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1 June 2018


Venue: Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht




Conference chairman: Pim Mol, Director Rabobank Foundation

  Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman, President foodFIRST Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods, Jos van Gennip, former President foodFIRST Coalition
  Keynote speech: José Graziano da Silva, Director-General FAO
  Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR

1 Silent revolution – Organized farmers taking the lead


Farmers are no longer only cheap producers of commodities and a next generation cooperatives has shaken off the burden from the past and is in the lead of a transformation of rural areas. A “silent revolution” is taking place where entrepreneurial farmers and agri & food professionals are establishing competitive, market oriented cooperative companies, often under the radar of NGO’s or governments.

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..


Market in the foyer:
[> Dutch Good Growth Fund: Information / Factsheet

  Albert Boogaard, Presentation of Rabobank's view on the digitization of smallholder finance and value chains
  Panel Discussion facilitated by ECDPM: Sustainable food systems & agripreneurship--what role for the AU-EU Partnership and the Climate Funds?
  Clarification of the debate and proposal of solutions by 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, and the AU-EU and global levels in support of agripreneurship
  Keynote speech: Josefa Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
  Conversation, with impulse talk by Gilbert Houngbo, President IFAD; moderator Cees van Rij (Agriterra)
  Keynote speech: Reina Buijs, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  Closing: Cees Veerman

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[> 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

... 391 participants ...

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