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4 things happening in SA agri today, 11 August 2020

Opportunities for women in agritourism and supplier development, food politics discussed and entries open for Great Wine Capitals competition

Pictured (top left) are Jacqui Taylor, founder of Agritourism SA and (bottom left), Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro. Photo: Supplied.

After a long weekend of celebrating the fierce #SheBosses of agriculture, Agritourism South Africa has invited all women in the sector to join their network in celebration of Women’s Month.

Also, later this morning a banking giant hosts a nation-wide dialogue session with experts on finding ways to support women in supplier development programmes. Another dialogue takes us to Cape Town where food and politics are on the agenda, and players in the Western Cape wine tourism industry are invited to enter the Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2021.


Agritourism SA gives free membership to women

For the month of August, Agritourism South Africa is inviting women in agriculture residing in rural areas to sign up and join their network for free. This is an unique opportunity for farmers to earn additional income, while making a difference in the rural communities and the lives of those visiting their farming enterprises.

To find out more, visit Agritourism South Africa, or contact wadzi@agritourismsouthafrica.com


Absa finds ways to support women

Join the online “Absa Business Day Supplier Development” dialogues series this morning at 09:30 as experts focus on ways to support the livelihoods of women in supplier development programmes.

The discussion will explore various topics and includes renowned speakers Mamoroke Lehobye (managing director of MyCFO), Cecilia Njenga (head of the UN Environment Office in SA), Sekai Chiwandamira (regional chapter manager for ANDE) and Mishinga Seyuba (ESD head for Pick n Pay).

The discussion will explore: 

  • how women’s representation in leadership can contribute to more diverse and sustainable decision-making;
  • the imperative to develop relationships with women-owned businesses across the value chain, to support economic recovery of the communities in which they operate;
  • necessary steps that businesses can take to support women’s rights and nurture their vital roles in supplier development programmes;
  • how to close the economic gender gap; and
  • the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships.

For more information, www.sdawards.co.za.


Food politics debated

Are you up for a panel discussion on food politics?

Later today (at 15:00) the Cape Town Food Dialogues will host experts in a real time panel discussion moderated by Florian Kroll from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape.

The panel discussion will focus on common issues across the theme of food and politics and how the topics indicate similar or divergent risks, opportunities and needs.

Viewers are encouraged to ask questions and join the discussion in the live chat. The event is part of a set of themed panel discussions that will be recorded for viewing by those who could not join the livestream.

To reserve your place, visit Cape Town Food Dialogues now.


Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2021 entries open

Wesgro has extended a call for applications across the Western Cape province for wine producers, wine experiences and wineries to enter the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2021.

Entries for this annual international competition is free of charge and is designed to reward the wineries in each of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s member cities for their excellence in seven different categories, including:

  • Accommodation
  • Wine Tourism Restaurants
  • Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices
  • Architecture & Landscape
  • Art & Culture
  • Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences
  • Wine Tourism Services

Click here and complete the application form along with supporting documents. Deadline for submissions is 30 August 2020.

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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