SOAS University of London

SOAS conference to address sustainable agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa

30 May 2013

The Centre for African Studies at SOAS, University of London, in collaboration with Business Council for Africa will host a conference on sustainable agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Taking place on 6 June 2013 at 10am–2pm in the Brunei Gallery, ‘Agribusiness in Africa: Ploughing Ahead?’  will explore the challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa  in the development of agribusiness projects.

The projects have the potential for substantial growth and there is increasing demand for them from a rapidly growing population.  Through case studies, the conference will look at the obstacles to such growth.

Chaired by Dr Michael Jennings, Chairman of the SOAS Centre for African Studies, speakers include Daniel Hulls, Executive Direcor of AgDevCo, Nigel Harris, CEO of Farm Africa and Chris Okeke, Chairman of Wicklow Limited, Nigeria.

The event will explore the difficulties faced in West, Southern and East Africa in implementing change, and most importantly highlight how such challenges were overcome to help businesses become profitable enterprises.

This event will draw out important factors for consideration going beyond enthusiastic rhetoric to drill down on practicalities invaluable for those considering doing business.

Issues surrounding education and training in modern practices, land tenure systems, the management of large-scale commercial farmers and the role of the Governments will be discussed.

Conference organiser, Angelica Baschiera, at SOAS, commented: ‘This event will bring together investors, practitioners and academics to discuss the challenges of agricultural development in Africa.’

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