This week’s agriculture events: 14 – 20 June

As usual, there’s lots to add to your calendars this week! This week’s events include multiple auctions, webinars, and even a UN panel discussion. Here's a rundown of informative agriculture events and opportunities for the next seven days. E-mail to have your event added to our weekly calendar

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This week’s agriculture events start off with a webinar from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) focused on developing women executives in agriculture. This week is also World Desertification and Drought Day, highlighting the ever-growing problem of dryland degradation due to human activity and climate change.

This year’s Vinexposium is no longer going to be held in Paris but has been moved online in the form of weekly webinars, so everyone can join.  

Make sure to check out the agriculture events calendar on Food for Mzansi’s homepage, as well as this weekly article published every Monday, giving you the low-down on informative, useful and even lucrative opportunities in the agriculture sector. Email to add your event to the calendar.  

Monday, 14 June

Educating the youth on their role in agriculture

The department of agriculture, land reform and rural development is hosting a Youth Month webinar, focusing on the role of youth in the agriculture sector. The webinar will be led by minister Thoko Didiza and will unpack land reform issues and the opportunities available to young people in the sector.

The session will be live streamed on the social media platforms of both the department and government communication and information system.

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Click here to join the webinar.

Monday, 14 June to Thursday, 17 June

AGRA providing women in agriculture with fundamental skills

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is hosting a webinar for women executives in the agricultural sector entitled “Accelerated women executives training”. Held across four days, the webinar will empower women with skills like strategic planning, marketing and sales, and business governance.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Monday, 14 June to Thursday, 24 June

The Edible Schoolyard’s summer training course is open

The Edible Schoolyard has been providing students with hands-on gardening and food experiences for 25 years. On 14 June, they will be launching the Summer Training at Home program, open to anyone. The program, which takes place online, provides education on the values of nourishment, stewardship, and community.

Each session is subject to registration. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 15 June

Verblyden SA Mutton Merino Studs total dispersal sale

Prospective sheep farmers can head out to the farm Verblyden in Standerton, Mpumalanga, for a chance to bid on various Merino sheep. The auction offers over 150 animals, which are all registered. Bidders can also log onto the BKB digital auction platform to place their bids online.

For more information, click here.

RSVP for the AFASA Youth KZN Road Show 2021

The African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) is hosting their annual KwaZulu-Natal Youth Road Show on 23 June 2021. The event is taking place at Cedara Agricultural College in Pietermaritzburg and registration is mandatory.

To take part, you need to RSVP by 15 June 2021. Contact Andile Mcoyi on 078 461 9032 or Nikiziwe on 079 976 5987.

You can view the flyer here.

An introduction to beekeeping and honey farming

New era farmers interested in beekeeping and honey farming can learn more about the industry by tuning into the Bokamoso Impact Investment webinar today. Bokamoso Impact Investment runs Bee Loved Honey, an initiative created to empower small-scale farmers in North West.

To join the webinar, click here.

ALSO READ: This farmer smiles when she hears bees buzzing

How is Vivino accelerating after the Covid-19 crisis?

The alcohol industry is one of the industries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Usually held in Paris, this year’s Vinexposium is being held online. Wine Paris and Vinexpo Paris 2021 are hosting weekly webinars every Tuesday, for the entirety of June. Tuesday’s webinar will see Laurent David, chairman of LaWineTech, as the main speaker.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, 16 June

Less risk, more reward: Empowering smallholder coffee farmers to better manage risk

Smallholder coffee farmers face a multitude of risks, including pests, disease and adverse weather. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is offering a webinar to coffee farmers on how to reduce those risks. The webinar provides insight into supply chains and includes a question-and-answer session for participants.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Thursday, 17 June

Grass-fed cattle thriving under natural veld conditions.

The annual Bristow Bonsmara production sale, hosted by Bristow Bonsmara and Vleissentraal Auctioneers, is taking place in Bandelierkop, Limpopo. On offer are 30 registered bulls and 110 females. The hallmark Bristow bonsmara thrive under natural veld conditions.

For more information on the auction, click here.

Focusing on regenerating degraded land

Today is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, and to celebrate, the United Nations is hosting a livestream to discuss how regenerating degraded land can improve the economy, create jobs, and increase food security. The livestream will feature a number of panels, and will touch on topics like green economic recovery and the global food system.

You can register here.

Friday, 18 June

Shared access to grow food secure communities

Contributing to the dialogue around the United Nation’s Food Systems Summit, this webinar will unpack food inequalities and people’s access to safe and nutritious food. The webinar aims to look at ways of making nutritious food more affordable and accessible to people experiencing food insecurity.

This event is open to everyone. However, registration is required. Click here for more information.

Sunday, 20 June

Cape Thoroughbred Sales hosting the farm yearling sale 2021

Held on De Grendel Wine Estate in the Western Cape, the annual farm yearling sale features some of South Africa’s top horse breeds. Prospective buyers must complete and sign an application to obtain a buyer’s card before they can participate in the auction.

For more information, click here.

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