This Event was organised by Häme University of Applied Sciences, School of Bio-economy and FARA. The visit was fully financed by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and co-organised by Impact Iglu, Makery, ThinkAfrica, GOInternational, Shalin, UniPID, LUKE (FoodAfrica) , FIBREPRO.
- Tailored fermentation for delivery of wholegrain andcereal fibre-rich products: promoting dietary fibre intake in Africa and Europe Dr Henry Maina, Project Coordinator, FIBREPRO Project, University of Helsinki
- From research to Business Ms Mila Sell, Programme Coordinator, FoodAfrica Project, LUKE
- Matchmaking Identifying Business Partnerships Ms Marika Torkkel, Business Partnership Coordinator, FinnPartnerships
- Seminar opening Dr Eija Laitinen, Project Manager, School of Bioeconomy
- HAMK bioeconomy expertise in territorial and global development Dr Tapani Pöykkö, Regional Development Director, School of Bioeconomy
- Case Luo-network Ms Anne Horila, Programme Coordinator
- HAMK R&D in Biorefinery Processes Dr Maritta Kymäläinen, Principal Lecturer, Director of Bioenergy Research Team
- Teacher competences in entrepreneurship training
- Dr Essi Ryymin, Principal Lecturer, Professional Teacher Training Unit
- Envor Biotech and HAMK in co-operation Mr Teemu Aittamaa, Production Manager, Envor Biotech
- HAMK in Africa Dr Eija Laitinen, Project Manager, School of Bioeconomy
- Agri-based business together to wealth and wellbeing Mr Ari Räsänen, Director/Investments, Linnan kehitys Regional Develoment
- Forestry business in Metsäkonepalvelu Oy and HAMK co-operation Mr Teemu Tolppa, Operational Manager, Metsäkonepalvelu Oy
- Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy
- Nordic development fund
- Luke’s Food Research and Research for Development Dr Hannu Korhonen, Professor, LUKE
- Sustainable growth from bioeconomy Ms. Liisa Saarenmaa
- ITTO – International Tropical Timber Organization
- Sustainable growth from bioeconomy
- Sustainable growth from bioeconomy THE FINNISH BIOECONOMY STRATEGY
- Finnish Agriculture and Rural Industries 2015 Natural Resources Institute Finland, Helsinki 2015
- Forkful of Facts – Finnish Food Industry Statistics 2015
- Finnish Food Information
- Agrotechnology from Finland
- Rethinking the Global Food System in Context of SDGs Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Finland at the just concluded program on Linking African Agri-Business Incubators with the Finnish Social Enterprise and Innovation Ecosystems which until recently have concentrated on capacity building on forestry education institutions, innovative extension methodology and bioenergy.
The MoU states that partners are expected to explore different avenues of collaboration within the agriculture value chain from research and development technology transfer to improving the teaching and learning processes in agribusiness incubation.
In addition to understanding the HAMK innovative ways of encouraging entrepreneurship, the team visited different incubators including the Aalto Start up Center and the Design Factory to benchmark the startup ecosystem in Finland and to engage with innovative start-ups with solutions relevant to Africa.
The MOU will permit HAMK to increase its professional expertise and promote the opportunities for doing business with Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises from Finland to Africa. In exchange, some of the new businesses and start-ups from the incubators will target to provide outlets and marketing network for Finnish SMEs and vice versa and allows for more deepening and enlargement of the work that HAMK has been doing in Africa, which until recently have concentrated on capacity building on forestry education institutions, innovative extension methodology and bioenergy. Mr Ari Mikkola, Dean of HAMK School of Bioeconomy
The African Agribusiness Incubator Network (AAIN) was established by FARA to support the business development within the continental framework. AAIN is a result of the FARA-UniBRAIN program which currently hosts 80 incubators, members and partners under AAIN in 54 African countries. Under UniBRAIN, the incubators have collectively commercialized over 75 Agribusiness technologies, created thousands of jobs and produced over 200 incubates. The research networks have supported over 137 SMEs to startup and expanded businesses along selected commodity value chains, while creating business networks of about 24,000 value chain actors engaged in agribusiness.