Support a farmer, feed the nation initiative
“For many people farming is a hobby, but we are here to drive it as a business and to feed the nation, but to do that, we need to drive the business principles into agriculture, to drive productivity and quality for a full value chain.” said Dr Jasper Rees, BUAN Vice Chancellor in his welcome remarks during the 'Support a farmer, feed the nation' initiative on the 30th July 2021. “The demand for food security during the COVID-19 pandemic has created pressure for Batswana to ensure that we have sufficient food to feed everyone,” said African Agriculture spokesperson. That is why the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, African Agriculture and Business Botswana formed a partnership to embark on 'Support a farmer feed, the nation' initiative. It is through this initiative that the trio will cultivate a commercially viable agriculture that promotes the country’s self-reliance. BUAN has been in partnership with African Agriculture to produce rice on dry land. This project was a first of its kind in Botswana and Southern Africa as an effort to ensure food security. It is through such collaborations that efforts are made in linking businesses, as well as an opportunity for BUAN graduates to become effective partners within the industry. Present in this event were, the Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security- Honorable Karabo Gare, Business Botswana President, Business Botswana CEO, African Agriculture, BUAN delegates and farmers who showcased their products and service. The event was a success and Incuhive graduates managed to sells their products and shared knowledge with the invited guests.