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 – Mr. Gary Collar, Senior Vice-President Asia-Pacific and Africa, AGCO and Mr. Nuradin Osman, Vice -President, AGCO
- Welcome from Strathmore University Business School – Dr. Vincent George N. Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School and Dr. Vincent Ogutu, Ag Deputy Vice Chancellor, Planning and Development
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 Finance Module of GAAAP?
- My experience from GAAAP 2016/2017 Module I
- How can I contribute to GAAAP?
10:15 – 11:00hrs
Understanding the Agribusiness Finance Value Chain
Moderator: Ms. Arielle Molino, Regional Manager, Intellicap
- Ms. Amanda Namayi, System Developer, Agricultural Finance Corporation
- Mr. Paul Njeru, Regional Director, Vaell
11:00 – 11:15hrs
Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:00hrs
Workshop Session 2 - Needs Assessment
• Peer to Peer Deliberations
• 3 Questions
- What type of capital do I need to accelerate the growth of my business?
- How do I foresee being able to acquire it?
- How do I want to leverage my participation in GAAAP to support this effort to secure needed capital?
12:00 – 12:45hrs
Key Steps to Accessing Debt Capital
Moderator: Mr. Edward Katende, CEO, Uganda Agribusiness Alliance
- Mr. David Ekabouma, Head of Product and Structured Finance, African Guarantee Fund
- Mr. Fred Kitenge, General Manager East Africa, Root Capital
12:45 – 13:45hrs
Understanding Leasing Finance for Capital Goods Acquisition
Moderator: Mr. Jean Kaahwa, CEO, Africa Agribusiness Services Limited
- Mr. Ritesh Shah, CEO, Rabobank – Africa, Kenya
- Mr. Saleh Gashua, Secretary General, AFRACA
13:45 – 14:30hrs
Networking Lunch
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
Impact and Development Capital for Agribusiness in Africa
Moderator: Mr. Tewodros Zewdie, Executive Director, Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Associations
- Ms. Rebecca Mincy, Head, Agribusiness, ACUMEN  - Ms. Mkola Tambwe, Senior Investment Officer, African Development Bank
16:00 – 16:15hrs
Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:15hrs
Workshop Session 4 – Prepping for Pitching
- What Financiers are Looking for When You Present to Them
- Written Presentation/ Oral Presentation/ Support
- Interactive Discussion
17:30 – 18:00hrs
Transfer Back to Hotel
19:00 – 22:30hrs
Networking Dinner



9:00 – 11:00hrs
GAAAP IFP - Agribusiness Finance Pitch Opportunities (I)
Kick off Remarks on Presenting to Financiers: Ms. Rosemary Mulwa, Investment Executive, GROFIN  - Hour 1 - 4 to 6 Presentations
- Hour 2 – 4 to 6 Presentations
11:00 – 11:15hrs
11:15 – 13:00hrs
GAAAP IFP - Agribusiness Finance Pitch Opportunities (II)
- Hour 3 – 4 to 6 Presentations
- Hour 4 – 4 to 6 Presentations
13:00 – 13:45hrs
Cross Generational Knowledge Transfer Roundtable Dialogue
Moderator: Ms. Elly Mwale, CEO, Glymo Enterprises
- Ms. Mary Njeri Thiong'o, Director – East Africa, African Agribusiness Incubator Network
- Father Ghislain Tshikendwa, Head, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Agronomy, Loyola University - DRC
13:45 – 14:30hrs
Networking Lunch
14:30 – 15:15hrs
Workshop Session 5 – Technical Assistance Needs Assessment
• Peer to Peer Deliberations
• 3 Questions
- What assistance do I need to make my project/ business bankable?
- What resources am I aware of to support my taking these steps?
15:15 – 16:00hrs
Mobilizing Technical Assistance
Moderator: Mr. Michel Kahasha, MD, Dellions
- Ms. Maureen Munjua, Country Coordinator Kenya, Agriprofocus
- Ms. Joy Mulema, Associate, FAO - Kenya
- Ms. Andia Chakava, Country Director, New Faces, New Voices
16:00 – 16:15hrs
Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:00hrs
Good Practice in Sourcing Technical Assistance
Moderator: Mr. Edward Katende, CEO, Uganda Agribusiness Alliance
- Mr. Emmanuel Okogbein, Director Technical Operations, African Agriculture Technology Foundation
- Mr. Jonathan Thomas, Chief of Party – SAFE Program, Technoserve
17:00 – 17:30hrs
Wrap Up Session – Review of the Day and Module 1
- Group Discussions
- 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