Virtual Discussion Series: valuable lessons learnt during lockdown

  • 17 Augustus 2020
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During a time when all hands on deck have been incredibly busy managing the immediate consequences of the pandemic, Senwes in collaboration with the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) have been hosting a series of insightful virtual discussions focusing on the agricultural value chain. These discussions not only focused on the role that the value chain plays in driving the economic recovery, but also on how it can position itself to deliver its full potential.

The right platform on the right time

Despite the widespread business disruption caused by the pandemic, the virtual discussion series is proof that crisis indeed births innovation.

The Agricultural Value Chain (AVC) Virtual Discussion Series was introduced in April, just after the commencement of the country’s hard lockdown and since then has featured several engagements between role-players in the different food and fibre value chains. According to Francois Strydom, Group CEO: Senwes, the value of the series lies therein that it enhances understanding of not only the agricultural value chain, but also the issues affecting it. “The series represents an exciting new way of conversing,” says Strydom and adds that it offers a platform from where an array of voices within the agricultural sector can be heard. He also states that the pandemic proved that the agricultural sector is resilient and remains committed towards ensuring sustainable food supply.

Solution driven agri voices

If you missed any of the virtual discussions, or would like to know more about the agricultural value chain, visit the Senwes webpage:

Value chain role-players that have been featured thus far include: meat industry, milling industry, producers, finance, logistics, food supply and distribution, the informal trade sector, the tobacco industry, alcohol industry and the wine industry. Topical issues such as the SAFEX differential, the impact of the ban on liquor sales and the initial prohibition on the export of wine are just some of the hard-hitting matters that have been discussed.

“Through this series it is clear that all role-players in the agricultural value chain, including competitors, are eager to address and resolve challenges, to make sure that the value chain comes out of this crisis in the strongest position possible, safeguarding livelihoods and ensuring business continuity. It is my belief that the series has set the scene for invaluable future deliberations,” says Strydom.