Proudly presented by Food For Mzansi in partnership with Grobank
Thursday, 16 April 2020 from 08:45 to 13:00
Thursday, 16 April 2020 from 08:45 to 13:00
Welcome remarks and webinar programme overview
Dawn Noemdoe is the editor of Food For Mzansi, South Africa’s leading agricultural lifestyle and news brand. Unashamedly saluting the unsung heroes of this sector, Food For Mzansi champions the cause of the farmers and agricultural heroes who feed the nation. Last year, Food For Mzansi was announced as Africa’s best digital news start-up.
Surviving covid-19: Building a resilient, circular agri-enterprise
Dr. Naudé Malan is a senior lecturer in development studies at the University of Johannesburg. He is the convener of the multi-stakeholder engagement project Izindaba Zokudla that aims to create opportunities for urban agriculture in a sustainable food system in Soweto, Gauteng.
The future of small-scale farming in South Africa
Dr. Vuyo Mahlati is the president of the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa). Her PhD from Stellenbosch University researched the value of integrated supply chains and global markets in commercialising natural products in rural areas. Also, she is the founder of Africa’s first indigenous wool processing plant in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape. AFASA facilitates the development of African farmers to increase their meaningful participation in the agricultural sector.
Re-imagining agriculture during and post covid-19
Christo van der Rheede is the deputy executive director of Agri SA and the chairperson of the AgriSETA board. In his role at Agri SA he drives transformation within the agricultural sector, amongst other duties. Agri SA serves on government’s covid-19 task team. The federation of agricultural organisation promotes the development, profitability, stability and sustainability of primary agriculture in South Africa through its involvement and input on national and international policy and the implementation thereof.
How small-scale farmers can benefit from R1.2 billion covid-19 funding
Government has set aside R1.2 billion for assistance to mainly target financially distressed small-scale farmers. Of the R1.2 billion, R400 million is for farmers within the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS) programme. The remainder will be channelled towards other farmers within certain commodity sectors. Farmers in which sectors will be helped financially? What are the application requirements?
Crisis of abundance: A bank that empowers small-scale farmers
Bennie van Rooy is the CEO of Grobank, a business and commercial bank passionate about food security across South Africa and Africa. With over 70 years’ experience the bank has many streamlined products, expertise and services that focus on every link in the food value chain. Grobank has assisted
its community through many crisis, uncovering what matters most and then finding ways to see that most become more – even in the most turbulent economic times.
Rebuilding the South African economy post covid-19
Dr. Sifiso Ntombela is the chief economist of the National Agricultural Marketing Council. He is a trade specialist in areas of agricultural product exports and imports, frequently publishing expert analysis on the movement of the country’s agricultural products, trade policies and new markets. The NAMC provides marketing advisory services to key stakeholders in support of a vibrant agricultural marketing system.
Survive and flourish by fast-tracking your digital strategies
Ronelle Louwrens is the CEO of YehBaby Digital, an award-winning agency that specialises in break-through digital strategies for agri-businesses, amongst others. YehBaby empowers SMME’s to build an online marketing asset that can drive sales. Optimising your digital marketing during and after the covid-19 pandemic can help your agri-business stay afloat and continue to give you the results you desire. The one big lesson from the global crisis is that SMMEs, especially, need to place their faith in the virtual world.
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