Organised by Frmb Investments, a Johannesburg-based international investment advisory and consulting firm, the forum will be in collaboration with key agricultural stakeholders.
Confirmed to speak are John Robertson, a renowned Zimbabwean Economist; Dr Andrew Matibiri, CEO The Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB); Dr Charles Taffs, President The Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe; Mkhululi Ndlovu, ZNCC and others to be confirmed soon.
More than 300 participants are expected to attend, bringing together international agricultural experts, multinationals, farmers and private sector associations, donor organisations, investors and many more, to discuss strategic measures and establish investment and business partnerships for the Agri-Food sector.
“The message is clear – Zimbabwe is the new frontier for the Agri-Food industry regionally. The regional community has realised that Zimbabwe has important potential and can offer profitable investment opportunities. What is important is to ensure that all players are involved in the growth of this sector, with the private sector providing its much needed know-how, best practices and innovative ideas,” explained Freeman Mpofu, Exec Director and Senior Programme Manager at Frmb Investments.
The Agri-Food sector in Africa has become an essential component of the international community’s goal to ensure that the world’s food production meets the required needs by 2050. The vast agricultural sectors across African countries have the potential to provide a significant share of the world’s agricultural output. In turn, the Agri-Food industry can become a major source of income and employment for an important part of the continent’s population. Supporting the idea of establishing long-term goals in terms of business and employment is part of the initiative of the Zimbabwe Agribusiness Investment Forum 2014.
Growth strategies will be discussed throughout the Forum. Topics include :
• the importance of developing regional value chains and targeted Market Development Training
• Agricultural Finance in Zimbabwe – Lessons Learnt and Way Forward • the way forward from subsistence farming to commercial agribusiness, strategic measurers
• Agricultural Businesses from Financial Institutions’ Perspective
• New Instruments for Financing Agricultural Business in Zimbabwe
• Public Private Partnerships • Financing Value Chains
• what roles do NGOs/ Development Sector Play?
• Macroeconomic environment: Investing in Agribusiness
• ICT in agriculture
• Agribusiness in Southern Africa – Large Scale vs. Small Scale Models
• Innovation: Water Efficient Greenhouses: Sustainable Horticulture
• Water resources & infrastructure development (institutional views)
• the future of water resource management in Zimbabwe.
The Forum will also discuss the importance of private-public dialogue and showcase successful experiences.
For more information on sponsorship, exhibition and speaking opportunities, please contact:
Freeman Mpofu, FRMB Investments E
Tel.: +27 11 333-2298
Johannesburg, South AfricaAgriculture