Our Team

Academic Staff


Dr Selma Tuemumunu Karuaihe

Acting Head of Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics

Phone: +27 12 420 4659
Email: [email protected]

Research Focus: Natural resource and environmental economics, mainstream economics and development issues, interest in sustainable development.

If not a Resource Economist, I would be a COMMUNITY ACTIVIST.

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Dr Danie Jordaan

Snr Lecturer in Agricultural Economics

Phone: +27 12 420 5739
E-mail: [email protected]

Research Focus: Agricultural supply chain analysis, agribusiness management, agro-processing, strategy and management development, expert quantum reports.

If not an Agricultural Economist, I would be a KAROO FARMER.

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Dr Moraka Makhura

Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics
Collaborative Centre on Economics of Agricultural R&D (UP ARC)

Phone: +27 12 420 5022
Email: [email protected]

Research Focus: Agriculture and rural finance; food security and rural livelihoods; commercialization and agricultural development; economics of agricultural research and development; multistakeholder partnerships & institutional analysis.

If not an Agricultural Economist, I would be a RADIO ANNOUNCER.

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Dr Odirilwe Selomane

Senior Lecturer 

Phone: +27 12 420 5738
E-mail: [email protected]







Dr Herbert Ntuli

Lecturer in Agricultural Economics 

Phone: +27 12 420 3253
E-mail: [email protected]

Research Focus: Environmental valuation, natural resource management, transboundary resources, CBNRM, energy, water, forestry, wildlife, fisheries, institutions, governance, agriculture and rural development.

If not an Agricultural Economist, I would be a MATHEMATICIAN.

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Dr Wegayehu Fitawek

Part-time Lecturer in Agricultural Economics and Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: +27 12 420 4623
E-mail: w[email protected]

Research Focus: Food systems, food security, food policy, agricultural policy and impact analysis.

If not an Agricultural Economist, I would be a BUSINESS WOMAN.

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Dr Olwethu Loki

Lecturer in Agricultural Extension

Phone: +27 12 420 3249
E-mail: [email protected]

Research Focus: Community and rural development, human and organisational behaviour change, smallholder and rural resource management, and extension programme planning and management.

If not an Agricultural Extensionist, I would be a CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST.

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Dr Christiaan Mostert

Part-time Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics

Phone: +27 12 420 4084
E-mail: [email protected]

If not an Agricultural Economist, I would be visiting weird and wonderful remote places.






Mr Deon Scheepers


Phone: +27 12 420 3252
E-mail: [email protected]

Research Focus: Agribusiness, agricultural risk management and finance, supply chain finance and alternative finance models, and crop insurance and derivatives.

If not an Agricultural Economist, I would be a FARMER.







Visiting Researchers and Extraordinary Staff


Dr Damien Jourdain

Research Fellow in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics / Centre de coopération internationale en  recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)

Phone: +27 12 420 5768
E-mail: [email protected]

Research focus: Water economics and governance, valuation of natural resources, agro-environmental policies, farm modeling, choice modeling

If not an Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist, I would be a PROFESSIONAL GOLFER.

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Prof Charles Machethe

Extraordinary Professor in Agricultural Economics

E-mail: [email protected]

Research Focus: Agricultural and rural development, agricultural and rural finance, agricultural cooperatives, agricultural development policy, land reform, the economics of smallholder irrigation, and farm/ non-farm linkages.

If not an Agricultural Economist, I would be a PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER.



Prof Thomas Lundhede

Extraordinary Professor in Environmental Economics

E-mail: [email protected]

Research Focus: Natural resources and environmental economics, forest economics, and valuation of non-market services.

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Prof Rashid Hassan

Emeritus Professor

Research Focus: Environmental economics




Support Staff


Ms Neo Phalatse

Postgraduate Coordinator

Office: Agricultural Annex Room 3-24
Phone: +27 12 420 5768
E-mail: [email protected]





Ms Yvonne Samuels

Departmental Administrator

Office: Agricultural Annex Room 3-37
Phone: +27 12 420 3246
E-mail: [email protected]

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