Farrelly & Mitchell’s team participated in the recent African Agri Council’s Investment Food Forum. Executives from the international food & agribusiness consultancy provided speaking contributions at the virtual event hosted from South Africa.
The forum is a pan-African organisation that promotes the development of sustainable African food and agriculture. It featured 60+ agrifood expert speakers, 12+ global case studies, 420 attendees from all over the world including 12+ hours of informative content, presentations and discussions.
This session titled, Unlocking additional sources of capital, was presented by Malachy Mitchell, Co-founder & Managing Director, Farrelly & Mitchell and Sarah El Ouadili, Senior Investment Officer, Agriculture Finance and Rural Development Department, AfDB.
Meanwhile a session entitled Africa’s Agrifood saw interesting analysis from Stephen Awuah, Senior Manager for Ghana & sub-Saharan Africa at Farrelly & Mitchell. Stephen was joined in the discussion by moderator Quentin Rukingama, Managing Partner at JBQ Africa, and Thulasizwe Mkhabela, Group Executive – Agricultural Economics at the Agricultural Research Council.
Finally the session, Agrifood in the Middle East was entirely presented by Najeeb Alhumaid, Saudi Arabia Regional Manager at Farrelly & Mitchell.
Key topics discussed among panellists and audience throughout the conference included bridging the gap between funders, investors and producers; funding requirements and risks; food security and supply chain challenges; climate change and its impact on agrifood.
The event also saw important inputs on the role of agtech and its future, food processing & alternative protein foods, the value and opportunities of food waste as well as gender inequality as experts looked into education and support initiatives for women in agriculture, where we are, where we going and how can we work together to get there.
Report: How Africa can feed the world: food security and sustainable agriculture
Insight: Food technology for food security in Africa