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Strategic Agriculture and Food Shortage Solutions for Africa

Business Conference - Strategic Agriculture and Food Shortage Solutions for Africa

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Begin date : 6/5/2012

End date : 7/6/2012

Location : South Africa / Johanessburg

By : Intelligent Africa

Venue : Premier Hotel - OR Tambo

Event Subject :

The summit is intended to bring together stakeholders from the private sector, government and leading international agricultural experts. The main aim of the summit is to focus on the viability, sustainability and profitability of Africa’s agricultural sector.

Keywords :
Strategic Agriculture Agrisummit Climate change
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"Feeding Africa at a time of climate change – a major development challenge of our era"-

Kofi A. Annan
 
The summit on Strategic Agricultural and Food Shortage Solutions for Africa’s intention is to bring together stakeholders from the private sector, government and leading international agricultural experts. Speakers will include top agricultural government representatives to address the impacts, strategies, best practices and new methodologies for undertaking agriculture challenges and food insecurity in Africa.
 
The main aim of the summit is to focus on the viability, sustainability and profitability of Africa’s agricultural sector. Throug happlying agricultural innovation, sustainable agriculture processes, knowledge sharing and management. This summit will examines the social , environmental and economic challenges that are the backbone of Africa’s food insecurity and proposes a solution for action to be taken by governments, NGO’s, Representatives of Farmer Groups and the international community in order to sustain greater food security. The summit will examine methods in which to minimize any instability to food security and agricultural sustainability through innovation and knowledge management.
 
Target Market:
 
• Agricultural Government Departments
• Representative of Farmer Groups
• Agricultural Cooperatives
• Financial Institutions and Banks
• Agricultural Societies and Investment Groups
• Agriculture Funds
• Institutional Investors, privatization and investment promotion agencies
• Regulators and Government Agencies
• Development Agencies and Development Banks
• Food Processing and Agri-Companies Ÿ
• Exporters & Importers
• Municipalities
• NGO’s
 
Contact:
Tel: 0027 12 997 7676
Fax: 0027 12 997 7034
E-mail:info@intelligentafrica.com
baldwin@intelligentafrica.com
www.agrisummit.com

 

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Files: Event brochure, conference program, call for papers, abstracts etc.
What the summit is all about.pdf
Program/Content

 

 

Strategic Agricultural and Food Shortage Solutions for Africa 

05th – 07th June 2012


Premier Hotel, O.R Tambo, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa


Sustainable social and economic development in Africa has to be driven by the development of its agricultural sector, which is the mainstay for 70% of its population and 80% of its poor. Under such conditions, significant efforts are clearly needed to make African agriculture more productive and more efficient, but also more resilient to climate change.


DAY 1,

05th June 2012

07:30 Registration and Morning Coffee

08:30 Welcoming Remarks form the Chairman

08:45 Importance of Agriculture to Society and the Economy

·         Performance

·         Growth of agricultural production vs. population growth

·         Africa’s per capita grain output

·         Sirte Ministerial Declaration

·         Sharm el Sheikh Declaration

Inviting: Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister: Ministry or Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Republic of South Africa

 

09:30 Socio Economic Factors

 

·         HIV / Aids

·         Poverty

·         Gender inequality

·         Challenges facing Women involved in agriculture

·         Low water availability

Confirmed: Hon. Edward William Lutaaya Mukomazi, Minister, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Forestry and Environment – Buganda Kingdom.

 

10:15 Morning Tea

 

10:45 Political Factors

 

·         Governance

·         Corruption

·         Private and Public Partnerships

·         International Investment restrains

·         Infrastructure

Confirmed: Ruth Kagia, Head of Mission, World Bank - South Africa

 

11:30 The Impact of Climate Change on Africa’s Agriculture

 

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly stated, in

Its fourth assessment report published in 2007, that global warming and extreme weather events will affect the world’s poorest regions most. In sub-Saharan Africa, rain fed crop yields could fall by half between now and 2020. The mitigation of these impacts is going to depend on the investments that will be made in water control, irrigation, storage facilities, rural roads, seed production and multiplication and conservation agriculture.

 

·         Higher temperatures

·         Greater variability of rainfall

·         Extreme events

-         floods

-         droughts

·         Water availability

·         Animal and plant diseases

Confirmed: Dr Archer van Garderen, Climate Change Specialist, CSIR - South Africa

12:15 Sponsored Lunch

 

13:15 Panel Discussion:

 

Africa’s Food Imports

Facing the challenges of higher food import bills and people’s limited access to energy

 

14:00 Importance of Fertilizer

 

·         Inorganic Fertilizer

·         Organic fertilizers

·         Speciality products and growth enhancers

·         The act under which fertilizers fell (act 36 of 1947) 

Confirmed: Dr. Arrie J. van Vuuren and Prof. Andries S. Claassens, Multi Disciplinary Plant and Soil Consultants, Greenhouse Trial and Research Centre - South Africa

14:45 Afternoon Tea

 

15:15 Insurance and Risk Management

 

·         Types of agricultural risk

·         Implications of climate change for agricultural risks

·         Price risk and volatility

·         Risk management tools

·         Policies and strategies that underpin the development of agriculture

·         Agricultural insurance: policy experiences to improve the efficiency of insurance markets

Confirmed: Mr. Chris Sturgess, Director: Commodity Derivatives, JSE - South Africa

 

16:00 End of Day One


 

DAY 2

 

06th June 2012

 

07:30 Morning Coffee

08:30 Welcoming Remarks form the Chairman

08:45 Applying Irrigated Agriculture

 

Irrigated Agriculture, occupies 20%of the world’s arable land, accounts for more than 40% of total agricultural production. Irrigated agriculture is much less vulnerable to climate Sirte 08 variability and other changes than rain fed agriculture. Yields from irrigated agriculture are three times higher than those from rain fed agriculture.

Unfortunately, in Africa, only 7% of arable land is irrigated, with an even lower

4% in sub-Saharan Africa compared to 38% in Asia. The continent only uses 4% of its water reserves (less than 3% in sub-Saharan Africa), against 20% in Asia. That means that on 93% of Africa’s agricultural land, the population has to rely on rainfall to live or rather to survive; and rain is becoming increasingly unpredictable on account of climate change.

 

·         Small water harnessing

·         Irrigation

·         Drainage works

·         Blair Report

·         Soil Moisture Management

Confirmed: Hon Jumanne A. Maghembe (MP), Former Minister, Ministry of Agriculture - Tanzania

 

09:30 The Use of ICT in Agriculture

 

The use of ICTs in Africa has the potential to enhance the efficiency of governments in formulating and implementing their agricultural policies, a study undertaken with the purpose of evaluating the use of mobile phones and its implication on farm production in western Kenya revealed that mobile phones greatly helped farmers in their output, ability to bargain and access to funds. Unfortunately, most national ICT and agricultural policies in Africa do not prioritize the use and application of ICTs for rural communities. However, use of ICTs such as mobile phones can be hindered by lack of information, low levels of education and the cost e.g. of the phones and Airtime. IDASA, Kenya, 2010

Confirmed: Judith Payne, e-Business Advisor, USAID (EGAT/I&E/ICT) - Washington, DC

10:15 Morning Tea

 

10:45 Water Control

 

·         Investment needs for water control

·         Analysing current Countries Water Policies and procedures

·         Legislation

·         Production factors

·         Dry spells and supplementary irrigation

 Confirmed: Greg Christelis, Freelance Consulting Hydro - geologist, Environmental Services - Namibia

 

11:30 Land Resource Management

 

·         Retention of soil moisture

·         Catchment of runoff water

·         Capturing of Rainwater

·         Re-use of groundwater

Inviting: Drake Mubiru, SRO, National Agriculture Research Organisation - Uganda

 

12:15 Sponsored Lunch

 

13:15 Water Technology and Hydro-agricultural Works

 

·         Encourage the adaptation of current technologies

·         Promoting innovative technology an research

·         Technological Measures

·         Discussing irrigation and hydropower potential

·         Reasons for current operations performing below capacity

·         Technical and economic reasons

·         institutional and social reasons

Confirmed: Greg Christelis, Freelance Consultant Hydro-Geologist, Environmental Services - Namibia

14:00 Genetically Modified Seeds (GMO)

 

·         Pros and cons of GMO

·         Risks of GM crops

-         toxic health

-         environmental effects

·         International bans on GM

·         Alternatives other than GMO’s

Inviting: Dr Kodjo P. Abassa, Agricultural Advisor and Coordinator, Biotechnology Program - UNECA
 

14:45 Afternoon Tea

 

15:15 The Role of CAAPD and COMESA

 

Under CAADP, African governments are committed to increase their national budget expenditure on agriculture to at least 10 %. The Programme, agreed by heads of state at the 2003 summit of the African Union, expects a six % growth rate in agriculture every year.

 

·         How can CAADP and other organisations build a future together?

·         Linking agricultural policies and programmes to CAAPD’s four pillars

·         Discussing the part of FANRPAN

Confirmed: Prof. Mable Imbuga, Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta UniversityKenya

16:00 End of Day Two


DAY 3,

 

07th June 2012

 

07:30 Morning Coffee

08:30 Welcoming Remarks form the Chairman

08:45 Private Sector Investment in Agriculture

 

The public and private sectors need to work together to create an environment which unleashes the entrepreneurship of the peoples of Africa, generates employment and encourages individuals and firms, both domestic and foreign, to invest - Sirte 2008

 

·         Highlighting Africa’s untapped resources and agricultural possibilities

·         Investment priorities

·         Tariffs and Tax incentives

·         Improve policies for enhancing private sector investments

·         Financing Agriculture through financial institutions

·         Addressing the structure of existing investment portfolios

·         Adaptation to future needs,

·         private sector investment e.g. hydroelectric energy

Confirmed: Mr. L. J. Makhate, Director of Marketing, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives - Lesotho

 

09:30 Forestry

 

·         Geospatial information

·         Risk Management in forestry

·         Role of Forestry in Africa’s Agriculture as a hole

·         Addressing the potential of agriculture and forest management in combating climate change

·         Strategies  to do reforestation or afforestation

-         Soil Fertility

-         Crop health

-         Insect infestations

-         Drainage patterns

Confirmed: Mr. Joel Cele, Research Scientist, Institute for Commercial Forestry Research: UKZN - South Africa

10:15 Morning Coffee

 

 

 

10:45 Highlighting the Need and Importance of Infrastructure Support

 

·         Market Access

·         Storage

·         Rural roads

·         Small scale irrigation

·         Role of the ADEA

Confirmed: Mr. Adam Gross, Director of Strategy, Bourse Africa Limited - Namibia

 

11:30 Climate Smart Agriculture

 

·         Productivity

·         Resilience

·         Greenhouse gases

·         Food security

·         Development goals

Confirmed: Prof. Michael Rudolph, Director and Founder, SiyakhanaSouth Africa

 

12:30 Sponsored Lunch

 

13:30 Using Bio Energy in Agriculture

 

·         New innovations and opportunities  for Bio Energy in Africa

·         Using Renewable Energy for efficient waste management

·         Using agriculture to become a significant source for bio-fuel production

Confirmed:  Lameck Mwewa Jr., Dean: School of Natural Resources and Tourism, Polytechnic of Namibia - Namibia

14:15 Organic Farming

 

Partnerships between farmers, farmer groups, NGOs and civil society organizations

(CSOs), organic movement organizations, governments and certifying bodies at all

levels foster successful organic agriculture. In order to facilitate the spread of organic

agriculture there is a need to work at all levels: local, national and international, as well

as to encourage more links between governments, NGOs and the private sector. UN 2008

 

·         Is organic agriculture the answer for food security in Africa?

·         Benefits of Organic Farming

·         Limitations and challenges to the spread of organic agriculture in Africa

·         IFOAM’s Principles of Organic Agriculture

Confirmed: Dr Sarah Olembo, Senior Policy Officer, AU (REA) - Ethiopia 

 

15:00 Afternoon Tea

 

15:30 Crop Protection Management and Seed Fertilizers

 

·         Risks and benefits of Agricultural Pesticides

·         Protecting crops from

-         pests

-         insects

-         weeds

-         disease

-         theft

·         Pesticide- based approaches

·         Barrier-based approaches

·         Biotechnology- based approaches

Confirmed: Maxas Bweupe Ng'onga, Chairperson, CropLife – Zambia

 

16:15 End of Day Three and End of Conference

 

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