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28 March 2023

SASUF Satellite Event: The status of agricultural biologicals in Southern Africa

Photo: Milada Vigerova / Unsplash.

As part of the South Africa Sweden University Forum (SASUF) we now invite you to join the SASUF Satellite Event: “The status of agricultural biologicals in Southern Africa” remotely Tuesday March 28th at 09:00 – 12:00 CEST/SAST.

This is a chance to get a picture of the knowledge and use of biologicals in Southern Africa, and we will report results from our surveys and analysis in the region around biologicals as part of the AgriFoSe2030 project.

More information and sign up here




Tuesday 28 March 2023
Welcoming (Prof Bongani Ndimba – Senior Manager Research: ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij & Dr Sonja Venter (Senior Manager Research: ARC-Vegetables, Industrial and Medicinal Plants)

9:10  What are biologicals and what is the global status? (Prof Erik Alexandersson / Dr Lerato Matsaunyane)

9:25  Plant biologicals: Identifying hurdles of use of a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) analysis of stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa (Dr Mesia Ilomo / Prof Quenton Kritzinger)

9:45  Question and Answer session

10:00  Coffee break

10:30  Invited speaker: Developing beneficial soil microbes as inoculants to enhance climate smart agriculture (Dr Ahmed Hassen, ARC)

10:45  Invited speaker: Biocult (Trichoderma and Endomycorrhizae) for root health (Dr Deidre Odendaal, AECI)

11:00  Question and Answer session and open discussion

11:45  Wrap-up and way forward



Main target group:
Students, farmers, researchers, policymakers and private stakeholders


From 28 March 2023 at 09:00 to 28 March 2023 at 12:00


Online & In-Person at ARC Stellenbosch, South Africa