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  • 09:00 – 09:30
  • 09:30 – 09:45
    Inauguration and welcome address - Martyn Diamond Black, Alain Charles
  • 10:10 – 10.30
    Presentation - Access to Finance

    This session will discuss the iconic landmark of international business making a lasting impact on the local economy in Ghana. Outlining how trade and investment is conducted by connecting global and local businesses through a network of partnerships to enhance economic growth.
    Scaling for investment
    This session will look at the reasons for the under-investment of funds across the agricultural sector in Africa. This session is focused on investor needs to facilitate greater investment into businesses.

  • 10:15 – 10:45
    Presentation – Promoting long-term finance for Africa in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

    This address will look at promoting long-term finance for agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from a global perspective, highlighting the current as well as future opportunities and challenges in the sector.

    Topics to be covered

    • Outlook for agricultural commodities
    • Potential areas for new investments in SSA
    • Mapping agricultural finance
    • What financial products are available?
    • Emerging drivers in agricultural finance

    Panos Varangis, Head, Agricultural Finance, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, World Bank Group

  • 10:45 – 11:00
    Networking coffee break
  • 11:00 – 11:30
    Presentation – Investing in Nigeria agriculture (country focus)

    We hear Nigeria's vision and strategies on how the country is aiming to become the first destination of choice for investing in Africa. This session will explain how Nigeria is being marketed to investors and what plans are in place to trade with other parts of the continent.

    Ahmed Sule, Minister/Head Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria High Commission

  • 11:30 – 12:00
    On-stage interview – Solving Smallholder Poverty & Food Insecurity through Block Farming

    Topics to be covered:

    • Case study of Niger Delta project
    • Challenge of smallholder farming
    • Reasons for grandiose ribbon-cutting initiatives failing
    • Block farming as a scalable, efficient solution
    • Challenge of attracting capital & solutions

    Gavin Serkin, Founder & Managing Editor, New Markets Media & Intelligence
    Wesley Davis, Co-founder & Chairman of the Alluvial International Advisory Council, Alluvial Agriculture, Niger Delta

  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 13:00 – 13:30
    Presentation – De-risking African agricultural investment

    Mitchell S. Presser, Head, Freshfields
    Rob Cant, Partner Corporate M&A, Freshfields

  • 13:30 – 14:00
    Panel discussion – Risk management in African agribusiness

    African agribusiness interests face many of the same challenges no matter what part of Africa, whether in West Africa (such as Gabon), East Africa (such as Uganda) or southern Africa (such as Zambia).

    • Managing Commodity Risk
    • Managing Potential Political Risk
    • Managing and retaining staff
    • Ensuring projected yields are relaised.

    Moderator: Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 14:00 – 14:30
    Presentation – Role of Commercial Investment in Agriculture in Africa

    Topics to be covered

    • Considering the entire Value chain
    • Size and Aggregation
    • Scalability
    • Growth Potential
  • 14:30 – 15:00
    Presentation - The opportunity for digital trade and growth

    Digital trade opportunities for agricultural farming: Unlocking the movement of goods and services across borders to provide a global operating environment for trade.

    Topics to be covered:

    • What is digital trade?
    • Why is it important?
    • How do we give farmers the ability to access goods and buy and sell on the open market?
    • Inter-African trade: How will it help to transform African economies?
    • What are the next steps?
    • What are the opportunities for the agriculture sector?

    How do we support the sector, the benefits and the opportunities?

  • 15:00 – 15:15
    Coffee break
  • 15:15 – 15:45
    Presentation – ESG Investing – Greenfield Vs Brownfield

    Many of the agricultural opportunities are greenfield or early stage. However, most investors are looking for brownfield, or existing businesses with track records. In some cases, investment in agriculture is being made where processing facilities are struggling with their security of supply.

  • 115:45 – 16:15
    Presentation – Agriculture as a catalyst to restore Environmental Socio-Economic Balance

    Topics to be covered:

    • Local Economic Development
    • Prioritising Land Regeneration
  • 16:15 – 17:00
    Panel Discussion - The medium-term outlook for global agricultural markets

    We look at the medium-term outlook for the global agriculture sector, highlighting the major drivers the sector will see over the next 10 years, what trends will arise and the direction of trade prices. This session looks at the impact of food security, nutrition and natural resources issues.

    Topics to be covered

    • Drivers of agricultural supply and demand over the next 10 years
    • Trends in consumption, production, trade and prices

    Impacts on food security, nutrition and natural resource use

    Moderator: Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 17:00
    Closing Remarks - Martyn Diamond Black, Alain Charles Publishing
  • 09:00 – 09:30
  • 09:30 – 09:45
    Welcome Address – Martyn Diamond Black, Alain Charles Publishing
  • 09:45 – 10:15
    Presentation – Climate Change effect on Agriculture in Africa (COP21)

    This session will discuss Smallholder farmers in Africa face especially high risks from climate change, given the scale of the potential impact on them. These farmers urgently need access to practical and proven climate-smart solutions, which can then be scaled up to mitigate the risks of climate change across Africa

  • 10:15 – 10:45
    Presentation – Maximising crop resources and reducing waste

    The relationship between agriculture and water.

    • The importance of water management
    • Water usage and control

    Water consumption and emerging implications of leakage.

    • Onsite monitoring
  • 10:45 – 11:00
    Networking coffee break
  • 11:00 – 11:30
    Spotlight Session - Large scale african agriculture and rural transformation

    David Murrin, Managing Director, Emergent Asset Management

  • 11:30 – 12:00
    Presentation – Developing local Supply Chains in Africa

    Topics to be covered

    • Securing new project opportunities
    • Building supplier data
    • Organising Finance
    • Finance planning
    • Supporting implementation
  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 13:00 – 13:30
    Presentation – Fintech Ecosystem for agri-businesses

    This session looks at the scope of Fintech to support digital trade within the agriculture sector for Small & Mediumsized Enterprises (SME's): Harnessing technology as well as looking at insurance and the complete ecosystem for trading.

    Topics to be covered

    • Money transfer and payments
    • Insurance
    • Borrowing
    • Finance planning
    • Savings and investments

    Fadzayi Musanhu, Director, Market Intelligence Africa

  • 13:30 – 14:00
    Presentation - Mobile Assets

    With a focus on post-harvest value-addition

    Topics to be covered

    • Why is agri-investment challenging?
    • Considering the risks for investors
    • Think outside the box
    • External finance options
    • Market-driven finance options
    • Asset finance
  • 14:00 – 14:15
    Coffee break
  • 14:15 – 14:45
    Presentation - Developing the next generation of agripreneurs

    We will look at the development of youth incubators, and how research and technology is impacting on the development and training for young people within the sector. The session will also examine how enterprise and innovation is enhancing crop quality and production, the ability to keep up with demand, and how to work best with public and private partners to reduce risk.

    Topics to be covered

    • Youth business development
    • Connecting agripreneurs to investors
    • Creating jobs with the support of new technologies
    • The impact of investment on local society
    • Addressing hunger, poverty and degradation of natural resources in the tropics
    • Legacy planning for future generations
  • 14:45 – 15:30
    Panel discussion - Product Incubation & Entrepreneurship

    Business Incubation Platform (BIP)
    Looking at the development of business models to create and launch a sustainable, investor-ready product. We aim to showcase best practices on how to bring a product to market while securing commercial partners for rapid growth. We will look at the development of strong financial processes for ROI and profit margins to make your company more productive and profitable

    Topics to be covered

    • Bringing products to market 
    • Matching products with investors 
    • Securing commercial partners  
    • Enhancing crop quality and productivity 
    • Sustainable business models 
    • Return on investment (ROI) 

    Moderator: Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Alain Charles Publishing

  • 15:30 – 15:45
    Closing Remarks
  • 15:45
    End of event