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Thursday 31 May 2018, 15.15h - 21.00h

High Level Policy meeting and Dialogue

Venue: Rabobank – at former FGHbank, Leidseveer 50, Utrecht (Invitation only!)

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.


15.15 Coffee & tea

First session The Netherlands and the Africa agenda

15.45 Video ICCO/Rabobank: Agripreneurs in Africa

16.00 Welcome – Cees Veerman,
President foodFIRST Coalition

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

16.30 Keynote speech – Gilbert Houngbo,
President IFAD (tbc)

16.45 Experience – Peter Jens,
Koppert Biological Systems

17.00 Q&A

Second session Africa and EU

17.15 Keynote speech – Phil Hogan,
Euro Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (tbc)

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

Third session Informal meeting and dinner

18.15 Drinks

19.00 Dinner with speech by Princess Viktória de Bourbon de Parme: 'Dialogue with Dutch entrepreneurs and experts on their experiences and expectations'

20.30 Coffee

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[> About "Team up with African agripreneurs"

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

[> Programme conference Friday 1 June 2018

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[> Directions: walking from Utrecht Centraal to Rabobank

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