24 March 2016
ACET Workshop on African Agriculture Transformation 
Agbiz participates in ACET Workshop on African Agriculture Transformation

This past week the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET- http://acetforafrica.org) hosted a Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss the 2016 edition of the African Transformation Report (ATR), which has as its theme the transformation of Africa's Agriculture. Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, was invited to join world-renowned experts on agriculture transformation to assist in the review of the Concept Note, as well as to provide proposals. The purpose of this consultative workshop (Programme) was to seek inputs from international agricultural and development experts, policy makers, farmer representatives, and actors in agribusiness across Africa to help refine the issues and the approach of the report. The first Africa Transformation Report was launched by ACET in 2014 to provide a comprehensive articulation of economic transformation and to advance it as the goal that African countries should pursue in their economic policies. 

The main objective of this second ATR is to help advance Africa's quest for agricultural transformation by: 
(a) providing analysis and recommendations to help address the challenges and seize opportunities; and 
(b) to raise the awareness of policymakers, farmers, investors, and the African development community to the solutions and opportunities in African agriculture.
Agbiz Congress Update
- A pre-congress workshop for new leaders in a changing agribusiness sector.

Agbiz, in conjunction with Signa and Agrifusion, will be hosting a pre-congress workshop on transforming leadership in agribusiness on 31 May 2016 at The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West.

This pre-congress workshop is aimed at assisting leaders in understanding the nuances of transformation and economic empowerment. 

Workshop focus:
* Introduction to the new agribusiness leadership era
* Enterprise and supplier development
* Skills development
* Multi-cultural leadership discussion

Thank you to our sponsors: Standard Bank, Absa AgriBusiness, John Deere Financial, Afgri, Voermol, VKB, Obaro, NWK, Senwes, KLK, FNB, Signa, Engen, Syngenta, Kaap Agri, Monsanto, SSK, Overberg Agri, TWK, Talent Africa, Suidwes, Santam Agriculture, Sanlam, Nedbank, BKB, GWK, Mutual & Federal Agri.
Policy and Legislation
BUSA - Investor confidence and political/economic certainty

Currency Recent speculation regarding the Ministry of Finance and other government departments and public sector institutions has severely undermined business and investor confidence. This needs to be urgently addressed, particularly as BUSA believes that, if South Africa pursues the approach as outlined in the recent Budget, we can collectively do enough to avoid a ratings downgrade. Decisive action by government in support of that policy is required.  BUSA media releaseĽ
Drought submission to Parliament by SAWS, IDC and ARC

This past week the South African Weather Service (SAWS), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Agricultural Research Council (ARC) briefed the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Parliament on the support that is provided to farmers in response to climate change and the current drought. Please click on SAWS Drought submission, IDC Drought submission and ARC Drought submission to peruse.
World Water Day: Four fundamental changes needed 

The United Nations recognises March 22nd as World Water Day, and this year the theme is Water and Jobs.  WWF-SA calls on both the public and the private sector to more urgently address the bold changes needed to address climate change, in order to create a water-secure future with sustainable job growth. Media releaseĽ
DAFF drought relief engagements 

As part of the ongoing drought interventions izimbizo conducted by Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) the following support is provided in the Western Cape Province.
ENSO Diagnostics Discussion 

The latest El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Discussion is now available at:
International Trade and Investment Intelligence
Reflections on the WTO Nairobi outcome

Bridges Africa reports on the Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC10) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya which was held in circumstances that left many members questioning the future of the WTO. This issue reviews some of the main Nairobi WTO outcomes for developing countries and LDCs. It also offers some insights about how to take forward these outcomes in the new context of the global economy marked by the set of agreements reached in the course of last year.  Read moreĽ
Invitation to market and showcase products at World Food Moscow 2016

The dti invites agribusinesses to apply to participate in showcasing their products at the South African National Pavilion at World Food Moscow 2016 in Russia from 12-15 September 2016.  Please find linked additional information. 
Industry News
Importation of agricultural regulated products into the RSA during the Easter holidays

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the Easter holidays, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products.  South Africa, like other countries, has a crucial mandate and sovereign right to protect its territory, biodiversity and economy against harm, thus it regulates importation of animals and animal products, liquor products, plants and plant products, honey and honey products as well as any other potentially harmful materials from other countries into its territory.  Read moreĽ
Members' News
Monsanto Sustainability Report 2015 

"Growing Better Together" is the theme for Monsanto's Sustainability Report 2015, which has been prepared in line with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting guidelines. 
The report, Growing Better Together, provides a review of our sustainability efforts from three perspectives - people, the planet and our company.
  • People: Helping make balanced meals more accessible for everyone on the planet, and improving lives for farmers, employees, consumers and communities.
  • Planet: Pursuing agricultural solutions that help mitigate climate change, ensure access to fresh water, preserve biodiversity and improve soil health.
  • Company: Placing high ethical standards, effective corporate governance, responsible product stewardship and transparent reporting at the center of the way we operates our business.
Agri's got Talent - Music without Borders

Entries for Agri's got Talent, the foremost singing competition in the agricultural industry are now open and close on 30 April 2016. This joint project between HORTGRO, the VinPro Foundation and the Western Cape Departement of Agriculture, give talented farm, packshed and cellar workers in the fruit and wine industries the opportunity to win prizes and develop their singing talent. Read moreĽ
Upcoming Events
Crop Estimates Liaison Committee (CELC) Seminar
The Crop Estimates Liaison Committee is hosting a seminar to introduce the Crop Estimates Consortium and showcase the cutting-edge Earth Observation technologies used in the SA crop estimate.
21 April 2016 | 
Centurion Country Club, Centurion
17th Annual Road Transport Legislation Workshop
24 May | Spier, Stellenbosch
26 May | Protea Hotel Edward, Durban
7 June | CSIR, Pretoria
Agbiz Congress 2016
1 - 2 June 2016 | Somerset West, Cape Town
IFAMA 26th Annual World Conference
19 - 23 June 2016 | Denmark
The IFAMA world conference will focus on three major issues crucial to the
food challenge:
People: Flow of Talent in the Food and Agribusiness Sector
Climate: Climate-≠Smart Food and Agribusiness Systems
Big data: Better Analytics and Deeper Insight Management
Media release
Farmbiz Agribusiness Africa Conference 
27 - 28 July 2016 | Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand
Enquiries: Marianna du Plessis,  africa@farmlinkafrica.co.za or 082 337 6127
Tropentag International Conference on Research in Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development
18 - 21 September 2016 | Vienna, Austria
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