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1 June 2018


Venue: Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht


Programme (all information provisional!!)

09.00h Registration, coffee Presentation and Moderator: NN
09.30h Short words of welcome by Wiebe Draijer, CEO Rabobank; Cees Veerman, president foodFirst Coalition; African Agripreneur (ICCO)
10.10h Keynote speech I: NN,
10.40h Keynote speech II: NN
11.10h Walk to workshop locations
11.30h Workshops (provisional)

1 Value Chain Laboratory

Organizers: WUR
Alternative evaluation method for assessing value chain dynamics. More to follow soon.

2 Producer’s organizations to access urban markets

Organizers: Agriterra

Farmers are not cheap producers of commodities. There is a transformation of rural areas happening: the rise of the organized producers who work out of a more industrialized approach. This new generation is looking for role models and for new forms of farmer's co-operations, and is open to local partnerships.

3 Private sector coalitions to feed African cities

Organizers: F&BKP, MVO Netherlands

The workshop will discuss the added value of Dutch international companies and SMEs in feeding cities in Africa.The focus is on increasing investments of Dutch companies in Africa, realizing that collaboration with knowledge institutes, education, NGOs and governments is often beneficial. Coalitions of organizations are needed for sector change and cross sector solutions; connecting with local entrepreneurs and demand is central.

4 Critical capital for African agrifood Entrepreneurs

Organizers: ICCO, AgriProFocus, Rabobank Foundation

Starting point is research that was conducted in the last quarter of 2017 on how to facilitate investments in agri start-ups and early growth SMEs in Africa. During the workshop the outcome of the research will be presented through inspiring cases highlighting the needs, the innovative mechanisms for investment already in place and challenges which hamper increase in investment in start-ups and early growth agri-food SME’s. Together with experts and participants we will explore and brainstorm about innovation and partnerships needed to take investing in the African agri-food sector to the next level.

5 Youth and agripreneurship

Organizers: F&BKP, YEP, AgriProFocus

Africa’s rapid population growth of youth is increasingly becoming a key priority on the development agenda. The “youth bulge” poses challenges on the demand for employment and for food security. On the other hand, youth play an important role in meeting the future challenges on access, availability and use of food in the context of population growth, urbanization, globalization and climate change. In this session, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, the Young Expert Programmes (YEP) and AgriProFocus focus on youth and agripreneurship and youths's contribution to agricultural transformation.

Also during the lunch break you can join us on this vibrant topic. A youth ‘market place’ will showcase organizations active in this field and there is a possibility of linking and learning, getting inspired as well as joining in mini-workshops.

6 From Rome to Abidjan to Utrecht: sustainable food systems

Organizers: F&BKP, YEP, AgriProFocus

This workshop is about clarification of the debate, possible solutions, and the commitments by Dutch, European and African stakeholders, around policy and investments for more sustainable food systems (SFS) and climate-smarter agriculture (CSA), through relevant policy processes in Europe, Africa, AU-EU and global level. The workshop will discuss issues such as: labels recognizing simultaneously the environmental-social-economic sustainability of traditional horticulture; trade and investment cooperation between Europe and Africa; use of the Green Climate Fund to finance programmes for the adaptation of African agriculture, especially as a concrete commitment for AU-EU and a sign that the AU-EU Partnership can be real and influence multilateral results.

7 Post harvest losses

Organizers: Rabobank Foundation

Description coming soon

13.00h Lunch / Reading table / Presentation Young Agripreneurs Network
14.30h Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO
14.45h Pitch and panel, with the speakers, moderated by Ruerd Ruben and NN
.16.40h NN
.16.55h Closing: Cees Veerman
.17.00h Drinks


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