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Thursday 31 May 2018, 15.15h - 21.00h

High Level Policy meeting and Dialogue

Venue: FGHbank, Leidseveer 50, Utrecht

Booming urban markets in Africa provide business opportunities for farmers, and local and international agripreneurs. Urban consumers need fresh and healthy food. The food issue is a leading theme on the international, the African and the European agenda. The challenge for Dutch Diamond Actors (government, research, business and civil society organizations) is to connect to this opportunity and challenge, and to establish partnerships with African agripreneurs in the developing food chain.


First session The Netherlands and the Africa agenda

Video ICCO/Rabobank: Agripreneurs in Africa

Introduction – Cees Veerman,
President foodFIRST Coalition

Keynote speech – Carola Schouten,
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

African agripreneurs in conversation with the Minister:
Wachira Kariuki, Peter Muthee, Dejene Hirpa

Keynote speech – Gilbert Houngbo,
President IFAD (tbc)

Experience – Peter Jens,
Koppert Biological Systems

Second session Africa and EU

Keynote speech – John Clarke,
Director of International Affairs, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission

Conversation moderated by Hans Hoogeveen,
Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization

Third session

Opening by Carola van Rijnsoever, Director Inclusive Green Growth, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Speech by Princess Viktória de Bourbon de Parme

Image: © SNV

[> About "Team up with African agripreneurs"

[> Read the "Focus Document"

[> Programme pre-event Thursday 31 May 2018 (invitation only)

[> Programme conference Friday 1 June 2018

[> Recommended Readings

[> Pictures

[> Directions: walking from Utrecht Centraal to Rabobank

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