IFAJ 2017 World Congress South Africa

Welcome to the official site of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ (IFAJ) world congress in South Africa – Africa it’s time. The main congress takes place between April 2 and April 8, 2017 in Gauteng- and the Western Cape.

Why South Africa? For the world to feed the estimated population of 9 billion people by 2050, an increase of at least 70% in production will be required. At present the African population is over one billion and all eyes are on the continent to feed its growing population, more so because of its available resources.

South Africa is the gateway to the rest of Africa. African agriculture and the industry is increasingly depending on South Africa to lead the way. This makes South African agriculture a challenging but rewarding industry – an industry that has a wealth of experience and information to offer members of the IFAJ.

Africa – it’s time!

With less than a month to go we can’t wait to welcome all those members who have registered here in a sunny South Africa! Members who have registered but have not paid yet, need to do so this week since we have to release rooms that we have kept. If anyone still experiences any difficulty in making a payment please feel free to contact me, Petrie or anyone from the team.

Members can still go to the official congress website (IFAJ2017.com) to register this week. As you know we will have farm tours in the northern summer rainfall area with focus on amongst others, game farming, crop production, horticulture and crop production.

In the winter rainfall area of the Western Cape the focus will mainly be on wine, table grapes and deciduous fruit. Included you will find more detail on the different farm tours and also more background information. Since there were some changes to the web programme and with more information available now, we invite you to look through the different options. If you want to change your visits please let Liezl know at liezl@savetcon.co.za by Friday March 10, close of business. Take note that the Gauteng tours are shorter on the Wednesday because of travel arrangements.

We will communicate again with those who have registered next week to advise you what to bring with and other information. In the meantime keep in mind that your free baggage on local flights will be limited to 20kg of checked in baggage and one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 7kg. Check the web if you have any doubts. We would also like to invite you to bring your country’s flag along. We will try and display it at the different venues.

Members will have to make their own travel arrangements back from Cape Town. While South Africa is a water scarce country where only 12 % of land can be used for crop production, it is Africa’s largest food producer and the only net exporter of food on the continent.”

We look forward to having you as our guest!

Nico van Burick
Chairperson: organising committee

pre register ifaj

South African Agricultural Facts

Agricultural activities range from intensive crop production and mixed farming in winter rainfall and high summer rainfall areas to cattle and game ranching in the bushveld and sheep farming in the arid regions.

Commercial Farming South Africa

South Africa has a dual agricultural economy, with both well-developed commercial farming and more subsistence-based production in the deep rural areas.

Irrigation South Africa

About 12% of South Africa’s surface area can be used for crop production. High-potential arable land comprises only 22% of total arable land. Some 1,3 million ha are under irrigation.

Agri Sector South Africa

While the primary agricultural sector contributes about 3% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), it represents about 7% of formal employment. If the entire value chain of agriculture is taken into account, its contribution to GDP reaches about 12%.


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