Western Cape

The Western Cape and State of California signed an MoU on Friday, 11 March.

Western Cape signs agriculture agreement with the State of California

The Acting Consul General for the US, Will Stevens, said his country was the Western Cape’s top foreign direct investor.

Western Cape

The Western Cape and State of California signed an MoU on Friday, 11 March.

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Californian Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday, 11 March. The agreement seeks to promote cooperation in agriculture between the two.


Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said he was pleased to have officially signed the MOU, which he hopes will pave the way for sustainable growth in both the Western Cape and California’s agricultural sectors.

“The purpose of the MoU is to establish a flexible framework, promoting the exchange of information on climate-smart approaches to agriculture and best practice within the sector,” said Winde.

Western Cape MEC of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, said the MoU aims to bolster food security and address environmental challenges.

He said both parties have an export-driven agricultural sector and the agreement would help them become more competitive in the “evolving national and international marketplace.”

“California is pleased to join the Western Cape in furthering opportunities for farmers and ranchers in climate-smart agriculture. Our shared commitment to connect farmers, academia and government will help to expand on-farm adaptation of practices that benefit our natural and working lands,” said the secretary of the Californian agriculture department, Karen Ross.

The Acting Consul General for the US Consulate, Will Stevens, was also pleased with the agreement.

He said the US was the Western Cape’s top foreign direct investor and remarked that his country was a key partner for the province in bolstering economic growth.

Winde said the MoU would see “enhanced cooperation” in:

  • Improving water-use efficiency, particularly in groundwater modelling and remote sensing;  
  • Modelling the impact of climate change on the agricultural sector; 
  • Exchanging information on policies and regulations, and governance models; 
  • Intergovernmental and international visits including policymakers, academic institutions, and businesses; 
  • Joint participation in seminars, workshops, and meetings to share practices, educate key stakeholders, and promote partnerships bi-annually; and 
  • Bringing together public, private, and academic entities, bilaterally or multilaterally, to co-develop new technologies and solutions.