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May 22

3rd German-African Agribusiness Forum

3rd German-African Agribusiness Forum

Event Overview

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.

Isolina Boto
Manager, Project Leader on Agribusiness Development
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Panel Discussion

Sten Guezennec
Africa & Middle East
Bayer S.A.S.

Dr Oyewole Babafemi
Managing Director
African Agribusiness Alliance

Lutz Hartmann
General Manager
FruitBox Africa GmbH and Partner Belmont Legal

Sako Warren
Secretary General
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)

Project Session

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
Arla Foods

Stanley Nick Katzao
Executive Chairman
Namibia Feedlots (Pty) Ltd

Dr Mathias Krug
Business Responsible Director Sub-Sahara Africa (PA/RBR-ASE)
Robert Bosch (Pty) Ltd

Erick Yong
Managing Director
GreenTec Capital GmbH

Esmel Emmanuel Essis
Centre de Promotion des Investissements en Côte d’Ivoire (CEPICI)

Mareike Brandt
Project Manager Africa
BayWa AG

Xaver Kitzinger
Founder & CEO
Kaffee Kooperative

Panel 1: Next generation agriculture: Smart and Innovative Solutions

Increasing productivity, Outputs, Efficiency? Are value chain stakeholders investing enough in innovating solutions?

Onyeka Akumah
Co-Founder & CEO
Farm Crowdy (Nigeria)

Representative of SAP
Representative of GIZ

Klaus Kunkemöller
Head of Export
RIELA®Karl-Heinz Knoop e. K.

Daniel Jäger
Sales Manager
Cross Power
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?

Panel Discussion

Johannes Buschmeier
Managing Director
AFC Consultants International GmbH

Dr Christophe Cordonnier
Frankfurt Business School

Heike Rüttgers
Head of Mandate Management Implementation -Development & Impact Finance
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Benedict Kanu
Agriculture Expert, Partnerships Coordinator
African Development Bank (AfDB)

Ulrike Nitsch
Vice President
DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH


Sonnemannstraße 9, 60314 Frankfurt am Main, Germany




  • Boto, Isolina

    Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)



  • AVV

    The German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft) supports German businesses with their involvement on the African continent. Members profit from our decades-long experience in Africa related issues and a wide network in Africa, Germany and the world. The Association was founded in 1934. Now, in 2017 we have around 600 members. Our members are mainly German, but also African corporations, institutions and private individuals. The Afrika-Verein offices are situated in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany. The Afrika-Verein's main responsibilities include the organisation of events, such as forums, conferences, and business summits, the channelling of contemporary information regarding economic and political issues in Africa, as well as the advocacy of our members.

  • German Agribusiness Alliance

    German Agribusiness Alliance/AG Agrarwirtschaft – initiatives for developing international cooperation within the German agriculture and food sectors. In the German Agribusiness Alliance/AG Agrarwirtschaft, leading German trade associations and companies from the agriculture and food sectors collaborate with the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to promote cooperation with transforming, emerging and developing economies in the agriculture and food sectors. The AG Agrarwirtschaft aims to actively support the development of the agriculture, fishing and food processing industries in partner countries – a modernisation partnership – by enabling access to know-how and modern business and investment mechanisms, by actively strengthening trading relationships, and by making direct investments. The AG Agrarwirtschaft coordinates the Working Group for Development Partnerships in the agriculture and food sectors, acting as an informative, economic decision-making committee that promotes cooperation with BMEL and BMZ for sector-specific processes and programmes. In particular, the Working Group for Development Partnerships' is responsible for devising new concepts and projects in the field of private-public partnerships. Working in cooperation with the OAV – German Asia-Pacific Business Association and the German Committee of Eastern European Economic Relations, the AG Agrarwirtschaft provides the German agriculture and food sectors with comprehensive support in the advancement of business activities in important future markets. It achieves this through bilateral committee work with selected target countries, hosting events and cultivating a network of information in the region.

  • AAA

    The AAA initiative was driven by the global concern for food security and eradication of hunger in developing countries, particularly in Africa, in the face of the growing population. This concern was clearly expressed in the new Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDGs 1 and 2, which call for ending extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. To address this concern, there is the need for institutional platforms that will promote and advocate for better agricultural practices, investment and private sector participation in the agriculture industry. Therefore, AAA is established as a non-profit private sector-led initiative and network of African and international agribusiness stakeholders committed to the transformation of African agricultural value chain into a market-based, economically efficient, commercially viable and environmentally sustainable business enterprise that will be attractive for local and international private investors to engage in value addition that will promote economic development through foreign exchange earnings, employment generation and poverty reduction. It is a member-based organisation for the mobilisation of resources and investment facilitation into the agribusiness industry in Africa. We support our members to identify and develop business opportunities, build international partnerships, share best practices, facilitate market and price information, dialogue with stakeholders and policy advocacy for enabling environment for the conduct of agribusiness in Africa.

  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

    The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is a leading private business school based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. We have 86 regional education centres throughout Germany and various joint ventures and programmes abroad. We offer top class degree courses and continuing education options in seven different programme divisions. We maintain four specialist research centres and run numerous international consulting projects. All educational, research and consulting activities are focused on finance and management. By finance, we mean crossfunctional financial activities at all companies that deal with financial management. And by management, we mean classical corporate leadership, where managers deploy employees and resources in such a way that the company’s goals are met as cost-effectively as possible. Frankfurt School of Finance & Management originated in the financial sector, but today our services enjoy increasing appreciation in other business sectors as well. In the future, we will be continuing to expand our national and international networking with the business community.