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Key points and highlights from thursday nov. 2, 2017


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Key points and highlights from thursday nov. 2, 2017

  1. 1. Key Points and Highlights from Thursday the 2nd of November 2017.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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 sharing; • 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 SIDE EVENTS • 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.
  4. 4. • The side event on Optimizing Use of the Farmer to Farmer Extension Approach for Promoting CSA was conducted by the World Agro Forestry Centre • 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