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:
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Ms. Soumaya Zaddem is an Executive Director for JVE Internationale (YVE International). YVE International is a non-governmental organization, known as the biggest youth-oriented environmental movement in Africa working in the domain of sustainable development. Ms. Zaddem is based in Tunisia.
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Mr. Tewodros Zewdie is the Executive Director for Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association. EHPEA is a horticultural association based in Ethiopia. Chaired by Tsegaye Abebe, it was established in 2002 to promote the export horticulture and floriculture sector in Ethiopia. Mr. Zewdie is based in Ethiopia.
Ms. Sheila Zulu is an Agronomist at AGCO Limited. AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment. Ms. Zulu is based in Zambia.
Mr. Andrew Welke is the area Manager for GSI. GSI is an AGCO brand; a manufacturer of grain storage, material handling, conditioning and drying equipment, as well as a full line supplier of swine and poultry production equipment. Mr. Welke is based in Zambia.
Mr. Richard Chapple is a farmer and an operations manager at AGCO Corporation. AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment. Mr. Chapple is based in Zambia.
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Ms. Jamila Abass is the CEO and Co-founder of M Farm. MFarm is a software solution and agribusiness company with a transparency tool for Kenyan Farmes. Ms. Abass is based in Kenya.
Ms. Jeam Kaahwa is the Managing Director of Africa Agribusiness Services Limited. AAS Ltd is an agro-based service provider that links opportunities in the agriculture sector to potential investment. Mr. Kaahwa is based in Uganda.
Mr. Dalitso Mbewe is th Deputy Secretary General Southern Africa for Pan African Youth Union. Pan African Youth Union is a specialized agency of the African Union Commission, whose primary objective is the mainstreaming, participation and empowerment of young people in Africa. Mr. Mbewe is based in Zambia.
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Dr. Mark Moore is the Business Process & Agricultural Development Manager for Africa Middle East at Corporation AGCO. AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment. Dr. Moore is currently based in United Kingdom.
Mr. Wolfgang Van Loeper is the founder and CEO of My Smart Farm. My Smart Farm is a one-stop-shop-all software for all a farmer’s data and technology. Hosted in the cloud, driven by statistics and powered by intelligent models and machine learning, it is designed for easy real-time 'anywhere-access', to empower farmers with scientific advice, optimizing decision and to save time and money. Mr Van Loeper is currently based in South Africa.
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Dr. Kristin Davis is the Executive Secretary, Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS). GFRAS offers rural advisory services to effectively contribute to agricultural innovation systems for sustainable development. Dr. Davis is currently based in South Africa.
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Ms. Priscilla Chimwele is a Programme Analyst at UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa. UNDP Malawi works closely with the Government and other partners to use development resources effectively and accountably and build national capacities to combat poverty in Malawi in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Ms. Chimwele is currently based in Malawi.
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Dr. Nalishebo Meebelo is the Senior Coordinator at DREA/New Alliance African Union Commission. DREA was established with the objectives of promoting agricultural and rural development. Dr. Meebelo is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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Mr. Larry Khuvutlu is the Director of Africa Business Energy. Africa Business Energy provides sustainable and renewable energy solutions for residential and commercial customers as well as training for designing and installing PV systems. Mr. Khuvutlu is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Ms. Katharina Meder is the Hub Manager East Africa for the Sustainable Energy for Food – Powering Agriculture programme at GIZ. The programme promotes equitable, sustainable and economical energy use in the agricultural and food sector. Ms. Meder is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Mr. Duncan Onyango is the East Africa Director at Acumen. Acumen raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. Mr. Onyango is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Mamadou Lamine Ba is the Manager of APIX Senegal. APIX Senegal promotes trade and investment in Senegal in a variety of sectors. Mr. Ba is based in Dakar, Senegal.
Mr. Hanumant Reddy is the Founder and Managing Director of D&H Saher Impex. Mr. Reddy is based In Rwanda.
Ms. Zenebech Mesfin is an Associate at Africa Business Group. Africa Business Group is an economic development and business development consultancy firm that specializes in designing, promoting, facilitating and implementing African economic development projects – with a particular focus on supporting private sector engagement. Ms. Mesfin is based in Johannesburg, South Africa
Mr. Abraham Sarfo is the Coordinator of CAADP Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education Program at NEPAD. CAADP is a policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all. Mr. Sarfo is based in Pretoria, South Africa.
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