2018 Agricultural Research Symposium

The 2018 Research Symposium was convened by three agricultural institutions; Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Land Bank and the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC). The Agricultural Research Council conducts research with partners, develops human capital and fosters innovation to support and develop the agricultural sector, whereas the Land Bank is a specialist agricultural bank that is guided by a mandate from government to provide financial services to the commercial farming sector and to agri-business, and the National Agricultural Marketing Council, among others, exists to increase market access to all market participants and to promote the efficiency of marketing agricultural products.

The purpose of the Research Symposium was to find common and collaborative solutions to prevalent challenges that characterize the agricultural sector. The symposium was a collaborative effort between stakeholders across the sector, including academia, a financial institution and agricultural institutions. The aim was to devise solutions that the three host institutions could integrate into their respective 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 State Owned Entities.


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.