Jambo Africa Online’s Publisher, SAUL MOLOBI, cuts and pastes news snippets from the African Agri Council treasure trove into a collage of much needed information for those in the agriculture and agro-processing industry.

African agriculture remains one of the most important sectors of the economy. “We are excited to welcome industry experts at the upcoming Market Access Africa 2021 which will be taken place from 7 to 9 September in Durban, South Africa,” says ben Leyka, CEO of the African Agri Council (AAC). “This is the global meeting place for buyers and sellers across the entire agrigood business value chain. Thus, it will impact companies’ bottom line by improving access to regional and international markets, technologies, inputs, handling and storage, as well as tailored trade finance solutions.”

The AAC is a network of global executives, decision makers and key stakeholders in the agricultural and food industry. “We connect executives with their peers, policy makers, investors and financiers including leading global service providers across Africa and around the world,” said Ben with a tinge of confidence.

The Council is an exclusive platform for networking, matchmaking (one on one meetings) and deal making in Africa. We focus on the business dynamics of food and agriculture; the pioneers, partnerships, investments, joint ventures and regulatory dynamics that determine the future direction of the industry and shape tomorrow’s sustainable food production and consumption landscape.

Ben posited matter-of-factly: “The question of market access is of crucial importance for Africa. African countries have continued to put emphasis on this question since the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), given how crucial market access is for their development agenda – more so agriculture development.

“The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the Malabo Declaration have both emphasized boosting intra-Africa trade in agricultural commodities and services, and as such presenting a real opportunity for Africa to emerge as a big winner in the current global environment.”

This prestigious MAA event is organised in partnership with African governments and leading agribusinesses to provide a global platform for stakeholders to identify the latest technologies that will raise the continent’s food and agricultural productivity, link to trading services and discuss policy reforms in order to curb Africa’s annual import bill.

Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in South Africa, MAA 2021 will be a FREE hybrid event. “This means a limited number of participants will be allowed at the physical event in Durban,” explains Cindy Euston-Brown, The Director for Marketing and Communications of the AAC, “while our virtual sessions will take place on Hopin, a virtual platform.”

The company has just added new speakers to the already star-studded list and these are Dr Peter Njonjo, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Twiga Foods, who is from Kenya; Richard Fusi, Chief Investment Officer: African Development Bank (ADB); David Burton, AgriTech Sector Director: UK’s Department for International Trade; Sebastian Lesch, Head of Division 121: International Agricultural Policy, Agriculture and Innovation at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; and Markus von Busse, Director: Global Product safety and Sustainability: Worlee naturProdukte GmbH.

So all in all, there will be over 650 participants, over 60 speakers and over 40 countries represented.

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