As an African economic development company with a focus on promoting private sector development and encouraging greater private sector engagement in support of the realization of the continental African development agenda as outlined by the African Union and its implementation arm, the NEPAD Agency, Africa Business Group is seeking to utilize its relationship with various Africa active business owners below and/ or near the age of 40 who are building enterprises involved in agriculture and agribusiness to forge a platform of practitioners - and to help them accelerate their growth and ability to be economically impactful in their chosen fields of endeavor. Additionally, ABG seeks to use its relationships with African government, AU organs, development partners and development agencies to accelerate the development of mutually beneficial linkages between the emerging fast growing agri-sector companies and small holders and other stakeholders in Africa’s food value chains.


The Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform seeks to identify and work with Africa-active agribusiness/ agriculture enterprise owners aged 40 or below who have been in business 3 years or more, and seek to grow their enterprises by 20% year on year over the next three years.

The objective of the platform is also to: a) promote intra-African, intra-youth, knowledge and success model sharing, b) promote trade and investment in agriculture and agribusiness among platform members, c) promote youth in agriculture and agribusiness by showcasing and promoting platform members, d) create mutually beneficial linkages between youth owned enterprises and the growing number of smallholder farmer transformation “projects” on the continent; and e) accelerate the economic impact of agriculture and agribusiness enterprise owners who are GAAAP members – in the communities where they are active.

Lastly, in 2016 the desire is to identify and bring together 100 such enterprise owners, in 2017 to bring together 300 such enterprise owners, and in 2018 to bring together 500 such enterprise owners. By 2020, we would like the community to include at least 2000 young agriculture/ enterprise owners.


There are six key components to GAAAP:

Cross Generational Business, Leadership, and Technical Knowledge Transfer through Mentorship and Dialogue
Technology and Modern Farming and Food Production Methodoly Adoption
Facilitation of Access to Finance and Technical Assistance
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning through an Online Portal and Information Repository
Exposure to Global Good Practice Identification, and Adoption through Learning Journeys
Partnership, Trade and Collaboration Economic Development




8:00 - 8:45hrs
9:00 - 9:30hrs
Welcome and Overview of GAAAP
- Welcome and Overview to GAAAP - Mr. Michael Sudarkasa, CEO, Africa Business Group
- Welcome – Host
9:30 - 10:15hrs
Workshop Session 1 – Introductions and Expectations
• Peer to Peer Introductions
• 3 Questions
- Who I am and what I do?
- Why am I here/ what do I want to get out of the Trade and Partnership Module of GAAAP?
- My experience from GAAAP 2016/2017 Module I/ I and II/ II
- How can I contribute to GAAAP?
10:15 – 11:00hrs
Understanding the Agribusiness Value Chain
Moderator: TBD
- Technoserve
- Lead Africa
11:00 – 11:15hrs
Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:00hrs
Workshop Session 2 - Needs Assessment
• Peer to Peer Deliberations
• 3 Questions
- What type of partnership or trade opportunity would help accelerate the growth of my business? - How do I foresee being able to pursue such a partnership/ opportunity?
- How do I want to leverage my participation in GAAAP to support this effort to forge the desired partnership/ trade opportunity?
12:00 - 13:00hrs
13:00 – 13:45hrs
Understanding Demand Driven Agribusiness - The Power of the Markets
Moderator: TBD
- International Finance Corporation
- Afreximbank
- World Food Program
- Massmart
- Hershey
- Heineken
13:45 - 14:30hrs
Partnership Collaboration with Development-Partner Agribusiness Programs
Moderator: TBD
- AfDB
14:30 – 15:15hrs
Workshop Session 3 – Action Planning
• Peer to Peer Deliberations
• 3 Questions
- What steps will I take over the next 6 months to secure capital that I think will help my business/ organization grow?
- How would I prioritize them?
- What assistance do I need from the GAAAP Team/ Community?
15:15 – 16:00hrs
Pursuing Regional and International Trade Opportunities
Moderator: International Trade Centre
- World Trade Center - Accra
- European Mission - ACP European Union
- US Embassy - US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act
- China Embassy - China Africa Partnership
- India Embassy India – Africa Partnership
16:00 – 16:15hrs
Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:15hrs
Workshop Session 4 – Developing a Trade and Partnership Strategy
- How to prepare your international expansion strategy
- How to find and become part of a supplier development program
- Interactive Discussion
17:30 – 18:00hrs
Transfer Back to Hotel
19:00 – 22:30hrs
Networking Dinner



9:00 – 11:00hrs
GAAAP Partnership Facilitation Platform (PFP) I
- UNDP African Agribusiness Supplier Development Program Training
- Lessons Learned - Program Participants
11:00 – 11:15hrs
11:15 – 13:00hrs
GAAAP Partnership Facilitation Platform (PFP) II
Kick off Remarks on Supplier Development: Massmart/ Shoprite Checkers/ Heineken/ Carrefour
- 6 to 8 Agripreneur trade and partnership related presentations
13:00 – 14:00hrs
Network Lunch
14:00 – 14:45hrs
Cross Generational Knowledge Transfer Roundtable Dialogue
Moderator: TBD
- Young agripreneur suppliers/ exporters
- Season Supply Chain Development Professionals - Diageo/ Hershey/ Coca Cola Foundation
14:45 – 15:30hrs
Good Practice in Partnership and Trade Contracting
Moderator: TBD
- Legal
- Accounting
- Using Digital Platforms
- Incubation - AAIN
15:30 – 15:45hrs
Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:30hrs
Workshop Session 5 – Technical Assistance Needs Assessment
• Peer to Peer Deliberations
• 3 Questions
- What assistance do I need to pursue meaningful partnerships/ trade opportunities?
- What resources am I aware of to support my pursuing trade and partnership opportunities?
16:30 – 17:30hrs
Wrap Up Session – Review of the Day and Module III
- Group Discussion
- 2 Questions
- Closing Remarks and Way Forward – Michael Sudarkasa, CEO, Africa Business Group
18:00 – 18:30hrs
Transfer back to hotel
- Departures and Dinner on Own