Welcome Address: Shaping the Future of Canada-Africa Business and Policy Development
Welcome Messages: Event Sponsors and Federal/Provincial/Municipal Authorities
Official Response: African Diplomatic Corps in Canada
Keynote: Preparing the Next Generation of Africa’s Ag Leaders
Panel I: Fostering Synergies and Diversification in the Food and Agribusiness Industry
The ongoing industrial revolution in Africa is expected to increase production to $1 trillion within a decade, with the food processing sector, among others, accounting for three-quarters of the anticipated expansion. With a $56 billion agriculture and agri-food products export industry, Canada is well-positioned to share expertise with African agribusiness owners and food processors interested in adding value for domestic and/or international markets. This session is aimed at exploring complementarities around increased services exports, as well as learning opportunities and best practices for the participants.
Panel II: Technology, Climate Resilience and Agrifood Systems
Climate-smart agricultural practices continue to drive technology’s potential to revolutionize global agri-food systems. From precision agri-food technologies to the Internet of Things, the ongoing digital revolution continues to deliver profound impacts in the entire agricultural value chain. Among others, blockchain technology is helping to drive the tokenization of agriculture commodities in a bid to make them tradable and fundable. This session will explore opportunities for agri-tech companies to partner in order to scale output in a sustainable fashion.
Panel III: Sustainable Innovation in the Food and Agribusiness Industry
Canada is a global leader in agricultural production, and this presents a huge opportunity. The Protein Industries Canada Supercluster initiative is an industry-led value chain consortium of small- to large-sized enterprises involved in food and food ingredient manufacturing, agriculture and food-related services, research and development, technology, economic development, finance and investment, education and training. Africa is well positioned to derive complementary benefits as Canada shares best practices in its sustainable and vibrant agriculture sector.