Four things happening in SA agriculture today, 16 October 2020

Pictured (from left) Ruth Hall, professor at PLAAS at the University of the Western Cape, Dr Hlamalani Ngwenya, lecturer at the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of the Free State and Thoko Didiza, minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development. Photo's: Supplied

Today the world marks World Food Day, an event that aims to address global hunger and strives to eradicate insufficient nutrition across the world.

Agriculture has come to the fore to tackle hunger issues that affect over 19 million people in South Africa in a list webinars and meetings.

On a less sombre note, there is also an opportunity for entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the field of agriculture.


World Food Day dialogue

The department of agriculture, land reform and rural development (DALRRD), Water Research Commission (WRC), University of KwaZulu–Natal and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) are inviting you to a virtual dialogue that will commemorate World Food Day.

The two-hour celebration will be addressing how we as a country can strengthen our indigenous crops and food systems as part of transforming food systems and tackling underlying inequalities in the current food system post covid-19.

To be part of this transformative workshop that will start at 09:00 this morning be sure to click on this link to secure your seat virtually.


KZN World Food Day event

If you happen to be near the eNyokeni Sports Arena in KwaZulu-Natal at 10:00 this morning, do join in on an event that touches on the efforts to rebuild and recover the economy for the sake of the poor and the hungry in the province.

The occasion will be graced by the presence of His Majesty, the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for agriculture and rural development, Mrs Bongi Sithole-Moloi.

King Goodwill has called on all the inhabitants of the province to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The theme for this event is “Our actions are our future. Healthy diets for a #ZeroHungerWorld”.


The struggle for equitable food systems

This afternoon academics and activists from the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), the Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) and the C19 People’s Coalition Food Working Group will debate and share insights in a two-hour virtual discussion that will unpack how we can end hunger and ensure that everyone has a right to food.

The online dialogue will see panellists debate and share recent and ongoing research on the devastating impacts of covid-19. This includes increased levels of hunger around the world, massive disruptions to the food system and loss of incomes to buy food.

To be part of this debate tune in virtually before 14:00 this afternoon!


Agripreneurs hurry up and apply!

Today is the final day for agripreneurs to apply for an urban-based agriculture initiative that is already empowering a whole new generation of visionary entrepreneurs in Gauteng.

The “Grow the City” urban agriculture initiative aims to find, develop, fund and support aspiring young entrepreneurs with a keen interest in agriculture or agribusiness. They will also assist you to get into, and effectively utilise the agriculture value chain.

The movement is brought to you by a collective of well-established role players, namely: WIBC, the Jobs Fund and GWK. All of them are fully committed to developing the most sustainable urban agricultural ecosystem in the Gauteng Province through entrepreneurship, innovation and the use of cutting-edge technology.

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit that is just waiting for the right opportunity to blossom? Follow this link to find out the baseline criteria and how to apply!

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