2019 Agribusiness Africa Conference

2019 Agribusiness Africa Conference

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.

To book your seat at the conference go to caxtonevents.co.za.

For more information visit farmersweekly.co.za/agribusiness-africa-conference/.

For queries contact Nthabiseng Motsoarateu on email at melitam@caxton.co.za, or phone 087 158 0282.

Sugar & Ethanol Africa | 17 – 19 September 2019 | Nairobi

Sugar & Ethanol Africa | 17 – 19 September 2019 | Nairobi


The Pan-African event covering drivers and trade dynamics for sugar, ethanol and cogeneration across the region and globally.


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

For more information and to register for this unique event click on the link below:



CMT’s 3rd Biomass Trade and BioEnergy Africa 25-26 Sep, 2019

CMT’s 3rd Biomass Trade and BioEnergy Africa 25-26 Sep, 2019

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

Contact Details

3rd Biomass Trade and BioEnergy Africa

25-26 Sep, 2019 – Abidjan, COTE D’IVOIRE

Contact Person: Ms Fu Huiyan

Email: huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg

URL: www.cmtevents.com/main.aspx?ev=190921&pu=280075

Website: www.cmtevents.com

Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day – 14 – 17 May 2019

Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day – 14 – 17 May 2019

Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day is one of the largest agricultural exhibitions under private ownership in the southern hemisphere and it takes place annually, just outside of the town of Bothaville, in the Free State province of South Africa. The first NAMPO Harvest Day was held in 1967, on the farm, Donkerhoek, near Bloemfontein and was attended by 200 producers. Thereafter the Harvest Day was held on various farms until the size of the event started necessitating a more permanent venue. In 1974 the NAMPO Harvest Day was therefore established on a permanent terrain outside Bothaville, which is today known as NAMPO Park.

Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day enables producers and other role players in the agricultural industry to experience the latest technology and products on offer in the farming industry first-hand and on one terrain. The NAMPO Harvest Day also offers producers the opportunity to obtain knowledge from experts in their various agricultural fields by means of debating and discussion panels. A unique aspect of the NAMPO Harvest Day is that it is a multifaceted presentation that offers a wide spectrum to the producer, whilst other exhibitions normally only focus on specific areas of agriculture. The products and services that are displayed by the more than 750 exhibitors, establish the NAMPO Harvest Day as a diversified trade exhibition, which offers producers the opportunity to compare a wide variety of products and services and in so doing, enables them to make informed decisions. NAMPO also offers producers high level exhibitions with direct access to a multitude of specialists and experts in various fields.

Grain SA strives to keep the NAMPO Harvest Day trade oriented as an agricultural and trade exhibition with a specific focus on agriculture and not on entertainment and the exhibition of flea market items. Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day is dynamic and each year the organisers strive to keep pace with the changing needs, requirements and expectations of producers and role players in the agricultural sector. Where the original focus was only on maize producers, the Harvest Day today focuses on the complete agricultural sector. The Harvest Day is also regarded by Grain SA as one of the best contributors to ensure sustained food production in South as well as Southern Africa.


Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

92nd SASTA Congress –  20-22nd August 2019

92nd SASTA Congress – 20-22nd August 2019

The 92nd SASTA Congress will be held from the 20-22nd August 2019 at the ICC, Durban.This premier event continues to receive high praise from Sugar Technologists’ in South Africa and the world over. The success of such an event can be attributed to the presentation of significant scientific and technological advancements to key role players in the Industry. Another factor contributing to the success of SASTA Congress is the Exhibition. The Exhibition provides the opportunity for meaningful engagement with various service providers in the Sugar Industry.

Last year’s Congress was very well attended and this brought in the highest delegate number in SASTA Congress history. We are certain that the 2019 Congress will draw many South African and International delegates. Our standards of excellence at the SASTA Congress will continue so that delegates, sponsors and exhibitors will remain proud to be associated with us.

Why attend Congress?

  • Hear about the latest sugarcane research and innovations
  • Exchange information and experiences
  • Visit the Trade Exhibition to see products that can benefit your business
  • Network, network, network!
Trade Exhibition & Sponsorship Opportunities: To find out how to book a stand at the trade exhibition for the 2019 Congress, or to provide sponsorship for the Congress, please contact the SASTA Secretariat on sasta@sugar.org.za or Tel: +27 (0)31-5087543.
AFTI East Africa Summit | Nairobi, Kenya | 21 – 22 May 2019

AFTI East Africa Summit | Nairobi, Kenya | 21 – 22 May 2019

AFTI East Africa Summit | Nairobi, Kenya | 21 – 22 May 2019
Connecting agriculture technology influencers and innovators with the East African Market

AFTI East Africa Summit (previously the Smart Agri Congress) takes place on 21 – 22 May in Nairobi, Kenya and will this year be co-located with GTR East Africa 2019 (Global Trade Review), attracting over 450 high level delegates.

A wide variety of expert speakers explore the emerging technologies poised to revolutionize day-to-day functions of food production and how to capitalize on the evolving East African agri-food sector.

“The 2018 conference exceeded our expectations, we managed to get some contacts that we will be continuing our conversation with for our business operations. We also got some insights into opportunities for our future business.”
Geoffrey Banda, Alliance One Tobacco Kenya Limited

Featured sessions

  • Golden opportunities: Analysing East Africa’s agri and food industry trends and future prospects
  • Orientating the risk outlook for East African AgriTrade and identifying new trade opportunities
  • Connecting farmers to markets in Africa
  • Empowering farmers through data and digitization – Real time management, supply chain and mobile payment and financing
  • Strengthening urban and periurban agriculture value chains for enhanced nutrition and incomes
  • Telecoms innovation – revolutionizing the next generation of affordable solutions that are transforming East Africa’s infrastructure and reach
  • The success of the innovative ‘Commercial Villages Model’ in driving food systems and investments
  • View the programme

Featured Speakers

  • Adedana Ashebir, Regional Manager, Africa, Village Capital
  • Allan Ondiek, Leaf Growing Manager, British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya
  • André Laperrière, Executive Director, GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition)
  • Ben Roberts, Group Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Liquid Telecom Kenya
  • Bruce Hamilton, Africa Director, Verdant Frontiers
  • Daniel Mailutha, MD, Kenya Farmers Federation (KENAFF)
  • David Davies, CEO & Founder, AgUnity
  • Dr Robert Besseling, Founder &CEO, EXX Africa
  • Emmanuel Bakirdjian, Kenya Country Director, Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)
  • Erick Ogumo, Chairman, SoCAA – Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisors of Kenya
  • Jeroen van der Hulst, Owner & MD, FlowerWatch
  • Kikonde Mwatela, COO, Twiga Foods
  • Linda Kwamboka, Co-founder and Director, MFarm
  • Mary Mbugua, Value Chain Development Specialist, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, USAID
  • Mumbi Kimathi, Market Analyst, Farm Concern International
  • Prof Nancy Karanja, Professor, Soil Ecology & Director of Microbial Resources Centre, University of Nairobi (UoN)
  • Theunis Coetzee, Agro Manager, Nile Breweries (AB InBev)
  • Walter Mongare Snr, Deputy Director, Youth Programs and Liaison, The Presidency, Government of Kenya
  • View all the speakers


Register before 29 April 2019 and receive a 10% discount off the delegate rate. Register now!

For more information click here to visit the AFT East Africa website