Key points and highlights from thursday nov. 2, 2017
Key Points and Highlights from
Thursday the 2nd of November 2017.
FIELD VISITS RECAP
• The first trip that was presented on, was the Lungisa Indlela Village (LIV). An
orphanage for young children. LIV generates income from agricultural production and
processing of Moringa. The group that visited LIV also visited Cappeny Estates, where
the Gumede family produces strawberries. A key point that emanated from the
presentation is that people are aware of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) but need to
improve the way they practice it.
• The second field excursion was at Karlkloof Dairy Farm. Delegates who went to the
farm observed that the farm’s innovations included conservation tillage, animal
precision technology and manure sipping pits with zero water waste.
• The third field excursion was to the South African Sugar Research Institute (SASRI).
The site tour showcased the institute’s 4 multidisciplinary focus areas: Crop Variety
Improvement, Crop Protection, Crop Performance and Systems Design.
• The fourth excursion was to the educational institution CEDARA, and the visit
showcased research linking Conservation Agriculture (CA) and Climate Smart
Agriculture (CSA). The visit to CEDARA included the showcasing of cover crop
technology as well as no-till farming implements.
• The fifth excursion was to Simba Mabhele Farm, where pigs, poultry and sugarcane
are farmed. The visit showcased the use of modern technology for breeding and
monitoring pregnant sows.
SUB-THEME INTRODUCTIONS AND DISCUSSANT PRESENTATION
• Subtheme 5 of the conference was on: Knowledge Management of Climate Smart
Agriculture (CSA). The main speaker was Mr. R. Mampholo who emphasized the
importance of demonstration and experiential learning in knowledge
dissemination inCSA skills up-scaling. He also noted the importance of continental
CSA centers of excellence and the need for continuous and expanded knowlwdge
• Subtheme 6 of the conference was on: Innovation for Entrepreneurship. The main
speaker was Dr. Mutimba who spoke about innovation and entrepreneurship – an
the importance of identifying and developing markets to drive the growth of both
• One of the side-events of the afternoon was the Global Forum for Rural Advisory
Services’ (G-FRAS) Nutrition Working Group Launch. This was conducted by
GFRAS in partnership with the University of California and the University of Illinois.
• Another side-event of the afternoon focused Business Models and Dissemination
Techniques for Sustaining Promotion of Post Harvest Management. The session
was conducted by AGRIDEA and AFAAS.
• The side event on Optimizing Use of the Farmer to Farmer Extension
Approach for Promoting CSA was conducted by the World Agro Forestry
• The side event on Field Schools and Climate Change Adaptation was
conducted by the FAO.
Selected Memorable Quotations:
• “When you hear it, you forget it, when you see it you remember it, when you
do it, you own it for life.” -Mr. K. Mampholo.
• “Innovation is introducing something new and entrepreneurship is the ability
to recognize business opportunities in innovations” -Dr. Mutimba