21 April 2016
Agbiz Congress Update
The Agbiz Congress 2016, themed "Fit for the Future" is taking place on 1 - 2 June 2016 in Somerset West, Cape Town. 

MEET PARTICIPANTS IN AGBIZ CONGRESS STUDENT PROMOTION PROGRAMME: Since 2008, Agbiz hosts a very successful Congress Student Promotion Programme, where top graduated students in agribusiness-related fields of study get the opportunity to meet and engage with industry leaders.  To meet this year's students, click hereĽ

The Agbiz Congress Student Promotion project is sponsored by:  NWK, FNB, Signa, Syngenta, Kaap Agri, Monsanto, SSK, Overberg Agri, TWK and Talent Africa
Policy and legislation
Agbiz Parliament Report

Find linked the Agbiz parliamentary report 
for March - April 2016.
NAMC submits Strategic Plan 2016/17 to Parliament

The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) submitted their Strategic Plan for 2016/17 to the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Parliament this past week, and which was approved by the Portfolio Committee. Please click on NAMC Strategic Plan to peruse.
ARC submits Strategic Plan 2016/17 to Parliament

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) submitted its Strategic Plan for 2016/17 to the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Parliament this past week. Please click on ARC Strategic Plan to peruse.
International Trade Intelligence
CAADP Partnership Platform: Reflections and Perspectives

Tinashe Kapuya, Agbiz: Head International Trade and Investment Intelligence, attended the African Union's annual African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) held in Ghana on 12 - 14 April. The event was themed "Innovative Financing and Renewed Partnerships".   Read the feedback report hereĽ
Advancing regional agro-food value chains in Africa - UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an experience sharing workshop from 11 - 12 April 2016 in Accra, Ghana.  The workshop presented various case studies of food projects that were implemented in various countries in West Africa. Tinashe Kapuya, Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence at Agbiz, highlights some issues in the linked report.
Indonesia grants Country of Recognition status to 15 South African horticultural products

Fresh fruits The Indonesian Quarantine Agency has granted Country of Recognition for South Africa's food safety control system, thereby increasing the export potential for the country's deciduous fruit. The document was signed by the Indonesian minister of agriculture, Amran Sulaiman, on Monday 11 April 2016.  
A number of products have been included, namely apples, apricots, cherries, citrus fruits, grapes, grapefruit, lemons, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pears, peanuts, plums, grapefruit and prunes.  More information
Industry news
South Africa boosts crop forecast accuracy with satellite imagery
News around the web
Upcoming Events
Agbiz Pre-congress Workshop
31 May 2016 | Somerset West, Cape Town
"Transforming leadership in agribusiness"
Agbiz Congress 2016
1 - 2 June 2016 | Somerset West, Cape Town
"Fit for the Future"
Potatoes SA Transformation Symposium
9 June 2016 | East London International Convention Centre, Eastern Cape
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
Avi Africa 2016
21-23 June 2016 | Emperors Palace | Gauteng
"The biggest poultry congress and exhibition in Africa"
Agriculture and Horticulture International Conference
27-29 June 2016 | Cape Town
"Agriculture: Institutional Innovations and Developments for Sustaining Future"
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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