What to expect over
the one-day conference

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THEME 2019:
MARKET ACCESS: From farm gate to new frontiers.

Improved access to domestic, regional and global markets is critical for agriculture to become an important driver of job creation and economic growth. Thus, the 2019 Agribusiness Africa Conference, hosted by 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 domestic, regional and international markets.

Sessions and day programme

The first session will feature two internationally recognised keynote speakers who will set the scene for the rest of the conference. Food systems expert Prof Sidi Osho, chairperson of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), and professor in agriculture at Ate Babalola University, Nigeria, 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, describes himself as ‘an African realist’. As an associate director at one of Africa’s ‘big four’ auditing, accounting and consulting firms, he has an insatiable desire to see the exponential growth of business in Africa, as well as a passion for the development of Africa’s greatest resource: its people. He will address the topic ‘Understanding the business landscape in Africa.’

This session will focus on local market access. Themes discussed during this session will include accessing local informal markets, the South African produce markets and the South African retail sector. The session will also explore the barriers to establishing more efficient rural and domestic markets. Speakers in this session include Ayanda Kanana, CEO of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market, and Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group.

This session will focus on solutions to strengthen regional value-chain linkages and intra-African trade. The session will also provide an expert update on the progress made in terms of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area. One of the main speakers of this session will be Zambian-based agricultural economist, Nelson Chisenga, who is currently working as a regional agribusiness consultant. Chisenga works with innovative people in African countries to build competitive farms, businesses and industries by developing business solutions to poverty and linking people to information, capital and markets.

This session will provide an analysis of how South Africa and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa are performing compared with their competitors in the Southern Hemisphere in terms of putting in place trade agreements for agricultural produce. Speakers such as Justin Chadwick, who was recently appointed chairperson of Fruit South Africa, will also provide insights into those dynamics that have delivered a sometimes unequal playing field for African countries within the international agricultural trade environment.

Wednesday 10 July 2019

07:00     Registration
08:50     Conference doors open
09:00     Official welcoming
09:20     SESSION 1
10:30     Networking Tea break
11:00     SESSION 2
12:45     Networking Lunch
14:00     SESSION 3
15:30     Networking Tea break
16:10     SESSION 4
17:40     Closing summary & remarks

18:00     Networking cocktail (Included in Conference registration fee)

Network opportunities

The Agribusiness Africa Conference is the ideal platform to meet like-minded businesspeople in the agriculture industry. The conference includes four sessions, as well as a networking cocktail event during which delegates will have the opportunity to build meaningful connections with other people in the industry. Around 270 people attended the 2018 conference over the two-day period, with delegates representing 13 African and nine international countries.

Travel and accommodation

Boland Travel is the preferred travel partner for the Agribusiness Africa Conference 2019. The travel agency can assist with flight bookings, accommodation at the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo, as well as pre- and post-trip travel arrangements. Boland can also organise trade and other agricultural visits, as well as car rental and leisure activities before or after the conference.

The agency also offers corporate travel management services and visa application assistance. Boland also organises family holidays, honeymoons or special occasion getaways.

For more information, email [email protected], phone (021) 872 1581 or visit bolandtravel.co.za.­­­

Conference registration queries:
Nthabiseng Motsoarateu
[email protected]
087 158 0282

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