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Globalizing Extension Innovation Network

This open group creates a network of professionals interested in globalizing Extension innovation. It shares and develops best practices for augmenting extension programs through cross-cultural and international experiences. The network supports the engagement of extension professionals through educational programs emphasizing understanding of global dynamics and using cultural knowledge.

Spotlight on South Africa

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Spotlight on South Africa

U. S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service will be hosting another Spotlight. This session will shine the Spotlight on South Africa, covering 1.2-million square kilometers of land, South Africa is the 24th-largest country in the world and one eighth the size of the United States, with a population of 60 million and a GDP of US$426 billion. Bilateral agriculture trade with South Africa totaled $860 million 2021. Please join us next June 14th  from 11:00 to 12:00 AM EDT. The Agenda is below. Please feel free to share this invitation with your members and colleagues. NOTE: these sessions are not recorded.

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Agenda

11:00 – 11:05 a.m. (EDT)      Introduction and Logistics, Julio Maldonado, FAS/Customer Engagement

11:05 – 11:10 a.m.  (EDT)    Opening and Welcoming Remarks,                         Clay Hamilton, FAS Associate Administrator

11:10 – 11:20 a.m.  (EDT)    FAS Pretoria Staff Introductions and Overview of Agricultural and Trade Landscape in South Africa, Ali Abdi, Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs, USDA/FAS Pretoria

11:20 – 11:30 a.m.      South Africa’s Agribusiness Sector, Wendile Sihlobo, Chief Economist, South African Agricultural Business Chamber (AgBiz)

11:30 – 11:40 a.m.      South Africa’s Market Dynamics and Trade Opportunities for U.S. Products, Katie Woody, Senior Agricultural Attaché, USDA/FAS Pretoria

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Q&A Session, Closing Remarks, Julio Maldonado, FAS/Customer Engagement

Photos courtesy of Tobias Reich, Joshua Earle, Shaun Meintjes and Ashim D. Silva from unsplash.com.

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