6 October 2017
Agbiz hosts information session in Western Cape

On 5 October in Paarl, Agbiz hosted a most successful information session for close to 100 role players and stakeholders in the agribusiness sector.  The session focused on current challenges in the policy and legislation environment, as well as developments and opportunities in the agribusiness sector. The event was attend by agribusinesses, financiers, producers and agri-associations.  Read more»
Dr Purchase moderates session at TXF Cape Town Trade Conference

global_business_people.jpg The TXF Cape Town trade conference was held at the Table Bay Hotel this  past week, bringing together local and international business leaders in trade and trade finance, as well as senior government representatives. While the focus was primarily on trade finance and trade facilitation, a session was also dedicated to "Industrial meets Technological: Making agri-value chains work for all participants". Dr Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, moderated this session in which the panellists, Mr Bennie van Rooy (Land Bank), Mr Zhann Meyer (Nedbank) and Mr Dinesh Sharma (Olam) explored bringing small-scale producers and even smallholders into high-value supply chains through aggregation models across Sub-Sahara Africa. A number of major successful case studies highlighted by the panellists indicated what is possible if such aggregation models are structured correctly, if technology is employed correctly, and access to finance, markets and infrastructure is  provided timeously and efficiently. To peruse the programme, please click on TXF Cape Town.
'Just and Equitable compensation' gets a bit more content

Section 25 of the Constitution makes provision for 'just and equitable' compensation to be paid for property expropriated for a public purpose or in the public interest. It is widely known that calls to amend the constitution has recently been growing louder from certain corners as the protection of property rights is used as the scape goat to mask the country's failures to effect meaningful and efficient land reform - Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence provides more information is the linked article»
South Africa's exit from the recession is welcome but challenges remain 

South Africa's real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.5% in the second quarter of 2017, following a contraction of 0.6% from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Considering all the negative economic headlines of the past few months, this is certainly a welcome development -  Read more in the linked article by  Dr Michael Ade, chief economist of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa and Wandile Sihlobo agricultural economist and head of agribusiness research at Agbiz

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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»
DowDuPont will provide enhanced capabilities in science, solutions and services

The merger transaction of DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company forming DowDuPont is successfully completed. This is a first step toward the intended creation of a standalone, independent Agriculture Company within 18 months of the merger closing.   Read more»
2018 Agbiz Congress: 7-8 June 2018

It is our pleasure to inform you that the 2018 Agbiz Congress will be held on 7-8 June 2018 at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. 
C ongress theme: Uncertainty Creates Opportunity. 

Find linked the sponsorship and advertising levels containing information to assist with your planning. Please note:  Sponsorship bookings will open at 12:00 on Monday, 9 October 2017, and no bookings will be accepted prior to the abovementioned date and time.
East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference 2017
9-11 October 2017 | Maputo | Mozambique
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Undercover Farming Conference Western Cape 2017
11 - 12 October 2017 |  Groot Drakenstein, Cape Town

Agri-food Fest Conference
13 October 2017 | Pretoria Show Grounds

AGRI 5 Commodities Workshop & Expo
20-21 October 2017 |  East London Show Grounds
More information:  info@atoneworks.co.za

13th SIAMAP International Show
31 October to 5 November 2017 | Tunisia

African Dairy Conference and Exhibition (13th AfDa)
15-17 November 2017 | Johannesburg
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African Agri Investment Indaba 2017
20-22 November 2017 | CTICC | Cape Town
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28 - 30 November |  Johannesburg
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BFAP ReNAPRI Stakeholder Conference
30 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 | Lagoon Beach Hotel | Cape Town
Information: invitesrenapri@gmail.com

International Conference on Global Food Security 
3-6 December 2017 | Cape Town
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