Howzit, Mzansi! The brand-new week kicks off with a brand-new, weekly calendar on Food For Mzansi. Going forward, every Monday morning we’ll bring you the week’s agricultural highlights. Read below, and find the link to the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page.
Monday, 8 February 2021
Tonight on popular farmers’ TV show
This evening at 18:30 it is time for episode 4 of Vir die liefde van die land on DStv. Viewers meet Petrus Ranko Tsotetsi, who dropped everything he knew to honour his late father’s legacy. The show is presented by Food For Mzansi in collaboration with the VKB Group and WYRD Films. Catch tonight’s episode on VIA, channel 147.
Food choices in low- and middle-income countries
This webinar series is to generate evidence to understand how people make food choices in local food environments, specifically what, how, and why people eat the way they do. The focus is on low- and middle-income countries. Tune in at 15:00. Click here for more info.
World Food Security plenary meeting
CFS 47 is a unique global platform where food security and nutrition stakeholders from all over the world agree on policy guidance, review global progress, network and share experiences. The plenary meeting, initially scheduled for October last year, will now be held today. For more info, click here or tune in live from 10:30 today.
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
Webinar on traditional fishing methods
Led by Mike Bruton, a retired scientist, this interactive webinar focuses on an extraordinary variety of traditional methods for catching marine and freshwater fishes and shellfishes. These methods, developed in Africa, will be discussed along with their role in the sustainable use of valuable aquatic resources.
Register here for the Zoom webinar starting at 18:00.
Launch of new book
Hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute, a new book, An evolving paradigm of agricultural mechanization development, is launched online.
It analyses the experiences of eight Asian and five African countries. The authors explore crucial government roles in boosting and supporting mechanisation, from import policies to promotion policies to public good policies.
The book launch is at 16:30 for 17:30. Register here to attend.
Making food systems equitable
This webinar is part of an African dialogue on gender and food systems. It is co-organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute, African Women in Agriculture Research and Development, Africa Women in Agribusiness, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and Pan Africa Farmers’ organisation.
The webinar is part of a series of regional dialogues to discuss how to achieve the triple goal of gender equality, sustainable, and healthy food systems.
Register here to join the webinar at 19:00.
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Virtual global farmer innovation fair
The Global Farmer Innovation Fair is a two-day, virtual broadcast celebrating farmer-led innovation and knowledge sharing that enhances local capacities, stimulates collaboration and strengthens resilience to change.
It will highlight local innovations from small-scale farmers all over the world. This virtual
event will give men and women farmers in Africa and Asia a chance to showcase their innovations and to learn about the activities of others in local innovation and farmer-led participatory innovation development.
Sign up here for the event from 14:00 to 18:00.
Farm food safety webinar
This free webinar is part of a series on risk management for specialty crop producers, presented by the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Small Farms Team at Iowa State University. Find out more here.
Thursday, 11 February 2021
Smarter food safety webinar
The way we get our food from farm to table, the food system, is a shared responsibility and it continues to evolve. Join this webinar for an exciting conversation with Frank Yiannas, FDA’s deputy commissioner for food policy and response. He discusses new initiatives and
innovations that will result in a more digital, traceable, and safer food system.
This event kicks off at 19:00. Click here to register.
‘So, you want to be a farmer?’
This free webinar is part of the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series, a weekly educational series for the small farm community from University of Illinois Extension. This session will discuss the decision to start a farm and the tools and structures you’ll likely need to manage a farm business like a business.
Markets and marketing for farmers
We hear it time and time again – if you want your business to flourish in our tech-riddled world, you need to know how to market it online. So, this is a webinar that you shouldn’t miss.
The Centre for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on markets and marketing.
Friday, 12 February 2021
This auction symbolises a gathering of the different agricultural sectors, as well as the businesses and communities in and around Heidelberg in the Western Cape. For more info, visit the Facebook event or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria West auction