17 – 19 June 2014. Jointly presented by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum focused on Africa as a region of limitless opportunity, where agribusiness has the potential to be the engine that drives dynamic, unprecedented economic growth and development.
- Many agri-businesses in Africa are forging ahead today, creating innovative business models to serve growing domestic and export markets. In the process, they are solving problems at all levels of the value chain. This special session showcased 25 success stories from across the continent. Each case study brought its own story, while together it identified common elements of success across the case studies.
- Agricultural and food sector contributors included: Zambeef Products PLC-Ethiopia, Kati Farms-Uganda, WildFoods, Hillside Green Growers & Exporters-Kenya, Mountainside Farms Limited-Tanzania, Export Trading Group-Kenya, Dala Foods-Nigeria, TechnoServe, Zimbabwe, Hiruth Milk-Ethiopia, Bee Natural-Uganda, Woolworths and Greenway Farms-South Africa and more…
Session on Value Chain Development in African Agribusiness
- Tracking Mobile-Learning Hubs of Innovation Networks: Information, Knowledge Sharing and Social Learning Dynamics in Multi-Stakeholder Innovation Platforms in Sub-Saharan Africa
Silvia Andrea Perez Perdomo, Wageningen University (Netherlands)
African Agribusiness on the Move – International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Review Special Report
The cases are widely diverse from all across the African continent and include studies of innovative businesses producing, among others, dried Marula fruit snacks in Botswana, shea production in Ghana, herb production in Kenya, honey production in Uganda, livestock production in Benin, Coffee production in Ethiopia and many more.
- Rooibos Ltd: Turning Indigenous Products Into Business Opportunities Nick Vink, Martin Bergh, and Barbara M. Novak
- Harnessing the Power of Africa’s Sun to Produce Healthy Products for International Markets: The Case of Fruits of the Nile (FoN), Uganda Fred Yamoah, Adam Brett, and Ian Morris
- Bee Natural Uganda: Unlocking the Potential of Smallholder Farmers in the West Nile Margaret Lynch, Edward Mabaya, Elena Bussiere, Matthew Williger
- Ele Agbe in Search for a New Light in Ghana‘s Shea Sector Rita Abban, S.W.F. Omta, John B.K.Aheto and Victor.Scholten
- WildFruits: Commercializing Natural Products to Improve Rural Livelihoods in Southern Africa Edward Mabaya, Jose Jackson-Malete, Gretchen Ruethling,Casandra Marie Carter, and Jack Castle
- Conflict Resistant Agribusiness in Democratic Republic of Congo Shahriar Kibriya, Vincente Partida, Joseph King, and Edwin Price
- Inclusiveness of the Small Holder Farmer is the Key Success Factor for Ethiopian Agribusiness Development Marc Steen, Woody Maijers
- Building a Better Livestock Market in Benin and a Safer, More Reliable Food Supply Eric A. Newman and Mark D. Newman
- From Economic Vulnerability to Sustainable Livelihoods: The Case of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperatives Union (OCFCU) in Ethiopia Tadess Meskela and Yalem Teshome
- Agribusiness Model in Africa: A Case Study of Zambeef Products, PLC Lal K. Almas and Oladipo Obembe
- Building Livestock Industry Professional Capacity through ITC in East Africa Tricia Beal, Francesco Braga, and Bayella Thiam
- Dala Foods Nigeria Limited: Effective Product Development and Management in Foods Processing (Agribusiness) Firm Musa K.K. Gambo and Ali Madugu Safiyanu
- Adding Value to Aquaculture Products: Kati Farms (Uganda) Ltd. Jean-Joseph Cadilhon and Lovin Kobusingye
- The Journey from Subsistence to Commercial Viability: The Case of Meru Herbs, Kenya Fred Yamoah, Conall O’Caoimh, Christina Donnelly and Sally Kimotho Sawaya
- Practicing Ergonomic Balance in Order to Avoid the Inevitable Addiction to Cheap Labor: The Case of Greenway Farms Vito Rugani and Peter Goldsmith
- A Great Agribusiness as the Anchor: The Role of KijaniAgro Michael L. Cook, Rebecca Savoie, and Ronen Almog
- Woolworths Farming for the Future Lucy King and Suzan Thobel
- Inclusive Agribusiness Models for Africa: The Case of an Innovative Initiative by TechnoServe in Zimbabwe Maxwell Mutema and Pamela Chiromo
- Commercial Agricultural Production in Tanzania: Mountainside Farms Limited John Y. Simpson and Qing Yang Cheong
- Irvine’s: Developing Business and Communities in Zimbabwe Patrick Murphy and Sarah Gentry Aubry
- The Exporting Trading Group: Unlocking Africa’s Agricultural Potential Disha M. Patel
- Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, South Africa: Managing the Export Market Diversification Challenge Wilma Viviers, Marié-Luce Kuhn, Ermie Steenkamp, and Brian Berkman
- Growth in a Globalized Industry: The Case of Hillside Green Growers and Exporters Ltd. Edward Mabaya and Laura Cramer
- HomeVeg Tanzania: Managing a New Strategy Amidst GLIMPSE Challenges Theresia Dominic, Ludwig Theuvsen, Mussa Mvungi and Ray Ufunguo
According to IFAMA President, Thad Simons, the “Talent Factor” is one of the most exciting aspects of this global dialogue. In total, 20 teams comprised of students pursuing agribusiness careers are part of the event. Each year, the Forum brings into focus employment opportunities for food and agribusiness students as they interact with agribusiness executives, government officials and academics. Students are able to participate in a number of activities that showcase their unique skills for potential employers.
The competition is in its ninth year and teams are presented with a case for which they have to develop and present a business plan on how they intend to implement the plan. This year, the challenge was to develop a plan to expand the market of a multinational alcoholic beverage into African markets and also to integrate local products and services into this plan; the teams were judged accordingly.