Louw is an agricultural economist at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture at Elsenburg. Working in the division for macro and resource economics, he is involved in multi-sector analysis and research on economic impacts on agriculture in South Africa and the Western Cape. He is interested in rural development and the role of agriculture in development and food security. Louw holds a M.Sc. in agricultural economics at the University of Stellenbosch and have been involved in research with the Bureau of Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) since 2010. Other fields of study include International Trade, Livelihood and Poverty analysis and Labour market outcomes within an agricultural context.