Sep 5

Emerging Models Disrupting Agribusiness in Africa?

Emerging Models Disrupting Agribusiness in Africa?

Event Overview

Agriculture is Africa’s largest economic sector, representing 15% of the continent’s total GDP and accounting for more than 20% of its annual economic growth. This session will consider how to develop agribusiness activities, both downstream (processing) and upstream (input provision), and sustainably link smallholders and small enterprises to structured value chains.

Kigali, Rwanda


  • OCP

    Founded in 1920 in Morocco, the OCP Group is the world’s leading producer and exporter of phosphates in all forms and an essential player on the global fertilisers market. OCP Group is the largest phosphate producer in the world, a leading player in the global fertiliser market, with almost 100 years of production experience. The Group has exclusive access to the largest phosphate rock reserve base in the world, accounting for approximately 75% of worldwide estimates, according to the USGS. It is one of the lowest cost producers of phosphate rock in the industry and has become a leading player in production and trade volumes across the phosphate value chain. The Group was the largest producer of phosphate rock and phosphoric acid, and the second largest producer of phosphate-based fertilisers (DAP, MAP and TSP), globally in 2012 (by volume). The Group has leading positions in production and trade volumes across the phosphate value chain.

  • GROW Africa

    The Grow Africa Partnership was founded jointly by the African Union (AU), The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the World Economic Forum in 2011. Grow Africa works to increase private sector investment in agriculture, and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. The aim is to enable countries to realise the potential of the agriculture sector for economic growth and job creation, particularly among farmers, women and youth. Grow Africa brokers collaboration between governments, international and domestic agriculture companies, and smallholder farmers in order to lower the risk and cost of investing in agriculture, and improve the speed of return to all stakeholders. In support of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), GROW Africa Co-Chairs the Finance Thematic Working Group and regularly participates in AGRF related sessions, workshops, programs related to the improvement of access to finance and investment capital in Africa by smallholder farmers and African agribusiness actors.

  • AfDB

    The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The AfDB’s mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region. Its major role is to contribute to the economic and social progress of its regional member countries - individually and collectively. As of 31 December 2011, the African Development Bank's authorised capital is subscribed to by 78 member countries made up of 53 independent African countries (regional members) and 25 non-African countries (non-regional members).

  • The Rockefeller Foundation

    Established in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation is a private foundation started by Standard Oil owner John D. Rockefeller. The Foundation’s mission is “promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, the Foundation pursues that mission with dual goals of building greater resilience and advancing more inclusive economies. Through its portfolio of initiatives, Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyse and scale transformative innovations, convene sector-spanning partnerships, and create systemic change to benefit poor and vulnerable people around the world. To achieve these goals, we work at the intersection of four focus areas — advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities —to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyse and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot.

  • IFAD

    Headquartered in Rome, Italy, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialised agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. It was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$18.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 464 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub. In support of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), through its nominee AFRACA – The African Rural and Agriculture Credit Association, IFAD Co-Chairs the Finance Thematic Working Group and regularly participates in AGRF related sessions, workshops, programs related to the improvement of access to finance in Africa by smallholder farmers.

  • Syngenta

    Formed in 2000 by the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals, Syngenta AG is a global Swiss agribusiness that produces agrochemicals and seeds. As a biotechnology company, it conducts genomic research. Syngenta is one of the world’s largest crop chemical producer and the strongest in Europe.

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • AECF

    The AECF is a development institution which supports businesses to innovate, create jobs, leverage investments and markets in an effort to create resilience and sustainable incomes in rural and marginalised communities in Africa. Launched in 2008, the AECF has mobilised over US $356 million to date, leveraging more than US $658 million in matching capital and improving the lives of more than 16 million people in 2017 alone through jobs and increased household incomes. AECF has so far supported 267 companies in 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa across 40 value chains in our focal sectors of agribusiness and renewable energy.