12 January 2018
With this first Agbiz Newsletter for 2018, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you, your personnel and your business all the best for 2018!
Given what has transpired in 2017, there is no doubt the 2018 will become a defining year for South Africa. This is especially also true for the agriculture and agribusiness environment, encompassing the whole agro-food , fibre and beverages system of South Africa, where a couple of major challenges face us, with the first being the question of "Expropriation without Compensation". Widespread drought conditions, but with specific reference to the Western Cape, as well as a number of policy and legislative developments will provide further challenges.  All these and more will be discussed at the 
2018 Agbiz Congress to be hosted in Port Elizabeth on 7-8 June 2018. 

Get your calenders out and diarise these dates:
Agbiz Congress: 7-8 June 2018
Welcome Function: 6 June 2018
Gala Dinner: 7 June 2018
Agbiz AGM: 8 June 2018
We encourage you visit the congress website regularly for updated congress information. To obtain more information, please  click here»
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Trade Ministers from the WTO's 164-member countries convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 10 to 13 December 2017 for the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC), which is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Dr John Purchase CEO of Agbiz represented Business in the South African delegation. The dti released a press statement indicating the outcomes of the 11th WTO MC - Read more»
Mixed rainfall changes SA agricultural outlook

I concluded 2017 with a positive outlook for South Africa's agriculture in 2018 - underpinned by good chances of La Niña weather conditions during the 2017/18 summer season. This essentially meant that the country was expected to receive above-normal rainfall, which would have been good for agricultural activity.  Click here to read  Agbiz economist Wandile Sihlobo's article that first appeared in Business Day on 11 January 2018.

Click here to read the daily market view on commodities and the weekly wrap.  

PwC projected that the world economy could double in size by 2050, driven by new powerhouse economies such as China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Russia measured in purchasing power parity (PPP). Growth theory postulates that as economies developed, their consumers' protein intake tends to increase substituting the starch. Looking at beef consumption, we find a similar consumption patterns, where consumption per capita grows by 8 percent in BRICS countries over the next decade. Sifiso Ntombela, Agbiz Head: International Trade and Investment, provides more information in the linked article»

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa, from 21 to 25 May 2018.  This training workshop is designed for young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, as well as policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, and representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface. More information»

Within the grocery sector, top trends will be: mindful brands, tactile food experiences, farming, neuronutrition and biohacking, technofoodology, advertising, security, politics in food and future supermarkets. Read more»
VinPro Information Day
18 January 2018 | CTICC | Cape Town

Intellectual Property and South African Seed Legislation Workshop
13 February 2018 | Pretoria 
15 February 2018 |Cape Town

Skills Development Summit
15-16 February 2018 | CSIR | Pretoria

Africa Energy Indaba Conference & Exhibition
20 - 21 February 2018  I  Sandton Convention Centre

Agbiz AgriBEE Infromation Session
21 February 2018 - Cape Town
22 February 2018 - Pretoria

Agbiz Information Session
1 March 2018 | Pretoria
More information will follow soon

Landbouweekblad konferensie
Herlewingslandbou is boere se kostedoeltreffende wapen teen stygende insetkoste en klimaatsverandering
19-20 March 2017 | Reitz

21 to 25 May 2018
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa.  More information

2018 Agbiz Congress
7-8 June 2018 | Port Elizabeth

Agbiz membership
Being a member of Agbiz provides various benefits and opportunities

- Agbiz is the only organisation that serves the broader and common over-arching business interests of agribusinesses in South Africa.
- Agbiz addresses the legislative and policy environment on the many fronts that it impacts on the agribusiness environment.
- Agbiz facilitates considerable top-level networking opportunities so that South African agribusinesses can play an active and creative role within the local and international organised business environment.
- Agbiz research provides sector specific information for informed decision making.
- Agbiz newsletter publishes members' press releases and member product announcements.

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