The conference represented the entire agribusiness spectrum from input suppliers, agro-processors, traders, exporters, retailers, commercial farmers, processors, policy makers and associations. The Agribusiness East Africa conference programme covers topics such as: East Africa as an Agribusiness Investment Destination; Driving the business mind-set in the East African farming community; Finance; Post-harvest losses and sustainable practices; and empowering emerging farmers.
More leading speakers included:
- Stephen Muchiri, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern African Farmers Federation, Kenya
- Felix Mosha, Chairman, East African Business Council, Tanzania
- Geoffrey Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer, SAGCOT, Tanzania
- Gerald Masila, Executive Director, Eastern African Grain Council, Kenya
- Carter Coleman, Chairman, Kilombero Plantations, Tanzania
- Jacqueline Mkindi, Executive Director, Tanzania Horticulture Association, Tanzania
Expo shows local and global agri solutions
The indoor and outdoor exhibition at Agribusiness East Africa (agri-eastafrica.com) featured a number of leading solutions providers of innovative agriculture related products. Delegates and visitors had the opportunity to meet with these companies and others to discuss their needs.
Innovation and technology were at the forefront of the exhibition where some of the leading suppliers in the industry will display their services and solutions. Over 40 leading local and international companies showcased their solutions, including Impo, Monsanto, Lonagro, John Deere, Syngenta, Afrivet, Ari Trading Post and FMD. The expo also features a German pavilion with well-known agri suppliers including Claas, Grimme and Pottinger.
Agribusiness CurriculumFrameworkBACHELORS, MASTERS AND PHD.
2014 The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)
Twenty years down the line, ANAFE membership, which has grown to over 130 institutions by 2014, continues to receive numerous requests to support development and implementation of agribusiness curricula with a view to produce experts who can adequately manage current opportunities and challenges in agribusiness. Due to its critical role in socio-economic development, agribusiness has generated a lot of interest in academic and business circles.
Hence, agribusiness curriculum development is a strong component of two programs that ANAFE has been jointly implementing with partners. These are:
- the DANIDA supported UniBRAIN (Linking Universities, Businessand Research in Agribusiness Innovations) program
- and the Sida supported SASACID (Strengthening Africa’s StrategicAgricultural Capacity for Impact on Development).
HELPING farmers in Africa grow their businesses is the aim of a new online tool being launched by a Cambridge start-up.
Patrick Guyver and Hamish Drewry have set up AGRIinsight, which brings together information from a range of sources and presents it in an easy-to-understand format for businesses working all over the African continent.
- overlay and visualise relevant information
- discover new business opportunities
- make better informed decisions.
It is currently being tested by users in Tanzania and Ghana, and is set to launch later this year.