ABOUT AFRICAN AGRO-TECH SUMMIT
Topics: Productivity. Technology. Food Safety. Investments. Markets. Policy & Regulatory. Sustainability.
Theme: Unleashing technology to transform Africa’s agriculture & agribusiness industry in the 21st Century
The African Agro-Tech Summit Conference & Expo is an annual high level meeting of opinion leaders from across Africa and the World with a focus on agriculture and value addition of the Continent’s crop, animal and horticultural produce in sub-Sahara Africa.
The Summit aims to consolidate the gains that have been made in Africa’s agriculture environment, and at the same time, to provide solutions to the challenges that bedevil agricultural production, post-harvest management, value addition and market access in the Continent.
The Summit is targeted at answering the following questions.
- How can Africa increase agricultural productivity in order to improve food security for its rising population?
- What are the regulatory and policy initiatives that are required to improve investment, productivity, value addition, quality and market access for Africa’s produce?
- How can Africa remove impediments to adoption of appropriate technology in order to excel in farm productivity, value addition and reduce post-harvest losses?
- What kind of financing options and investment environment does Africa need to adopt in order to boost local and foreign investment in agriculture and agro-processing?
- How can Africa improve quality and consistency of its produce in order to meet local and international standards and consumer preferences?
- How can Africa improve regional trade and market access for its agro produce and manufactured products, within Africa and the rest of the World?
- How can Africa adopt sustainable practices in its agriculture and agribusinesses? What strategies can Africa adopt to meet rising climate change challenges?
WHY AFRICAN AGRO-TECH SUMMIT?
The Africa Agri-Business Summit is the forum where innovative solutions to Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness industry shall be brought to the fore in the quest of the Continent to feed its population and trade with itself and the world.
Africa has the unenviable reputation of the only continent that cannot adequately feed itself despite its vast unexploited agricultural land, more than any other region in the world. More than 60% of all the world’s unexploited arable land is in Africa, yet forecasts show that the continent is far from utilizing this resource to boost agricultural production.
The Continent’s population is projected to quadruple from one billion people today to 4 billion by 2100, according to a UN report released in October 2014, with Africa contributing the bulk of the World’s population increase, projected to grow from 7.2 billion to 11 billion people.
Pressure on African food systems will increase tremendously – with Africa’s food demand projected to increase by 60% by 2030 by the World Bank.
The question to ask is if Africa cannot feed the present 1 billion people, how can it feed 4 billion people within 3-4 generations?
The rapid population is bound to put increased pressure on the Continent’s ability to feed itself, which it already fails to do – importing agricultural commodities worth US$ 43.6 billion in 2011, US$ 6 billion of which was from wheat imports, followed by rice, vegetable oil and dairy products, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
The Continent also has major challenges in adoption of novel technologies including the use of appropriate seeds, mechanization and the adoption of good agricultural practices. Post-harvest losses can be as high as 50% in some countries.
Climate change and its effects on agriculture is bound to have the biggest effect on Africa’s farming, while export market requirements continue to keep Africa’s produce from accessing key markets due to poor quality.
However, in this calamitous scenario, continue to emerge some good news. Nigeria has continued to reduce imports of rice from Asia by empowering local farmers to grow rice over the last 5-10 years. New varieties of cassava, sorghum and sweet potatoes, adapted to Africa’s climate, continue to be released by research institutes in the Continent. Mobile technology is making it easy for farmers to access inputs and agricultural information across Africa.
This conference and exhibition is targeted at providing a platform to celebrate Africa’s successes while at the same time find innovative solutions, through the use of technology, to Africa’s food production challenges.
The Summit will cover the entire agriculture value chain for the following categories:
- Crops – maize, wheat, rice, cassava, potatoes coffee, tea, oilseeds etc
- Horticulture crops – flowers, fruits and vegetables
- Animals – dairy, livestock, fish, poultry and other animals
STRUCTURE OF THE CONFERENCE
The Summit will have a number of technical and general sessions that shall provide delegates with important information on trends, market opportunities, innovations and policy initiatives that are shaping agriculture and agri-business in Africa, with a focus on sub-Sahara Africa.
The technical sessions will be broken down into three key areas to fit the needs of the delegates: horticulture; dairy and livestock; and crops sessions. Several breakout sessions focusing on various facets of the industry will be constituted during the 3 days of the conference.
In these sessions, industry leaders and key decision makers are expected to be keynote speakers and panelists, providing local and regional perspective to the discussions.
Running concurrently with the conference will be an Expo, where suppliers and partners from the region and the World shall showcase their innovative solutions in agrochemicals, inputs, equipment, packaging and services to the agri-business field.
WHO SHALL ATTEND THE SUMMIT?
While great strides have been made in the continent to have various conferences, seminars and workshops and other meetings, the African Agro-Tech Summit Conference & Expo is meant to bring an extra edge to the table: a high level meeting of agricultural experts and researchers, agribusiness managers, finance and technology experts, development economists, farmers, investors and processors, exporters and many more to discuss the way forward for agriculture and agri-business in the Continent.
The following players in the value chain shall attend the Summit:
- Small, medium and large scale farmers
- Regional, national and county Governments, regulators and policy makers
- Farmer and industry associations
- Suppliers of agrochemicals, inputs, equipment, packaging and services to the agri-business value chain
- Processors and packers of agro-produce
- Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community-based Organisations (CBOs) and international development partners
- Marketers and exporters, retailers, traders and distributors
- Academic and research organizations
- Agricultural finance and insurance
- Investments opportunities and risks in Africa's agriculture and agribusiness
- Farm management and value addition technologies
- Agricultural policy and regulation
- Pests and disease management
- Appropriate and mechanisation technology adoption
- Post-harvest management technology
- Value addition, processing and packaging
- Market access, intra-Africa and international trade
- Turning African farming into a business
- Logistics and supply chain
- Food safety and quality
- Food waste management
- Women and youth in agriculture
- Novel technologies, including GMOs
- Sustainability & climate change
- Trends in agriculture, value addition and marketing
- IT technologies including mobile and software