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  • 9:00 – 10.00
    Registration
  • 10.00 – 10.10
    Welcome address - Martyn Diamond Black, Alain Charles
  • 10:10 – 10.30
    Inauguration & opening address

    His Excellency Kabiru Bala – The Deputy High Commissioner Nigeria

  • 10:30 – 11.00
    Presentation - Promoting Long-term Finance for Africa in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

    This address will look at promoting long-term finance for agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from a global perspective, outlining the opportunities and challenges the sector is facing now and in the future.

    Topics to be covered

    • Outlook for agricultural commodities
    • Potential areas for new investments in SSA
    • The expected benefits from agricultural finance: Why are banks reluctant to increase agri-finance in SSA?
    • Main features of the agricultural sector
    • Mapping agricultural finance
    • What financial products are available?
    • What institutions are supplying agricultural finance?
    • What are the challenges?
    • What are some of the solutions to these challenges?
    • Emerging drivers in agricultural finance
  • 11.00 – 11.20
    Networking coffee break
  • 11:20 – 11:50
    Presentation - Investing in Ghana Agriculture

    We hear Ghana's vision and strategies on how the country is aiming to become the first destination of choice for investing in Africa. This session will explain how Ghana is being marketed to investors and what plans are in place to trade with other parts of the continent.

  • 11:50 – 12:30
    Panel Discussion – Attracting Foreign Investment

    How do SMEs attract foreign investment from funding houses, major institutions, development agencies and local banks? Is microfinancing an option for SMEs, and what does a blended capital approach look like when working with multiple stakeholders?

    This panel discussion aims to tackle the importance of access and awareness to funding streams for farmers through their local banks, while outlining various options for investment. We will discuss the challenges banks are facing in accessing government funds, and how training and compliance is affecting their support to farmers. How are investment firms planning for the future, and what are their priority investments now and in five years time?

    Attracting foreign investment:

    • How do farmers prepare and pitch for funding?
    • Small-holder engagement
    • Financing for established agro-industrial parks and farm estates
    • Micro-financing

    Mobile Finance:

    • Compliance with rules and regulations
    • Skill levels and training to gain access to finance
    • Interfaces for companies with capacity and quick solutions

    Moderator: Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 12:30 – 13:30
    Lunch
  • 14:00 -14.30
    Presentation – Digital trade

    Digital trade opportunities for agricultural farming: Unlocking the movement of goods and services across borders to provide a global operating environment for trade.

    Topics to be covered:

    • What is digital trade?
    • Why is it important?
    • How do we give farmers the ability to access goods and buy and sell on the open market?
    • Inter-African trade: How will it help to transform African economies?
    • What are the next steps?
    • What are the opportunities for the agriculture sector?
    • How do we support the sector, the benefits and the opportunities?
  • 14:00 – 14:30
    Presentation - The opportunity for digital growth
  • 14:30 – 14:45
    Coffee break
  • 14:45 – 15:15
    Presentation – Precision farming and innovative trends across Africa

    In this session, will look at precision farming and speak about trends and innovation across Africa such as power ranges, sugar harvesting, and sustainable and environmentally friendly design components.

  • 15:15 – 15:45
    Presentation - The medium-term outlook for global agricultural markets

    We look at the medium-term outlook for the global agriculture sector, highlighting the major drivers the sector will see over the next 10 years, what trends will arise and the direction of trade prices. This session looks at the impact of food security, nutrition and natural resources issues.

    Topics to be covered

    • Drivers of agricultural supply and demand over the next 10 years
    • Trends in consumption, production, trade and prices
    • Impacts on food security, nutrition and natural resource use
  • 15:45 – 16:20
    Panel Discussion - Developing the next generation of agripreneurs

    We will look at the development of youth incubators, and how research and technology is impacting on the development and training for young people within the sector. The session will also examine how enterprise and innovation is enhancing crop quality and production, the ability to keep up with demand, and how to work best with public and private partners to reduce risk.

    Topics to be covered

    • Youth business development
    • Connecting agripreneurs to investors
    • Creating jobs with the support of new technologies
    • The impact of investment on local society
    • Addressing hunger, poverty and degradation of natural resources in the tropics
    • Legacy planning for future generations

    Moderator: Martyn Diamond Black, Head of Events, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 16:20 – 16:30
    Closing Remarks - Martyn Diamond Black, Alain Charles
  • 9:00 – 10.00
    Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:10
    Welcome Address - Martyn Diamond Black, Alain Charles
  • 10:10 – 10:40
    Presentation – Access to Finance

    This session will discuss the iconic world-class landmark of international business making a lasting impact on the local economy in Ghana. Outlining how trade and investment is being conducted through a platform that links global and local businesses together through a network of partnerships to enhance economic growth.

  • 10:40 – 11:10
    Presentation – Scaling for investment

    This session will look at the reasons for the under-investment of funds across the agriculture sector in Africa and the problems that cause this lack of investment. This session is focused on investor needs so investment into businesses can be facilitated, and businesses can be investor-ready.

  • 11:10 – 11:30
    Networking coffee break
  • 11:30 – 12:00
    Presentation – Fintech Ecosystem for agri-businesses

    This session looks at the scope of Fintech to support digital trade within the agriculture sector for Small & Medium-sized Entreprises (SME's): Harnessing technology as well as looking at insurance and the complete ecosystem for trading.

    Topics to be covered

    • Money transfer and payments
    • Insurance
    • Borrowing
    • Finance planning
    • Savings and investments
  • 12:00 – 12:30
    Presentation – Maximising crop resources and reducing waste

    The relationship between agriculture and water.

    • The importance of water management
    • Water usage and control

    Water consumption and emerging implications of leakage.

    • Onsite monitoring
    • Natural resources
  • 12:30 – 13:30
    Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:00
    Presentation - Product Incubation & Entrepreneurship

    Business Incubation Platform (BIP):
    Looking at the development of business models to create and launch a sustainable, investor-ready product. We aim to showcase best practices on how to bring a product to market while securing commercial partners for rapid growth. We will look at the development of strong financial processes for ROI and profit margins to make your company more productive and profitable.

    Topics to be covered

    • Bringing products to market
    • Matching products with investors
    • Securing commercial partners
    • Enhancing crop quality and productivity
    • Sustainable business models
    • Return on investment (ROI)
    • Focus on profit margins (gross and net)
  • 14:00 – 14:30
    Presentation - Mobile Assets With a focus on post-harvest value-addition

    Topics to be covered

    • Why is agri-investment challenging?
    • Considering the risks for investors
    • Think outside the box
    • External finance options
    • Market-driven finance options
    • Asset finance
    • Case studies
  • 14:30 – 14:45
    Coffee break
  • 14:45 – 15:15
    Spotlight Session - Rural transformation and sustainable development through long-term, early stage financing

    Improving rural infrastructure, increasing productivity and creating employment opportunities.

    The urgent need to build successful African agribusinesses through long-term investment and supporting positive impacts at scale. We look at case studies across Africa on the impact of early stage investment, raising agricultural productivity, increasing incomes, creating employment opportunities, and reducing food insecurity, hunger and under-nutrition in rural communities.

    Topics to be covered

    • Increasing manufacturing productive and incomes
    • Increasing benefits of market participation
    • How do we address policy barriers and regulatory challenges?
    • How do we work with smallholder farmers to ensure they become more commercialised and profitable?
    • How can we increase investment, and what incentives will attract private investment?
    • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 15:15 – 15:45
    Panel Discussion - Sustainability

    Improving rural infrastructure, increasing productivity and creating employment opportunities.

    The urgent need to build successful African agribusinesses through long-term investment and supporting positive impacts at scale. We look at case studies across Africa on the impact of early stage investment, raising agricultural productivity, increasing incomes, creating employment opportunities, and reducing food insecurity, hunger and under-nutrition in rural communities.

    Moderator: Martyn Diamond Black, Head of Events, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 15:45 – 15:55
    Closing Remarks & Abuja Event in June announcement
  • 15:55
    End of event