Food Security Seminar

Reserve your seat for 14th June 2016

Agriculture and Food Security

Introduction:

Food security and agriculture are two sides of the same coin. Without sustainable agriculture, food prices rocket, fueling food insecurity. But what does sustainable development in agriculture really mean in a drought-stricken era?

The agricultural sector’s long-term health depends on the sustainability of farming methods, taking into account long-term productivity, environmental impact and profitability. For this to happen, significant collaboration between various stakeholders, including government, industry players, the farming community and environmentalists, is required.

If mismanaged, agricultural industrialisation and intensification risk compromising food safety, increasing unemployment and worsening environmental degradation.

On the other hand, improved land and water resource management can yield healthy, climate-resilient agricultural ecosystems fostering biodiversity and overall economic and social well-being.

Session 1: 9:00 – 10:30

Is agriculture as we know it in irreversible decline?

  • Agriculture in crisis: Towards a truly sustainable agricultural survival strategy: helping the government achieve its targets on an economically viable basis.
  • State subsidies are required to sustain agriculture and prevent the decline of small towns (Prof Willemse, UFS)
  • Creating agricultural entrepreneurs: strategically involving commercial farmers in the total food chain process, from the start until delivery of the final product to the consumer, to ensure sustainable production of essential and specific crops.

Panel discussion question: Will farming die out? How to make agriculture attractive to young people again.

Session 2: 11:00 – 12:30

Food security by other means

  • Scalable and low-cost solutions for subsistence farmers: African farmers’ dependence on rain-fed agriculture means ‘quick wins’ for a targeted focus on solutions to manage green water.
  • The role of healthy soil in sustainable agriculture (ARC)
  • Grounded: Urban farming as means to promote social stability and create livelihoods (Abalimi)

Panel discussion question: The role of the state in creating infrastructure beyond the farm.

Reserve your seat for 14th June