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AgTech Africa

9 – 11 April 2019, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, Kenya

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Technology and digitalisation are powering agriculture like never before. The first AgTech Africa will address implementations in the farm, field and supply chain, and showcase use cases from investors, agribusiness companies, plantation owners, startups and innovative technology developers.

This strategic and high-level event will focus on the hottest emerging concepts of AgTech, and how their uses in agriculture are changing the game. Covering the full spectrum of agricultural commodities, the programme will help you to assess the potential for your business, evaluate partnerships and learn from peers.

Discussion themes

  • Investor perspectives on technologies being backed
  • Infrastructure challenges, and Government plans to improve farm connectivity
  • Precision agriculture
  • Vertical farming
  • Smart farms
  • IoT and AI applications for agriculture
  • Blockchain in action
  • Start up showcase and partnering opportunities
  • Satellites imagery for weather forecasts, and soil sensors to manage crop growth in real time
  • Drone technology and its applications in planting, crop maintenance,
  • Automated systems to measure and analyze soil data to optimise fertilizer use and irrigation practices
  • Analytics to facilitate data-driven farming practices for small-scale farmers
  • Smart irrigation
  • Online pricing platforms to remove price asymmetry between farmers and buyers
  • Mobile and web technologies for weather forecasts, market information, and financial tips
  • Digital platforms for payment systems, credit and insurance for farmers


8:00 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

8:50 am

IBC Asia’s Opening Remarks

9:00 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Peter De Klerk, Senior Economist, International Sugar Organization


Welcome Address: Key Initiatives to Progress Agriculture in Kenya with the SH25 Billion Budget

Interim Director General, AFA, Kenya,

9:10 am

  • Key crops, trade and investment overview in the region
  • Directives for the sector, and COMESA initiatives planned
  • Responsible Investment
  • Industry partnerships being sought

9:40 am

  • What are the required investments to strengthen Africa’s economic transformation in agriculture and food?
  • Supporting economic diversification and development through sustainable practices
  • Climate smart agriculture – key practicalities and priorities for Africa
  • Mechanisation and digitalisation trends in next-generation farming and processing

10:30 am

Morning Networking & Refreshment Break


11:00 am

AgTech Africa’s Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


11:10 am

  • National Horticulture Traceability system
  • Working with small holders for improving output
  • Cushioning the sector against climate shocks

11:45 am

  • African agrarian economies scaling up yield through better utilisation of specific agtech
  • Major technologies in trends
  • Stakeholders and how do we enable them to embrace technologies

12:15 pm

  • Disruptive technologies for the agriculture, food and feed system
  • Funding for Ag biotechnology, farm management software, sensing & IoT, food market places and novel farming systems
  • AgTech investments in Africa – Where do we see money is invested?

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

  • Reality check on connected technologies and data driven farms
  • Food security – How technology can better help to improve quality and output?
  • AgTech funding – How do agribusiness companies and financiers work together?
  • Government investments and private sector participation in digital transformation
  • E-market places, blockchain enabled supply chain and IoT based farming
  • Farmers’ training and tech development
  • Key takeaway from tech leadership


2:40 pm

Dangote Case Study: Precision Farming Technology and Other Technology Applications

Robert Coleman, Managing Director, Dangote Rice Ltd, Nigeria

3:30 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

4:00 pm

  • Utilising mobile apps and web-based platforms for crop data collection
  • Optimising crop management via drone technologies
  • How are CSA and precision farming taking shape

For speaking opportunities, please contact Jonathan.Kiang@ibcasia.com.sg


5:00 pm

  • Farmers welfare and tech driven projects
  • Crops traceability and technology applications
  • CIAT featured technology case studies for deployment

5:30 pm

Chairperson’s Summary and End of Day One Conference

6:30 pm

Gala Dinner

9:00 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


9:10 am

  • Project overview and experiences to date
  • How the small holder benefits
  • Transparency and Real Time Trading
  • Future plans

9:40 am

  • Overview of Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) policy action framework to incentivise country led, demand driven transition to the low emissions development pathway in Africa – how ICT was applied?
  • Maximising productivity of Africa’s catalytic sectors as gateway for creating enterprises resulting in income & job opportunities, and inclusive growth simultaneously with meeting climate aims under the Paris Climate Change Agreement
  • Establishing mutually beneficial, market-driven, multi-stakeholder partnerships as strategy for bridging implementation gaps
  • Application of ICT technology to efficiently, affordably & seamlessly facilitate above multi-stakeholder interactions

10:10 am

Accelerating Progress Towards Achieving Rice Self-Sufficiency via Technologies

Abdelbagi Ismail, IRRI Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Kenya

10:30 am

Morning Networking and Refreshment Break

11:00 am

Case Study: Blockchain for e-Market Platforms

Philip Kiriro, President, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, Kenya

11:30 am

The Impact of Blockchain on Traceability, Payments and Market Information Distribution

Ahadu Woubshet, Founder and General Manager Moyee Coffee, Ethiopia

12:00 pm

Digital Transaction and Cash Less E-Market Places for Agriculture Produce

Alex Siboe, Head Project Management Office and Ag Head Digital Financial Services, KCB Bank Group, Kenya


12:30 pm

Enabling Smart Farming with Mobile Solutions and Infrastructure

Fredrick Kiio, Head of Commercial Operations and Segments, Safaricom, Kenya

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

  • Using technology to increase productivity and production of climate smart crops
  • Inter African governments initiatives on CSA
  • Technology adoption and climate change funds
  • CSA project updates

2:30 pm

  • How does ICT play a key role in transforming agriculture in Africa?
  • Empowering smallholder farmers with knowledge for profitable agribusiness via mobile application

For speaking opportunities, please contact Jonathan.Kiang@ibcasia.com.sg

3:00 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break


3:30 pm

  • Operational excellence / lean principles overview
  • Use of lean principles in agricultural/manufacturing environment
  • Use of technology to improve efficiency and visibility
  • New trends in technology to consider in improving the agriculture environment

4:00 pm

  • What is the agricultural last mile and where does digital add value to farmers and agribusinesses?
  • Who are the users of last mile digital tools?
  • How can we identify suitable value chains for digitisation?
  • What kind of digital tools do agribusinesses and farmers demand?

4:30 pm

Case Study: How is Technology Impacting the Horticultural Sector

Apollo Owuor, Chairman of the Board, Fresh Produce and Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), Kenya

5:00 pm

  • How much will technology impact food security in the next 5-10 years?
  • Is Africa ready for Agriculture 4.0?
  • Enabling stakeholders in the value chain to drive technology adoption
  • Future disruptions in agriculture

5:45 pm

Chairperson’s Summary and End of Day Two Conference

9:00 am

Managing climate change is a crucial part of all agribusinesses and governments to optimise    productivity and be resilient. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is becoming increasingly recognised as an approach for tackling the challenges posed to its food system and significantly mitigating the risks and impacts of climate change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Major regional crops’ CSA programs are covered
  • Overview of the development and implementation of climate change policies, strategies, action plans in the region and globally
  • Current adoption of CSA pilots and models across Africa
  • Case studies and evaluations for successful adoption, up-scaling and replication of CSA
  • Key insights into implementing CSA and identifying priority action areas

1:00 pm

End of Workshop


Packages Price
2 Day Conference + Pre Conference WorkshopUS $2199Early Bird
2 Day ConferenceUS $1799Early Bird
NGO Rate: 2 Day ConferenceUS $1799Early Bird
NGO Rate: 2 Day Conference + Pre Conference WorkshopUS $2099Early Bird
Extras Price
Gala Dinner US $100

Early Bird Rate: Register & Pay by 26 January 2019
Price is for minimum 2 delegates to attend.

*A non-governmental organisation (NGO) is a citizen-based association that operates independently of government, to deliver resources or serve some social or political purposes.

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Peter De Klerk

Senior Economist, International Sugar Organization

Interim Director General, AFA, Kenya

Thierry Kalonji

Director of Investment and Agriculture, COMESA, Zambia

Chimimba David Phiri

FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Ethiopia

Nuredin Mohammed

Senior Director, SNNPR Regional Office, Ethiopian Agriculture Transformation Agency, Ethiopia

Robert Coleman

Managing Director, Dangote Rice Ltd, Nigeria

Interim Head of Horticulture Directorate, AFA Kenya

Anna-Marie Silvester

Software Team Lead, Microsoft, Kenya

Ben Peterson

Senior Partner, AHL Venture Partners, Kenya

Tom Mboya Opiyo

Head of ICT & Chief Information Officer, Unga Group Ltd., Kenya

Ahadu Woubshet 4th Annual International Schools China 2018

Ahadu Woubshet

Founder and General Manager Moyee Coffee, Ethiopia

Betty Chinyamunyamu

Chief Executive Officer, National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM), Malawi

Gabriel Rugalema

FAO Representative (Kenya), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Kenya

Debisi Araba

Regional Director for Africa, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Kenya

Interim Head of Coffee Directorate, AFA Kenya

Dr. Richard Munang

UNEP Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator, United Nations Environment (UNEP), Kenya

Gideon Kitili

Innovative Volunteer, EBAFOSA, Kenya

Steffi Maingi

Innovative Volunteer, EBAFOSA, Kenya

Abdelbagi Ismail

IRRI Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Kenya

Philip Kiriro

President, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, Kenya

Alex Siboe

Head Project Management Office and Ag Head Digital Financial Services, KCB Bank Group, Kenya

Fredrick Kiio

Head of Commercial Operations and Segments, Safaricom, Kenya

Daniele Tricarico

Insights Director for mAgri & mHealth, GSMA, UK

Apollo Owuor

Chairman of the Board, Fresh Produce and Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), Kenya

Catherine Mungai

Partnerships and Policy Specialist, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS)

when & where

09 - 11 Apr 2019

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi
Mkungu Close, Westlands
49719  Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 709 548000
Email: hotel.nairobi@movenpick.com
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