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Water footprint assessment framework for grapes

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By Lucinda Heyns

New Winetech funded project 2018 - The overall aim of this project will be to integrate various datasets into a framework that will simplify Water Footprint (WF) assessments, with a specific focus on grape production and its derived products. Knowledge of water footprints allows for benchmarking and can help to identify areas in the production chain where improvements can be made where it will have the biggest impact on reducing water use.
The WF can be seen as an indicator of sustainability.  It indicates the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services used.  The WF can be measured for a single process, such as growing grapes, for a product, such as a bottle of wine, or for an entire company/winery.
Remote sensing provides new tools for global WF assessment and represents an innovative approach to regional and global irrigation mapping, enabling the estimation of green and blue water use at a range of spatial and temporal scales.  Information related…

Developing a research information system for three South African agricultural industries

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New Winetech funded project 2018 - Organisations that fund research and those that perform research are subject to the same accountability pressure: to provide evidence of value-for-money, often expressed as impact, in relation to the research investments made. Methods to assess the scientific impact and contribution of research, although not perfect, are well-established. It includes counting the scientific outputs of research and tracking the numbers of citations to publications in the scientific literature. Measures to assess the broader impact of research, especially outside the university, are however very much still in their infant shoes. It is against this background that the study proposes to combine, in a research information and management system (called RIS-Agric), select elements of four evolving but already state-of-the-art approaches for measuring the industry impact of research. RIS-Agric will be developed for three South African funders of agricultural research: Winete…

Unlocking market value in South Africa’s old vine resources

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New Winetech funded project 2018 - The question of whether, how and why market value in South Africa’s old vine resources may be unlocked for the South African wine category is gaining momentum. And, it has been raised at a time when brand owners and marketers in the SA bottled wine category are intensifying efforts to leverage brand associations to raise the category’s status, reputation, competitive advantage and average price points. This is envisaged to accelerate growth and sustainability across the value chain. However, very little market research or scholarly attention in organisational, economic and marketing sciences has meant that practitioners have been unable to get a glimpse into whether value for the old vines wine category and its resource base can be unlocked in the production, competitive and consumer exchange domains of the market. The aim of this project is to open this line of research to understand whether, why and how inherent market value could be unlocked in Sou…