The Agripreneurship & Investment Meeting

Attend and capitalize on growth, diversification and investment opportunities along the agricultural valuechain.

29 – 30 MAY, 2019 Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa

Our Partners

Upscaling Agribusiness

Agribusiness stakeholders,
Agripreneurs and Start-ups.

About the Agripreneurs Conference

The Agripreneurs Conference 2019 is an Africa-wide agribusiness platform. It brings together food and agribusiness stakeholders and players to discuss, lobby and act on matters that accelerate the growth of profitability in Agriculture. Agripreneurship is one avenue for addressing some of the ills of the Sub-Saharan economies, a great tool for creating jobs, increasing production & raising productivity.

The Conference promotes Agripreneurship as a solution to:

  1. Unemployment
  2. Food insecurity and
  3. Lack of profits in agriculture.

Timely insights on Agribusiness Challenges:

The Conference will present insights on business and funding models, market access and development, intellectual property rights (IPR), innovation development process, policy and legislation among other critical interventions.

In short, the Conference aims to address the following challenges met by agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Lack of finance
  • Lack of managerial skills
  • Lack of mentorship
  • Access to markets
  • Access to technology
  • Knowledge of policy and regulations.
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Reasons To Attend

Agripreneurship can reduce unemployment drastically.

ATTEND AND GAIN ACCESS TO: Finance, Markets, Innovation, Bankable Ventures, Managerial Expertise and Mentorship. Additionally delegates will have:

  • Access to Speakers: Talk and network with the Speakers during Conference hours.
  • Access to all Conference Sessions: Attend the conference sessions that are most intriguing to you.
  • Networking Access: Get access to the networking sessions planned for the Conference over two days.
  • Pre-Planned Networking Meetings: Leverage the networking sessions before the Conference starts and make connections with your target market.
  • Inclusion in Directory Listing of Agripreneur and Allied sectors: Get listed in a new Agripreneurs directory on the Conference website.

Why the Agripreneurs Conference?

A few pointers for you.

Growth in Agribusiness and Agricultural entrepreneurship will help create millions of jobs while pulling subsistence farmers out of poverty. And although more and more youth are looking into Agripreneurship, there are many challenges facing this sector like the lack of access to finance, information, managerial expertise, legal knowledge, networking and mentoring.

  • 1 Complimentary Ticket for every 3 delegates registered
  • 5+ Panel Discussion
  • 2 Round Tables
  • 1 Private Focus Group Lunch
  • 1 Invitation Only Dinner/Cocktail
  • 3 Keynotes
  • 1 Agrinovation Pitchathon
  • Full access to all Conference sessions from the 29th to the 30th of May 2019.
  • Gain access to the Day 1 dinner.
  • Depending on your industry needs, gain access to Finance, New Markets, Innovation, Bankable Projects, Managerial Expertise, ICT trends as well as IoT in Agribusiness.

 

Access to Funding

Learn alternative funding, business channeling and bankable project development.

Access To Market

Upstream and downstream market access, solve challenges across the value chain.

Policy/Regulation

Knowledge of and Policy alignment for Agripreneurs growth and scaling businesses.

Managerial Capacity

Managerial skill and mentorship to adjust to environmental changes.

What It Takes To Succeed

Common traits and skills of successful entrepreneurs.

Who’s Attending?

The entire agribusiness value-chain, from farm to fork.

This event is meant for entrepreneurs in the agribusiness value chain, from far to fork, policy makers, agriculture stakeholders, professionals, students or anybody who has the initiative to develop pioneering ideas and solutions for the agricultural sector from across Africa.

  • Regional and global producers,
  • Leaders from local and global technology companies,
  • Pension Funds, Development
  • Banks and other Financiers
  • Startup CEOs and Serial Entrepreneurs
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs,
  • Venture Capitalists,
  • Entrepreneurship development specialists
  • Business Incubation Hubs,
  • Technology Hubs,
  • Government Officials,
  • Educators, Researcher-Developers,
  • Agribusiness Practitioners,
  • Local Economic Development.

Conference Agenda

The programme will grow as stakeholder engagement continues.

CONFERENCE AGENDA _ 29 MAY 2019

08.00   ONSITE REGISTRATION AND MORNING TEA

09.00   SETTING THE SCENE:  Welcome address and setting the tone for Agripreneurship in Africa.

09.15   KEYNOTE SESSION:  Agribusiness trends opportunities, threats and outlook in Africa. The Performance of the Agricultural Sector in Africa.

DISCUSSION PANEL: Agribusiness risk and uncertainty mitigation.

11.15   NETWORKING TEA BREAK

11.35   PLENARY SESSION: AGRIBUSINESS ENTERPRISE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP                                    DEVELOPMENT

  • Opportunities and challenges experienced by start-up agro-processors and smallholder farmers.
  • Improving commercial viability, profitability and access to inputs, business development services, skills, and marketing infrastructure.
  • International trade facilitation and export readiness.
  • Capacity building, competitiveness and productivity improvement.
  • Corporate opportunities in Agribusiness based Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD).

12.15   WHY DON’T YOU LOOK FOR A JOB?

  • Youth employability.
  • Fuelling the potential of youth from student to Agripreneur: The exciting, challenging journey to start an agrobusiness.

DISCUSSION PANEL: Is Agripreneurship a viable option to employment?

13.30   NETWORKING LUNCH

14.30   PLENARY SESSION: AGRICULTURE FUNDING AND INVESTMENT

  • Agro-processing support for small holder farmers and Agripreneurs.
  • Stimulation and investment in agro-processing and beneficiation.
  • How We Fund Businesses in The Agro-Processing and Agriculture Sector; Investing in the development of projects and businesses that either create new or expand local manufacturing capabilities.

DISCUSSION PANEL: Are we investing or donating? Is Agribusiness Viable?

17.00   COCKTAIL EVENT: AGRIPRENEUR COMMUNITY NETWORKING

08.00   ONSITE REGISTRATION AND MORNING TEA

08.30   KEYNOTE ADDRESS: KEY LESSONS FROM INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDIES.

09.00   PLENARY SESSION: E-AGRICULTURE SOLUTIONS AND IOT IN AGRIBUSINESS.

  • The Benefits of smart farming: How’s IoT shaping agriculture: Five cases.
  • Tons of data for business decision, staff performance, equipment efficiency, etc
  • Production risks mitigation;
  • Cost management and waste reduction;
  • Process automation Increased business efficiency through;
  • Enhanced product quality and volumes.

09.45   OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH IN SMART AGRICULTURE

10.00   NETWORKING TEA BREAK

10.15   PROMOTIONAL WORKSHOP: THINK OUT OF  THE BOX, THINK AGRITOURISM

  • Why cultivating agritourism in Africa is important.
  • Opportunities lurking in Agritourism: Can you make it work?
  • Diversifying into agritourism requires a fundamental change in your mindset.
  • Challenges constraining the growth of Agritourism both in the South African and African context.

11:15   AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAINS: A GAME CHANGER FOR AGRIBUSINESS IN AFRICA

  • Dynamics of Agriculture Value Chains in South Africa Opportunities and Challenges for Smallholder Farmers.
  • Opportunities in agricultural value chain digitisation.
  • Riding the Chain: Lurking opportunities from harvest to the dinner table.
  • Financing Agricultural Production from a Value Chain Perspective.

12.30   CONCLUSION AND WAY FORWARD.

13.00   NETWORKING LUNCH

 

Agenda is subject to change as programme develops. You can request an update from the email address below or subscribe for updates on +27 11 040 7352 www.agripreneurs-conference.com

Meet The Speakers

The Speakers list will change as the programme develops.

Anele Canzibe Mtshemla
Director – Beta Advisory (South Africa).

 

Boikokobetso Mosito
Founder and Director – Mosville (South Africa).

Elias Masilela
Executive Chairman
Capital Harvest (South Africa).

Fay Nicholas Shao
Founder of AECkonsult, TanzaniteSunset Pty Ltd #TheSwahiliExperince (Tanzania).

Gcina Dlamini
Managing Director- Smiling Through Investments (Swaziland).

Gieljan Beijen
Business Development iCRA (Netherlands).

Linda Manyeza
Founder & CEO
Food Masters (South Africa).).

Luambo Munzhedzi
Chairman,
Agro Dealers Association of South Africa.

 

Luxon Mudzimiri
MD LuxDing Consultancy

 

Mbali Nwoko
CEO, Green Terrace (South Africa).

Dr. Naudé Malan
Development Studies, University of Johannesburg (South Africa).

Ngwako Lethabo Ramohlale
Nunnovation Africa Foundation (South Africa).

Patrick Masarirambi
Executive Director, Lulote BMEP (Swaziland).

Mompati Baiphethi
Projects Manager, Vumelana Advisory Fund (South Africa).

Portia Zilwa
Head of Investments, Masisizane Fund, Old Mutual. (South Africa).

Lara Grieve
Business Development Head, Youth Employment Service [YES] (South Africa).

Agripreneur Opportunities

The backward and forward
linkages between primary,
secondary and tertiary sectors in the Agribusiness Value Chain.

Here we broadly try to list down all the major field of opportunity that are directly or indirectly associated with Agripreneurship.

  • Food Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Green House
  • Herbal Plantation
  • Agro Forestry
  • Floriculture
  • Organic Farming
  • Dairy and Animal Husbandry
  • Grading
  • Seed Processing
  • Food Processing
  • Cold Storage
  • Value Addition
  • Logistic
  • Herbal Produce Cleaning
  • Agro-Tourism
  • Landscaping
  • Natural Dyes/Colours
  • Farm Equipment
  • Agriproduce Marketing
  • Agro-Technology

Opportunities by Sector

What prospects lie in the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary sectors for Agripreneurship?

Primary Sector:
Agri-input: An opportunity for an entrepreneur to cater to that need for that standardization. Some examples would be bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, vermin-compost etc.

Secondary Sector
FMCG Products: A domain on which many conglomerates have built up gigantic business empires, still holds enormous scope for an individual to venture into.

Tertiary sector

  • Micro-Finance: There exists scope to explore options like savings, insurance etc.
  • Service Providers: These include the input procurement and distribution, hiring of implements and equipment like tractors, seed drills, sprayers, harvesters, threshers, dryers and technical services such as installation of irrigation facilities, weed control, plant protection, harvesting, threshing, transportation, storage etc.
  • Marketing: Post harvest process related to all the outputs derived from agri and associated sectors.

Let’s Address the Challenges 

The Conference aims to
facilitate solutions to
the following challenges..

The Agripreneurs Conference 2019 presents space for posts about various successful and not so successful ventures in the agri-business domain.

  • Lack of financial support
  • Lack of incubation system for entrepreneurship
  • Lack of risk mitigation or incentives for start ups
  • Implementation constraints of policies promoting entrepreneurship
  • Process bottlenecks in terms of bureaucracy
  • Sensitization of implementing officers in field/front officers

And definitely a lot more.  

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New Doornfontein,
Johannesburg, 2094,
South Africa

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