Training and service delivery models

Speakers: Roberto Vega, Syngenta; Christine Condo, Sustainable Harvest; Brian Gleeson, Catholic Relief Services Training and Service Delivery: Key to Successful Agriprenuers: A discussion of innovative and effective service delivery models that incentivize adoption of GAP and are effective in professionalizing smallholder agriculture. Sustainable agriculture depends on farmers adopting the best practices in managing their crops, soils and…

Climate Resilience in Coffee

Speakers: Mark Lundy, CIAT; Laurence Jassogne, IITA; Britta Deutsch, HRNS Africa Building coffee growing communities that are resilient to climate change and can sell into stable, resilience value chains was the focus of this deep dive session. Mark Lundy (CIAT and Laurence Jassogne (IITA) from the CGIAR global program Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)…

Beyond the Value Chain: Sector Governance

Speakers: Bill Vorley, IIED; Willem Molenaar, Aidenvironment How do sector governance instruments influence sector wide capabilities that promote sector performance and influence producer performance?  Value chain projects frequently result in islands of success while leaving behind persistent problems at the landscape/sector level such as unreliable product quality, poor security of supply in the short term and…

Panel on System Leadership

Speakers: Anna Swaithes; Nira Desai, World Cocoa Anna Swaithes and Nira Desai used examples from work in the cocoa sector in West Africa to illustrate the interplay between individual and organizational leadership. They discussed those pivotal moments that lead organizations and individuals towards significant change, and when it makes sense to organize and lead multi-organization collaborations. Anna described the…

Crossroads session

Bringing your own “crossroad” into the room Speakers: Eric Leong Son, ABinBev; Urvi Kelkar. ABinBev   This session shifted focus from the overall trends and opportunities in East Africa to decisions ahead for the organizations of participants. Erik Leong and Urvi Kelkar of SAB Miller (now AB InBev) each shared stories of their own shifts in…

Opening Panel

Opening Panel: William Asiko, Grow Africa; Sean de Cleene, AGRA; Rafael Flor, The Rockefeller Foundation; Jackie Mikindi, TAHA After spending two days in the field in Tanzania and Kenya visiting farms, processors and innovation sites, the Summit kicked off with an opening panel of regional leaders putting the trends in Tanzanian agriculture into context. Jackie Mkindi,…

Moving the Needle: Critical Success Factors for Scaling Innovation in Asset Finance for Small and Growing Agribusinesses

Presenting the report Moving the Needle: Critical Success Factors for Scaling Asset Finance   A new report by Epven, with support from the Shell Foundation and the Small Foundation, explores the challenges and emerging solutions to scaling asset finance options for small and growing agribusinesses (SGBs) in developing countries.   The investment opportunity in agribusiness…

Water Smart Agriculture: A requirement for resilient farms and supply chains

The CEO Water Mandate couldn’t have stated it more clearly: “Water poses one of the most vital sustainable development challenges of our time.” Increasing pressures on water reserves and the effects of climate change underline the need for the food and beverage industry, along with public sector donors and governments, to prioritize practical solutions to…