IFC/Agbiz Water Efficiency in Agri-processing Workshop

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group, and Agbiz hosted a very successful workshop dedicated to water efficiency in agri-processing in Pretoria on 25 March 2019. This event afforded for various groups of stakeholders, including private companies, sector associations, development partners and policymakers, an opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges related to water use that the sector is currently facing. In the second session the regulatory aspects of water use, and how sustainable water use could be incentivised through policy measures and collective action were also discussed.

Increasing water scarcity in South Africa, coupled with increasing cost of energy and fuel, is threatening the competitiveness and sustainability of the agri-processing sector, a key driver of economic growth.

The event programme and presentations are linked below.



Opening remarks: Water use in agribusiness and agri-processing in South Africa – trends and challenges

Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO

Assessing and optimising water use in agri-processing: global experiences, best practices and success stories

Alexander Larionov, Programme Lead, IFC
Raymond Greig, Resource Efficiency Specialist, IFC

Agricultural water management scenarios for South Africa

Prof Andries Jordaan, University of the Free State

The water footprint of producing and distributing vegetable crops grown ionthe Steenkoppies Aquifer in Gauteng

Prof. Michael van der Laan

Water efficiency solutions for the pulp and paper industry

Mike Nash, PAMSA

Water efficiency solutions for the beverage sector

Jacques Rossouw, Group Environmental Sustainability Manager, Distell

Regulatory challenges and opportunities in the water space: licensing, standards on reuse and recycling and their impact on agri-processing

Theo Boshof, Agbiz head of Legal Intelligence

Policy dialogue and public-private coordination for the Western Cape drought response: a case study from the beverage sector

Jacques Rossouw, Group Environmental Sustainability Manager, Distell

A community farming project in Alexandria: collective action towards environmental and social impact

Violet Phala, Molobanyane Cooperative

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