Navigating the Agri-food Financial and Investment Landscape in Times of Disruption

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial importance of resilience across businesses, economies, and societies.  There are so many uncertainties in the short, medium and long term in the agri-food sector, with various warnings from the United Nations that we are facing acute food insecurity in addition to the threat of a global recession looming large.

So what does this mean for agri-food investing? What can our community learn from this massive disruption? And how can we use the lessons on resilience from this crisis to help advance the agrifood sector through sustainable financing and investment?

Join the African Agri Council and a team of global experts for our virtual event ‘Navigating the Agri-food Financial and investment Landscape in Times of Disruption’ on 30 June 2020 at 10:30 SAST.

Our expert panellists will discuss how to best support industries and businesses impacted by the coronavirus and suggest ways to promote new investment and financing necessary for the agrifood sector. They will look at how development finance institutions, institutional investors and commercial lenders can partner with policymakers to ensure agribusinesses can access the capital they need to survive. 

To access the Closed Sessions, make sure you choose the VIP Ticket option.


Themes being addressed

• How to best support industries and businesses impacted by the coronavirus
• Promote new investment and financing necessary for the agrifood sector resilience
• The role of development finance institutions, institutional investors and commercial lenders in the current disruption
• How do we identify the potential for growth in the right sectors?

Speakers include:

  • Chris Hart, Executive Chairman, Impact Investment Africa
  • Bennie van Rooy, Chief Executive Officer, Grobank
  • Julia Barton-Hill, Investor Relations Director, African Agri Council (AAC)
  • Cristina Miranda Gozalvez, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission - DG Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Vanessa Adams, Vice President: Strategic Partnerships, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Atsuko Toda, Director- Agriculture Finance and Rural Development, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Devakumar Edwin, Group Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited
  • Keith Wallace, Portfolio Manager, Hivos Impact Investments
  • Vibhuti Jain, Regional Director for Africa, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
  • Llewellyn Brooks, Managing Director, GWK Group
  • Bettina Prato, Senior Coordinator, The Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN)
  • Henri de Villeneuve, Chief Executive Officer, COBASA. MEDEF International Representative for Southern Africa
  • Peadar Hegarty, Managing Director, Farmbuilders
  • Paul Makube, Senior Agricultural Economist, First National Bank
  • Allan Musona, Investment Director, Raindew Trade
  • Yida Kemoli, Senior Partner: East Africa, Phatisa

Schedule

· Sessions
Host opening remarks
Host opening remarks
Julia Barton-Hill
· Sessions
Opening Plenary: Business recovery solutions - what's in store for agri-food SMEs in the wake of COVID-19
How do small asset classes get through the COVID-19 crisis? Shifting our thinking to create a pool of capital to support local production.
Cristina Miranda Gozalvez Vanessa  Adams Bennie van Rooy Chris Hart
· Sessions
Is it still a good time to invest in agrifood? How do we identify the potential for growth in the right sectors?
Raising capital during the pandemic is still possible. How to think about agrifood investing during and post COVID-19 world
Keith Wallace Yida Kemoli henri de villeneuve Peadar Hegarty
· Sessions
Maintaining asset returns in a low commodity price cycle
Can asset management strategies maintain asset returns while the market is facing depressed commodity prices?
Allan Musona Devakumar Edwin Bettina Prato Llewellyn Brooks PAUL MAKUBE
· Sessions
Long term investment through the DFI model
DFIs are deploying capital and developing strategies to respond to COVID-19 across various industries. What can we expect for the African agri-food sector?
Vibhuti Jain Anne Keppler Atsuko Toda Chris Hart
· Networking
Networking

Speakers

Keith Wallace
Keith Wallace

Portfolio Manager, Hivos Impact Investments

Vanessa  Adams
Vanessa Adams

Vice President: Strategic Partnerships, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Yida Kemoli
Yida Kemoli

Senior Partner: East Africa, Phatisa

Cristina Miranda Gozalvez
Cristina Miranda Gozalvez

Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission - DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Allan Musona
Allan Musona

Investment Director, Raindew Trade

Devakumar Edwin
Devakumar Edwin

Group Executive Director, Dangote

Anne Keppler
Anne Keppler

Vice President: Equity and Mezzanine, DEG

Vibhuti Jain
Vibhuti Jain

Regional Director for Africa, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Bettina Prato
Bettina Prato

Senior Coordinator, The Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN)

Peadar Hegarty
Peadar Hegarty

Managing Director, Farmbuilders

henri de villeneuve
henri de villeneuve

Chief Executive Officer, COBASA. MEDEF International Representative for southern Africa

PAUL MAKUBE
PAUL MAKUBE

Senior Agricultural Economist, First National Bank

Llewellyn Brooks
Llewellyn Brooks

Managing Director, GWK Group

Chris Hart
Chris Hart

Executive Chairman, Impact Investment Africa

Bennie van Rooy
Bennie van Rooy

Chief Executive Officer, Grobank

Atsuko Toda
Atsuko Toda

Director- Agriculture Finance and Rural Development, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Julia Barton-Hill
Julia Barton-Hill

Investor Relations Director, African Agri Council

The event is over

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African Agri Council

The African Agri Council (AAC) is a pan-African organisation that promotes the development of sustainable African food and agriculture.