Happy Monday, Mzansi! Get your calendars out and take note of this week’s agriculture events that are taking place throughout South Africa and the rest of the world. Many of the events are hosted online and can be attended from the comfort of your own home, office or farm.
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 email@example.com to add your event to the calendar.
Monday, 19 April 2020
Deputy minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development to launch the stimulus package to farmers in the Eastern Cape
Today the deputy minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Mr Mcebisi Skwatsha, will lead the roll out of the stimulus package to farmers under the Joe Gqabi District, Eastern Cape.
This launch is in line with the department’s fundamental responsibility of ensuring equitable access to land, integrated rural development, sustainable agriculture, and food security for all South Africans regardless of class, gender or social status.
For RSVP and further information regarding the event, kindly contact the following official: Thabile Mehlomakhulu on 043 700 7000 or 073 696 3309. You can also email Thabile.Mehlomakhulu@drdlr.gov.za
Tuesday, 20 April 2020
Transforming food systems by scaling renewable energy
Renewable energy has the potential to transform food systems in Africa and developing Asia, to build a more climate-resilient future for smallholder farmers, and to drive economic growth.
This dialogue will examine the most innovative approaches being implemented today and glean key learnings that can feed into game changing recommendations for the UN Food Systems Summit, COP26 and the High Level Dialogue on Energy.
Tune in from 13:00 to 14:30 by registering here.
Food tech and the future of food
Food Tech Matters 2021 is the second in a series of food tech meet-ups designed for the most innovative start–ups, corporates and investors to gather insight and foster collaboration to transform the future of food.
The webinars will take place over two days, 20 and 21 April. Register here.
Join a dialogue on African food systems
Stellenbosch University is investing in a dialogue series on African food systems. The dialogue series will convene Africa’s preeminent food policy thinkers and researchers to take part in a new series of public lectures coupled with sessions of facilitated dialogue.
This series will be built around the theme of “African Food systems”, which will be approached in a multi-disciplinary way facilitated by the Southern Africa Food Lab, with each lecture prepared for a general audience by a leading authority on their subject.
The African Food Dialogue will be chaired by Prof Thuli Madonsela and will involve a presentation from an eminent African scholar followed by questions and discussion.
The webinar takes place from 16:30 to 18:00. RSVP by completing this form.
Taste Veritas winner wines and brandies to your heart’s delight
Taste the 2020 Veritas Double Gold and Gold medal winners at this tasting event held at L’ Artrium at the Grand Roche Hotel. The event takes place from 18:00 to 21:00 and costs R200. Buy your tickets here.
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
What livestock has to offer to biodiversity and healthy soils
This seminar is organised by Animal Task Force to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy makers and with the broader society.
Funding for supplier development
Funding for supplier development is becoming increasingly important as large companies look at ways to improve their B-BBEE scorecard ratings, fulfil shareholder obligations and deliver on customer expectations.
Blended finance is growing in popularity and may well be the perfect source of funding for enterprise and supplier development initiatives. Join the Cova Advisory team as they engage with blended finance and supplier development specialists on this extremely relevant topic.
The webinar takes place at 10:00, register here.
Thursday, 22 April 2021
Dairy farmer’s roundtable
The International Dairy Foundation (IDF) invites farm leaders from around the globe to join in online for the next dairy farmers roundtable webinar where they will explore the issue of succession.
Organized by the IDF Standing Committee on Farm Management, the hour-long zoom event will provide participants with a platform to exchange views amongst themselves.
One of the panelists is South African farmer Tshilidzi Matshidzula. The IDF invites all farmers within the dairy sector to join this free event to hear what other farmers are doing and participate in the discussion.
Tune in from 13:00 to 14:00 today. Register here.
International stakeholder webinar on phosphorus in agricultural systems
Phosphorus is a finite element that is essential to all forms of life. Balancing the phosphorus cycle within farming systems is crucial to achieve sustainable & resilient livestock farming and to preserve soil and water ecosystems.
This international stakeholder webinar hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute will discuss current results in phosphorus research dedicated to feeding strategies, animal physiology and genetics, soil agroecosystems, re-use and recycling options, measures of farmers’ economic performance, legislative aspects on manure management, and governance or policy instruments.
Register here to join the webinar from 15:00 to 17:00.
Profitable Boer Goat farming workshop
The Profitable Boer Goat farming workshop is presented in Potchefstroom. Phone Johan Steyn on 064 727 8321, or visit the website for more info.
Saturday, 24 April 2021
Rotary Centennial Conference
Rotary International Zone 22 has announced the programme of events for their virtual two-day Centennial Conference this month, taking place on 24 and 25 April. Rotary International President Holger Knaack will be joined by the likes of South African Storyteller Gcina Mhlope, Kenyan designer and eco-innovator Anyango Mpinga and Dr Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee.
This unprecedented line-up of over 90 speakers includes heads of state, prestigious Rotary representatives, African business leaders and leading visionaries, pioneers and icons.
On Sunday 25 April from 09:55 to 10:10 there will be a presentation on factors and solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation crisis. This will be presented by Wambui Gichuri, acting vice president for agriculture, human and social development at the African Development Bank.
Click here to register.