Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, January 24, 2011

AGRITEC ID-EMRC International Business Forum

20 -21 JANUARY 2011

The First Edition of the AGRITEC ID-EMRC International Business Forum, was held in Lisbon.  The forum, held in collaboration with the Portuguese Industrial Association - International Fair of Lisbon (AIP-FIL), served as a platform to debate the current agricultural trends, bringing together representatives from the private and public sector from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the USA. 

The theme of the forum was BOOSTING AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION IN AFRICA and special attention was paid to the African Portuguese Speaking Countries, and countries interested in doing business in Angola.  The AGRITEC ID - EMRC International Business Forum promoted the creation of business partnerships and encouraged the designing of new agricultural projects. The forum included Plenary Sessions; Workshops; One-on-One Business Meetings (using special software that matched the interests and needs expressed by participants) and Informal Networking Events.

Dr. Monty Jones of FARA made a presentation on: 

  • The economic performance of African economies and agricultural sectors
  • Governments frameworks for agricultural development
  • The alternative opportunities for investment in African agriculture
  • Agribusiness opportunities at the Bottom of the Pyramid

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