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  • 09:00 – 09:30
    Delegate Registration
  • 09:30 – 09:45
    Welcome address, Conference Chair

    Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 09:45 – 10:15
    Agriculture Sector Overview & the African Investment Landscape

    An introduction to what is happening in African investment as a region, the climate, political risks and the specific agriculture space – the opportunity around technology and its impact on the sector and tackling climate change.

    Speaker: Vicky Pryce, Board Member, Centre for Economics and Business Research

  • 10:15 – 10:45
    Investment Flows in African Agriculture: sources, types and trends

    A snapshot presentation of the investment environment and types of investment flows in the African agriculture sector: activity from Institutional, corporate, private equity and impact investors. We’ll start with the flows in general in Africa over the last 5 years, where flows are coming from and why they are attracted to Africa, specifically agriculture.

    Speaker: Fadzayi Musanhu, Director, Market Intelligence Africa

  • 10:45 – 11:00
    Networking Refreshment Break
  • 11:00 – 11:30
    Spotlight Presentation: Overview of Nigeria’s Agriculture Sector
    • Structural and Sector Level Challenges & Opportunities (Lemons and Lemonades)
    • The Case for Commercial Investments
    • Spotlighting The Opportunities in the Nigerian Agribusiness Space and Mapping Investment Opportunities to Critical Value-chain Activities
    • Fidelity Bank's Agribusiness Financing Footprints

    Speaker: Isaiah Ndukwe, Divisional Head Export & Agriculture, Fidelity Bank

  • 11:30 – 12:15
    On-stage interview: Nigeria’s strongest sector for growth, how are you getting ready for investment and export opportunities?

    Topics to be covered:

    • Special case studies in Nigerian agriculture
    • Agri-tech and the impact on the sector
    • Young entrepreneurs and their potential

    Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing
    Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Honourable Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Nigeria

  • 12:15 – 13:15
  • 13:15 – 14:15
    What 'Investment Readiness' looks like – Inside & Outside Insight

    Two best in class examples of investment readiness from Senegal and the wider African region and from Sweden – outside of the region.
    Inspired by the development of High Potential West African SMEs into Regional Champions
    Ndeye Thaiw, Managing Director, Brightmore Capital
    Private Sector, Public Sector and Entrepreneurship Collaborations in Sweden
    Maila Reeves, Business Trade and Investments, Business Sweden Invest

  • 14:15 – 15:45
    Showcases of African Economies Ready for Investment

    Investment Opportunities in Malawi's Agriculture - A Case of PPP Models in the Green Belt Areas
    Dr Henrie M. Njolomo, CEO, Green Belt Authority, Malawi
    Rwanda’s Agriculture Sector Spotlight
    Birasa Nyamulinda, Investment Advisor, Rwanda Development Board

  • 15:45 – 16:15
    Coffee break
  • 16:15 – 17:00
    Roundtable Sessions:

    What Are Investors Looking for from African Agriculture?
    Looking at: Investment Climate, Yields, Risks, Incentives
    Led by: Brightmore Capital, Victus Global, Mainbridge Group

  • 17:00 – 17:15
    Roundtable Feedback Session & Investors Panel Discussion

    Panellists: Brightmore Capital, Victus Global, Mainbridge Group

  • 17:00
    Conference Day One Close

    Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 09:00 – 09:30
    Welcome Back – Day Two Conference
  • 09:30 – 09:45
    Conference Chair

    Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 09:45 – 10:15
    Agri-Tech and its Transformative Potential for African Agriculture

    How can tech innovation help to drive agriculture development and make the sector investment ready?

    Sami Khan, Director Strategy Food & Agriculture, CDC Group

  • 10:15 – 11:15
    Tech Innovation Case Studies in African Agriculture

    We have 2 examples of pioneering technology solutions already making an impact in the sector

    Binkabi – an end to end automated, secure supply chain trading and financing platform for farmers, SMEs, farmers, banks, commodity traders and accredited warehouses. Manrui Tang, Co-Founder, Binkabi

    WeFarm & Producers Direct – 2 peer-to-peer, farmer to farmer networks facilitating knowledge exchange, training, best practise, weather information, pest warnings and a whole host of valuable information Claire Rhodes, CEO, Producers Direct/ WeFarm

  • 11:15 – 11:45
    Networking coffee break
  • 11:45 – 12:15
    Presentation – Climate change effect on agriculture in Africa (COP21)

    This session will discuss the impact of climate change on smallholder farmers in Africa. These farmers urgently need access to practical and proven climate-smart solutions, which can then be scaled up to mitigate the risks of climate change across Africa. An interesting solution showcase

    Paul Baranowski, Founder, Climate Edge Representative, Cranfield University (tbc)

  • 11:30 – 12:00
    Women in Agriculture

    Zee de Gersigny, Managing Director, Victus Global

  • 13:00 – 14:00
  • 14:00 – 14:45
    Developing the next generation of agripreneurs

    Looking at the development of youth incubators, and how research and technology is impacting on the development and training for young people within the sector.

  • 14:45 – 15:30
    Panel discussion - Product Incubation & Entrepreneurship

    Business Incubation Platform (BIP)
    Looking at the development of business models to create and launch a sustainable, investor-ready product – suitable for export into overseas markets: scale, efficiency and compliance

    Moderator: Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 15:30 – 15:45
    Conference Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 15:45
    End of event