3 November 2017
"Expropriation without compensation"
- Impact on food availability and affordability
"We must ensure that land reform happens, but in a sustainable way so that agricultural production and food supply remain vibrant over the coming years in order to prevent basic nutrition from becoming unaffordable," says Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence.  "As it currently stands, Stats SA estimates that 13,8 million South Africans, or one in every four, live under the food poverty line, which means they cannot afford their basic food demands and are food insecure.    If the price of food increases due to uncertainty regarding expropriation without compensation and the associated disinvestment into the sector, the situation will become even worse. It is therefore vital that we find solutions to accelerate land reform without causing large-scale uncertainty in the agro-food system" - Read more»

After cutting 84 000 jobs in the first half of 2017, South Africa's agricultural sector saw a further 25 000 jobs lost in the third quarter. This puts the combined agricultural job cuts for the past three quarters of this year at 109 000. About 84% of the third quarter job losses were in the Western Cape, which reflects the impact of the continued drought on agricultural activity in the province. Moreover, the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, North West and Limpopo provinces also saw a decline in employment in the third quarter owing to reduced activity in the fields during this winter season. Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist provides more information in the  linked update»

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Southern Africa Grain Network Communique
The Southern Africa Grain Network (SAGNET) is a not for profit organisation supporting regional efforts for private sector engagement in grain trade and policy in Southern Africa. SAGNET's vision is to be a vibrant, well integrated, viable and sustainable grain value chain network that is contributing to the creation of wealth, employment and food and nutrition security - Read more»

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) is making an annual bursary of R34 000 (THIRTY-FOUR THOUSAND RAND) available to a South African student registered for a Masters or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management related fields, at any recognised South African university.  The c losing date for applications is 8 December 2017.  More information»
13th SIAMAP International Show
31 October to 5 November 2017 | Tunisia

Introduction to Aquaponics
11 November 2017 | Gauteng (East of Pretoria)
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African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) 2017
20-22 November 2017 | CTICC | Cape Town
As an official partner of the AAII, Agbiz has secured a 20% discount for its members. To make use of this offer, contact 
28 - 30 November |  Johannesburg
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BFAP ReNAPRI Stakeholder Conference
30 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 | Lagoon Beach Hotel | Cape Town
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International Conference on Global Food Security 
3-6 December 2017 | Cape Town
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VinPro Information Day
18 January 2018 | CTICC | Cape Town
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