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What are the opportunities for agricultural business, trade and co-operation in Southern Africa and, in particular, South Africa and Zimbabwe - two of the most significant economies in the SADC region? The competitiveness status of agribusiness - from a global viewpoint - in sixteen food and fibre supply chains in Zimbabwe and South Africa is determined in this study using the Revealed Comparative Advantage method of Balassa. Based on this status, there is potential in certain agro-food chains for supply chain integration and cooperation between agribusinesses in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Such partnerships will improve competitiveness and will allow agribusinesses to compete at the "cutting edge" in the global environment.

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