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foodFIRST conference “Join up with African Agripreneurs”
FoodFIRST "Join up with African Agripreneurs"
Thursday February 8, 2018 Image: foodFIRST
All day event

Details

Start:
February 8
End:
February 9
Website:
http://www.foodfirst.eu/index.php?a=201802

Venue

The Hague and Utrecht
To be confirmed Netherlands
Website:
http://www.foodfirst.eu/index.php?a=201802

Organizer

foodFIRST
Website:
http://www.foodfirst.eu/index.php

FoodFIRST is organizing two days of high level meetings and networking with the Dutch and African Golden Diamond “Join up with Africa Agripreneurs”, consisting of a high-level pre-event on February 8 in The Hague and the main conference on February 9, 2018 in Utrecht. 

The booming urban markets provide business opportunities for those African farmers and agri-food entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) that are able to supply the urban consumers with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat.

The challenge for Dutch Diamond actors – government, research institutions, business and civil society organizations – is to perceive and connect to this opportunity, to establish partnerships through which their multiple assets for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and improving the food chain can be deployed in the most effective way.

Pre-Event on Thursday February 8, 2018

A high level policy meeting, followed by drinks and dinner in The Hague. African policymakers and agripreneurs meet Dutch / European policymakers from government, business, academy and civil society.

Conference on Friday February 9, 2018

“Join-up with African food entrepreneurs” – Food supply for the booming African cities is a mayor challenge. For young African agripreneurs, this presents a vital opportunity: Supply the urban markets with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat.

The expansive growth of African cities poses serious food security problems. However, this event takes another perspective on the same issue:

  • The booming urban markets provide crucial business opportunities for those African farmers and agri-food entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) that are able to supply the urban consumers with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat.
  • The challenge, then, for Dutch Diamond actors – government, research institutions, business and civil society organisations – is to perceive and connect to this opportunity, establishing partnerships through which their multiple assets for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and improving the food chain can be deployed in the most effective way.

Goals – The event serves the general purpose of the foodFIRST Coalition, i.e. to keep the food&farming issue on top of the agenda of policymakers in international cooperation and business in the Netherlands and to engage and involve the public in international cooperation, specifically with Africa and on the food&farming issue.

For more information on the programme and background, please visit the foodFIRST website.

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