Presentations and proceedings now available

Proceedings now available for download here.

The following presentations are available for download:

  • Adrian Joynt - Biogas and renewable energy - a case study (Download)
  • Greg Austin - Biogas: Emission reductions, energy and food security
    Part 1
    | Part 2 | Part 3
  • Greg Masters - Sustainable agriculture and climate change: threats, challenges and innovation
    Part 1
    | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Jacques Rossouw - Agriculture's role in combating climate change (Download)
  • James Blignaut - Climate change, agriculture and economic development in South Africa (Download)
  • John Purchase - Climate change and agriculture: perspectives from SA Agri-Business (Download)
  • John Smith - Climate change and agriculture (Download)
  • Nicola Steen - Agribusiness and Climate Change - Carbon credits and trading (Download)
  • Peter Johnson - Climate Change - some implications for SA and agriculture
    Part 1
    | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8
  • Randall Spalding-Fecher - Everything you wanted to know about CDM but were afraid to ask (Download)
  • Robert Aitken - Renewable energy in Agriculture
    Part 1
    | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
  • Sue Taylor - Alternative crops and ideas for the Western Cape (Download)

Agribusiness and Climate Change conference
Climate change is a reality, affecting all on more levels. The real effects of climate change will only become apparent two or three generations from now … which leads to our responsibility to future generations being a real and present one.

“Environmental researchers predict Southern Africa will be hit heavily by climate change over the next 70 years. Agricultural production is projected to be halved – a development that will threaten the livelihoods of farmers in a region where 70 percent of the population are smallholder farmers” – SACAU meeting, 15-16 April 2009, Durban (Inter Press Service News Agency)

With the launch of the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for the Western Cape during January 2009, the agricultural sector and its stakeholders will have to respond in a responsible way by taking the lead in adaptation and mitigation plans over the entire value chain.

Against this background, the SA Agri Academy (SAAA), Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the UK Trade and Invest are jointly hosting an Agribusiness and Climate Change conference – A South African and UK perspective” with a difference on 17 and 18 June 2009 in Somerset West.

The aim of this event is to discuss relevant topics in order to develop action plans which, when implemented, will make a real contribution to slowing down the pace of global warming and climate change and its effects on the agricultural sector.

Several high profile climate change experts from the UK and South Africa will take part in this prestigious event and papers, round table discussions and break away sessions will focus on various topics, including the following:

  • Greening the supply chain
  • Water and alternative water supply options
  • Alternative crops and production practises (including dealing with extremes)
  • More resilient and appropriate breeds (including dealing with extremes)
  • Reducing carbon emissions using green land management principles
  • Biogas mitigation options (renewable energy)
  • Carbon footprint within the global food trade
  • Carbon trading and trading
  • Food security


Who Are We

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