Venue: Commonwealth Secretariat Marlborough House, Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HX United Kingdom

Day One - 23rd November 2006



Main Session  -  Opening Session


Welcome Address by AfricaRecruit

9.45 – 11:00

Overview on the Agricultural Sector in Africa

  • Ken Ife, International Consultant, Africa Business Round Table
  • T. Olalekan Williams,  Head, Enterprise and Agriculture Section, Special Advisory Services Division, Commonwealth Secreatariat

Chair :  Chris Nasah, Cameroon Forum

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30

Increasing market access for Agricultural Products : Challenges and Opportunities

  • Mr. Bo van Elzakker, Director, Export Promotion of Organic Products from Africa, The Netherlands
  • Juliette Tuakli, Juliettes Garden, Ghana - Flori-Culture, Ghana

Chair :  Mrs Yinka Fayomi, Chief Executive Officer, Foreign Investment Network

12.30 –1.30 pm


1:30  – 3:00 pm

Agriculture a solution to Africa’s Development? : Regulating / Financing Agricultural Projects

  • John Ngichu, In Trade Africa Ltd, Kenya
  • Terri Sarch, Livelihoods Adviser, Renewable Natural Resources and Agriculture Team, Department of International Development - (DFID), United Kingdom

Chair :  Zahid Torres-Rahman, Director, Inspiris Limited and Programme Director, Business Action for Africa

3.00 – 3.30 pm

Coffee break

3.30 – 5.00 pm

Show casing Diaspora Agriculture Businesses: Sharing opportunities and Challenges

  • Soji Fagade, Managing Partner Sabo Foods
  • Wanja Michuki , The Highland tea Company
  • David Mwanaka, Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods
  • Peter Turay, Agrienviron, United Kingdom

Chair :  Alache Ode, Diaspora Volunteering Initiative Partnership Manager, Voluntary Service Overseas, London

5.00 pm


Day Two - 24th November 2006

8.30 – 9.00


9.00 – 10.30

Building a sustainable agriculture model through Partnerships

  • Andrew Bennett, Sygenta Foundation, United Kingdom
  • Abayomi Oyewole, British American Tobacco Foundation, Nigeria
  • Dr Judy Mann, Rothamsted International, United Kingdom
  • Malcolm Cutler, FSC Development Services Ltd, United Kingdom
Chair  : Mrs Yinka Fayomi, Chief Executive Officer, Foreign Investment Network

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 pm

Adding value through capacity building :Training and Skills; facilitating cost-effective production of products; marketing and delivering competitive end products; improving farm planning (business plans); risk management skills; promoting best practice.

  • Linda MacLeod Brown, Associate Consultant, Inspiris Ltd, Chair, IDE-UK
  • Mr. Vijay Kumar Vallavh Joshi, African Management Services Company (AMSCO), Kenya
  • Sophie Wilcox, Programme Officer, Africa Now, UK / Joyce Gema, Ethical Business Services Manager, Africa Now, Kenya
Chair : Sudha Singh

12:30 – 1:30 pm


1.30 – 2.30 pm

Tour de Table
Coordinated by Zelalem Kebede, Regional Director for London and South East, Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisation

 2.30 – 3.00 pm

Round up and Recommendations