The unit provides statistical services to ARC and external clients, providing these services to scientists from industry, government and universities. Typically, the unit does in the region of 2500 statistical consultations with ARC scientists and external clients per year, review more than 50 scientific articles, and co-authored a number of scientific publications. The unit also reviews proposals, presents papers at conferences, and facilitate workshops and training courses.

The unit participates in a community of practice (CoP) on M&E in Science Councils and participates in organisation-wide initiatives, such as the value proposition for the National Public Good Assets, managed by the ARC as a critical precondition for any breeding programme.

The unit digitised a farm assessment toolkit, and a functional application is used with stakeholders in practical application. The toolkit addresses a key limitation; a lack of data on land and farmer potential and performance, which should inform agricultural support and policy. Commodity standards used to determine productivity in the App are updated annually with commodity specialists in the ARC and commodity organisations.​

​The unit leads a work package in the EU funded DIVAGRI (Revenue Diversification in Africa through bio-based and circular Agricultural Innovations) project. 



The project addresses limitations of smallholder systems, investing in ​productivity through seven bio-based technologies and associated business solutions, adapted to rural Africa​n contexts. The ARC is part of a consortium of 20 European and African R&D organisations in this incentive. The unit developed and implemented the project’s analytical framework ​​with partners​ in Europe and Africa and engaged rural end-users at 16 sites in five particip​ating countries. The resulting baseline re​ported, a​nd cross-country comparison were completed and are available. These reports describe current production systems, livelihoods and farmer strategies in order to inform project implementation. The project addresses transition to a circular bio-economy as having the highest potential for sustainable growth of rural livelihoods.

Eleven DIVAGRI project pilot sites for bio-based technologies that can generate income are being setup in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana and Mozambique. Successful technologies will then be rolled-out to 15 farmer field demo sites. A Situational analysis report was prepared in collaboration with the respective partner organizations.  The report included characteristics such as climate and soil conditions, on-site challenges, infrastructure, land ownership and size, crops produced, value chains, degree of mechanization, how inputs and produce transported, mobile phone usage and wifi availability.

A subset of the main characteristics of demo sites, can be found here.​

​NAT​IONA​​L PLAS REPORT - A comprehensive scientific analysis of the PLAS project

​​Click HE​RE ​to download the Report​

Contact the Agrimetrics​ team now to ensure:

  • Proper statistical experimental planning​

  • Correct data analysis of the results

  • Correct interpretation and representation of the results

  • Assistance with writing statistical procedures in reports, theses and publications

  • Your place in one of our statistical training courses and workshops


Courses available are:

Bas​​ic stats courseMs Nicolene CochraneOn request
Excel and applied stats

Ms. Nicolene Cochrane
Ms. Cynthia Ngwane
Mr. Eric Mathebula

On request
Survey and questionnaire dataMs. Cynthia NgwaneOn request
Experimental design

Dr Mardé Booyse
Ms. Liesl Morey

On request
Multivariate analysis

Ms. Marieta can der Rijst
Ms. Nombasa Ntushelo

On request​

Meet our staff:​

Liesl.jpg​Liesl Morey
Northern Group

Nicolene.jpgNicolene Cochrane
Northern Group
EricMathebula.jpgEric Mathebula
Northern Group
Cynthia.jpgCynthia Ngwane
Northern Group
Marietta.pngMarieta van der Rijst
Southern Group
Mardé Booyse.pngMarde Booyse
Southern Group
Nombasa.pngNombasa Ntushelo
Southern Group

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