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ment in partnership with key stakeholders such as SAB must develop strategies that allow emerging farmers access to product-value chains within the economy. SAB’s investments in their agricultural projects is closely aligned with this strategy. According to a recent study conducted by Econex, more than 110 000 direct and indirect employment opportunities were created in rural areas through SAB’s investment in the local agricultural sectors. The underlying objective of SAB’s agricultural projects is for the agricultural sector to become financially secure, independent and sus- tainable, with the capacity to provide SAB with quality raw material. This mutually beneficial relationship allows SAB to create a robust supply chain for barley, maize, and hops; while diversifying their sourcing footprint geographically and demographically. Emerging farmers are supported in developing sustainable farming practises and benefit through improved infrastructure, access to market, land acquisition, modern farming techniques and the positive impact their success has on economic growth within their communities. Emerging farmers from Overberg Boerdery Trust