7 July 2017
South Africa prepares its third report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Climate_AGR South Africa, as a long-time signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is obligated to make regular reports on the status and projections of climate change in the country as well as the steps we are taking to mitigate and adapt to it. The Department of Environmental Affairs, in cooperation with the Council for Scientific Research, has prepared a draft report for submission, however interested parties have been afforded 30 days to comment on the draft report before it is submitted.  Agbiz has reviewed the draft report and will prepare inputs to ensure that the risks and effects of climate change is accurately captured from an agribusiness point of view as the focus in the report is largely on primary agriculture.  Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence, provides more information»
Institutional issues are the main bugbear

"It takes Kenyans almost two months to transport maize from Mexico to their shores and just two weeks from South Africa, yet their most preferred origin is Mexico, despite our distance advantage. At first glance, one might think the Kenyans preference is driven by price competitiveness. However, the issue goes deeper than that - it is a scientific one, not economic reasoning. Kenya has banned the importation and growing of Genetically Modified (GM) maize, which disadvantages South Africa which produces over 85% of GM maize," writes Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic Intelligence, in his Business Day column - read more»
Agbiz moderates session at Agribusiness Africa Conference

On Tuesday, Wandile Sihlobo moderated a session at the Agribusiness Africa Conference under the theme "Invigorating the value chain". The panellists Lucien Jansen, Lindie Stroebel, Cecilia Khupe, Henri Minnaar and Manoj Seonath discussed a number of issues with a particular focus on weak links in African agro-value chains and further proposed solutions to fixing these weak links. The panellists also shared their views and experiences on the development of value chains that are appropriate and beneficial for Africa's smallholder farmers - More information»
Daily view on commodity markets

Daily commentaries on agricultural commodity markets and macro-economic trends are available on the Agbiz website
Agbiz Grain Mini Symposium 

The annual Agbiz Grain Mini Symposium will take place on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 at the CSIR, Pretoria.  This all-day event is focused specifically on aspects of importance the upper level operational managers and decision makers involved in grain handling and storage, and also in new farmer development with the aim to enlarge their procurement base.
Talent Africa and Signium join hands

As from 1 December 2016, Talent Africa became a member of Signium and subsequesntly changed their trading name to Signium Africa on 1 June 2017. Formed in 1951 in the US, Signium is an international executive search firm specialising in talent management. The firm has 46 offices in 30 countries.  Auguste (Gusti) Coetzer, Director of Talent Africa said "It is imperative for Talent Africa to have a global reach as increased interest is shown by foreign companies in sub-Saharan expansion, and Talent Africa specialises in the recruitment of executives in sub-Saharan Africa.  Talent Africa will retain its South African roots while still being proudly part of the African continent serving these internationally-diverse companies. Taking into account that a large portion of our business continues to focus on local parastatals and South African companies".  Signium Africa, previously Talent Africa are proud to have achieved BBEEE level 2 under the new codes for SQE's.  Media release»

Sellers and buyers of maize and other grain commodities from the Eastern and Southern Africa nations signed trade deals in terms of contracts amounting to 382,640 metric tonnes valued at USD100 Million for export of grain commodities. The deals were sealed in Lusaka during a regional Trade Facilitation Forum organised by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) in collaboration with Zambia Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE), with support of USAID's East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and USAID's Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub - Media release»
Tutwa Consulting Group monthly internal seminar
Making Sense of South Africa's Foreign Investment Regulatory Policy Direction: From Protection of Investment Act to Continental Free Trade Area
13 July 2017 | Pretoria
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ExtruAfrica 2017
1-4 August 2017
Agbiz Grain Mini-Symposium
15 August 2017 |  CSIR, Pretoria
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PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show
16-17 August 2017 |  CTICC | Cape Town

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Symposium
23 August 2017 | CSIR, Pretoria
Enquiries: candice@fertasa.co.za

Agro-processing Investment & Technology Summit
29-31 August 2017 | Premier Hotel | OR Tambo International Airport | Johannesburg 
Skills Development Summit
31 Aug - 1 September 2017 | CSIR | Pretoria

South African Association for Food Science & Technology (SAAFoST) 22nd Biennial International Congress and Exhibition 
3-6 September 2017 | Century City Convention Centre | Cape Town

SA Innovation Summit
6-8 September 2017 | Cape Town

13th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition
12-14 September 2017 | Premier Hotel OR Tambo
Contact:  Julie McLachlan on  julie@mpo.co.za

Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) 55th Annual Conference
19-21 September 2017 | Elangeni Hotel | Durban
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MPO National Congress
20 September 2017 | Protea Hotel King George | George
Contact:  Julie McLachlan on julie@mpo.co.za

Potatoes SA Congress
28 September 2017 | Premier Hotel OR Tambo | Johannesburg

International Conference on Global Food Security 
3-6 December 2017 | CTICC | Cape Town
Conference Theme: Food Security: Global challenges, local solutions
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