24th – 28th June 2024   •   Durban, South Africa

SAI Platform Annual Event 2024

Building climate change resilience through regenerative agriculture

24th – 28th June 2024   •   Durban, South Africa

SAI Platform Members Only   •   #SAIPlatform2024
SAI Platform Members Only #SAIPlatform2024

Schedule of Events NEW

8:30 am

Registration and coffee

9:00 am – 9:05 am

Welcome, housekeeping & top line agenda 

Master of Ceremonies: Sasha Twining 

9:05 am – 9:15 am


Speaker: Dionys Forster, Director General, SAI Platform

Topic: An introduction to the key theme of the day: Building climate change resilience through regenerative agriculture.

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Keynote Speech

Speaker: Wandile Sihlobo, Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa

Topic: South Africa: A Country of Two Agricultures

Q&A with audience

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Fireside Discussion

Topic: What are the risks that keep smallholder farmers awake and how can the value chain support them?

Speakers: Mike Ogg, Region Head for Africa and the Middle East, Bonsucro interviews a smallholder farmer

Q&A with audience

10:30 am – 11.00 am

Coffee break 

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Farmer Panel

Topic: South African farmers discuss how they build resilience through on-farm actions

Moderator: Illovo Sugar representative

Speakers: TBC

Q&A with audience

11:30 am – 12:30 am

Panel Discussion

Topic: What solutions exist to build resilience in the domains of soils, water, and climate in agricultural supply chains in South Africa.

Moderator: Dominik Klauser, Regenerative Agriculture Director, SAI Platform

Panel: Dr Johann Strauss, Senior Scientist, Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Yara representative, Netafim representative, Livestock representative

Q&A with audience

12:30 pm

Lunch Break