Opportunities and Challenges along the Value Chain: Tailor-Made, Sustainable and Smart Solutions
Over the coming decades, agriculture will be the main motor of the African labour market. Three-quarters of the population in Sub-Sahara Africa are already active in this sector. This is also crucial for the economic growth of African countries, accounting for one-third of GDP in this region. Nevertheless, the productivity of agriculture is nowhere less than in Africa.
Afrika-Verein recognised the outstanding role of agriculture for the diversification of African economies a long time ago. In 2015, the first German-African agricultural forum was launched, which is still Germany's only forum with a focus on "Agriculture in Africa".
Introductory Panel: Harnessing the African Agribusiness Partnership Potential
This panel will be assessing technical, business, and governance factors in designing successful agribusiness opportunities in Africa. Where are the key market opportunities? Building competitive commercial value chains? Where can value-added be enhanced? How can traders, banks and private investors support producers in the region? How can new projects overcome sustainability issues and learn from past mistakes?
The inaugural session will deep dive and recommend improvements and solutions.
Manager, Project Leader on Agribusiness Development
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
Africa & Middle East
Dr Oyewole Babafemi
African Agribusiness Alliance
FruitBox Africa GmbH and Partner Belmont Legal
World Cocoa Farmers Organisation (WCFO)
Dr Badi Besbes
Senior Animal Production Officer
Head of the Animal Production and Genetic Resources Unit
(AGAS/AGAG), Animal Production and Health Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
This panel will be focusing on presenting specific projects – both as case studies as well as agricultural projects along the value chains that are seeking partners to realise them.
Kasper Thormod Nielsen
Director, Global Trade Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Stanley Nick Katzao
Namibia Feedlots (Pty) Ltd
Dr Mathias Krug
Business Responsible Director Sub-Sahara Africa (PA/RBR-ASE)
Robert Bosch (Pty) Ltd
GreenTec Capital GmbH
Esmel Emmanuel Essis
Centre de Promotion des Investissements en Côte d’Ivoire (CEPICI)
Project Manager Africa
Founder & CEO
Panel 1: Next generation agriculture: Smart and Innovative Solutions
Increasing productivity, Outputs, Efficiency? Are value chain stakeholders investing enough in innovating solutions?
Co-Founder & CEO
Farm Crowdy (Nigeria)
Representative of SAP
Representative of GIZ
Head of Export
RIELA®Karl-Heinz Knoop e. K.
Pfisterer Holding AG
Panel 2: Financing Agricultural Projects in Africa: New Financing Approaches and Instruments
What financing structures are being employed successfully? Which instruments are needed?
Key African agencies discuss where they have been instrumental in financing vital Agribusiness projects and combating the issue of access to finance across the continent – especially long-term. Which products are offered and where will they increase coverage? Can the huge SME demand be met? How can commercial banks and ECAs collaborate with these organisations? What is the role of international institutions including MIGA, AfDB, EIB and DEG/KFW in helping to get more projects off the ground?
AFC Consultants International GmbH
Dr Christophe Cordonnier
Frankfurt Business School
Head of Mandate Management Implementation -Development & Impact Finance
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Agriculture Expert, Partnerships Coordinator
African Development Bank (AfDB)
DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH