​​​​​​​​Welcome ​to the official page of the ARC-DALRRD Conference 2024. This inaugural conference is a ground-breaking event that will showcase the transformative impact of science in shaping the future of our food systems. Under the theme "Science Transfo​rming Food Systems for a Better Future," the conference is poised to be a hub of innovation, knowledge sharing, and collaborative initiatives to tackle the intricate challenges in ensuring global food security and sustainability. Join us as we delve into cutting-edge research, groundb​​​​reaki​ng technologies, and visionary ideas, charting the course for a sustainable, resilient and nourished world.​​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​





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The theme of the Conference is "Science transforming food systems for a better future".  It will broadly cover the following sub-themes: 

  • ​​​Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies and Innovation

Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Use, Renewable / Bio Energy in Agriculture, Conservation and Use of Agricultural Biodiversity, (Crop & Livestock Breeding, Gene Banks, Biobanks, and Natural collections).

  • Soil and water use, conservation, and management
Innovative, sustainable irrigation, Rainwater harvesting, Conservation agriculture

  • 4IR and Big Data in agriculture
Foundational data, including​ National public good assets, Digital applications for use in agriculture

  • One Health and Biosecurity Innovations
Plant health, Livestock health, Biosecurity Innovations

  • ​​Unlocking value in agricultural value chains

Indigenous knowledge systems in agriculture, using science to expand the food basket.​​​

We anticipate the participation of approximately 400 individuals from South Africa and around the world in the Conference, both in-person and virtually. There are 44 exhibition spaces available on a 'first come first served' basis. Various stakeho​lders, including government executives and officials, policymakers (Portfolio Committee, NCOP), scientists, researchers, academia, farmers, civil society, women and youth representatives, business professionals, other science councils, and investment agencies, will be present at the Conference. Their collective presence aims to contribute to discussions on how research and development, science, and innovation can effectively address both local and global development challenges and agendas. ​​​

Your participation, along with additional nominated officials, in representing your organisation at the conference would be highly appreciated. Please register online for participation. For enquiries regarding the conference, feel free to contact Ms. Joy Nonzukiso Peter, Senior Manager: Marketing and Communications, at (+2712) 427 9807 or via email at PeterJ@arc.agric.za or mobile at 082 990 0407. Alternatively, Ms. Bridget Murovhi, International Relations Manager, at (+2712) 42​7 9767 or via email at MurovhiB@arc.agric.za, or via mobile at 073 263 1800​​.​ 

We look forward to your enthusiastic participation and involvement as we collaboratively contribute to shaping the future of agricultural research, science, and innovation.