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1 June 2018


Venue: Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht



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

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..


During the long lunch break in the foyer, there is room to involve the visitors of the other workshops with youth programs, relating to the Community of Practice on this topic. During the lunch break, we have the opportunity to:

(Poster) presentations of organisations (possibly the participants of the Community of Practice)

Create a space where partner/member organisations can pitch their organisation and their work related to youth in agribusiness, through a poster presentation, printed material, and in person. Each organization gets a dedicated ‘market stall’.

Objectives: profiling diversity of organisations, linking of initiatives and networking.


Some organisations can give mini-workshops for and with youth. This can be done in rounds, so that the groups stay small, while still giving the opportunity for most to participate.

Proposal YEP: mini-workshop 'how to pitch'.  

Objectives: inspire youth and others to work with youth, learning of participants, profiling of presenting organisations.

13.45h Albert Boogaard, Rabobank: Rabobank will present its view on the digitization of smallholder finance and value chains
14.00h Interactive discussionWorkshops

Sustainable food systems & agripreneurship: what role for the AU-EU Partnership and the Climate Funds?


Panel Discussion facilitated by ECDPM
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

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)
16.40h Keynote speech: Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (tbc)
16.55h Closing: Cees Veerman
17.00h Drinks

Additional support for this conference is provided by: