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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 16 September 2020

Civic technology and transformation in food security, fresh produce standards and digitising fertilisers across Africa are on the list of agriculture webinars


Good morning to all the nature lovers and fresh produce warriors, today it is all about you!

First on the agri-lineup of agriculture webinars is a virtual event that will unpack the role of civic technology and digital transformation in food security.

This is followed by a discussion on standards and food safety requirements in the fresh produce industry.

Thereafter you are invited to join a virtual conference that will feature a multimedia exhibition packed with resources to help you build your strategy for maintaining fertiliser and agribusiness trade across Africa.

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1. Tech meets food security

The Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN) will be hosting an online webinar this morning from 10:00 to 11:30 to discuss the role of civic tech and digital transformation in food security, especially during the covid-19 pandemic.

The webinar is intended to open a discussion about leveraging civic tech in mobilising communities and enabling public engagement to assist with food and hunger issues.

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The webinar will kick off with a panel discussion chaired by Kevin Naidoo, co-founder at Food Equity, Equality and Democracy, and featuring Rori Tshabalala, founder and chief executive of Chapter One Innovation, Namhla Skweyiya, a dynamic food technologist and farming management professional and Lesley Williams, CEO of Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A. If this is something that interests you make sure to secure your seat.

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  2. Building sustainable agri-food system

The department of agriculture, land reform and rural development is inviting interested individuals to join the second in a series of webinars on several aspects of fresh produce marketing. The free series hosted in collaboration with the agricultural produce agent’s council happens today at 10:00 until 12:00.

Today’s programme will delve into standards and food safety requirements for fresh produce. The series will run until Thursday, 17 September 2020 and those who do not want to miss out can join the daily discussion via this Microsoft teams link.

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3. Fertiliser conference

It is day three of the African Fertiliser Agribusiness Virtual Conference that is hosted by the Commodities Research Unit (CRU) and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP).

The conference starts at 11:00 and the theme of the day is ‘Digitalisation solutions for agricultural transformation in the fertilizer and agribusiness supply chain.

Speaker at the conference include Joost Van Odijk, technical advisor of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), Caitlin Shaw, manager of the farm services unit, Meridian and Sanjay Kabra, regional coordinator for Central Africa, ETG.

The conference will end with a Malawi spotlight round table side meeting at 15:00, where participants can interact with local market participants, experts, policy makers and key stake holders. These discussions will discuss specific challenges and opportunities being faced by market actors in this jurisdiction. Sessions will be recorded for others to watch on demand.

Register if you do not want to miss out!

  • Do you have an upcoming event that should be on Food For Mzansi’s watchlist? Drop us an email to diary@foodformzansi.co.za and we’ll do our best to include it in this weekday feature.


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Sinesipho Tom
Sinesipho Tom
Sinesipho Tom is an audience engagement journalist at Food for Mzansi. Before joining the team, she worked in financial and business news at Media24. She has an appetite for news reporting and has written articles for Business Insider, Fin24 and Parent 24. If you could describe Sinesipho in a sentence you would say that she is a small-town girl with big, big dreams.


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