Food security is one of Manufacturing Africa’s key focus areas. To strengthen the programme’s commitment to agriculture and food security, the MA Team in Rwanda connected with stakeholders in the agricultural landscape at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) summit held in Kigali. The event is a key platform for agriculture decision making and knowledge sharing to move African agriculture forward.
The forum was attended by African Heads of States, government officials, international organisations, and a range of institutions and companies involved in agriculture and agribusiness. The MA team’s focus was to build partnerships and expand the agriculture deal pipeline.
The MA team attended various targeted thematic sessions on the topics of Developing Value Chains, boosting investability to strengthen African food systems and increase local sourcing; Bridging Capital Supply and Demand for Agri-SMEs: Challenges and Opportunities, Partnering for Sustainable Productivity, Invest in Rwanda, Scaling up Innovations for Climate-Resilient Food, Land, and Water Systems; and Producing and Adding Value in African Food Systems.
Our team also interacted with agribusiness leaders, investors, and manufacturers in the Deal Room where they made a high-level presentation of deals in the MA pipeline to funders and agreed on concrete actions for follow up. The Deal Room interactions resulted in two deals for consideration into the MA pipeline including a plant for transformation of methane gas in fertilisers which is in very high demand in Africa (urea fertiliser) and a second project involving the transformation of maize for human and animal feeds consumption.