Africa’s global food role in spot­light

The New Age (Western Cape) - - News - VIN­CENT CRUYWAGEN vin­centc@the­

AFRICA’S role in global food and im­prov­ing the in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment for African agri­cul­ture will be some of the key is­sues top­ping the agenda at the forth­com­ing African Agri In­vest­ment Ind­aba (AAII).

More than 600 stake­hold­ers and prominent ex­perts in African agri­cul­ture will at­tend the Ind­aba at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre next week.

Key speak­ers will in­clude Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Live­stock and Fisheries in Kenya Willy Bett, Pres­i­dent of World Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion South Africa Dr Theo de Jager, Western Cape eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties MEC Alan Winde, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo Ge­orge Kazadi Kabongo and Abubakar Sani Bello, Gov­er­nor of Niger State gov­ern­ment in Nige­ria Abubakar Sani Bello.

Winde said: “The AAII 2017 is an im­por­tant event and plays a crit­i­cal role in bring­ing key gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and se­nior stake­hold­ers across the agri­cul­ture value chain to­gether to dis­cuss cur­rent trends in­flu­enc­ing in­vestors’ con­fi­dence in African agri­cul­ture.

“AAII 2017 has cre­ated a vi­tal plat­form for stake­hold­ers to show­case op­por­tu­ni­ties in agri­cul­ture, con­duct busi­ness dur­ing the in­vest­ment dis­cov­ery ses­sions, net­work and share knowl­edge and best prac­tice across the African con­ti­nent.”

With food se­cu­rity high on the global agenda, the AAII would bring to­gether agribusi­nesses, in­vestors, gov­ern­ments and key stake­hold­ers in the food value chain, from Africa and across the globe, to un­cover in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and forge part­ner­ships for the de­vel­op­ment of sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture in Africa.

Fur­ther­more the con­ti­nent’s agri sec­tor is fast be­com­ing the panacea of the in­vest­ment world es­pe­cially with the re­cent de­cline in com­mod­ity in­vest­ment re­turns.

IN­VEST­MENT: Key stake­hold­ers are set­ting their sights on boost­ing in­vest­ment in agri­cul­ture and food pro­duc­tion.

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