As always, the agricultural sector is buzzing with opportunity. From shroom expos to Twitter Spaces, we have everything you need to fill up your agricultural calendar, including a very special birthday. To add your agri events to our calendar, email us on email@example.com.
Hello Mzansi! This week is a pretty special one here at Food For Mzansi. It is our birthday. And to celebrate, we are inviting Africa’s finest young farmers to attend our summit, both virtually and in person.
At just three years old, Food For Mzansi is a multi-award-winning publication that brings you the agricultural stories you cannot read anywhere else. To take that conversation forward, join us for the first ever Pan-African Summit on Youth in Sustainable Agriculture, held in partnership with Access and AECI Plant Health. The Africa-wide virtual event will be streamed live from Pretoria and will feature virtual attendees from at least 15 different countries. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to reserve your seat at the Pretoria event.
For more events, check out the calendar on Food For Mzansi’s home page as well as this weekly article, published every Monday, giving you the lowdown on informative, useful and even lucrative opportunities in the agriculture sector. Email email@example.com to add your event to the calendar.
Monday, 15 November
Taking African trade to the next level
Taking place in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021) is hosting public and private trade stakeholders from across the continent. The fair boasts over 1 000 exhibitors from across Africa showcasing their goods and services, plus conference sessions, workshops and trade discussions. Some of the topics to be covered include exports, standards and marketing.
To find out more, click here.
Applications towards commercialisation close today at midday
The department of agriculture, land reform and rural development (DALRRD) is inviting qualifying farmers to apply for support from the DALRRD Jobs Fund Programme. The purpose of the support is to move smallholder farmers into commercialisation. If approved, half the funding will be in the form of a grant and the other half a loan. Applications close at midday on 15 November 2021.
To check if you qualify, click here.
Tuesday, 16 November
Exploring climate-smart livestock farming
Feed the Future is hosting a webinar on how to farm with livestock more sustainably. The webinar will explore best practices and agricultural innovation, with panellists sharing their research experiences. The panellists will also discuss which factors are critical for successfully managing climate risk in the next few years.
Click here for more.
Wednesday, 17 November
Join Food For Mzansi #GatherToGrow on Twitter Spaces
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 every Wednesday at 18:00 for Food For Mzansi #GatherToGrow. We also feature one of agriculture’s favourite daughters, Gugulethu Mahlangu, every first and last Wednesday of the month.
Follow us at @FoodforMzansi to participate.
Celebrating Women in AgriTech
The Women in AgriTech Global Summit is taking place online from 17 November. The three-day summit focuses on the industry best practices and the latest technological innovations in AgriTech, as well as the role and impact of women in the industry. Women who are university agricultural students, producers, entrepreneurs, representatives of a producer association or an agri-food company are encouraged to attend.
Find out more here.
Thursday, 18 November
Food For Mzansi turns 3
As part of its third birthday celebrations, Food For Mzansi is hosting the first ever Pan-African Summit on Youth in Sustainable Agriculture, held in partnership with Access and AECI Plant Health. The summit aims to discuss emerging developments and to highlight best practices, technologies, partnerships and real-life experiences from farmers, agripreneurs and key role players from across the continent. Climate-smart agriculture, public-private partnerships, agricultural technologies and financing will also be deliberated.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to book a seat at our Pretoria venue. For the virtual event, click here.
Lamus Bonsmaras production sale
With over 200 animals on offer, Lamus Bonsmaras is holding a production sale in Reivilo in North West. Bidders can potentially buy 250 commercial animals and 30 bulls. The auction is also being held online through SwiftVee.
For more information, contact Leon Vorster on 082 404 2135 or Christopher Melamu on 082 643 7475.
Click here to view the catalogue.
Learn more at the The Shroom Expo
Hosted by the Cannabis Expo, the Shroom Expo is exploring the psilocybin mushroom industry and its medicinal, agricultural and lifestyle aspects. The expo aims to engage with international and local medical health professionals, agricultural providers and lifestyle brands and industry experts around all things psilocybin.
For more info, click here.
Friday, 19 November
International Year of Aquaculture
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022). This virtual launch will explore the contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to sustainable development. It will also detail the goals and objectives of IYAFA 2022.
Click here for more information.