Profile – Marisia Geraci
Country Representative for South Africa
Marisia has been the CEO for HPSA (Heifer Project South Africa) since 2009 and worked previously (2001 to 2009) for Heifer International.
She is currently leading a 5-year 100 million Rand (6 million euro) Goat Agribusiness Project with partner Mdukatshani, looking at increasing productivity, commercializing 7,000 rural women farmers and formalizing the indigenous goat market. In collaboration with Mdukatshani and the Department of Agriculture, she recently wrote a Goat Production Handbook, a Chicken Production Handbook and a Livestock Handbook. In addition, Marisia has developed training materials (getting AGRISETA accredited) for farmer and Community Animal Health Worker trainings, and a best practice guide for Community Animal Health Workers. She also developed a simple 5-ingredient goat protein block with partners that can be produced by youth in communities and established an Innovation Platform on goats bringing together stakeholders all along the goat value chain that meets quarterly.
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2/16/2022 11:07:33 am
Dear Ms Geraci, I work for South African Tourism's Business Events Division, the South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB). As a government entity, our mandate is to encourage and facilitate the hosting of regional and international business events in South Africa. To this end, we were granted a Bid Support Fund by National Treasury to assist organisations in bidding for, and securing events. This bid support includes Site inspection support, Convention planning and hosting support, along with Marketing and Onsite Event support. I have attached a document unpacking the SANCB support services a little more. My reason for reaching out to you is to enquire about South Africa submitting a bid to host a future International Goat Conference. I understand that you are the South African representative for the IGA, and the CEO of Heifer South Africa who do a great deal of work in rural communities. I note that the International Goat Conference will be hosted in September 2022 in Hungary, and was last hosted in Pretoria in 2004 so maybe it is time for a return? Apart from the above mentioned conference, you may be considering proposing South Africa to host a Regional African Goat conference? I really would like to explore these possibilities if you are interested. I would like to suggest a meeting to discuss this further. It will also give me an opportunity to outline how the SANCB can assist you with this. I look forward to your thoughts. Kind Regards Merryl
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