5 – 7 October 2017. Dar es Salaam. 7th African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS).
The forum attracted over 300 key players in the international grain industry who met to deliberate on reshaping the agenda for the sector.
The African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS) is the biennial high-level, internationally-recognized grain industry conference that brings together business influencers, policymakers and other critical stakeholders from across the African continent and beyond – including heads of state and government, ministers, private sector business leaders, researchers and development partners – for discussions about key issues and emerging trends in the grain sector on the continent.
The meeting provided an opportunity for the private sector to raise pertinent concerns that continue to hinder investment in agriculture. Fewer than 10% of agricultural producers in Africa have access to credit. The same situation is true on insurance – agricultural risks are high and a primary barrier to investment.
The event was organized by the Eastern African Grain Council in partnership with the United Republic of Tanzania and the USAID-East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. Other sponsors include e UK government funded Food trade East and Southern Africa programme, SIDA,CTA, Terra Wealth Trader, VUNA , JICA, Litenga Holdings, Belayne Kindie Import Export & Associates, Scales and Software (K) Ltd, USAID ASPIRES, Save grain bags, Liaison Group , Sorela Supplies and BRITEN.
Extracts of the programme:
- Regional Trade Facilitation/B2B & Soybean Forum
- Regional Stakeholders Forum on Boosting Trade and Business Opportunities for Small Holder Farmers in Grains Value chain in Eastern Africa. (CTA session)
- Setting New Horizons: Rethinking Grain Trade for Food Security and Prosperity in Africa
- Doing Business in the African Grain Sector: Towards a New Policy for Agro-Industry and Grain Trade
- Climate change and Grain Trade: Examining the Nexus and exploring options for climate-friendly grain trade
- Agribusiness Risk Analysis and Decision Making
- Money Matters: Reshaping Financial Services for Grain Trade in Africa
- Embracing Public-Private Partnerships to strengthen Food Security
- Innovations and Technology for increased Grain Trade
- Farm to Fork: Building Sustainable Grain Value Chains to Meet Consumer Needs
Field Visits to: Port of Dar es Salaam, S. Bakhresa Ltd Grain Mills and IITA Aflasafe Field Demonstration