Agribusiness Africa Conference – Conference Programme

EMPERORS PALACE, Kempton Park, South Africa
THEME 2018: Partnerships for equitable trade

PROGRAM DAY 1, Wednesday 18 July 2018
07:00 – 08:45: Registration
08:45: Doors open for delegates entry (Assembly Room 2)
09:00 – 09:10: Flag ceremony and singing of South African national anthem
09:10: Welcoming address: Denene Erasmus, Editor Farmer`s Weekly
09:15: Conference Program Chairman: Marthinus Kotzé
09:2: Keynote Speaker 1: Pieter Geldenhuys, Futurist
Topic: How consumer demand is changing the food system
Speaker Sponsor:
10:00: Keynote Speaker 2: TBC
Topic: Land in Africa: who owns it, who wants it, who will pay for it?
Speaker Sponsor:

11:00 – 11:25: TEA BREAK

Session 1: Who owns the value in the agriculture value chain?
The agricultural value chain is large and complex. Perceptions exist that certain players within the value chain, such as supermarkets for example, earn an unfair share of the profits generated throughout the value chain, while taking on less risk than other players. This session will explore these and other perceptions to uncover the flow of profit in the value chain.

Some topics to be discussed:
• What are the benefits of effective value chains in agriculture?
• Where are the weak links in African agriculture value chains?
• Would the agribusiness sector and consumers benefit from shorter value chains?
• What are the profit margins at different stages in the value chain?
• How can ‘fairness’ be achieved in the value chain?
• Under which circumstances can the dynamics of supply and demand fail?
• What is the role of public-private partnerships in ensuring the creation of effective and equitable agriculture value chains in Africa?

11:30 – 11:55: Guest Speaker 1: TBC
11:55 – 12:00: Remarks from Program Chairman: Marthinus Kotzé
12:00 – 12:20: Industry Speaker 2: TBC
12:30 – 13:00: PANEL DISCUSSION 1
Session Moderator: Dr Johan Kirstein, Prof at University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Panellists: TBC
Session Sponsor:

13:00 – 13:50: LUNCH

Session 2: The missing middle in agriculture
The World Economic Forum’s Missing Middle Initiative described the missing middle as “the gap in capital that is larger than microfinance, yet smaller than traditional institutional financing in emerging and frontier markets”. This session will not only look at addressing the financing needs of SMEs in the agribusiness and farming sectors, but will also look at the future of family farms in Africa, which could arguably be described as the rapidly disappearing middle of agriculture.

Some topics to be discussed:
• How do we address the financing gap in farming and agribusiness?
• How do we ensure a future for medium-sized farming businesses?
• How does the missing middle in agriculture affect the growth prospects of small-scale farmers?
• What is the role of public-private partnerships in bolstering the trading environment for medium-sized businesses in agriculture?

14:00 – 14:05: Session introduction: Conference Chairman, Marthinus Kotzé
14:10 – 14:30: Guest Speaker 1: TBC
14:30 – 14:50: Industry Speaker 2: Dr Theo de Jager, Producer & President WFO
15:00 – 15:30: PANEL DISCUSSION 2
Session Moderator: Mandla Nkomo, Economist BFAP
Dr Theo de Jager, Producer
Financial sector TBC
Other panellists TBC
Session Sponsor:

15:30 – 16:10: TEA BREAK

Session 3: Sustainable food systems: trading fairly, ethically and profitably
Consumer demand and regulatory insistence on a range of safeguards for raising livestock in ways deemed sustainable and humane are causing rapid changes in the food system. Moreover, from using fertiliser to pesticides, farmers have to be mindful of a complex, growing web of regulations. Countries in which the ethical treatment of workers has been legislated may, at times, find themselves at a disadvantage when trading on international markets against countries with weak labour laws. In this session, the focus will be on identifying those actions the farming and agribusiness sectors need to follow to find a compromise between operating profitably, while taking into full consideration their ethical and environmental responsibilities.

Some topics to be discussed:
• What are some of the dynamics of fair trade?
• What are the trends driving growth in the retail food space and consumer demand?
• Should farmers and agribusiness owners be compensated for their environmental stewardship?
• How do we curb food waste?
• Is the use of biotechnology in environmentally sustainable farming a benefit or disadvantage?
• How do we ensure a fair playing field in terms of labour legislation in global agriculture?

16:20 – 16:40: Guest Speaker 3: ENS – Law Firm (Speaker TBC)
16:45 – 17:05: Speaker 3 TBC
Topic: Markets for SME producers
17:15 – 18:00: PANEL DISCUSSION 3
Session Moderator: TBC
Panellists: TBC
Session Sponsor:

18:00 – 18:10: Summary & closing remarks by Conference Chairman, Marthinus Kotzé
18:10 – 18:15: Invitation to Conference Dinner: Nico Groenewald, Dinner Host
End of Conference Day 1

Evening Function
Standard Bank Gala Dinner
18:30 – 19:00: Pre-drinks in foyer (Assembly 5)
19:00 – 23:00: Conference Dinner and music entertainment
Dinner Sponsor: STANDARD BANK

PROGRAM DAY 2, Thursday 19 July 2018
07:00 – 08:45: Registration
09:00: Welcoming address, Denene Erasmus, Editor Farmer`s Weekly
09:10 – 09:15: Introduction by Conference Chairman, Marthinus Kotzé
09:15 – 10:00: Keynote Speaker 1: TBC
Topic: How does local currency risk affect agribusiness investors and how can it be managed from risk to competitive advantage?

10:00 – 10:25: TEA BREAK

Session 4: Towards a fairer, freer and friendlier trading environment
The global agricultural trading environment is perhaps one of the most competitive economic systems in the world. While certain systems are in place to ensure that business is done as freely and fairly as possible, the perception still exists that some countries are, as George Orwell writes, “more equal than others”. This session will explore some of the dynamics in international trade, and how they relate to Africa. Does the market offer enough protection, without being protectionist, for developing countries to really trade on a fair footing with the developed world?

Some topics to be discussed:
• What is the role of foreign investment in the growth and development of Africa`s agribusiness sector, and how do we ensure these investments hold as much benefit for Africa as for foreign investors?
• What policy developments are needed to support fairer and freer agricultural trade across borders in Africa?
• Is the World Trade Organization still functioning effectively in its role to ensure countries are equally prohibited from imposing restrictive trade policies?

10:30 – 11:00: Guest Speaker 4: TBC
11:00 – 11:20: Dr John Purchase, CEO AGBIZ South Africa
Session Moderator: Denene Erasmus, Editor Farmer`s Weekly
Dr John Purchase
Other Panellists TBC
Session Sponsor:

12:30 – 12:40: Conference Summary, Conference Chairman, Marthinus Kotzé
12:40- 12:45: Prayer for Africa, Dr Theo de Jager, President of the World Farmers Organisation
12:45 – 13:00: Closing Remarks, Denene Erasmus, Farmer`s Weekly – Conference Hosts

13:00 – 14:30: NETWORKING LUNCH

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