This week’s agriculture events: 12 – 18 July

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The online agricultural space is buzzing, as usual. This week’s events include a discussion on food system sustainability, as well as a webinar on regenerative agricultural practices in South Africa. 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. 

Happy Monday, Mzansi!  Grab a coffee and perhaps a blanket and settle in for this week’s agricultural events.  

We start the week off with Food for Mzansi’s own #FarmSpaces event, where experienced coffee farmers give us their insight into the industry. Aspiring coffee farmers can join us on Twitter and have their questions addressed directly.  

For those more interested in the research aspects of agriculture, register for the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI) webinar on agricultural sustainability.   

Check out the 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, 26 July

Join us for this week’s Food For Mzansi #FarmSpaces 

Are you an aspirant farmer looking for more information on how to get into the agricultural sector? Do you have a smartphone and a Twitter account? Join us then, every Monday at 18:00 for Food For Mzansi #FarmSpaces, held in partnership with one of agriculture’s favourite daughters, Gugulethu Mahlangu.

This week on #FarmSpaces, we are discussing coffee farming. #FarmSpaces showcases experienced farmers who give us the inside scoop on their farming specialities. You get the chance to interact with them directly and ask them all your burning questions.

For more information, follow us on Twitter at @FoodforMzansi, or keep an eye on our website calendar for details of each event.

International webinar exploring food and national security

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The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will unpack how their research fits into the global fight for food security, particularly in relation to the promotion of Results for Development (R4D). To attend the event, simply follow ICRISAT on Facebook or subscribe to their YouTube channel, as the event will be streamed live.

Click here for more information. 

Unpacking solutions to food inequality through aquaculture

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is hosting a webinar to explore aquatic foods that provide food systems solutions that are good for people and for the planet. The webinar will focus on aquatic food production lessons from nations like Bangladesh, Nigeria, Zambia, and Timore-Leste.

For more information about the webinar, click here.

Tuesday, 27 July

Learn more about SIZA compliance

The Sustainability Initiative Of South Africa (SIZA) is hosting an online training session around social or ethical compliance. The webinar touches on occupational health and safety, as well as working and housing conditions on farms, amongst other topics. Participants who complete this course should have a better understanding of labour law requirements at its completion.

To find out more about registering, email

The latest advances in regenerative agriculture

The webinar features experts who are sharing their knowledge on regenerative agriculture in summer rainfall areas. The webinar unpacks the latest research on regenerative agriculture as well as how much it costs. Included on the panel are Dr Jonathan Lundgren, Dr Hendrik Smith and Danie Bester, amongst others.

To register, click here.

Wednesday, 28 July

Anko Bonsmaras is holding their 41st production sale

With 250 production animals on offer, the Anko and Anzak Bonsmaras auction takes place in Vryburg in the North West. The auction starts at 11:00. To view the available catalogue, click here.

For more information, contact André Höll on 083 260 6479, or Izak Venter on 082 448 4315.

Prioritising awareness around food systems

Food for Mzansi, along with SABC education, SABC 2, Living Land, the ARC, FANRPAN, and No-Line Communications, is hosting a webinar as part of the Food Systems Summit 2021. The webinar, entitled “Media Engagement in the UN”, is centred on how the media will enhance engagement and increase awareness on food system sustainability and this year’s Food Summit.

For more information, click here.

ALSO READ: Media helping to shape future of food systems

Thursday, 29 July

Personalised nutrition through vertical farming

Agritecture is hosting a webinar investigating vertical farming and personalised nutrition. The webinar focuses on the technologies and realities of food grown in vertical farms, in the present as well as in future. Panellists include Larissa Zimberoff and Mark Korzilius.

Click here for more information. 

Friday, 30 July

Discover why natural science collections matter.

The Natural Science Collections Facility (NSCF) is hosting a webinar for scientists to show off how their collections contribute to major sectors like agriculture and healthcare. Scientists will motivate why they should be funded and how their collections benefit society.

Click here for more information.

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