The first ever Farmbiz Power Debate on Agribusiness in Africa, in conjunction with Agri-Expo and sponsored by Investec, will be held at the annual Agri-Expo Livestock at Sandringham, Stellenbosch, on Friday, 16 October 2015.
This landmark debate will be facilitated by Dr Tobias Doyer, managing director of the University of Africa in Zambia. High profile speakers such as the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde; the executive manager of Agri All Africa (AaA), Dirk Hanekom; well-known economist, Dr Roelof Botha; the CEO and founder of Shamba-Kraft Limited in Kenya, Moses Nyabila; and Brian Irvine, Investec’s head corporate coverage, will address an exclusively selected audience during the half-day conference and intensive discussions on how to strengthen agribusiness and food security in Africa. An interactive panel discussion will focus on trade policies in sub-Saharan Africa, with the aim to pro-actively address key obstacles and possible solutions to trade barriers between sub-Saharan African countries.
According to Hugo Lochner, editor of FarmBiz, ‘Africa offers unbelievable opportunities for businesses to expand and both farmers and agribusinesses should form partnerships to ensure greater success.’ Lochner believes that farmers and agribusinesses have a huge role to play in the development of agriculture in Africa. ‘Any involvement in Africa should be a long-term goal, because no development initiative can be sustained on a short-term basis,’ says Lochner.
This conference endeavours to change thinking patterns about business in sub-Saharan Africa and to stimulate constructive and positive debate about the possibilities the continent has to offer.