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Five things happening in SA agriculture today, 17 November 2020

Land reform and value chains on agenda at Ramaphosa's investment conference, African agriculture talks investment and policy shifts, global debate on transformation in sector and structural changes at DEFF

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It is a busy day here on the agricultural fields of Mzansi. Setting the tone for the day is a much-anticipated investment conference, where the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, will discuss land reform and agri value chains.

Staying on the theme of investment, we take a deeper look at a two-day online event discussing investment opportunities within the African agri-food sector.

Then, an Africa dialogue on supply chain, policy and intra-Africa trade, followed by a global debate on transforming agriculture and food innovation systems. There’s also some restructuring taking place at the department of environment, forestry and fisheries.

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Didiza talks land reform and agri value chains at investment conference

President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts his third investment conference today and tomorrow (Tuesday, 17 November and Wednesday, 18 November 2020).

The minister of agriculture, Thoko Didiza is set to discuss land reform and agricultural value chains at the conference.

The investment conference is part of a long-term action plan to grow the economy and will showcase new opportunities for investment in Mzansi.

The 2020 edition of the conference will host a limited number of guests at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, and will be open to the public through online streaming. The sector-focussed panel minister Didiza will participate in will be streamed online at 14:00.

Registration can be done at the South African Investment Conference.

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Investment opportunities in African agrifood sector

Do you want to invest in the African agri-food sector? Then participate in the Investment Food Forum (IFF), taking place today and tomorrow (17 to 18 November 2020).

The event, starting at 11:00, highlights global and regional investment opportunities in agrifood. It also offers attendees a comprehensive overview of the food investment landscape, tracking the flow of capital and asset performance. And it is absolutely free.

During the two-day virtual gathering, industry experts will discuss:

  • women in agriculture;
  • agro-processing;
  • food security;
  • supply chain disruptors in a global pandemic;
  • international imports and exports;
  • intra-Africa trade;
  • finding alternative sources of funding;
  • the cost of capital;
  • latest in agri-tech and more.

Secure your virtual seat at the table by registering now! Click here to secure your virtual seat: The Investment Food Forum.

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Cultivate Africa inaugural dialogue

Bringing together current and former heads of state, private sector leaders, farmer associations, farmers, and more is this year’s inaugural dialogue “Cultivate Africa”.

The two-day virtual event running today and tomorrow (17 to 18 November 2020), is themed “Galvanizing Partnerships for Promoting Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems in Africa in the Shadow of the Covid-19 Pandemic”.

The programme kicks off at 10:00 and attendees can expect technical discussions on the following:

  • Government and Policy
  • Social Protection
  • Domestic Market
  • Intra-Africa Trade
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Women and Agriculture
  • Agribusiness and Finance

Register here: Cultivate Africa

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World debate on transforming agriculture and food innovation systems

Join a global debate on how to foster ecosystems of innovation, transform food systems and build back better from the covid-19 pandemic.

The consultative group for international agricultural research’s programme on climate change, agriculture and food security is today at 17:00 hosting a dialogue in partnership with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

This event will bring together stakeholders from across food systems, from farmers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, activists and more, to reach consensus on priority policies and solutions to win the race against climate change.

Register now: Transforming agriculture and food innovation systems to win the race to zero.

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Restructuring at department of forestry and fisheries

Some house restructuring is set to take place within the department of environment, forestry and fisheries.

Meeting this morning is the portfolio committee on environment, forestry and fisheries for a briefing session on incorporating and streamlining the forestry and fisheries branches within the department.

The virtual meeting will take place at 09:00 and is expected to run until 12:00. Interested individuals can view the virtual meeting via Parliament of the Republic of South Africa YouTube Channel.

Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.
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