Climate change is a reality, affecting us all on multiple levels. The more serious effects of climate change will only become apparent two or three generations from now ... which places on us a responsibility to future generations to safeguard the planet.
“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, the British Consulate General Cape Town, and UK Trade and Investment are hosting an Agribusiness and Climate Change conference 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:
Please diarise the dates of 17 – 18 June 2009 and register as soon as possible. The final date for registration is Wednesday 10 June 2009. The conference fee of R1 350 will include lunches and refreshments, and an African evening. Kindly complete and forward the enclosed registration form to the SAAA by email at email@example.com or facsimile 021‐8801274. For more information, contact Lina Keyter or Amanda Binedell at 021‐8801276/77.
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