Water footprint graduates"The fact that South Africa is a water-scarce country has been highlighted during the past couple of years, and even city dwellers were suddenly very aware of the drought due to the strict water restrictions."

These are the words of Dr Frikkie Maré, Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS) and one of the graduates who received his PhD on water-footprint assessment studies at the recent June 2018 graduations.

The department is currently involved in various water-footprint and water-management research projects which assist in providing solutions for better water management in the future.

“As a department, we want to be at the forefront of research that will assist all agricultural producers with sustainable production practices to ensure economic, environmental, and social sustainable food and fibre products for the society at large,” said Dr Maré.

The UFS recently conferred two PhD degrees (Drs Enoch Owusu-Sekyere and Frikkie Maré) and one master’s degree (Adetoso Adetoro) in the Department of Agricultural Economics. All three have been working in the field of water-footprint assessment. The research formed part of two different projects that were initiated and funded by the Water Research Commission.

According to Dr Henry Jordaan, Senior Lecturer in this department, four of his students already received their master’s degrees on the topic of water-footprint assessment, while two students are busy with PhDs and three more are working on their master’s degrees.

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Dr Frikkie Maré
Academic Head of Department

The University of the Free State (UFS): Department of Agricultural Economics

Why Agricultural Economics?
  • Our internationally-recognised programme prepares students for careers with professional, competitive salaries.
  • Our students are sought-after throughout the world in agricultural and business environments and are a popular choice when it comes to work opportunities.
  • Exchange programmes present exciting opportunities for students to study at selected overseas universities.
  • We have a rich tradition built upon excellence and established values.
  • We are accessible and centrally located in an area that reflects the biggest part of the agricultural sector of Southern Africa.
  • A pulsating student life and popular residences allow students to participate in sports, cultural, and religious activities, student fun, and training-orientated excursions and projects.
The department is committed to:
  • Improving the welfare of the community through impartially applied economic problem-solving.
  • Continuously improving the human capital of our students and staff.
  • Excellence in public and private endeavours.
  • Creating a feeling of communality by continuous recognition of diversity and devotion to an uncompromising level of inclusivity.
Career Choices:
  • Agri-business
  • Marketing
  • Importing and Exporting
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Irrigation Management
  • Co-op Management
  • Agricultural Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Research and Development

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The department is in the privileged position to have internationally-recognised researchers in its staff component on issues relevant to challenges faced by agriculturists from an economic point of view. This expertise is organised in several centres of excellence.


Student Officer:
Chrizna van der Merwe
Room 1.105
Agricultural Building
T: +27 51 401 2824
F: +27 51 401 3473
E: vdmerwec@ufs.ac.za

Academic Head of Department:
Dr Frikkie Maré
Room 1.105
Agricultural Building
T: +27 51 401 3220
F: +27 51 401 3473
E: mareFA@ufs.ac.za

Postal address:
Department Agricultural Economics
Faculty Natural and Agricultural Sciences
University of the Free State
PO Box 339 (IB 58)


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E: damonsle@ufs.ac.za

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