The USAID Hub is joining over two thousand global delegates at this year’s Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), taking place from September 5-8, 2018, in Kigali, Rwanda. The Hub is speaking on several high-level panels and supporting five Tanzanian agribusiness firms’ participation in a bootcamp that provides training on start-up growth tactics and investor relations.
AGRF 2018 focuses on investment promotion and policy support to drive agricultural productivity and income growth for African farmers in an environmentally sustainable way. Under the theme “Lead, Measure, Grow,” this year’s forum seeks to devise new pathways to turn smallholder farms into sustainable agribusinesses. Through presentations by some of the continent’s most inspiring leaders, it will evaluate actions and evidence for turning agriculture into thriving enterprises.
Speaking at a panel session titled “Challenges and Opportunities Emerging in Efforts to Build Resilience for Small Holder Farmers,” Mr. Sean Jones, USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Food Security, said, “We can’t do this alone. We need partners that are able to increase our reach. We need to learn from the mistakes we’re making in real time and provide solutions based on what the farmer needs.”
The Hub is supporting five Tanzanian agribusiness start-ups’ participation in a training boot camp for the annual Pitch Agrihack competition taking place alongside AGRF. Pitch Agrihack is organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and aims to accelerate e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The start-ups will gain new skills to scale up their businesses and have a chance to make valuable linkages with potential investors.
“Through the bewildering opportunity we got through USAID, we attended the trainings and pitching session. We are now ready to go out there and approach investors. This is more than winning for us. It’s an opportunity to grow our businesses and impact more people,” said Caroline Maumba, CEO of Tanzanian start-up Carvy Crafts Limited.
The Hub will also share its insights with other stakeholders during several discussions. The Hub will host a breakfast meeting on “Leveraging Regional Trade for Food Security” on September 8, 2018. Yohannes Assefa, Director of Agriculture and Agribusiness, will speak on a high-level panel titled “New Opportunities for Regional Food Markets and Food Trade in Africa” that explores lessons learned from food trade assessments and moderate panels on African commodity exchanges and investments in food trade. Kanini Mutooni, Director of Investment, will speak on a panel titled “Mobilizing Private Investments in African Agriculture.”