The congress theme is “Building resilient and sustainable agri-food ecosystems”. Agri-food ecosystems constitute the simultaneous social, economic, political, cultural and technology-enabled inter- action between consumers, producers, agribusinesses, NGOs and governments. Complexity of relationships and interdependencies between system elements, as well as environmental dynamics, makes understanding ecosystems, let alone governance, extremely challenging. Significant political and economic changes, social instability, climate change and extreme weather phenomena call for resilient agri-food value chains and market relationships. New practices, methods and technologies are required to build robust and inclusive value chains, and thus sustainable agri-food networks and food security.
The congress will provide the key forum for identifying the critical developments needed over the coming decades to ensure agri-food value chains are managed sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations. On behalf of the Congress Organising Committee, I welcome you to be part of this exciting opportunity to engage in these critical discussions, and showcase and promote your business on the agribusiness stage.
Dr John Purchase
Chair: Agbiz Congress 2020 Organising Committee
Held every second year, the Agbiz Congress 2020 is one of the major events on the food, feed, fibre and wine sectors’ agenda in South Africa.We anticipate attracting more than 400 delegates to the 2020 congress, which will feature presentations and discussion panels from local and international speakers, as well as a student case competition and various networking opportunities. As an exciting service to the agri-food industry, the Agbiz Congress 2020 will also provide agribusinesses and their input suppliers an opportunity to showcase their latest products and services as exhibitors in the trade exhibition.
The Agbiz Congress 2020 will kick-off on 15 July 2020 with a golf day at the Lost City Country Club. This masterpiece was sculpted out of the surrounding hills and rocky terrain by none other than Gary Player himself.
The high-tech Sun Central Convention Centre at Sun City, and its new venues will play host to this year’s plenary and breakaway sessions, and it will also house the exciting trade exhibition held for the first time. The recent refurbishments have seen Sun City emerge as one of South Africa’s most flexible and technologically advanced convention centres. With all-new, sophisticated design and décor that begins at the front door, the visitor experiences the very latest in world-class conferencing throughout the many new rooms and amenities that enhance the revamped venue. Sun City offers a wide range of accommodation options and each of Sun City’s four hotels has its own unique style, character and attractions.