Apart from examining data to determine patterns and trends in economic activity, agricultural economists like 29-year-old Lucius Phaleng also influence and improve the business decisions of clients and agricultural organizations.

As an agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Phaleng advises the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on market access opportunities in the international markets – aking his career a tad more exciting than just collecting data and conducting research.

NAMC economist Lucius Phaleng

NAMC economist Lucius Phaleng

Sum up your job…

I conduct trade research and rigorous analysis to advise the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on market access opportunities in the international markets.

So, what does the day-to-day of your job entail?

I conduct research and more research, and analyse data to create meaning out of it. The research that I produce is converted into articles for NAMC publications and other media platforms.

What qualification do you need for this career?

For one to become an agricultural economist one needs to obtain a qualification in agricultural economics. There are different focus areas, mine is trade research.

What are the character traits you need to be great at your job?

Team work and time management is key. Have an interest in all the continents and their cultures, in terms of what they produce and consume.