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Conference Program

2014  Symposium Papers

150 scientific research papers, case studies and posters from
international scholars on topics addressing the global food system.

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2014 Student Case Competition Teams
People Feed the World
2014 Youth Day and more

Forum Day 1: Tuesday, June 17th

Bridge Session
8:00 - 10:00am

African Agribusiness on the Move

With 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land and seven of the top 10 fastest growing economies, Africa is a natural home for the next agricultural revolution. However, unlocking Africa’s full potential will require more than the experience gained in other regions: it will require developing and implementing regionally appropriate approaches to agribusiness.

Many agri-businesses in Africa are forging ahead today, creating innovative business models to serve growing domestic and export markets. In the process, they are solving problems at all levels of the value chain. This session showcased 24 success stories  from across the continent. Each case
study brings its own story, while together we identify common elements of success across the case studies.

Featured Businesses: Rooibos LTD., Greenway Farms-South Africa, Kati Farms-Uganda, WildFoods, Hillside Green Growers & Exporters-Kenya, Mountainside Farms Limited-Tanzania, Export Trading Group-Kenya, Dala Foods-Nigeria, TechnoServe, Zimbabwe, Hiruth Milk-Ethiopia, Bee Natural-Uganda, Woolworths and more.

Mary Shelman, Director, Agribusiness Program, Harvard Business School
Aidan Connolly, VP Corporate Accounts, Alltech
Mandla Nkomo, Director TechnoServe South Africa


Welcome Keynote

12:30 - 1:30pm

African Agribusiness' Age of Opportunity  Opening video

Agribusiness is projected to grow to a $1 trillion USD industry in sub-Saharan Africa within the next two decades. There is an increased understanding that focusing resources on increasing production in isolation from agribusiness does not position this region to achieve the potential of this dynamic development. Increasing the talent capacity in agribusiness is essential to realizing Africa’s economic transformation and development.

Moderator: Carole Brookins, Managing Director, Public Capital Advisors, LLC
Thad Simons, Board President, IFAMA
Stephen Hayes, President and CEO, CAA
Ambassador, Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa's Ambassador to the US  Video 

Rise of the African Consumer Class

This session will consider the dimensions and implications of the rise of an African consumer class over the next three decades. The presentation will highlight forward-looking, scenario-based analysis of changing consumer demand patterns and implications for the future size,composition, and structure of the new African food market. Panelists will focus on the implications of these changes for business strategy and for public-private partnerships to ensure needed public and private investments in Africa’s food systems to meet this new demand as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Isaac Minde, Moderator, Professor, International Development, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University

Special Presentation:
David Tschirley, Professor, International Development, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Richard Mkandawire, Vice President, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership
Paula Disberry, Group Director, Retail Operations, Woolworth Stores
M. D. Ramesh, President and Regional Head, South and East Africa, Olam International Ltd.

Concurrent Workshops

Talent and Workforce: Producing the New Generation of Food System Professionals

This session focuses on the education and training adaptations required to meet demands of the rising African consumer class. The presentation will highlight the so-called “double pivot” that will have to be effected in African agricultural education and training, and how academia and industry can effectively partner to effect this change.

Umezuruike Linus Opara, Moderator, South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology, Stellenbosch University

Special Presentation:
Anthony Mugisha, Assoc. Professor and Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources (SVAR), Makerere University

Mark Titterington, Head of Corporate Affairs Europe, Africa and Middle East, Syngenta
Hamidou Boly, Coordinator, TEAM-Africa
John Dirkx, Professor, Department of Educational Administration, University Wisconsin-Madison
John Purchase, CEO, Agricultural Business Chamber(AgBiz), South Africa

Bending the Curve in Africa’s Nutrition Transition: Opportunities, Actions and Partnerships for Mitigating Looming Public Health Risks

This working group will examine the nutritional and public health implications of Africa’s changing diets and food system. The presentation will explore causes and consequences of the nutrition transition in Africa and elsewhere, including evidence on the rising rates of overweight, obesity, cardio-vascular and related diseases in Africa. The panel discussion will focus on possible preventative actions, exploring how Africa might learn from other regions about private and public sector actions that could help to moderate public health risks and effectively bend the curve in Africa’s nutrition transition.

John David Kabasa, Moderator, Principal, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University; Founder, AFRISA-SPEDA

Special Presentation:
Steven Haggblade, Professor, International Development,Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University

Mohamed Diarra, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, Nestlé
Amanda Minnaar, Professor, Department of Food Science,University of Pretoria
David Sanders, Professor of Public Health,University of Western Cape

David versus Goliath: The Revolution in Africa’s Farm Structures

This breakout session will identify the fundamental trends affecting the agricultural sectors of the region, the main constraints and risks affecting private investment in the agricultural value chains, and concrete actions by the private
and public sectors needed to accelerate agricultural growth and food security in the region.

Sponsored by:
Ferdi Meyer, Moderator, Executive, Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy Professor, Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria

Special Presentations:
Lulama Traub, Value-chain and Policy Analyst, University of Stellenbosch, Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy
Milu Muyanga, Assistant Professor, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Antoine Ducastel, CIRAD Research Fellow, University of Pretoria

Willem Meyer, CEO, Chayton Africa
Chance Kabaghe, ReNAPRI Chairperson, Zambia
Jacques Taylor, Managing Director, sub-Saharan Africa, John Deere

Closing Commentary
5:00 - 5:45pm

Mary Shelman, Moderator, Director, Agribusiness Program, Harvard Business School; Past President, IFAMA
Ekwamu Adipala, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM
Nick Vink, President, African Association of Agricultural Economists; Director, International Association of Agricultural Economists

Young Leaders’ Perspective:
Charity Kawira Mutegi, Kenya Aflasafe Project, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application Invited
Robin Callahan, Market Analyst, GLOBALG.A.P.
Ali Noor, IFAMA Class of 2014, Wageningen University
Shingi Nyamwanza, Managing Director, 4H Africa

Forum Proceedings
Day 2: Wednesday, June 18th

The Talent Factor

Talent is the key to unlocking the potential of agribusiness globally. How do we address the complex challenges that agribusiness faces today— evolving value chains, food wastage, optimized production, ecological footprint, regulation and consumer perception? The answer is people! Through The Talent Factor we will focus on the tangible outcomes of raising the skills and knowledge of agribusiness professionals.

Morning Keynotes
8:30 - 9:30am

Carole Brookins, Moderator, Managing Director, Public Capital Advisors, LLC
James Borel, VP Dupont  
Opening remarks video 

Putting Science to Work: Collaborating for Sustainable Solutions

From farm to table, DuPont plays a significant role along the entire food value chain. At DuPont, employees are putting science to work to address food security challenges, and creating solutions that are local, collaborative, and sustainable. Region by region, country by country and village by village – we are collaborating at new levels to help feed the world. In this opening keynote, learn how DuPont views Africa as a key region for achieving global food security.

Pamela Chitenhe, Regional Director, Africa, DuPont Pioneer
James Borel, VP Dupont  
Closing remarks video

1000 Days to Change the Future

The 1,000 days period is the crucial period of development, when malnutrition can have severe life-long impacts on the individual, the family and society as a whole. Nutritional deficiencies that occur during this time are often overlooked, resulting in a hidden hunger. It is a problem of great human and economic dimensions, impacting rich and poor countries alike.

Roger Thurow —celebrated thought leader, award winning journalist and bestselling author—is following small groups of women and their children in four parts of the world— India, Uganda, Guatemala and the United States—through the 1,000 days period. He also will examine the innovations, the economics and the politics of malnutrition and hunger.

Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Agriculture and Food Policy, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Concurrent Sessions
9:45 - 11:15am

Transformative Technology

Come and learn how these organizations are providing the technology for small and medium-sized enterprises to raise their level of professionalism, connect to market and build sustainable businesses. ICT, big data and financial inclusion tools are thriving at the field level and supporting millions to leap past traditional hurdles into the global economy.

Kai Wulff, Moderator, Access Field Development Director, Google
Shannon Lucas, Senior Enterprise Innovation, Vodaphone
Emma Green, Manager, Initiative for Global Development
Diana Sierra, Soil Doctor Project, Columbia University, Earth Institute Presentation
Joseph Wozniak, Program Manager, Trade for Sustainable Development Presentation

Diale Mokgojwa, AgriBEE Manager, Standard Bank, South Africa Representative (TBD), Initiative for Global Development

The Global Food Security Index Workshop

Take a hands-on tour of the Global Food Security Index, an interactive tool developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by DuPont. This unique tool can support research and coursework, decision making and planning. The model can help assess the countries that are most and least vulnerable to food insecurity through categories of affordability, availability, nutritional quality and food safety. These factors help in studying the effect of poor or inadequate infrastructure, political corruption, and even soil quality on food security. Join experts from the EIU and put the Index to work.

Pat Thaker, Moderator, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa, The Economist Intelligence Unit
Joshua Grundleger, Senior Analyst, Project Manager GFSI, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Experience One of the World’s Top 100 Innovations for the Next Century:
Solutions Visioning to Address Food Wastage and Spoilage

The Global Knowledge Initiative--recently dubbed one of the world’s top 100 innovations for the next century—has created a highly interactive Solutions Visioning workshop experience that gives participants an opportunity to shape bold, innovative strategies for addressing food wastage and spoilage in Africa. This initiative is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation’s Food Waste and Spoilage initiative <>, which seeks to ensure that two million African smallholder farmers have greater income and economic opportunities, improved resilience and increased food and nutritional security through reduced post-harvest loss in food crop value chains by 2020. Join this session to learn about GKI’s model and to hear about the experiences of and outcomes reached by a select group of World Forum participants who will engage in a Solutions Visioning workshop prior to the session.

Sara Farley, Moderator, Chief Operating Officer, Global Knowledge Initiative
Amanda Rose, Senior Program Officer, Global Knowledge Initiative
Amira Ibrahim, Senior Program Associate, Rockefeller Foundation

Concurrent Workshops
1:00 - 3:15pm

The Talent Factor in Emerging Markets

This session will offer a highly interactive discussion for practitioners in larger companies focused on strategies for attracting, retaining and developing talent in emerging markets. We will explore insights from leading global companies regarding successful talent acquisition, leadership development and employee engagement initiatives in emerging markets. Along with our panel of corporate practitioners, the group will engage in lively discussion about what’s working in the region regarding people strategy.

Anne-Magriet Schoeman,Talent/Country Leader, Mercer South Africa
Karen Kachadoorian, Leader, African HR Strategy Network, Mercer

Joydeep Bose, President and the Global Head of Human Resources for Olam Internaional, Ltd.

Enabling Efficient and Inclusive Agricultural and Food Systems in Africa

Earlier this year, FAO partnered with IFAMA and Stellenbosch University in a global call for papers on the topic of Enabling Efficient and Inclusive Agricultural and Food Systems in Africa. Fifteen papers were selected by a panel of FAO and external experts among dozens of contributions from young professionals from all over the world. The papers will form the basis for the symposium and include thought leadership on topics including: market access, value chain innovations and public-private partnership models. Each selected author will provide a brief overview of their work and will be available to interact with the audience for questions. The outcome of this event will be a book published by FAO with the goal of informing governments and development organizations on initiatives to improve inclusiveness and efficiency in agricultural and food systems.

1:00 - 1:30pm

Ed Mabaya, Moderator, Assistant Director, Cornell Internatonal Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development
M. D. Ramesh, President and Regional Head, South and East Africa, Olam Internatonal Ltd.
Carlos A. da Silva, Senior Agribusiness Economist, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division, FAO
Johan van Rooyen, Director, Standard Bank Centre formAgriBusiness Development and Leadership, Stellenbosch University
Hamidou Boly, Coordinator, TEAM-Africa

Workshop Breakouts
1:45 - 3:15pm

Carlos A. da Silva
Joseph Mpagalile, Agro-Industries Officer, Rural mInfrastructure and Agro-Industries Division, FAO

Session Organizers:
Carlos A. da Silva, Joseph Mpagalile, and Johan van Rooyen

Closing Commentary
3:45 - 5:00pm

Mary Shelman, Moderator, Director, Agribusiness Program, Harvard Business School; Past President, IFAMA
Ed Mabaya, Assistant Director, Cornell Internatonal Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development

Norman Celliers, CEO, Zeder

Young Leaders’ Perspective:
Øistein Thorsen, Principal Consultant, Trie
John Lai, IFAMA Class of 2014, Purdue University
Lovin Kobusingye, CEO, Kati Farms

Belindah Chilala, IFAMA Class of 2014, Massey University

Forum Proceedings
Day 3: Thursday, June 19th

Noble Ambition: Feeding the World

Agribusiness is a global, entrepreneurial, dynamic and purpose-driven industry. However, around the world, talent attrition from agribusiness is growing rapidly. Younger generations are actively seeking careers in alternative fields including IT, healthcare and education. How can we more effectively communicate that all of these fields and passions have an intersection with agribusiness? As leaders, it is our responsibility to share the genuine nature of agribusiness. We must ensure our value system resonates with the next generation of leaders—there is no nobler purpose than Feeding the World.

Morning Keynotes
8:30 - 9:30am

Carole Brookins, Moderator, Managing Director, Public Capital Advisors, LLC

40 Chances to Change the World

The concept of “40 Chances” was introduced in a best- selling book by Howard G. Buffet, where he describes that all farmers can expect to have about 40 growing seasons, giving them just 40 chances to improve on every harvest. We have to make every season count!

This past Spring, IFAMA partnered with The World Food Prize Foundation to support the 40 Chances Fellows Program. Fellowship funds will be awarded to four social entrepreneurs under the age of 40 who are addressing issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty in Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. Ambassador Quinn will talk with us about the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit in agriculture and why we must nourish this, as we reflect upon the centennial anniversary of Norman Borlaug’s birth.

Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President, The World Food Prize Foundation Video Presentation

Women in Agriculture

As new knowledge on the role of gender in agricultural productivity emerges, the need to close the gender gap has become increasingly evident. Empowering women as economic, social, and political actors will result in more representative and balanced policy-level decision-making. In emerging regions, women need access to targeted resources such as: education and extension, financial services and technologies that optimize their time for value-adding, productive activities. Learn from these women about impactful programs that are successfully integrating women into agribusiness, creating models and leadership at the local and global level.

Sponsored by:
Vicki Wilde, Moderator, Senior Program Officer, Global Development, Agricultural Development and Gender
Ruth Oniang’o, Former Member of Parliament; Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development; Founder, Rural Outreach Africa; Chair of Board, Sasakawa Africa Association; Adjunct Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University; Chair, Food Security and Nutrition Policy, Kenya; 2014 IFAMA Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Ellen Olafsen, Program Coordinator, InfoDev-World Bank
Marisia Geraci, Chief Executive Officer, Heifer International, South Africa
Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Concurrent Sessions
9:45 - 11:15am

NGO and Corporate Collaboration: The Nexus of Shared Value

This panel explores the business value of connecting company success with social progress and partnership. Partnering to achieve shared value outcomes is being highlighted everywhere from the lecterns of the most prestigious academic institutions to articles in popular press. Studies are correlating positive profitability outcomes to corporations who place social responsibility at the center of their mission. Join this discussion to learn how two of international agriculture’s leading organizations have experienced measurable business benefits through NGO partnerships.

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Moderator, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
Thad Simons, Board President, IFAMA, President and CEO, Emeritus, Novus International, Inc.
Tarlochan Singh Dhadialla, Director for Productivity and Quality Trait Product Development, Dow Agriscience
Damaris Achieng Odeny, Fellow, African Women in Research and Development
Marcos Fava Neves, Adjunct Professor, University of Sao Paulo School of Business; Author, Future of Food Business

Safe Food for the World

In today’s world, food’s journey from meadow to meal or hook to cook can include multiple steps, many vehicles, and several transformations. As demand for food increases, food is increasingly making longer and more complicated journeys with more companies participating in its production and delivery. As a result, the opportunities for the introduction and spread of contamination increase. The World Bank’s Global Food Safety Partnership is a unique public-private initiative dedicated to improving the safety of food in middle-income and developing countries. Learn how they raise the professionalism of people working in Food Safety by combining training and technical support so developing countries can improve their food safety systems and benefit from better compliance with food safety standards.

Sponsored by:
Hamish Gow, Moderator, Secretariat, World Bank Global Food Safety Coalition
Francois Le Gall, Lead Advisor, Livestock, World Bank
Mike Robach, VP, Corporate Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Cargill
Onno Omta, Professor, Management Studies, Wageningen University Presentation

Enabling Small Farmers to Meet Modern Retail Demand

Consumers and retailers worldwide are increasingly demanding safe, sustainably produced, and high-quality food, but ensuring that small-scale farmers are able to consistently meet these demands can prove difficult. Join GLOBALG.A.P. to learn about their first country-wide program integrating small-scale farmers into national retailer supply chains. Program initiators and industry representatives will explain how Good Agricultural Practices on food safety and sustainability practices have been adjusted to allow emerging farmers to enter a step-wise approach to meet the consumer requirements of modern retail, and how we can scale up this approach for all of Africa.

Sponsored by:
Kristian Moeller, Moderator, Managing Director, GLOBALG.A.P.
Sue Chuzu Musunga, Marketing and Communications Manager/Director, AGCO Zambia Ltd.
Catherine Constantinides, Tutu Fellow; Director and Founder, Miss Earth South Africa
Koos Botha, Owner, SA LivestockGAP
Craig Pillay, Quality Assurance Manager, Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market
Thozama Vokwana, Technical Manager, Pick n Pay

Concurrent Sessions
1:15 - 2:25pm

Delivering Talent for the Future: Education and Training at the Crossroads

More than two-thirds of the African population relies on agriculture for their livelihood and the sector represents a third of the continent’s GDP. Efforts to improve agribusiness productivity will drive demand and growth in other economic sectors. A central challenge to scaling agriculture is a fundamental lack of skills and knowledge. A vibrant agricultural education training system, linked to relevant multi-sector stakeholders both on the continent and internationally, is essential. Join this session to participate in a discussion about the challenge and opportunities for broadly engaging Africa’s human capital for agriculture.

Frans Swanepoel, African Doctoral Academy; Professor, Stellenbosch University; Visiting Fellow, Institute for African Development,Cornell University
Ekwamu Adipala, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM
Jon Vandenheuvel, CEO, Africa Atlantic Holdings Ltd.
Hamidou Boly, Coordinator, TEAM-Africa
Dinah Hanson, Agribusiness Project Director,Association of African Business Schools
Tobias Doyer, African University Initiative, Zambia

Connecting Talent Capacity to Increased Productivity

Since 1981, Land O’Lakes International Development has applied an integrated approach to economic development that capitalizes on the company’s 90 years as a leading farm- to-market cooperative-based agribusiness. Land O’Lakes applies practical experience and in-depth knowledge to facilitate market-driven business solutions that generate economic growth, improve health and nutrition and alleviate poverty. Come and learn how creating shared value fuels a profitable business and develops new, long-term markets. Land O’Lakes is pleased to be joined in this session by Pannar Seed, an experienced agricultural input supply company with research and development as its core activities. Pannar Seed is one of the largest field crop seed producers and suppliers in Africa and is a respected member of the international seed industry. Pannar was the first private company to introduce its own maize hybrids in South Africa in the 1960s and since then it has expanded its research and commercial activities into other crops and territories.

Thomas J. Herlehy, Practice Manager for Agricultural Productivity and Competitiveness, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Vito Rugani, Partner, Rugani Carrots/Greenway Farms
George Nefdt, Training, Acquisition, and Organizational Development Manager, PANNAR SEED

World Economic Forum: Human Capital Index

A nation’s human capital endowment - the skills and capacities that reside in people and that are put to productive use - can be a more important determinant of long term economic success than virtually any other resource. The Human Capital Index details and measures countries on their ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars: Education, Health & Wellness, Workforce & Employment and Enabling Environment. Come to this session to learn about this valuable tool and how it can be leveraged as a resource for risk management and business planning.

Charlotte Harding, Project Manager, Human Capital, World Economic Forum / Mercer

SME Agribusiness Sustainability: Incubating Agribusiness Entrepreneurs

Like any start-up business, small and medium-sized agribusiness enterprises need access to affordable, basic business services and resources. Business leaders in these fledging organizations also benefit from mentoring and educational programs that support their decision-making and strategic planning processes. Join this session to learn about several innovative public-private partnership models that are helping to support and incubate SME agribusinesses and entrepreneurs across the continent of Africa.

Ellen Olafsen, Moderator, Program Coordinator, InfoDev-World Bank
Andrew Westerveld, Country Director, Elanco, South Africa
Bayella Thiam, Head of Africa, Novus International, Inc.
Benjamin Akande, Dean, George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster University
Vincent Guyonnet, Scientific Advisor, International Egg Commission

Closing Session
3:00 - 4:00pm

Mary Shelman, Moderator, Director, Agribusiness Program, Harvard Business School; Past President, IFAMA
Thad Simons, Board President, IFAMA
Stephen Hayes, President and CEO, CCA
Mohammad Karaan, Member of the South African National Planning Commission; Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, and Acting Vice Rector, Stellenbosch University

Young Leaders’ Perspective:
Bian Li, Co-Founder, Project Leverage
Mpule Kwelagobe, Co-Founder, Project Leverage
Frank Kyekyeku Nti, IFAMA Class of 2014, Kansas State University

Tomas McManus, IFAMA Class of 2014, University of Guelph

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