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This week in agri: 15 to 21 February 2021

From exotic game and livestock auctions to webinars and global summits, this week's diary is jam-packed with a range of exciting opportunities and events in agriculture


Happy Monday, Mzansi! This week has a ton of exciting events to add to your agricultural calendar. From livestock auctions to webinars, learning sessions and global summits, the next seven days are jam-packed with a range of opportunities in agriculture.

Remember, if you would like us to include your event on our Monday calendar, email info@foodformzansi.co.za or fill in the form below.

Monday, 15 February



New episode of agriculture TV show

Tonight, in episode five of Vir die liefde van die land, we meet the inspiring Whernit Dirkswho has been rearing sheep and planting grain since 2012. In this episode, viewers learn why his transition from farmworker to farmer was both difficult and stressful. He also shares how becoming a father in his teens changed his perspective on life. 

The ten-episode series Vir die liefde van die land (“For the love of the land”) is proudly presented by Food For Mzansi in collaboration with the VKB Group and WYRD Films. Catch tonight’s episode at 18:30 on VIA, DStv channel 147.   

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Webinar on water-energy-food nexus

This webinar is organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Stockholm Environment Institute and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Experts will discuss tools and methods to find solutions on the linkages between water, energy and food. 

Register here for the webinar at 14:00. 

Tuesday, 16 february



Agriculture and food security webinar

The theme is “Strengthening African agricultural research and development towards an improved Africa food system”. The webinar provides a platform to discuss salient options for the agricultural research for development mechanisms to strengthen Africa’s food systems.

Register here for the webinar at 11:00. 

Day 1 of Global agriculture technology summit

This is a 24-hour virtual conference with key industry players discussing current issues and opportunities through the lens of science and technology.

The summit will also focus on mixtures of topics such as precision agriculture, vertical farming, talent management, water & soil management, fintech in agriculture, women in AgTech, cyber security and more. 

It runs all-day today and tomorrow. Register here. 

Covid-19 and the health-energy-climate nexus

This workshop aims to strengthen the Africa-Europe partnership on climate change and sustainable energy by linking research and innovation hubs. Divided into two thematic sessions, it involves research and international institutions, academia, the private sector and policymakers. 

Get more info here. 

Home gardens for resilience and recovery 

The webinar series focuses on the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions, and evaluation in crisis and humanitarian settings. Today’s webinar will feature experts on the impact of a nutrition-based income generation intervention in the Omugo Refugee Settlement in Uganda. 

Tune in at 15:00, and click here for more info. 

Wednesday, 17 february



Didiza to speak at Women’s Political Participation

Thoko Didiza, the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, is the keynote speaker at today’s website launch of Women’s Political Participation (WPP) in Africa. She will be speaking on the importance of knowledge generation, and the visibility of the WPP’s work. The event is organised by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the Swedish government.

Email wpp.africa@idea.int to attend the webinar from 12:00 to 13:00.

Day 2 of Global agriculture technology summit

This is the second day of the 24-hour virtual conference with the presence of key industry players discussing current issues and opportunities through the lens of science and technology.  

The summit will also focus on mixtures of topics such as precision agriculture, vertical farming, talent management, water & soil management, fintech in agriculture, women in AgTech, cyber security and more. 

Register here. 

WoSA Sweden Systembolaget  

Focusing on the Swedish wine market, this webinar will update you on market trends and also provide an update of the latest South African sales statistics in Sweden.

Sweden is one of the top 10 export markets for South African wine, and has experienced continuous volume declines since 2009. Systembolaget has been clear that their strategy is to drive value growth on South African wine, and to align with ethical trade and organic wine production.  

Click here for more info.

Integrating small-holder farmers into global value chains

Join the FAO to learn about trends in global value chains in agri-food markets, how global value chains can influence environmental and social outcomes, and about the challenges and opportunities to include farmers in these global value chains.

Tune in at 17:00, and sign up here. 

Building resilience in agriculture 

To support agriculture’s next generation, Farmers Guardian joines forces with The Louise Hartley Memorial Fund to bring you this virtual event. It will look at how to build business, career and personal resilience. 

Simply register here to get your free ticket. It starts at 19:30.

Thursday, 18 february



WoSA Uganda tour 

This is a full-day introductory course on South African wine presented to trade and media in Uganda. The course promotes awareness of Mzansi’s finest export wines and increase distribution and sales of our wines in Africa.

Click here fore more info. 

Friday, 19 February



Auction: Shona Langa, Limpopo 

Buyers can expect to see a variety of high-quality, exotic game at this auction. The emphasis is on the Shona Langa farm’s attention to breeding with exemplary genetics. But be certain, there is something here for any and all farmers. 

It takes place from 11:00 to 16:00. Click here for more info.

Auction: Murraysburg, Western Cape

Stop by the Murraysburg auction today. Merino and Angoras are on auction. There will also be many fun-filled activities to take part in. For more info, contact Phil de Klerk on 072 868 6299 or email pdk.karoo@gmail.com.

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Dona Van Eeden
Dona Van Eeden
Dona van Eeden is a budding writer and journalist, starting her career as an intern at Food for Mzansi. Furnished with a deep love and understanding of environmental systems and sustainable development, she aims to make the world a better place however she can. In her free time you can find her with her nose in a book or wandering on a mountain, looking at the world through her camera's viewfinder.


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