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Four things happening in SA agriculture today, 15 October 2020

International Day of Rural Women, Agri Western Cape announces new leadership, international brewing and drinks webinar and new episode of TV show focusing on farmers

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Today the world marks International Day of Rural Women with a special focus on building rural women’s resilience in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

Food For Mzansi also tracks two online events set to mark a new chapter in agriculture. First up is Agri Western Cape’s online annual congress followed by an international brewing and drinks webinar.

Also, excitement is peaking ahead of the second episode of the raw, real and cutting-edge agricultural TV show, Vir die liefde van die land (“For the love of the land”).

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International Day of Rural Women

Today the world celebrates International Day of Rural Women with a special theme, “building rural women’s resilience in the wake of covid-19.”

It is widely known that despite the fundamental role women play in agriculture, food security and nutrition, they continue to be disadvantaged. This year’s theme shows the urgent need to create awareness of women’s struggles, their needs, and their critical and key role in our society.

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Agri Western Cape to announce new leadership

Agri Western Cape is hosting their online annual congress today. A highlight of the programme kicking off at 11:00 is the presidential address by Cornie Swarts and the announcement of Agri Western Cape’s new president and vice president.

Those attending will also see guest speakers Dr Benjamin Dent and Prof. André Louw address the virtual crowd. Dr Dent is the senior associate at Value Chain Management International and an expert in agri-food sector value chains. Prof. Louw, on the other hand, specialises in agribusiness, strategic marketing and risk management as well as value chains and more.

Also on the list of speakers are Agri SA’s president, Pierre Vercueil, and the Western Cape minister of agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer.  Registrations for this online gathering have unfortunately closed.

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Topical issues discussed at international brewing and drinks webinar

Are you keen on exploring new technologies and getting fresh ideas and perspectives along with bonding with stakeholders in the brewing and drinks industry in Africa?

Attend the AFMASS Food Expo Sustainable Brewing and Drinks in Africa webinar starting at 11:00 this morning.

The international webinar brings together the key stakeholders from the brewing and drinks industry supply chain who will seek to unearth the opportunities, challenges and market trends that the brewing and drinks industry in Africa must adapt to as the covid-19 pandemic continues.

Topical issues at the webinar will include:

  • Operations and trade outlook of the brewing and drinks industry in Africa.
  • Technology and innovations; and
  • Sustainability, investments and regulatory outlook of the industry in Africa

Speakers to attend include South Africa’s Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela (founder and brewmaster at Brewsters Craft), Ethiopia’s Duncan Kimani (director of manufacturing for Coca-Cola beverages Africa), Nigeria’s Oladapo o. Loto (brewing, beverages and distilling consultant for Applied Brewing Solutions), Enaut Anderson (Africa sales director for Global Water and Energy), Kenya’s Alex Chappatte (founder of Savannah Brands) and Tanzania’s Nitin Menon (group general manager for Sayona Fruits).

To register for the webinar, click here: Sustainable Brewing and Drinks in Africa MasterClass Webinar.

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TV show documents farmer’s triumph and passion

Excitement is peaking ahead of the second episode of the brand-new agricultural TV show, Vir die liefde van die land (“For the love of the land”).

In the episode airing tonight at 18:00 on VIA, DStv channel 147, cameras follow Alfreda Mars and farm workers as they farm together just outside Moorreesburg in the Western Cape.

The passionate farmer tells TV host Ivor Price about her farming journey and discusses issues that include being overlooked for drought-relief funding despite her success, and wanting to quit many times.

Read: Alfreda honours father’s legacy through farming excellence

The ten-episode Vir die liefde van die land series is proudly presented by Food For Mzansi in collaboration with the VKB Group and WYRD Films. Repeats of the show happen on Saturdays at 10:30, Sundays at 20:00 and Mondays at 08:00. 

  • Do you have an upcoming event that should be on Food For Mzansi’s watchlist? Drop us an email to diary@foodformzansi.co.za and we’ll do our best to include it in this weekday feature.
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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