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.

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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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