About the Symposium

The ARC, Land Bank and NAMC have signed a tripartite MOU to collaborate in hosting an annual Research Symposium.

The main purpose of the Research Symposium is to find common solutions to common challenges that plague the agricultural sector. The symposium is hosted against the background of interesting global developments such as Brexit and the worst drought in South Africa in 100 years. Through this collaboration, the three institutions seek to bring some of these developments into sharper focus and discuss research and policy solutions. Hence, the symposium gathers all stakeholders across the sector, banking, academia and farming associations to lend weight onthe current agricultural discourse.

It is anticipated that by the end of the Symposium, each of the three institutions will have concrete messages to take back as “homework” to integrate into respective annual strategic plans.


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Land reform & agricultural support: research lessons for a high-performing agricultural sector


Presentations made at the symposium.

Agri-Inspire Journal

Joint publication between Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Land Bank, National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Ondeerspoort Biological Products (OBP) and the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECP).


The Research Symposium was divided into three sessions. The first session was aimed at setting the scene for the deliberations. The CEOs of the three collaborating institutions; ARC, Land Bank and NAMC, gave remarks in the opening session (session 1). The second session (session 2) was led by Professor Ben Cousins with an opening presentation followed by inputs from panelists and a discussion with the panelists together with members of the audience. The third session (session 3) was led by Ms. Nonie Mokose from NAMC who gave the opening presentation to the session and followed by contributions from the rest of the panelists and a discussion with the audience.