With Africa’s population set to double by 2050, experts say the continent must replace traditional farming methods in favour of modern technology. African agricultural industries have been hampered by multiple problems, including lack of best agricultural practices, high input costs, climate change, poor land tenure systems, and limited access to financing.
Public and private sectors are starting to invest more effort to transform Africa’s agricultural landscape. They include; modernizing farm operations through innovative technologies like digital software, drones and precision farming tools, investing in agro related & value-added processing industries, and upgrading post-harvest storage facilities to boost farm productivity.
Agco Africa provides mechanization for key agriculture project in Mozambique – www.agrifocusafrica.com
Zimbabwe government signs a US $50m deal with John Deere for tractor supply – www.farmersreviewafrica.com
Precision farming taking off in South Africa – www.futurefarming.com
Lots of growth strategy plans have been announced by the African government authorities in setting up new farm lands to promote commercialization of the agricultural sector.
Commercial farming is garnering interests from local and international investors due to the emerging food processing sector which creates a strong market for farm owners.
Poland to invest in Tanzania’s agriculture sector through irrigation farming – www.farmersreviewafrica.com
Chinese companies explore investment opportunities in agriculture and livestock sectors in Ethiopia – www.fareasternagriculture.com
Korean to invest 133bn /-in coffee plantation and processing plant – www.ippmedia.com
Attend 6th Commercial Farm Africa Summit in Nairobi to address key challenges & explore new opportunities in this sector.
- LMC forecasts price trends in grains, oil crops, cash crops
- KENYAN MINISTRY OF LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES & AGRICULTURE presents country’s agricultural transformation & growth strategy
- OLAM INTERNATIONAL assesses the impact of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) on agriculture
- SGS shares how data capturing can enhance overall profitability of a farming operation
- Case studies on application of regenerative agriculture for today’s climatic context by SOIL CAPITAL
- [INTERACTIVE SESSION] Multistakeholder Dialogue: Access To Innovative Financing
- KIPKEBE LTD on boosting the bottomline through farm mechanization
- NOBEL AZANIA INVESTMENTS features a case study of large scale sisal farming in Tanzania
- AFRO-TSION FARM reveals coffee plantation & processing plant investment projects in Ethiopia
- HORIZON PLANTATION assesses the potential of commercial farm investment in Ethiopia
- HYDROPONICS AFRICA speaks on revolutionizing crop farming through hydroponic systems & responsive drip irrigation
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“Generating Energy, Electricity & Biomass Export in Africa!”
Quoting from a recent interview by Engineering News Online, EDF senior VP for Africa Valerie Levkov said, “As an example, she cites wind energy as a good solution for South Africa, whereas a biomass solution would be more suitable for a country such as Côte d’Ivoire, given its biomass potential.”
Each country in the continent has its own particular needs, financial capabilities and natural resources can be leveraged for sustainable renewable energy development.
Levkov further suggests that African countries should strongly consider biomass projects in the renewable energy space, adding that, on average, one biomass project can create up to 1 000 jobs in a rural region when taking into account the biomass supply chain.
“This is a very good example of the circular economy, where you bring in a lot of value first by developing a clean [or renewable] energy project and then by creating sustainable jobs and revenues for the local communities,” she says.
CMT’s 3rd Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa offers insights from two perspective – local development of biomass to electricity to meet the energy needs and potential trade/export opportunities of woody and agricultural biomass from Africa to the demand markets in Europe and North Asia.
Opportunities to utilize biomass & agricultural residues from Cocoa, Tea, Oil Palm as alternative renewable energy source in Africa
Promoting & funding options & strategies – Who, What, How
Case studies on industrial biomass boilers & cogeneration plant operation
Matching biomass availability with energy demand hotspots
From plantation to markets – biomass pellets/briquettes production & economics
Export prospect for African biomass
Supply chain development for wood pellets, biomass briquettes & PKS
The 1.5 days agenda aim to facilitate strategic partnerships amongst stakeholders such as biomass resources owners with the renewable projects developers, ECAs, engineering and turnkey solution experts, biomass and biofuels buyers and traders. Delegates will get a clearer view on the resources competition landscape and identify new opportunities.
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Now in its 3rd series, FoodNext.Africa is dedicated to capturing the conversation around food disruption across the value chain from farm-to-fork. Focused on creating sustainable food systems, new products, fortified innovative distribution models and the latest consumer adoption driving retail.
The event is curated around an agenda of critical debate – hosted by business leaders and innovators providing insights into embracing market changes, scaling up new projects and meeting the rapidly evolving needs of consumers.
“FoodNext Johannesburg 2019 was so informative. Planned to attend, do my panel presentation and head out to work. Innovative products presentations from young business owners kept me in my seat. I left the event inspired and realised that the pie is big enough for all of us. Find your passion, work at it and brighten that corner. It’s possible…”
Matlou Setati, Executive: Food Safety Initiative, Consumer Goods Council of South Africa
Keynote address: Moving from sustainability to regeneration – Transforming a food system from agriculture to industry
Ingredient innovation – How is innovations driving ‘next generation’ products within the f&b sector?
Foodwaste – How is innovation creating smart solutions?
What will food retail and delivery look like in 2030?
The future of snacking – What are consumers craving?
Gut health: Is fortified foods driving good digestive health?
The ‘Green Rush’ – Is cannabis food’s next functional ingredient?
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Donovan Will, Director, ProVeg
Jessica Katlowitz, Registered Dietitian, The Green Dietitian
Nicola Jenkin, Director, Pinpoint Sustainability
Prof. Suzan Oelofse, Research Group Leader: Waste Department, CSIR
Prof. Olaniyi Amos Fawole, Senior Researcher: Postharvest Horticulture Research, SA Chair in Postharvest Technology, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Stellenbosch
Sanjeev Raghubir, Group Sustainability Manager, Shoprite & Checkers
Sam Smout, Waste Sector Desk Analyst, Green Cape
Peter Daniel, Director, Superfoods
Paul Simon, Founder & CEO, Uber Flavour
Dr. Harris Steinman, Medical Doctor, Food & Allergy Consulting & Testing Services
For more information click here to visit the FoodNext.Africa website
Agricultural market access under the spotlight at Agribusiness Conference
The 2019 Agribusiness Africa Conference, hosted by South Africa’s largest English language agricultural publication, Farmer’s Weekly, will bring together top speakers and a range of stakeholders from across the agriculture, agribusiness and trade platforms to delve into the dynamics of trade between farm gate and the domestic, regional and international markets.
The overarching theme for this year’s conference is market access and one of the key discussion topics will be how to secure a better deal for African countries within the global agricultural trade environment.
“The Agribusiness Africa Conference is the ideal platform to meet like-minded businesspeople in the agriculture industry. The conference will also offer networking opportunities during which delegates will have the chance to build meaningful connections with key industry role players,” said Denene Erasmus, editor of Farmer’s Weekly.
Around 270 people attended the 2018 conference, with delegates representing 13 African and nine international countries. This year’s conference will be held at the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 10 July 2019.
Programme highlights include presentations by two internationally recognised keynote speakers who will set the scene for the conference. Food systems expert Prof Sidi Osho, chairperson of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), will address the impact of mega challenges such as climate change on inter-regional agricultural trade in Africa. The second keynote speaker, Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, an associate director at one of Africa’s ‘big four’ auditing, accounting and consulting firms, will address the topic ‘Understanding the business landscape in Africa.’
Top representatives from South Africa fresh produce markets, including Ayanda Kanana, CEO of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market, and Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group, will provide insight into the barriers that exist to establish more efficient rural and domestic markets in South Africa.
Zambian-based agricultural economist, Nelson Chisenga, who is currently working as a regional agribusiness consultant, Megan Rodger, the sector head of the oil and gas sector at the law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Lucien Jansen, CEO of the Perishable Products Export Control Board, and Nuradin Osman, AGCO vice president and general manager Africa, will participate in a panel discussion that will focus on solutions to strengthen regional value-chain linkages and intra-African trade.
To close off the day Justin Chadwick, chairperson of Fruit South Africa, Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, Nico Groenewald, head of agribusiness at Standard Bank, and Tony Esmeraldo, Corteva business director for Southern Africa will speak about those dynamics that have delivered a sometimes-unequal playing field for African countries within the international agricultural trade environment.
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NETWORK WITH AFRICAN MILLERS, ETHANOL PRODUCERS AND BUYERS
The Pan-African event covering drivers and trade dynamics for sugar, ethanol and cogeneration across the region and globally.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SUGAR & ETHANOL AFRICA
Identify growth opportunities
Find out where ethanol production and blending is on the rise across Africa, and who is investing in production facilities.
Sugar markets and diversification
Sugar prices, international trade dynamics and support for diversification of the African sugar industry.
Intra-region and global trade dynamics
Identify supply gaps for both fuel and non-fuel ethanol and also for raw and white sugar trade.
Strategic issues for ethanol producers and millers
Attendees can meet millers from across Africa and find out how they are improving production and diversifying.
Ethanol Production Technology Workshop
Industry experts examine key factors in optimising ethanol operations, maximising production efficiency & implementing new technologies. ]
Hear from industry leaders
Sugar and Ethanol Africa is a unique opportunity to network and hear from key industry players from a region that offers huge potential for expansion and investment.
Who will you meet
70% Attendees are from across Africa
35% Sugar millers and ethanol producers
15% Sugar and ethanol buyers
CMT’s 3rd Biomass Trade and BioEnergy Africa 25-26 Sep, 2019 – Abidjan, COTE D’IVOIRE themed “Generating Energy, Electricity & Export Potential from Biomass in Africa!
Its key highlights include the following:
Opportunities to utilize biomass as alternative renewable energy source in Africa
Promoting & funding bioenergy projects in Africa – biomass power, biogas & biofuels
Case studies on industrial boilers & co-generation from biomass & agricultural waste – oil palm, cocoa, rice husks, etc
Matching biomass availability with energy demand hotspots
From plantation to markets – biomass pellets/ briquettes production & economics
Export prospect for African biomass
Supply chain development for wood pellets, biomass briquettes, wood chips & PKS
For details, please visit this www.cmtevents.com/main.aspx?ev=190921&pu=280075
3rd Biomass Trade and BioEnergy Africa
25-26 Sep, 2019 – Abidjan, COTE D’IVOIRE
Contact Person: Ms Fu Huiyan