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Five things happening in SA agriculture today, 8 September 2020

Here's a handy list of webinars, virtual conferences and other events that could sharpen your agriculture skills today

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The largest agriculture and food systems event on the continent kicks off today, while back in South Africa there is an exciting cattle conference taking place.

Also, on Food For Mzansi’s radar are ministerial visits by the Western Cape minister of agriculture, a webinar by female leaders in the sector and another on South Africa’s social protection system hosted by food security South Africa.

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1. Talking resilience in Africa agricultural summit

The tenth annual summit of the African Green Revolution Forum is kicking off its programme this morning at 10:00.

If you have not registered for the weeklong summit, there is still time to be part of the largest agriculture and food systems event in Africa.

The theme of the day is resilience and this will be the main focus of various sessions throughout the day. The first session starts at 11:00 with a look at developing resilience frameworks for sustainable production and consumption. Thereafter, it is all about increasing the capacity of farming households and agricultural systems to better prepare for and adapt to shocks and stresses. This is followed by a closer look at women-led resilience strategies.

Click here for more information or to book your spot at the tenth annual summit of the African Green Revolution Forum.

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2. Calling on all cattlemen and women

Join the CEO of the South African Feedlot Association, Dewald Oliver, at this years Cattleman’s conference.

The event gets under way at 09:00 today with various speakers including Dr Sifiso Ntombela, Dr Mpho Maja and Wandile Sihlobo taking center stage.

The focus this year is on animal health, biosecurity systems, markets, concepts to mitigate disease outbreaks and livestock’s contribution to the agricultural economy. To join the insightful conference, simply click on this link: Cattleman’s conference.

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3. Western Cape ministerial visits to farmers

Southern Cape farmers in the Western Cape province are this morning meeting with the minister of agriculture, Ivan Meyer. The visit is part of Meyer’s ministerial oversight visit to the region.

His meeting with the farmers is set to be followed by a visit to the community vegetable gardens at Oker Primary School in Albertinia. Employees of Agri Phyto, a farm implements factory in this town, can also expect a visit from the minister directly following his school visit.

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4. Women’s fresh perspectives virtual event series

Another eventful day is promised in the second edition of the women’s fresh perspectives virtual event series hosted by the Produce Marketing Association.

This series is developed by and for women in the industry and features competency-based themes, timely topics, and engaging speakers.

The series seeks to help build and strengthen core leadership skills that are important for all leaders, while addressing the broader issues that uniquely affect women leaders.

Today’s programme is split up in four sessions: boost your immunity, social connection, agility in trying times and a workshop session with smaller breakout groups.

Register for free now: PMA Virtual Event Series.

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5. Food Security SA hosts webinar on social protection system

How can South Africa’s social protection system “build back better” after covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted? This is the questions in today’s webinar hosted by Food Security South Africa.

The webinar, hosted by the research centre also is known as the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, will take place at 13:00.

This webinar seeks to explore how it can be ensured that all citizens and residents realise their constitutional right to appropriate and adequate social security, not just during national disasters.

To register and join, click “Social Protection South Africa: Building back better post-covid-19”.

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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