Agribusiness in Africa : Creating value from farming to distribution

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AFRICA BUSINESS CLUB
presents its sixth event

Agribusiness in Africa : Creating value from farming to distribution

June 1st, Brussels

Given the fast growing of the African population, understanding value creation in the agriculture sector becomes crucial for the continent. Moreover, the specificity of each region must be taken into account when we draw the key drivers of value creation in the agribusiness.

For some practitioners the value creation in this sector results from the processing of raw agricultural produce through value-added components such as sorting, cleaning and packaging. While for others, it results from the introduction of innovate technology in order to increase to economy of scale. Nevertheless, both elements mentioned above do not specify which stakeholders will benefit from the value creation.

In order to highlight the factors that will impact the agribusiness, the Africa Business Club is glad to invite you to its next conference where the participants will get the opportunity to share their insights on those matters.

In addition, professionals involved in the agribusiness value chain will also share their point of view about the main challenges and opportunities of the agribusiness sector.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Jeremy KNOPS Vincent GALL Benjamin SUBEI Hans
Jeremy KNOPS
Director of Operations
COLEACP
Vincent GALL
Marketing and Development Manager Africa
Belchim Crop Protection
Benjamin SUBEI
Principal
A.T. Kearney
Hans NIJHOFF
Project Leader
The Africa Agribusiness Academy

Jeremy KNOPS

Director of Operations - COLEACP

Jeremy has dedicated most his professional career to agricultural development in Africa by managing the governance framework and processes for efficient and effective decision-making across several development programs funded by international donors (EC, WTO,...) and implemented by COLEACP. He has been working with public and private sector representatives as well as organizations from civil society to strengthen the competitiveness of African agribusinesses. Jeremy is also the board member of a Belgian SME active in the cosmetics industry and an accredited coach in leadership and professional development.


Vincent GALL
Marketing and Development Manager Africa - Belchim Crop Protection

Vincent is a French agronomist who assumed various farm manager positions during ten years in the tropical fruit production in Africa and Caribbean for Dole, before to join the input industry, formerly as sales manager for a regional distributor and then as international business manager for Bayer and Syngenta in Central America and the Caribbean.

He ultimately joined Belchim Crop Protection, a fast growing Belgium supplier, in January 2017 to extend Belchim's presence in Africa and Middle East.

Vincent will share his long experience of innovation introduction in developing countries and will be glad to discuss with the audience the impacts on African agriculture growth.


Benjamin SUBEI
Principal - A.T. Kearney

Benjamin Subei holds a Diploma degree in industrial engineering from Technical University Aachen (RWTH) from 2003 to 2008. He works as Principal with A.T. Kearney, the global business consultancy in Dusseldorf, Germany as member of the global agriculture segment team. In this position he supports producer of seed, fertilizer, crop protection and ag equipment companies in developing solutions to increase farming yields and safeguard crop produce. One focus topic is the improvement of agriculture in Africa with a focus on solutions for smallholders and reduction of food losses in the value chain from field to plate.


 Hans NIJHOFF
 Project Leader - The Africa Agribusiness Academy

Hans holds an MSc in agricultural marketing systems from Cranfield University in the UK. He has 20 years experience in private sector development, agricultural market systems, and rural development mainly in East Africa. He recently returned from a 3-year posting in East Africa where he was director of an agribusiness club with 450 member companies in six countries.

Early 2017 he decided to establish his own company, Pioneers Consulting. He combines the various aspects of private sector development in an integrated approach: SME growth, sector development, agri-logistics and infrastructure, and socio-economic impact; all in the context of improving food security through private investments in agriculture. Hans has worked with business, government, knowledge institutes, and international development organizations.

MODERATOR
Uzo MADU Uzo MADU

Founder of What’s in it for Africa where she monitors and analyses EU-Africa current affairs issues. She writes for African Business Magazine, International Politics & Society and Borderlex.eu and has featured on several leading news outlets from BBC World News to CNBC Africa and RFI Internationale, as an expert. With over 6 years’ experience in EU Public Affairs, she also holds a Law degree and is currently studying an MA in EU External Relations.
WHEN & WHERE
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at 7.00pm

SBS-EM Building, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 42 - 1050 Brussels
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Parking available on the campus (entrance via Avenue Buyl or Avenue Roosevelt)
AGENDA
18:30 Welcome and registration
19:00 Introduction by Uzo Madu
19:10 Expert presentations
19:45 Debate - Q&A
- Panel Discussion - Speakers Debate
- Q&A - Speakers & Attendees Participation
20:30 Networking drink
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    Agribusiness in Africa : Creating value from farming to distribution

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    01.06.2017 18:30 PM - 01.06.2017 22:00 PM
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