Climate Smart Agribusiness

moderated by Wim Goris

The network identified four overarching thematic areas that will guide us in the years 2018-2022: Inclusive agribusiness, Climate smart agribusiness, Circular economy agribusiness and Nutrition-sensitive agribusiness. These four themes are also closely aligned with the objectives of the Dutch development agenda regarding food security.

Around its thematic focus the AgriProFocus network will develop and implement network programmes, globally and in the country networks. 

Within this thematic focus members in the Netherlands and in country networks have expressed a clear need to target the work of AgriProFocus to specific issues based upon the following criteria:

  • Zoom in on issues that currently block the development of a vibrant agripreneurs sector, and to opportunities to overcome this.

  • Choose those issues that various stakeholders encounter, but that no-one can solve individually - so-called ‘wicked problems’ or ‘complex problems’.

  • The networks joint solutions should be on sharing, co-creating and scaling-up practical action perspectives and business strategies for agripreneurs.

For 2018 AgriProFocus has selected, based on member interest, global ‘burning issues’ per theme. On each issue/opportunity we will facilitate exchange and reflection on results, experiences and lessons learned of members. Every theme will lead to a ‘publication’ (print/video) for members and broader audiences. Our ambition is that these insights spark opportunities for further network activities, using our signature network solutions (Linking, Learning, Leadership) to create joint network programmes.

The primary interface between climate change and agricultural development is through agricultural production, but climate hazards also have impacts on the storage, processing and market access of produce. AgriProFocus members are looking for clear proven concepts (e.g. what is ‘smart’ about climate-smart), building on current practice. Our common agenda (also shared with F&BKP) is practice- and innovation oriented with two priorities:

  • Business drivers for investing in CSA horticulture. The goal is to gather some of the best CSA solutions and dive into why agri-food SMEs decide to invest (or not) in climate resilience solutions. Through this work, the AgriProFocus network aims to better understand the business drivers for CSA adoption as well as potential (a.o. financial) barriers, from the perspective of SMEs in Africa and Asia. This will help members and the farmers/SMEs they work with to strengthen their work to enhance climate resilience and their disaster preparedness.

  • Climate Smart Dairy Development. The goal is to generate network insights on opportunities to professionalize and upscale the dairy sector in a climate-smart way (balancing mitigation, adaptation and production objectives). This is to include opportunities for small and medium scale farmers, and factors in the enabling environment: e.g. investment by financial institutions; capitalisation of biodiversity/soils (True Price); and the role of governments at various levels. 

Keep an eye on this page for updates !

Global Lead Climate Smart Agribusiness and Agriculture: Wim Goris


jun
04

National Policy Dialogue on CSA in Tanzania

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  04 June 2018, All Day Event
  ESRF Conference Hall, Dar Es Salaam

The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in collaboration with CARE International and Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Network (FANRFAN) are organizing a policy dialogue on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in Tanzania. This dialogue aims at discussing the impacts of climate change and the progress on its mitigation through climate smart Agriculture (CSA).

Additionally, this event its to raise awareness on the impact of climate change on Tanzanian agriculture and food systems. It builds on the UN Conference on Climate change that was built in Bonn, Germany earlier this year. 

Specific objectives of the conference are:

1. To share outputs of the UN Climate change conference with the stakeholders in bid to influence both research and policy agendas at national and regional level

2. To explore more on CSA policies and technologies used in the country

3. To identify CSA policies and technologies relevant to the country

4. To solicit recommendations from stakeholders


PS: This event is by invitat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 May 2018 at 01:42

Stakeholder Workshop on Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is participating in the Official Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document and to jointly plan implementation together with regional governments on 29-30 May 2018 at Rift valley Hotel, Adama.

HE Dr. Kaba Urgessa on behalf of the new Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Ato Shiferaw Shigute introduced the workshop and new published strategy. In line with CRGE and the importance of the agricultural sector in the development of Ethiopia, a soil strategy has been developed, with interests of improving productivity as well as conserving soil and water conservation.

Introduction of Ethiopian soil strategy to regional governments and soliciting feedback, official inaugurate the strategy and layout the roadmap for the implementation are the main objectives of the workshop.

The Ministry of Agriculture and especially the Soil Fertility Directorate are inaugurating the finalized Soil

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 28 May 2018 at 07:46

Agriculture’s Links With Climate

Agriculture has always been deeply dependent on the weather, with farmers needing a steady mixture of sun, warmth, and rains in order to reliably produce the food that all of humanity depends on for survival. Now, these once predictable growing cycles are at risk from climate change, and smallholders like Upendo are on the front lines.

Upendo Malata eyes the dark gray clouds gathering overhead with a feeling of anticipation. Rain is coming, and her one-acre farm in Magulilwa, Tanzania, desperately needed it. The entire previous month was dry -- a strange occurrence during the heart of the rainy season -- but in just the past few days, the skies have started opening up again. Upendo’s maize crops are still maturing, and they may be able to escape permanent damage, as long as the rains continue through the rest of the next month.

Uncertainty is a feeling that Upendo has gotten used to, because it’s the third year in a row that weather problems have threa

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may
26

Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  26 May 2018, All Day Event
  Mbarara

Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MBAZARDI) will host a one-day farm clinic with a main practical-based session on May 26 in Mbarara. The clinic whose theme focuses on climate smart farming will conduct talk sessions on topics such as Seeds & varieties, Post-harvest handling, Value addition, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) & Economics.

Farmers attending the clinic will also learn more about grazing methods like zero grazing, rotational grazing and paddocking and free range grazing.  Dairy farmers will be shown how to move towards a system that maximises land use and produces milk at a least cost. Intensive dairy production (with or without minimal grazing) is predicted to replace the traditional open grazing systems. 

Farmers will also learn how to keep records about all farm operations and events. These may include, but not limited to, purchases, sales, feeding and health and breeding. The records should be as simple as possible for ease of interpret

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 May 2018 at 07:56

Which Climate-Smart Technologies Will Pay Off for African Farmers?

When Ugandan farmer Eveline Aryemo first tried the NABE 15 improved bean variety, she did not know that this seed contained superior abilities to not only tolerate drought conditions and diseases common in her farm but also triple yields.

imageThe seed was promoted by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) together with partners. A truly “climate-smart” technology, the drought tolerant variety has helped Eveline meet market demands and to farm in challenging climate conditions.

NABE15 cooks faster than most of the other commercial varieties and thus requires less firewood, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saves time for women to engage in other activities. When grown in drought-stressed environments it is more productive compared to other varieties, which assures women farmers of a surplus for sale and hence income for home expenses s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 May 2018 at 04:39

Call for Papers on Conservation Agriculture (deadline 31 May)

This call for condensed papers is on the occasion of the 2nd Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture in October in Johannesburg. 

The call is extended to all potential participants who wish to make an oral or a poster presentation relevant to the Congress theme and any of the specific sub-themes as stated below. Authors should indicate whether they wish to do oral or poster presentations.  

Theme: The theme of the congress is “Making Climate-Smart Agriculture Real in Africa with Conservation Agriculture: Supporting the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063”. 

Sub-themes: 

1. Role of CA in achieving Agenda 2063 goals and SDGs in Africa for building climate-smart agricultural systems 

2. Mainstreaming of CA paradigm at the institutional and sectorial level and within governments’ systems in bringing about the sustainable transformation of agricultural systems in Africa 

3. The critical role

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Wim Goris See event  info here: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5b01a1f226b72a091afa5162

1 month 18 hours ago

Anteneh Wondimu Dear Win Goris, I am interesting in these issues and hope will be submitting CA call paper. As you may know the call paper announcement time short to prepare. Please extend submit date.

3 weeks 1 day ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing with us Wim Goris!

2 weeks 1 day ago

oct
09

2 ACCA : Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by  ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:

  • 2ACCA will contribute to catalysing increased action on the uptake and scaling-up of the CA-based climate-smart agriculture systems and practices, in general, and CA systems in particular across Africa. In this way, the outputs of the 2ACCA are expected to be more than just proceedings, but knowledge and information, policy and institutional advice and guidance, and participatory farmer and community engagement to meet defined goals.
  • The congress outcomes include more knowledgeable and informed stakeholder constituencies and institutions to meet Agenda 2063, SDGs, and COP 21 and 22 agreements. Specifically, the Congress will, for many, bring out new knowledge and information on CA systems and practices - Information/data/experiences and lessons - highlighting issues and circumstances that enhance or hinder effective CA dissemination and uptake in diff

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 May 2018 at 10:30

Highlights from the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit 

The objective of the just concluded Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit “Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) was to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policymakers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society.

60 expert speakers shared their insight on how to ensure long-term food security to support socio-economic transformation whilst minimizing environmental impact.

Some of the topics discussed included:

1. A Strategic Approach and Business Model for Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa 

2. Innovative Financing Models for Climate Smart Agriculture
Increasing climate adaptation and resilience of agriculture requires investments at different scales to access, adopt and u

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice read! Can you also explain a bit what we as AgriProFocus do on Climate Smart Agriculture? What can people expect from our network? Maybe Wim Goris, you can elaborate?

1 month 2 days ago

Shadrack Agaki  Anne Marie Kortleve  Agriprofocus has done some good job  when it come to creating better platform bringing organizations together to enable strategic partnership and collaboration in order for people to  think through how Climate Smart Agriculture can be scaled up in- For me you have created a Mastermind Phenomenon. However with spotlight being directed on the role and place  of youth and women in making CSA achievable and given that the best way to do this is to amplify the success stories of youth in Agriculture, Agriprofocus should deliberately decide to undertake a project profiling successful youth agribusiness  cases and help amplify them.  

1 month 1 day ago

Wim Goris Hi Shadrack, thanks for the compliment: let's agree the network is the mastermind.  AgriProFocus staff attended this CSA conference exactly to link and learn and deepen our network.  In addition to what Hilda summarizes, the conference deliberated on climate & gender in three sessions.  The issue of green house gas reduction got less attention. 

1 month 17 hours ago

Wim Goris Actions  already happening  in our network concern climate * dairy,  agroecology,  soil fertility just use the search bar on this online platform.  On the horticulture * climate , we are mapping practices, solutions and barriers in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.  That  mapping was  ongoing at the time of the conference, but we got useful insights and links.    

1 month 17 hours ago

Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi, we are happy to join your discussion. Let also join effort  to fight against climate change. together we can. thanks.

3 weeks 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 May 2018 at 09:47

Agricultural innovation in Africa starts with soil analysis

To all those organisation who with all good intentions think they can solve the problem of Africa: agricultural experts, advisers, policy makers and scientists; their expensive advice is almost always build on scientific insights, but noton what is going on in the villages and the fields in Africa. And that is where the problem lies. The solutions in Africa that have been applied in practice for many years are being overlooked. In my opinion two things are important when it comes to improving agriculture in Africa: 1) not forgetting about local context and 2) being aware that there is also a sequence in interventions. Let me explain this.

From scientific knowledge to practical application of my knowledge

I have worked at the Wageningen University and Research Center for years, the stronghold of technological agriculture. Almost two years ago I got the chance to translate my scientific knowledge into a practical application in Africa

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Dean Tashobya Thank you for that article Christy.I always find it challenging that people always want to have a good quality product not knowing that it begins from the starting point-the soil quality.  The harvest will depend on the soil, type and quality, then other players like weather and so on can come in.I have witnessed Ugandan crops grow well in remote parts of China just because of better soil management. Soil management is critical for better agricultural production.

1 month 4 days ago

Benard Sililo How can we get the soil scanner?

1 month 1 day ago

Wim Goris Hi Benard. check this link  http://www.soilcares.com/en/community-hubs/africa/

1 month 17 hours ago

Christy van Beek Thank you Wim Goris!

1 week 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 May 2018 at 01:27

MoMo4Climate second call for proposals (30 May 2018) 

Winner takes € 25,000

The deadline for the 2nd round of proposals is 30 May. Finalist will be teamed up with a coach within the Dutch financial sector.

MoMo finalists will pitch their business proposals at the Global Impact Investor Forum 2018 in Paris on 30 and 31 October. The best proposal of the MoMo challenge stands to win € 25,000 to further develop the business case.

MoMo4Climate is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in developing countries with a Dutch link. They are looking forward to receive your proposal. Read more here: http://www.momo4climate.org/news/119-2nd-call-for-proposals-opened


Tumukunde Jackson Goodmorning

1 month 1 week ago

Tumukunde Jackson Its been long 

1 month 1 week ago

julius aine its abit cool here in kaliro 

3 weeks 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 9 April 2018 at 10:55

Climate Smart Agriculture

The last half we worked together with the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa) and the Netherlands Enterprise agency (RVO) on a scoping study  on innovations related to Climate Smart Agriculture. In principle with a focus on South Africa, however applicable to all countries who face  server challenges. The result is interesting for parties who want to use climate adaptation and mitigation technologies (such as drought resistant plant varieties, use of water efficient instruments, soil improvement, use of inputs, solare power for water production, early warning systems) in the primary agricultural area.

A report  can be downloaded via: http://bit.ly/2EA7fHx and and addendum was published after a succesful workshop held in January'18 after which also an addendum was published: https://bit.ly/2qiHqq9.   

In case you are interested in a little booklet with 25 innovations of Dutch businesses drop a short email to Mrs. K. van den B

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apr
03

FAO Agroecology Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  03 April 2018 to 05 April 2018 - All Day Event
  Rome

There is a broad consensus that agroecology can be instrumental in achieving a wide range of policy, environmental and food security targets, from sustainability related goals to the reduction of rural poverty.

Building on the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held in Rome in 2014, and the subsequent regional seminars organized in 2015 and 2016, FAO will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2018.

This second symposium aim at moving agroecology from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and experiences, while discussing policies and actions that can support agroecology in achieving the SDGs and accompany the decade of Family Farming.

The Symposium will take a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approach. About 400 participants are expected to attend, from policy-mak

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Posted 17 March 2018 at 12:25

Posted by Marion Alyek in AgriProFocus Uganda 17 March 2018 at 12:25

SEED Low Carbon Awards 2018

Call for Applications

Is your enterprise in a start-up phase, locally driven and eco-inclusive with an ambition to be in the vanguard of green and inclusive growth? Does your enterprise make significant contributions to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change? Does your enterprise need support in replicating business activities in another region or country?

If those questions particularly apply to you, you will be pleased to hear that the SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards.

SEED is looking for the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises making significant contributions to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change. Up to five 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Focus Countries: Uganda, Tanzania, India, Colombia, Thailand

Deadlin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 March 2018 at 12:02

SEED Low Carbon Awards 2018

Call for Applications

Is your enterprise in a start-up phase, locally driven and eco-inclusive with an ambition to be in the vanguard of green and inclusive growth? Does your enterprise make significant contributions to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change? Does your enterprise need support in replicating business activities in another region or country?

If those questions particularly apply to you, you will be pleased to hear that the SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards.

SEED is looking for the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises making significant contributions to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change. Up to five 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Focus Countries: Uganda, Tanzania, India, Colombia, Thailand

Deadlin

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice opportunity! Can you promote this post also on Twitter and Facebook? That would be great!

3 months 5 days ago

Marion Alyek Dear Anne Marie,Will be sharing this opportunity on Twitter and Facebook shortly

3 months 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 20 February 2018 at 09:03

FAO launches guide to tackle Fall Army Worm in Africa

Fall Army worm larvae can affect many crops including maize, rice sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton. By end of January 2018, it was reported that all Sub Saharan Africa countries except Djibouti, Eritrea and Lesotho were affected with FAW infestation and expected to spread further in the rest of the continent. The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) took a leading role in convening partners towards developing a comprehensive guide towards tackle this challenge. 

The guide summarizes the important technical information about the worm and describes in details on how to integrate FAW management in a farmer Field School(FFS) where it focuses on providing resources and ideas on how to integrate FAW management in FFS.

Some of the key guidelines and advice to effectively and sustainably manage FAW  include:

  • Visit the field and look at the status of the crop: its health and signs of presence of the FAW. Farmers can take d

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may
15

Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  15 May 2018 to 16 May 2018 - All Day Event
  Nairobi

 

SHOW CASE GAME-CHANGING INNOVATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS IN CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE IN EAST AFRICA: Sustainable Agriculture Practices, Irrigation and Cropping, Data & ICT for agri and mAgri solutions, Resilient Agricultural Systems to Address Climate Change, Risk-mitigation Finance & Insurance

Read more : http://csa-africa.aidforum.org/  



feb
06

Launch GCP climate research projects

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  06 February 2018 to 07 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha

On earlier invitation only by CCAFS, NWO-WOTRO and F&BK. On 6 and 7 February 2018, the GCP projects will be officially launched in Arusha, Tanzania. The projects are expected to achieve impact on the objective of the Global Challenges Programme (GCP) which is to promote research-based advanced understanding of emerging key issues in global and regional food security and their impact on local food security, and the role of private sector development. The kick-off meeting is the start of a collaboration between CCAFS, NWO-WOTRO and F&BKP. A key focus of this collaboration is on impact, and how to realize the involvement of target groups and the back flowing of results into society, in particular policy and practice.  


Read more here: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/unpacking-climate-smart-agriculture-upscaling-east-africa#.WnREaYjOVPY



feb
13

Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Kenya)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  13 February 2018, 08:00-14:30
  Azure Hotel, Lantana Road

INVITATION TO THE INCEPTION WORKSHOP FOR THE RESEARCH AND SCALING-UP PROJECT INCLUSIVE AND CLIMATE SMART BUSINESS MODELS IN ETHIOPIAN AND KENYAN DAIRY VALUE CHAINS

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Nairobi on February 13 from 08:00h-13.30h in Azure Hotel, Lantana Road, Westlands. 

The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Kenya to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.

Download the programme here

If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Dorina Prech: kenya@agriprofocus.com 




feb
15

Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Ethiopia)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 February 2018, 09:00-13:30
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole area), Addis Ababa

Invitation to the Inception workshop for the research and scaling-up project Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Addis Ababa on February 15 from 9:00h-13.30h in Azzeman Hotel (Bole area, Addis Ababa).

The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.

If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Meskerem Ritmeester mritmeester@agriprofocus.com 




jan
25

Zuid-Afrika meeting - Climate Smart Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 January 2018, 09:30-12:00
  Unie van Waterschappen, Koningskade 40, Den Haag

Zuid-Afrika bijeenkomst 25 januari en Scoping Report Climate Smart Agriculture

Op 25 januari organiseren NWP, RVO.nl, Verbos Business Development en de UvW een gecombineerde bijeenkomst in het kader van het Partners voor Water programma en de Water en AgriFood Nexus in Zuid-Afrika. Tevens zal de landbouwraad, Jack Vera aanwezig zijn en zijn visie met u delen. Tijdens deze bijeenkomst kijken we terug op de activiteiten van het Zuid-Afrikaplatform in 2017 en bereiden we ons voor op de daaruit voortgekomen acties. Zo hebben het bezoek van Minister Mokonyane aan de Amsterdam International Water Week, het City of the Future evenement in Durban en de Economische Missie in Kaapstad, gezorgd voor een goede positionering van de Nederlandse water sector in Zuid-Afrika in 2017.

Registeren voor deze bijeenkomst kan tot dinsdag 23 januari via deze link. Hier vindt u ook de details over de locatie en tijd. 

In 2018 wordt in juni de WISA conferentie (water) in Kaapstad georganiseerd en in augustus staat de

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