Says Agribusiness East Africa event director Amore Swart: “we are so honoured that His Excellency, President Jakaya Kikwete, is available to address our delegates. His keynote address will focus on the harnessing of multilateral partnerships for the development of innovative agriculture in East Africa. This is a unique opportunity to hear President Kikwete’s plans and opinions on the development of East Africa’s agribusiness.”
She continues: “President Kikwete is known for his passion for and commitment to the development of agriculture and is a patron of Grow Africa and has overseen investments in excess of $3.4 billion enter the Tanzanian agricultural sector through the Kilimo Kwanza and SAGCOT Initiatives. He has also said that his government is taking necessary steps to make sure that the agricultural sector is transformed through appliance of modern technology, irrigation, research and financing.”
Agribusiness East Africa
Some 300 agriculture experts are expected at Agribusiness East Africa which will represent the entire agribusiness spectrum: from input suppliers, agro-processors, traders, exporters, retailers, commercial farmers, processors, policy makers to government and associations.
Supported by the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, and hosted by the Agricultural Council of Tanzania, Agribusiness East Africa enjoys endorsement from several prominent private and public sector stakeholders throughout the East African region.
The Agribusiness East Africa conference programme covers topics such as: agribusiness as the driver for economic development; modernization and commercialization; the value chain; access to markets; empowering emerging farmers and finance.
Leading speakers include:
• Stephen Muchiri, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern African Farmers Federation, Kenya
• Salum Shamte, Chairman, Agricultural Council of Tanzania, Tanzania
• Geoffrey Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer, SAGCOT, Tanzania
• Dr James Kinyangi, Regional Program Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), East Africa
• Dr Mbette Mshindo Msolla, Country Manager, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, Tanzania
• Anne Mbaabu, Director Market Access Programme, Ghana
Innovation and technology will be at the forefront of the exhibition where some of the leading suppliers in the industry will display their services and solutions. Top companies include ETG and AECF as well as a German pavilion that includes Europlant, Grimme, Marterrind, Rauch, GEFA, Fliegl, Lemken, Pottinger and the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
Agribusiness East Africa dates and location:
28-29 January 2014 - Serna Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania