Thato Mokgadi

Fashion Designer turned Agripreneur

After a satisfying career as a Fashion Designer in her native Botswana, Thato turned her sights on the farming industry. She likes to say, "not only will my family not go naked, they will also not go hungry". Thato along with her business partners, husband Alpheus and brother Mokgacha, took their ancestral land which once belonged to their father and his mother before him to embark on a commercial farming enterprise. Innovating international best practices to embark upon climate smart farming. “At Tso 13, the farm we have deliberately taken our varied experiences from the corporate world back to the village with us to employ systems, structures and procedures that allow for sustained growth. The hope is to stem the rural-urban migration by showing a different face of farming,” she says.

Thato is speaking at

Plenary
June 2, 2021
6:20 pm - 7:15 pm

Speakers

  • Tangu Tumeo (Moderator) Principal Forestry Officer (AFR 100 National Focal Point), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Mette Løyche Wilkie (Speaker) Director, Forestry Division, FAO
  • Martin Frick (Speaker) Deputy Special Envoy, UN Food Systems Summit
  • Tina Birmpili (Speaker) Deputy Executive Secretary, UNCCD
  • João Campari (Speaker) Global Leader, Food Practice, WWF
  • Thato Mokgadi (Speaker) Fashion Designer turned Agripreneur
  • Fatima Kaba (Speaker) Head of management of natural resources, Enda Energy Environment Development, Senegal
  • Desmond Koney (Speaker) CEO and Founder, Complete Farmer, Nigeria
  • Patricia Kombo (Speaker) Founder, PaTree Initiative, Kenya
  • Ravi Prabhu (Speaker) Deputy Director General (Research), World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

Description

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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
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This plenary will set the foundation for aligning the UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration and the UN Food Systems Summit. Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land are one of the focal areas for Action Track 3 “Boosting nature positive production”.

Bringing together decision-makers from African countries, farmers, scientists, civil society and donors, the plenary will discuss synergies and deliver joint action for African Dryland Restoration. With key partners, the plenary will explore linking the UN Food Systems Summit's game-changing solutions on restoration with the targets of the UN Decade, identifying communalities and opportunities for collaboration, and strengthening the importance of restoration in the context of food security for Africa's drylands.

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