Sowing the Seeds for a Brighter Future

Urban-Econ provides sound research and strategic development planning services in the agriculture and agro-processing spheres.  The aim is to unlock the underlying development potential of a region by providing practical solutions in agro-economics, agricultural beneficiation, co-operative smallholder farmer development and training.


  • Agricultural Resource Assessment
  • Identification of Development Potential
  • Industry Review
  • Market Demand Assessment
  • Value Chain Mapping & Assessment
  • Enabling Environment Assessment
  • Strategic Interventions towards Value Chain Integration
  • Socio-Economic & Sectoral Profiling
  • Integrated Strategy Development & Master Planning
  • Programme & Project Evaluation

Key projects

Research into the potential for the development of a Commercial Tilapia Industry in South Africa on behalf of the IDC

Training of REID officials on the registration and effective management of cooperatives on behalf of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

Development of the North West Agro-Processing Strategy on behalf of the North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Rural Development



Ruan Oberholzer

Manager: Agri-Business & Project Implementation Unit


012 342 8686