Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 May 2009

Agribusiness Forum Builds Momentum with Delegates from over 40 Countries / Private and public sector collaboration, June 14 – 17, 2009 in Cape Town





Agribusiness Forum Builds Momentum with Delegates from over 40 Countries / Private and public sector collaboration, June 14 – 17, 2009 in Cape Town


CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, May 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — More than 20 African ministerial delegations will be attending The Agribusiness Forum in Cape Town to build partnerships with the international private sector. These meetings will serve to boost agricultural productivity in Africa and ensure that the sector does not get left behind in the global recession.


The forum will bring together 300 participants from the private and public sector, both international players and African. Delegations from all over Africa’s agribusinesses ranging from Angola, to Cameroon, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Ghana, Chad and Congo will be attending, and international agribusinesses such as Heineken, Monsanto and Yara International will work alongside agricultural agencies such as the FAO, IFAD, AGRA, FARA and ICRISAT.


National development banks and international agencies including the World Bank, NEPAD and DfID and the Millennium Challenge Corporation have also committed to participate with international financial institutions, such as Rabobank (The Netherlands), Yes Bank (India), Standard Chartered Bank and ABSA Group. Private equity firms, like African Agricultural Capital and the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund will also be involved in discussions.


Delegates will hear from high-profile speakers including the South African Minister of Agriculture, the Prime Minister of Cameroon, the European Commission, the ABSA Group, the Africa & Middle East President for Heineken, the Director for Agribusiness of the IFC, World Bank, and the Director of the US Millennium Challenge Corporation on the following issues:


Integrating small-holder farmers into agribusiness models

The role of the private equity industry

Using global imaging and mobiles to improve productivity

The Bio-Energy debate

The role of Indian banks in Africa’s agribusiness


The Internationall Trade Centre will organise personal B2B following requests and information of delegates.


Commenting on the high-level attendance to the Agribusiness Forum, Idit Miller, Founding Member of EMRC (the organisers of the Forum), said, “The level of interest we have received from the public and private sector, both internationally and throughout Africa, demonstrates that Africa’s agricultural sector is viewed as Africa’s engine for growth. It is the only sector that can sufficiently pull Africa out of poverty and provide an essential buffer to the effects of the global recession”.


For more information about the Agribusiness Forum, issues covered and delegates attending, please contact Caterina Giuliano ( / / +32 2 626 15 17)






Notes to Editor


Event: EMRC Agribusiness Forum 2009
Location: Cape Town, South Africa, 14 – 17 June – The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West
Organiser: EMRC International
Contact: Seán Kerrigan ( / / +32 2 626 15 17)

The forum is hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture of South Africa, Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa, Rabobank, FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) of the UN. The event is organised with the sponsorship of Heineken, Monsanto, FARA, AGRA, FMO, IDC, ABSA, AFGRI, The Millennium Challenge Corporation, OMNIA, Progis and YARA and with the support of the European Commission, NEPAD, Insead, NABC and Winrock International.


About EMRC:

An international association established in 1992 in Brussels, Belgium, EMRC promotes private sector development in Africa and encourages North-South economic relations through business events, economic missions, business-development services and promotional business publications. EMRC is composed of a network of entrepreneurs, financiers, consultants and officials from over 100 countries worldwide.



The Agribusiness Forum


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