Global African Agribusiness
Accelerator Platform

Country Program Format

Technology and
Mechanization Adoption

Finance and Resource


Ms. Sheila Zulu

Agronomist, AGCO Limited

Mr. Andrew Welke

Area Manager, GSI/AGCO

Mr. Richard Chapple

Farm and operations manager,
AGCO Corporation

Ms. Beauty Manake

Agribusiness Consultant,
Kungo Farms

Mr. Gift Mafuleka

Commercial Farmer and Owner,
Mphiwe Siyalima Farm

Ms. Jamila Abass

CEO & Co-Founder, M-Farm

Mr. Jean Kaahwa

Managing Director, Africa
Agribusiness Services Limited

Mr. Dalitso Mbewe

Deputy Secretary General
Southern Africa,  Pan African
Youth Union


Mr. Paul Mbugua

CEO, Ecelectics

Mr. Claudius Kurtna

Director, Agritech Limited

Mr. Divine Ntiokam

Founder,  Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network

Mr. Ed Katende

CEO and Team  Leader, Uganda Agribusiness Alliance

Mr. Grace Musimani

CEO, Farmers Media Uganda

Mr. Billy Lombe

Founder and  CEO, Youth Environment Network - Zambia

Mr. Tinashe Kapuya

Head of  International Trade and Investment, AgBiz

Mr. Leatile Mokgware

Founder, Botswana Young Farmers
  • Technology Adoption, Processing, and Mechanization Objective:

    The objective of this session is to discuss the importance of technology adoption in modern farming and agribusiness.  Delegates will discuss procurement, access to finance for technology/ equipment, the importance of maintenance, the increasing role and opportunities in African farming of ICT, shared services and opportunities to become a distributor.  Delegates will also be introduced to professionals representing various programs/ projects that exist across Africa that seek to assist young agri-preneurs to acquire and adopt technology and equipment and become more adept at modern farming practices.  The program will also include a tour of the AGCO Future Farm.  Good practice and community experience (s) will also be shared during the two-day program.  Lastly, delegates will be asked to write down and in small groups develop a short action plan to acquire key technology/ machinery that they believe will enhance their particular enterprise.
  • Finance and Technical Resource Mobilization

    Objective:  The objective of this session is to introduce delegates to various institutions providing various types of funding for agriculture and agribusiness in Africa.  Delegates will also be taken through a discussion about the importance of aligning/ sourcing the right type of capital for various aspects of their farming business (working capital, asset capital, investment capital/ construction capital, expansion capital/ acquisition capital)  and given an overview/ refresher on the various types of activity funded by varying types of financiers – i.e. commercial banks, asset financiers, insurance firms, impact investors, private equity investors, development banks, foundations, challenge funds, development partners, UN organizations.  The program will also discuss the importance of business plan development in securing finance and review key components of comprehensive business plans and investment memoranda.  Lastly, the program will discuss the value of joint ventures, mergers and acquisition as a method of expansion and resource mobilization. The program will feature speakers from various types of financial institutions and also delegates will be asked to write down and, in small groups, develop a short action plan indicating the type and amount of funding they need to expand their business/ meet current needs and develop a 6 – 9 month (or faster if desired by the delegate) strategy to acquire these funds. The program will offer an excellent networking opportunity for delegates as well to engage with prospective financiers and banking partners.
  • Partnerships and Trade Development

    Objective:   The objective of this session is to introduce delegates to the benefits of trade – in sub-regional markets, continentally, and internationally, and discuss various procurement programs that may assist them in expanding their sales opportunities.  The importance of packaging, marketing, trade show/ trade mission participation, and developing an International Business Development Plan will be discussed during this program.  Delegates will have an opportunity to hear from purchasers from different regions of the continent to know what buyers are seeking and to see how to get involved with selected supplier development programs of various local, regional and continental buyers.  Additionally, delegates will be introduced to various foundation, development partner and large NGO institutions that may offer mutually beneficial partnership opportunities – for delegates to source prospective suppliers of natural resources, or identify prospective buyers, and/ or technical assistance/ finance, and/or research/ capacity development support. Delegates will be asked to write down and, in small groups, develop a short action plan indicating the type of “partnership(s)” and/or trade opportunity(ies) that they believe would help their business, and create a 6-9 months strategy to secure those types of relationships.
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On the 4th and 5th April there will be a complimentary transfer service from the most booked 3 hotels to and from Strathmore Business School.

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