities under the spotlight. Bothaville: Grain SA. www.grainsa.co.za/south-african-maize-market-structure-and-east-africanexport opportunities-under-the-spotlight.
  • Kapuya, T., & Sihlobo, W. (2014). South Africa’s maize exports: A Strategic Export Market Analysis model approach. Conference Paper for the 52nd Annual Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) Conference 2014.

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