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600+ Key agri leaders to convene at the African Agri Investment Indaba 2017

As the world looks to Africa as a solution to global food security concerns, the continents’ agri sector is fast becoming the panacea of the investment world, especially with the recent decline in commodity investment returns.

The agriculture sector is yielding exceptionally exciting opportunities and pipelines. Food security is now being translated into an investable option for investors and financiers. Agriculture has been identified as a long-term opportunity to increase investors’ allocation to real assets and the agribusiness value chain need to be ready to take advantage of the disruption.

Over 600 key stakeholders are set to attend – from governments, commercial farmers, agri-businesses, investors, banks, financiers, project owners and the agro-processing industry – the upcoming African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) 2017 which has been developed to connect the entire agri value chain and create a deal-making environment to allow industry stakeholders to seize the opportunity of tapping into the global US$1-trillion food market.

“The AAII 2017 is an important event and plays a critical role in bringing key government officials and senior stakeholders across the agriculture value chain together to discuss current trends influencing investors’ confidence in African agriculture. AAII 2017 has created a vital platform for stakeholders to showcase opportunities in agriculture, conduct business during the Investment Discovery Sessions, network and share knowledge and best practice across the African continent.” Says MEC Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, responsible for the Departments of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism, South Africa.

Prominent experts in the African Agri sector are set to address the delegation and discuss real market opportunities across the various African regions, Africa’s role in global food security, agriculture at the core of the economic diversification agenda and improving the investment environment for African agriculture.

Some of the key speakers include:
  • Hon. Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries. Kenya
  • Hon. Minister George Kazadi Kabongo, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture. Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Hon. Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor, Niger State Government. Nigeria
  • MEC Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, responsible for the Departments of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism. South Africa
  • His Royal Majesty Orcivirigh Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, Tor Tiv V, Tor Tiv Palace. Gboko-Benue State-Nigeria. Nigeria
  • Christian Dunbar, Deputy City Treasurer, City of Philadelphia. USA
  • Cristina Miranda Gozalvez, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, Deputy Head of Unit, Unit “Global Issues and relations with ACP”, European Commission, European Union
  • Dr. Chimimba David Phiri, Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Ghana
  • Itai Melchior, Head of Trade and Economic Mission, Embassy of Israel in South Africa. South Africa
  • Nhlanhla Nene, Resident Advisor, Thebe Investment Corporation. Former Finance Minister. South Africa
  • Stuart Bradley, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Partner, Phatisa. South Africa
  • Paul Andrew, Chief Executive Officer, Cros Agro Allied Ltd. Nigeria
  • Sheikh Noor Ullah, Global Head of Agriculture, Acumen. Pakistan
  • Dr. Theo de Jager, President, World Farmers Association. South Africa

Over 250 leading agri organisations will be in attendance, including Absa; African Development Bank; Agri SA; Agbiz; Barak Fund; Capespan; CFAM Technologies; Cherry Irrigation; German Development Bank, Western Cape Government; DTI; DHL; East African Trade Hub, Elgin Chickens, FMO – Dutch Development Bank; FARA; Graaff Fruit; GWK; IDC; Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa; Old Mutual; Monsanto; Nano Foods; NEPAD Business Foundation; Netafim; Nudawn Eggs; Phatisa; Price Forbes; Senwes; Superior Grain Equipment; TESCO; Thebe Investment Corporation; TIKZN; Webber Wentzel; WESGRO and ZITIC.

The African Agri Investment Indaba will be taking place from the 20 – 22 November 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa.

To secure your seat, contact Lauren Hansen at lauren.hansen@agricouncil.org


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