Agribusiness Working Group

June 5, 2014    " Harnessing Technology & Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Food Security in Africa"

Drawing insights from decades of experience in the sector, speakers included Dennis T. Kyetere Executive Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Mark Edge Director of WEMA Partnerships, Monsanto and John McMurdy, Ph.D., International Research & Biotechnology Advisor, USAID. Speakers (i) shared existing and successful public-private partnership models that provide access and delivery of appropriate agriculture technologies for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa; (ii) provided unique context to the challenges of scaling access to technology in smallholder systems; and (iii) and shared ideas and perspectives for improving technology access along the agriculture value chain. Building on recent efforts to improve agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa requires effective, affordable and easily replicable means of introducing technological innovations among smallholder farmers. Despite its importance, however, investment focused on deploying appropriate technologies to increase agricultural production among smallholder farmers remains sparse. Delivering impact to scale will require a coordinated effort among farmers and partners, the private sector, the donor community and non-governmental organizations. Read More


April 9, 2014    "Agricultural Business Parks as a Platform for Public-Private Partnerships"

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo set food security as a national priority. Through a comprehensive and integrated agricultural strategy, the Congolese ministries of Agriculture and Finance addressed the growing domestic demands for food crops and create sustainable agro-development models that will bolster local production. The D.R. Congo has 80 million hectares of arable land, four million of which are irrigable. Speakers discussed fiscal and custom incentives in place aimed at encouraging potential investors. Read More

February 20, 2014    " U.S. Diplomatic Efforts to Promote Global Food Security"

Speaker Jonathan Shrier, Special Representative for Global Food Security (Acting) & Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy for Feed the Future at the U.S. Department of State, whom details President Obama’s global food security initiatives, including Feed the Future and the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. Special Representative Shrier discussed the range of business opportunities available for agribusiness and other companies entering African markets, and how the U.S. government can support the activities of those interested in doing business and currently active on the continent.

January 27, 2014    "A Lunch with the Honourable Robert Sichinga, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Republic of Zambia: Investment Opportunities in the Agriculture Sector"

Honourable Robert Sichinga, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock discussed agricultural investment opportunities in Zambia. Ambassador Palan Mulonda joined him to explain President Sata’s vision 2030. The Honourable Minister’s delegation,  also in attendance, included the Director of the Department of Agriculture, the Deputy Director of the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) and the Senior Economist from the Policy and Planning Department to further inform companies in attendance. Read More