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 - 10:15hrs
- Introduction to GAAAP - Mr. Michael Sudarkasa, CEO, Africa BusinessGroup
- Introduction to the AGCO Future Farm - Mr. Richard Chapple, Farm & Operations Manager, AGCO Zambia
- Delegate Introductions
10:15 - 10:45hrs
Networking Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00hrs
Technology Trends in African Agriculture and Agribusiness Today
Moderator: Mr. Jean Kaahwa, Managing Director, Africa Agribusiness Services Limited
- Mechanization - Dr. Mark Moore, Business Process and Agricultural Development Manager, AGCO Corporation
- ICT - Ms. Jamila Abass, CEO, M- Farm
- GIS - Mr. Wolfgang von Loeper, Director, My Smart Farm
- Processing - Dr. Johan van Rooyen, Director, Standard Bank Centre for Agri- Leadership & Mentorship Development, University of Stellenbosch and President, International Agri-business and Food Industry Management Association
- Trade - Mr. Tinashe Kapuya, Head, International Trade and Investment Intelligence, Agriculture Business Chamber of South Africa
- Extension - Dr. Kristin Davis, Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development University of Pretoria – Continental Extension Network
12:00 – 13:15hrs
Workshop Session 2 - Needs Assessment
Moderator: Ms. Amanda Namayi, System Developer, Agricultural Finance Corporation, Kenya
- East Africa - Mr. Tewodros Zewdie, Executive Director, Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association
- West Africa - Ms. Angel Adelaja, Executive Director/ Co-Founder, WE Farm
- Southern Africa - Ms. Nonny Wright, Owner, Sereledi Yoghurt/ Sereledi Farm
- North African - Mr. Amine El Yazghi Eaher, Co-Founder, Biodome duMaroc
- Diaspora - Ms. Sara Menker, Founder,Gro-Intelligence
13:15 – 14:30hrs
Networking Lunch
14:30 – 15:45hrs
Resources Workshop: Financial and Technical Assistance Resources for  Adoption of Technology by Youth in Agribusiness
Moderator: Ms. Priscilla Chimwele, Program Analyst, UNDP – Africa
- AFAP - Mr. Jason Scarpone, President, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership
- AAIN - Dr. Alex Ariho, Director, African Agriculture Incubation Network
- IITA - Ms. Evelyn Ohanwusi, Interim Head, Youth Agribusiness, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
- L3 - Mr. John Riggan, CEO, Innovore
- ENABLE Youth - Mr. Edson Mpyisi, Pricipal Agricultural Economist, African Development Bank, Manager
- Partners in Food Solutions - Ms. Shingi Nyamwanza, Youth Technical Advisor, Technoserve
15:45 – 17:00hrs
Introduction to the AGCO Future Farm
Moderator: Ms. Louisa Parker Smith, External Relations Manager, AGCO Corporation
- Mr. Richard Chapple, Farm & Operations Manager, AGCOZambia
- Dr. Mark Moore, Business Process and Agricultural Development Manager, AGCO Corporation
- Ms. Sheila Zulu, Agronomist, AGCO Corporation
- Mr. Andrew Welke, Area Manager, Zambia, GSI Zambia
17:30 – 22:00hrs
Networking Reception and Dinner
Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Dalitso Mbewe, Deputy Secretary General Southern Africa, Pan African Youth Union



8:30 – 11:30hrs
Field Visit to AGCO Corporation Future Farm
- Tour Leaders: Ms. Sheila Zulu, Agronomist, AGCO Corporation and Mr. Andrew Welke, Area Manager, Zambia, GSI Zambia
11:00 – 12:15hrs
Cross Generational Knowledge Transfer Roundtable Dialogue
Moderator: Dr. Nalishebo Meebelo (PhD), Senior Coordinator - DREA/New Alliance African Union Commission
- Farming - Mr. Daniel Gad, Founder, Omega Farms(Ethiopia)
- Food Processing - Ms. Monica Musonda, Founder and CEO, JAVA Foods (Zambia)
- R & D and Value Chain Development - Dr. Florence Wambugu, Founder and CEO, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International(Kenya)
- Fruit Processing - Ms. Affiong Williams, Director, Reel Fruits(Nigeria)
- Commercial Farming - Mr. Gift Mafuleka, Founder, Siyalima Farms (South Africa)
- Grains Processing and Trade - Mr. Fabio Lavelanet, CEO, Fabrar Rice, Inc. (Liberia)
- Equipment and Services - Mr. John Birenge, Managing Director, Empire Agricultural Services(Uganda)
12:45 – 14:00hrs
Networking Lunch
14:00 – 15:15hrs
Renewable Energy Technology: Changing the Game
Moderator: Ms. Soumaya Zeddem, Executive Director, Young Volunteers for the Environment – Tunisia
- Training and System Design - Mr. Larry Khuvutlu, Director, Africa Business Energy
- Energy Efficiency and Food Value Chain - Ms. Katharina Meder, Hub Manager East Africa, Sustainable Energy for Food - Powering Agriculture (GIZ)
- Research and Development - Dr. Karen Surridge -Talbot, Centre Manager, Renewable Energy Centre of Research & Development Clean Energy, South African National Energy Development Institute - Agricultural Platform
- Climate Finance - Mr. Samuel Dotse, CEO, Hatof Foundation
- Impact Investment - Mr. Duncan Onyango, Director – East Africa,Acumen
15:00– 15:45hrs
Networking Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:30hrs
Good Practice in Sourcing Technology and Equipment:Mechanization, ICT, Processing, Storage, and Agribusiness
Moderator: Mr. Mamadou Lamine Ba, Manager, APIX Senegal
- Contracting and Legal- Atty. Bridget Nassonko, Director, Africa Agribusiness Services Limited
- Procurement - Mr. Hanumant Reddy, Founder and MD, D & H Saher Impex Pvt. Ltd
- Finance - Mr. Walter Ogwal, Investment Director – East Africa, GROFIN
- Exhibitions and Conferences - Ms. Zenebech Mesfin, Associate, Africa Business Group
- Education and Training - Mr. Abraham Sarfo, Coordinator, CAADP Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education Program, NEPAD
16:30 – 17:15hrs
Wrap Up Session 
Small Group Discussion – 6 month Action Plan Development
- AGCO Vote of Thanks - Ms. Louisa Parker- Smith, Manager, External Relations, AGCO Corporation
- Next Steps - Ms. Mignonne Karugu, COO, Africa Business Group – Finance and Technical Resource Mobilization, April 2017