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This week in agriculture: 8 to 14 March 2021

Happy Monday, Mzansi! Buckle up, another exciting week in agriculture awaits. Highlights include the International Women’s Day celebrations, two sanitary and phytosanitary workshops and an AfCFTA event for traders

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With another exciting week in agriculture coming up, we check out some of the upcoming local and global events, webinars and workshops. Remember, Food For Mzansi’s calendar on our homepage is frequently updated with new events. This article also gives you the low-down on some of the highlights.

Monday, 8 March 2021

International Women’s Day

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, will deliver the keynote address at the International Women’s Day webinar hosted by Corteva Agriscience and GIBS. Photo: GCIS/Flickr
The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, will deliver the keynote address at the International Women’s Day webinar hosted by Corteva Agriscience and GIBS. Photo: GCIS/Flickr

We’re celebrating this day it in partnership with Corteva Agriscience and GIBS. Join us live from 10:00 to 12:00 on Food For Mzansi as we live-stream a panel discussion on women in agriculture.

Leaders from across Africa will deliberate on how agriculture can construct an enabling atmosphere for women entrepreneurs.

Option 1: Catch the livestream from 10:00, right here:

Option 2: Attend the two-hour webinar on Zoom.

Animal AgTech Innovation Summit

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The 2021 summit is going virtual! Join the event live to accelerate innovation in animal health and welfare, sustainability, and farm to fork solutions.

From precision farming and connected supply chains, to new frontiers in alternative feeds, breeding and genetics, the summit will address the most important challenges and opportunities in today’s livestock, dairy and aquaculture industries, including lessons learned from adjacent industries.

Click here to register for the all-day event.

The story of Annalea van Niekerk

Speaking of inspirational women, in tonight’s episode of Vir die liefde van die land viewers meet Annalea van Niekerk, a Sussex breeder from Reitz in the Free State. The show is proudly presented by Food For Mzansi in partnership with the VKB Group and WYRD Films. The show kicks off at 18:00 on VIA, DStv channel 147.

ALSO READ: ’Don’t go with the flow like a dead fish’


Tuesday, 9 March 2021

World Agri-Tech innovation summit

It’s day one of this popular summit, now in a new virtual format. It brings together farm operators, livestock producers, agribusinesses, equipment manufacturers, tech start-ups and investors from across the globe. This summit explores the role of technology in achieving a sustainable agri-food supply chain.

Click here for more information.

Rainwater conservation and harvesting

The Eastern Cape-based Amanzi For Food learning network in action. Photo: Facebook
The Eastern Cape-based Amanzi For Food learning network in action. Photo: Facebook

A webinar by the Eastern Cape-based Amanzi For Food learning network will explain the importance of rainwater conservation and harvesting.

This is part of a series of “training of trainers” webinars on how to build agency within social learning networks.

Lecturers from the Fort Cox Agriculture and Forestry Training Institute will discuss the demonstration sites that they have developed as learning aids, and elaborate on successful learning networks that have been developed from their courses.

This webinar takes place at 16:30 to 17:30. Register here to attend.

What traders should know about AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is a “major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, and broaden economic inclusion”, according to the World Bank.

The question for importers and exporters is how to maximise the potential provided by the creation of the world’s largest trading bloc. Join Caroline Rheeder, associate director at Cova Advisory, and Catherine Grant Makokera, director at Tutwa Consulting Group, on for a discussion that tackles both policy and a pragmatic approach to the AfCFTA.

Click here to register that starts at 10:00.


Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Student challenge

Today, Amanzi For Food hosts a student challenge as part of its webinar series. It will provide tips for those who would like to create their own mobile videos of the productive demonstration sites they are building for rainwater conservation and harvesting.

The competition challenges all students at high school, college or university between the ages of 15 and 30. You will create a five-minute video showing a productive demonstration site employing rainwater conservation and harvesting techniques. Complete the application form on their website and upload your video onto the Facebook page. This webinar is from 16:30 to 17:30. Register here to attend.

This webinar takes place at 16:30 to 17:30. Register here to attend.

National sanitary and phytosanitary workshop

Today is the first of a two-day workshop presented by the National Animal Health Forum. It serves as an overview of the next two days, and focuses on plant health matters.

On today’s agenda is the national SPS institutional framework for the management of SPS matters, as well as South Africa’s participation in global markets. Other programme highlights include import procedures for plants and plant products, phytosanitary market access requirements for export markets and agricultural inspection and certification procedures.

Click here to attend the workshop on Microsoft Teams.


Thursday, 11 March 2021

It might be called the Fall Armyworm, but actually it’s at the caterpillar stage of moths. When the pest have ravaged a crop, they are said to march along the ground like an army of worms in search of more food. Photo: Supplied
It might be called the Fall Armyworm, but actually it’s at the caterpillar stage of moths. When the pest have ravaged a crop, they are said to march along the ground like an army of worms in search of more food. Photo: Supplied

What every farmer should know about the Fall Armyworm

The Fall Armyworm mainly attacks maize fields, but also sorghum, sweet corn and potatoes.

This webinar is presented by Feed the Future, featuring Villa Crop Protection of South Africa through funding and support from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.

Find out more more here, and register to attend here.

ALSO READ: Monitor crops for devastating pest

Food choices in low- and middle-income countries

This webinar, presented by the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy, includes presentations on key learnings from the Drivers of Food Choice programme. Insights will be shared from different countries, including Malawi, India and Kenya. The webinar starts at 14:00. Find more information here, and register here.

National sanitary and phytosanitary workshop

It is day two of the workshop presented by the National Animal Health Forum. The focus is on animal health and veterinary public health matters, including food safety and quality assurance. Click here to attend the workshop on Microsoft Teams.


Friday, 12 March 2021

How to incentivise food loss and waste reduction

The ongoing Covid-19 health crisis continues to expose vulnerabilities in food systems, highlighting the insecurity of rural livelihoods, the tragedy of food loss and waste, and the stark inequities in access to healthy food. The first-ever UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) brings together stakeholders from across the food value chain to address barriers to sustainable food systems transformation. This webinar takes place at 16:30. Register here.


Sunday, 14 March 2021

The story of Wayne Mansfield

Tonight, in episode 9 of Vir die liefde van die land, we meet citrus farmer Wayne Mansfield who, after years of working as a street hawker, made the shift to farming and never looked back. The show is presented by Food For Mzansi in collaboration with the VKB Group and WYRD Films. Catch it at 18:00 on VIA, DStv channel 147. 

ALSO READ: From hawker to citrus farmer

 

 

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Dona Van Eeden
Dona Van Eeden
Dona van Eeden is a budding writer and journalist, starting her career as an intern at Food for Mzansi. Furnished with a deep love and understanding of environmental systems and sustainable development, she aims to make the world a better place however she can. In her free time you can find her with her nose in a book or wandering on a mountain, looking at the world through her camera's viewfinder.
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