Conference Program

 

Preliminary Conference Program

Wednesday, 17th June 2020

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07:30  -  17:00

Registration

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Opening Ceremony

    Ambassador Bene M’Poko
    Jeffers Miruka

Chairman: Ambassador Bene M’Poko, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps & Ambassador of the DRC to South Africa

Chairperson: Jeffers Miruka, Executive Director, Association of African Agricultural Economists

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Food Security – Harnessing Agricultural Technology to Realise a Food Secure World

    Dr. Maxwell Wengawenga
    Dr. Brylyne Chitsunge

Chairperson: Dr. Brylyne Chitsunge, Food Security Ambassador, Pan African Parliament

Welcome Address: Dr Ivan Meyer, MEC for Agriculture, Western Cape Province, South Africa

Panel Discussion:  

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Omri van Zyl, Executive Director, AGRI SA

Zinzi Mgolodela, Head of Transformation, Woolworths, South Africa

Dr. Maxwell Wengawenga, Assistant Economic Advisor to the President of Malawi

TBA

 

 

 

 

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Sustainable Land Reform and Use: Imperatives for a Successful Agricultural Sector

    Wandile Sihlobo
    Thato Moagi
    Leona Archary

Keynote: Wandile Sihlobo, Chief Economist, Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa

Panel Discussion:

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Wandile Sihlobo, Chief Economist, Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa

Thato Moagi, Director, LeGae La Banareng Farms

Leona Archary, Head of the Agricultural Business Unit, Bigen

TBA

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Coffee Break

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Workshop: Equipment Development for Conservation Farming Systems

    Dr. Ted Kornecki

Presenter: Dr. Ted S. Kornecki, Agricultural Engineer USDA-ARS

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Lunch Break

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Smallholders Farming – Small Land Large Impact!

    Chris Wild

Chairperson: Chris Wild, Executive Director: Food & Trees for Africa

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Protected Cultivation and Plant Protection

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Coffee Break

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International Projects

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Projects in Africa

Thursday, 18 June 2020

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08:00  -  16:00

Registration

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Smart Agriculture

    Dr. George Van Zijl

Chairperson: Dr. George Van Zijl, Lecturer, North West University

Keynote: TBA

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Innovation Eco-System

    Niki Neumann

Keynote: Niki Neumann, Managing Director, AFGRI Technology Services

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Coffee Break

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Start-Up Presentations

“The Evolution of Agriculture Technologies”

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Workshop: TBA

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Lunch Break

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Water and Irrigation

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Agriculture Regional Projects and Project Financing

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Crops

    Dr. Laila Yesmin

Chairperson: Dr. Laila Yesmin, Director & Biotechnologist, Biotechnology Manitoba Limited

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Soil

Dr. George van Zijl, Lecturer, North West University

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Coffee Break

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Workshop: Water Management

    Ronnie Mckenzie
    Yaron Ben Ari

Presenters: Ronnie Mckenzie, Chair, IWA Specialist Group and Yaron Ben Ari, Head of Water Technology Program, Standards Institution of Israel

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Cocktail Evening for Speakers

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