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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 24 August 2020

Book your virtual seats to a soy and grain conference, a food security and urban agriculture talk and a webinar on women’s land rights in Africa

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It is a new week on the agricultural calendar and this week it seems to be all about inspiring and thought-provoking webinars.

First up, Mzansi’s soy and grain industry leaders, buyers, and suppliers interested in international trade are invited to participate in a global soy and grain conference. Food For Mzansi also tracks online discussions on food security and urban agriculture as well as women’s land rights in Africa.

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Global soy and grain conference

The U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange (GTE) and Specialty Grains Conference is inviting soy and grain industry leaders, buyers, and suppliers from all over the world to participate in this year’s virtual event.

The annual soy and grain conference is an opportunity for those interested in international agriculture trade to network and find out about the latest soy food industry trends.

The four-day event starting today will have live presentations and panel discussions and virtual lounges will allow attendees around the globe to network. Attendees can connect also connect with participating companies through the virtual trade show.

The event will offer both morning and evening sessions to accommodate all time zones. Book your virtual spot here: U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Specialty Grains Conference 2020.

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Food security: Is urban agriculture the solution?

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The Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) is calling for early registrations to their webinar which will unpack the impact of lockdown on urban farmers and distributors.

The virtual event titled, “Food security and covid-19: Is urban agriculture the long-term solution to the food crisis?” will take place on Wednesday, 26 August 2020. It is scheduled from 10:00 until 12:00 via Zoom.

The research foundation also known as Food Security SA will have on the agenda a call for local food production, especially food gardens. The organisation states that this is a way of transforming the local food system beyond the unprecedented covid-19 crisis. Space will also be given to critically address whether urban agriculture can ever truly alleviate food insecurity, given competition for land, water, poverty and food insecurity.

Visit Food Security SA to reserve your spot now.

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Let’s talk women’s land rights in Africa

Set your reminder for a much-debated webinar on “Legal pluralism and poor implementation hold back women’s land rights in Africa: What can we do?”. The online talk hosted by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) will take place on Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 11:00 in the morning.

Experts on land issues will be in conversation with Ruth Hall and Sue Mbaya, presenting the outcomes of the “Women’s Land Rights for Inclusive Development and Growth in Africa” project.

Questions for discussion will be:

  • How do we operationalise the African Union guidelines, frameworks and protocols providing for and protecting women’s land rights at the national and grassroots level?;
  • How do we better understand land matters which are not only embedded in our customs and traditions but also in our religions?; and
  • How do we keep on movement building during and post the covid-19 pandemic to ensure the women’s land rights agenda remains on track amidst systemic weaknesses in policy implementation within African states?

Watch the webinar here: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

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Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.
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