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1 June 2018


Venue: Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht


Programme (all information provisional!!)

09.00h Registration, coffee
09.30h Short words of welcome by Wiebe Draijer, CEO Rabobank; Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman, conference chairman, president foodFirst Coalition; African Agripreneur (ICCO)
10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO
10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, WUR
11.00h Walk to workshop locations
11.10h Workshops

1 Producer’s organizations to access urban markets


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.

2 Private sector coalitions to feed African cities

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.

3 Critical capital for African agrifood entrepreneurs

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. 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.

4 Youth and agripreneurship

F&BKP, YEP, AgriProFocus

Africa’s rapid population growth of youth is increasingly becoming a key priority on the development agenda. 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..

12.30h Lunch / Reading table / Presentation Young Agripreneurs Network (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.)
14.00h Sustainable food systems: interactive discussion on EU-AU perspectives, Green Climate Fund, food losses (by ECDPM)
15.00h Josefa Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
15.20h Break
15.40h Pitch and panel, with the speakers, moderated by Cees van Rij (Agriterra) and NN
16.40h Keynote speech: Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (tbc)
16.55h Closing: Cees Veerman
17.00h Drinks

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