Reshaping Agriculture in Africa
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MEDIA STATEMENT: 26 AUGUST 2015 Agri All Africa (AaA) was conceived in 2012 out of the energy and enthusiasm for this continent’s agricultural growth potential by individuals who realised the immense agricultural growth and investment opportunities the Africa poses.  At the time the Agri SA had a national policy committee inter alia due to the increasing number of SA farmers that ventured into Africa on their own as well as the amount of inquiries received that required dedicated attention. The Africa policy committee of Agri SA, acted as an enabling platform for primary agricultural producers (farmers) interested in agricultural investments outside South Africa with a primary focus on Africa. Since then a number of neighbouring commercial farmer organisations in Southern Africa, such as the Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe (CFU) and the Namibian Farmers started investing beyond their home countries since 2009. Invitations to AaA to become involved in agricultural development from both farmers active in their own host nations, governments and commercial stakeholders start streaming in from everywhere. This inter alia led to the creation of AaA platforms in various Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) in Africa as well as further afield. This included involvement in the ECOWAS region (Nigeria as base); COMESA (Ethiopia as base); ECCAS (Brazzaville as base). AaA has involvement in almost all SADC countries with perhaps Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, DRC standing out. All stakeholders have thus far - without exception – indicated their support for an organised and capacitated AaA platform. AaA, being African ourselves, pride ourselves in a humble way, to have a better understanding of the developmental needs and complexities of our continent. In pursue of our goal of commercialising and modernising agriculture in Africa through joint ventures (JV’s) between commercial investors in primary production and local small holders, AaA also sees itself as the ideal platform to promote the Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Strategic Agricultural Investments (VGRSAI) in Africa. These guidelines and the adherence to it has become a serious aspect to consider when applying for funding in the international arena. AaA already has a huge data base and buy in from many stakeholders in deploying this vision through action programmes. Although definitely not only South African or Southern African - it is important to take cognisance of the fact that there are already more than 3800 South Africa farmers operating in more than 40 African countries. They were followed by large number of agribusinesses both up – and downstream in the value chain. This network and its potential to promote VGRSAI amongst all relevant stakeholders are indeed huge. AaA is proud to be a main role player in the first Tshwane African Agricultural Exhibition (Jacaranda Agricultural Show in Pretoria) which will run from 26 – 30 August 2015. AaA will be utilising the event to showcase the transforming face of agriculture in Africa. It presents an ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate case studies on the hub-and-spoke-model of cooperation between commercial farmers and small holders, as well as the integration of the interests of primary producers downstream in the value chain. It must also be clearly understood that AaA is work in progress and neither the current proposed structures as well as business modus operandi is therefore not cast in stone. It is the expectation that this Launch of this unique platform will contribute to the effectiveness of the business entity that will be rolled out in Africa and further afield. All these developments take place under an increasing awareness that the nature of support that stakeholders/investors - especially from the SA environment - require, that this cooperation platform that creates a value based driven agricultural investment drive into Africa cannot from within organised operate under the restrictive and cumbersome processes that is inherently part of the organised agricultural environment. AaA is therefore launching this new entity as a discussion platform for the creation of AaA on the 26th of August 2015 by means of a Symposium as well as a formal cocktail in the evening without formal attachment to any organised agricultural body. AaA can be the game changer that rural Africa has been looking for - unlocking the agricultural wealth of this continent by demonstrating successful implementation of agricultural projects in Africa and to get both the investors and primary producers’ landscape better organised (thus recognising the role of the Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO) with its regional bodies. AaA has a strong sense of linking commercial and organised agricultural activities at its core – and that is where bigger scale commercial farmers and small holders meet to jointly further the development of wealth creation via agricultural activities. To be able to farm in a sustainable manner in Africa is equal to security of tenure on the land. AaA’s focus is to contribute optimally to the development of the continent by involving successful farmers and enterprises in the establishment of meaningful agricultural value chains for both commercial and small scale farmers on the continent. The key is to do it in a sustainable way - thus with a business approach. The potential role that Agri All Africa (AaA) can play in organising land based investors in the unlocking of the agricultural potential of Africa is indeed huge and pose exciting developmental opportunities that can and will serve as catalyst for other economic activities to follow. This will be in the same vain that responsible mining has on positively impacting on the job creation and general prosperity of a community. That is our core function: We are in the business of organising farmers and value chains in Africa, and have been doing so for more than a century. AaA would like to partner all relevant stakeholders - of which Governments are very important - and serves as instrument promoting the VGRSAI through a well organised participative/membership-driven platform to get the right messages across by proper education, training, screening and monitoring and evaluation processes. Linking these platforms with successful small holder and bigger commercial projects will indeed be proof of what can be achieved together. Our success in achieving this is embodied in numerous projects in many African countries which include Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zambia, Namibia and elsewhere. A wonderful opportunity has presented itself in South Africa to launch the AaA platform. The City of Tshwane (Pretoria – the capitol of South Africa) has endorsed the Jacaranda Agricultural Show 2015 as one that must demonstrate the ‘Transforming Face of Agriculture on the African Continent.” In order to achieve AaA goals we are urgently looking for support to launch this platform. More than 35 African countries as well as investor countries elsewhere were invited to participate and many will also be involved in this exhibition. All energy spent need to converge on deliberate and responsible agricultural growth – an integral part of the AaA vision. In 2016 we are looking forward to double this effort - and with proper warning and preparation time we are convinced that this event will resonate over the continent. This will pave the way for similar events in Africa and dramatically increase the international participation of the diplomatic community as well as agricultural input companies with an international footprint into Africa. This also applies even wider internationally as African agricultural expertise is also expanding to other parts of the world as proven with the recent involvement in projects such as in Portugal (Alqueva project). AaA is indeed a new beginning - of a platform that we embraces the dreams for this continent in our hearts, able to be adapt to serve its constituency – continuing with or starting with successful primary agricultural production projects by African farmers. The AaA structure is making provision for a Big data division; a Project division and an Agencies Division. It is work under construction and will stay fluid until the best model is decided upon when the governing body of AaA endorses the decision. We look forward to embark together on this exciting path of development with similar value based interested a partners. A special word of thanks must be going to our major sponsor – Senter 360 - if you observe what they have achieved during their exhibition you will realise where dreams can go in Africa! Also to all our other stakeholder support - thank you so much - we look forward to your continuous support also by formalising the relationship with applying for membership status. Dirk Hanekom – CEO (Agri All Africa) August 2015 Enquiries: Helene Swanepoel (+27 83 2687655 or hswanepoel@agriaa.com)
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Reshaping Agriculture in Africa
Website Maintained by a-Zuza I.T.
Copyright © 2017 Agri All Africa
MEDIA STATEMENT: 26 AUGUST 2015 Agri All Africa (AaA) was conceived in 2012 out of the energy and enthusiasm for this continent’s agricultural growth potential by individuals who realised the immense agricultural growth and investment opportunities the Africa poses.  At the time the Agri SA had a national policy committee inter alia due to the increasing number of SA farmers that ventured into Africa on their own as well as the amount of inquiries received that required dedicated attention. The Africa policy committee of Agri SA, acted as an enabling platform for primary agricultural producers (farmers) interested in agricultural investments outside South Africa with a primary focus on Africa. Since then a number of neighbouring commercial farmer organisations in Southern Africa, such as the Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe (CFU) and the Namibian Farmers started investing beyond their home countries since 2009. Invitations to AaA to become involved in agricultural development from both farmers active in their own host nations, governments and commercial stakeholders start streaming in from everywhere. This inter alia led to the creation of AaA platforms in various Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) in Africa as well as further afield. This included involvement in the ECOWAS region (Nigeria as base); COMESA (Ethiopia as base); ECCAS (Brazzaville as base). AaA has involvement in almost all SADC countries with perhaps Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, DRC standing out. All stakeholders have thus far - without exception – indicated their support for an organised and capacitated AaA platform. AaA, being African ourselves, pride ourselves in a humble way, to have a better understanding of the developmental needs and complexities of our continent. In pursue of our goal of commercialising and modernising agriculture in Africa through joint ventures (JV’s) between commercial investors in primary production and local small holders, AaA also sees itself as the ideal platform to promote the Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Strategic Agricultural Investments (VGRSAI) in Africa. These guidelines and the adherence to it has become a serious aspect to consider when applying for funding in the international arena. AaA already has a huge data base and buy in from many stakeholders in deploying this vision through action programmes. Although definitely not only South African or Southern African - it is important to take cognisance of the fact that there are already more than 3800 South Africa farmers operating in more than 40 African countries. They were followed by large number of agribusinesses both up – and downstream in the value chain. This network and its potential to promote VGRSAI amongst all relevant stakeholders are indeed huge. AaA is proud to be a main role player in the first Tshwane African Agricultural Exhibition (Jacaranda Agricultural Show in Pretoria) which will run from 26 – 30 August 2015. AaA will be utilising the event to showcase the transforming face of agriculture in Africa. It presents an ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate case studies on the hub-and-spoke-model of cooperation between commercial farmers and small holders, as well as the integration of the interests of primary producers downstream in the value chain. It must also be clearly understood that AaA is work in progress and neither the current proposed structures as well as business modus operandi is therefore not cast in stone. It is the expectation that this Launch of this unique platform will contribute to the effectiveness of the business entity that will be rolled out in Africa and further afield. All these developments take place under an increasing awareness that the nature of support that stakeholders/investors - especially from the SA environment - require, that this cooperation platform that creates a value based driven agricultural investment drive into Africa cannot from within organised operate under the restrictive and cumbersome processes that is inherently part of the organised agricultural environment. AaA is therefore launching this new entity as a discussion platform for the creation of AaA on the 26th of August 2015 by means of a Symposium as well as a formal cocktail in the evening without formal attachment to any organised agricultural body. AaA can be the game changer that rural Africa has been looking for - unlocking the agricultural wealth of this continent by demonstrating successful implementation of agricultural projects in Africa and to get both the investors and primary producers’ landscape better organised (thus recognising the role of the Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO) with its regional bodies. AaA has a strong sense of linking commercial and organised agricultural activities at its core – and that is where bigger scale commercial farmers and small holders meet to jointly further the development of wealth creation via agricultural activities. To be able to farm in a sustainable manner in Africa is equal to security of tenure on the land. AaA’s focus is to contribute optimally to the development of the continent by involving successful farmers and enterprises in the establishment of meaningful agricultural value chains for both commercial and small scale farmers on the continent. The key is to do it in a sustainable way - thus with a business approach. The potential role that Agri All Africa (AaA) can play in organising land based investors in the unlocking of the agricultural potential of Africa is indeed huge and pose exciting developmental opportunities that can and will serve as catalyst for other economic activities to follow. This will be in the same vain that responsible mining has on positively impacting on the job creation and general prosperity of a community. That is our core function: We are in the business of organising farmers and value chains in Africa, and have been doing so for more than a century. AaA would like to partner all relevant stakeholders - of which Governments are very important - and serves as instrument promoting the VGRSAI through a well organised participative/membership-driven platform to get the right messages across by proper education, training, screening and monitoring and evaluation processes. Linking these platforms with successful small holder and bigger commercial projects will indeed be proof of what can be achieved together. Our success in achieving this is embodied in numerous projects in many African countries which include Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zambia, Namibia and elsewhere. A wonderful opportunity has presented itself in South Africa to launch the AaA platform. The City of Tshwane (Pretoria – the capitol of South Africa) has endorsed the Jacaranda Agricultural Show 2015 as one that must demonstrate the ‘Transforming Face of Agriculture on the African Continent.” In order to achieve AaA goals we are urgently looking for support to launch this platform. More than 35 African countries as well as investor countries elsewhere were invited to participate and many will also be involved in this exhibition. All energy spent need to converge on deliberate and responsible agricultural growth – an integral part of the AaA vision. In 2016 we are looking forward to double this effort - and with proper warning and preparation time we are convinced that this event will resonate over the continent. This will pave the way for similar events in Africa and dramatically increase the international participation of the diplomatic community as well as agricultural input companies with an international footprint into Africa. This also applies even wider internationally as African agricultural expertise is also expanding to other parts of the world as proven with the recent involvement in projects such as in Portugal (Alqueva project). AaA is indeed a new beginning - of a platform that we embraces the dreams for this continent in our hearts, able to be adapt to serve its constituency – continuing with or starting with successful primary agricultural production projects by African farmers. The AaA structure is making provision for a Big data division; a Project division and an Agencies Division. It is work under construction and will stay fluid until the best model is decided upon when the governing body of AaA endorses the decision. We look forward to embark together on this exciting path of development with similar value based interested a partners. A special word of thanks must be going to our major sponsor – Senter 360 - if you observe what they have achieved during their exhibition you will realise where dreams can go in Africa! Also to all our other stakeholder support - thank you so much - we look forward to your continuous support also by formalising the relationship with applying for membership status. Dirk Hanekom – CEO (Agri All Africa) August 2015 Enquiries: Helene Swanepoel (+27 83 2687655 or hswanepoel@agriaa.com)
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Website Maintained by a-Zuza I.T.
Copyright © 2017 Agri All Africa
MEDIA STATEMENT: 26 AUGUST 2015 Agri All Africa (AaA) was conceived in 2012 out of the energy and enthusiasm for this continent’s agricultural growth potential by individuals who realised the immense agricultural growth and investment opportunities the Africa poses.  At the time the Agri SA had a national policy committee inter alia due to the increasing number of SA farmers that ventured into Africa on their own as well as the amount of inquiries received that required dedicated attention. The Africa policy committee of Agri SA, acted as an enabling platform for primary agricultural producers (farmers) interested in agricultural investments outside South Africa with a primary focus on Africa. Since then a number of neighbouring commercial farmer organisations in Southern Africa, such as the Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe (CFU) and the Namibian Farmers started investing beyond their home countries since 2009. Invitations to AaA to become involved in agricultural development from both farmers active in their own host nations, governments and commercial stakeholders start streaming in from everywhere. This inter alia led to the creation of AaA platforms in various Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) in Africa as well as further afield. This included involvement in the ECOWAS region (Nigeria as base); COMESA (Ethiopia as base); ECCAS (Brazzaville as base). AaA has involvement in almost all SADC countries with perhaps Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, DRC standing out. All stakeholders have thus far - without exception – indicated their support for an organised and capacitated AaA platform. AaA, being African ourselves, pride ourselves in a humble way, to have a better understanding of the developmental needs and complexities of our continent. In pursue of our goal of commercialising and modernising agriculture in Africa through joint ventures (JV’s) between commercial investors in primary production and local small holders, AaA also sees itself as the ideal platform to promote the Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Strategic Agricultural Investments (VGRSAI) in Africa. These guidelines and the adherence to it has become a serious aspect to consider when applying for funding in the international arena. AaA already has a huge data base and buy in from many stakeholders in deploying this vision through action programmes. Although definitely not only South African or Southern African - it is important to take cognisance of the fact that there are already more than 3800 South Africa farmers operating in more than 40 African countries. They were followed by large number of agribusinesses both up – and downstream in the value chain. This network and its potential to promote VGRSAI amongst all relevant stakeholders are indeed huge. AaA is proud to be a main role player in the first Tshwane African Agricultural Exhibition (Jacaranda Agricultural Show in Pretoria) which will run from 26 – 30 August 2015. AaA will be utilising the event to showcase the transforming face of agriculture in Africa. It presents an ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate case studies on the hub-and-spoke- model of cooperation between commercial farmers and small holders, as well as the integration of the interests of primary producers downstream in the value chain. It must also be clearly understood that AaA is work in progress and neither the current proposed structures as well as business modus operandi is therefore not cast in stone. It is the expectation that this Launch of this unique platform will contribute to the effectiveness of the business entity that will be rolled out in Africa and further afield. All these developments take place under an increasing awareness that the nature of support that stakeholders/investors - especially from the SA environment - require, that this cooperation platform that creates a value based driven agricultural investment drive into Africa cannot from within organised operate under the restrictive and cumbersome processes that is inherently part of the organised agricultural environment. AaA is therefore launching this new entity as a discussion platform for the creation of AaA on the 26th of August 2015 by means of a Symposium as well as a formal cocktail in the evening without formal attachment to any organised agricultural body. AaA can be the game changer that rural Africa has been looking for - unlocking the agricultural wealth of this continent by demonstrating successful implementation of agricultural projects in Africa and to get both the investors and primary producers’ landscape better organised (thus recognising the role of the Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO) with its regional bodies. AaA has a strong sense of linking commercial and organised agricultural activities at its core – and that is where bigger scale commercial farmers and small holders meet to jointly further the development of wealth creation via agricultural activities. To be able to farm in a sustainable manner in Africa is equal to security of tenure on the land. AaA’s focus is to contribute optimally to the development of the continent by involving successful farmers and enterprises in the establishment of meaningful agricultural value chains for both commercial and small scale farmers on the continent. The key is to do it in a sustainable way - thus with a business approach. The potential role that Agri All Africa (AaA) can play in organising land based investors in the unlocking of the agricultural potential of Africa is indeed huge and pose exciting developmental opportunities that can and will serve as catalyst for other economic activities to follow. This will be in the same vain that responsible mining has on positively impacting on the job creation and general prosperity of a community. That is our core function: We are in the business of organising farmers and value chains in Africa, and have been doing so for more than a century. AaA would like to partner all relevant stakeholders - of which Governments are very important - and serves as instrument promoting the VGRSAI through a well organised participative/membership-driven platform to get the right messages across by proper education, training, screening and monitoring and evaluation processes. Linking these platforms with successful small holder and bigger commercial projects will indeed be proof of what can be achieved together. Our success in achieving this is embodied in numerous projects in many African countries which include Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zambia, Namibia and elsewhere. A wonderful opportunity has presented itself in South Africa to launch the AaA platform. The City of Tshwane (Pretoria – the capitol of South Africa) has endorsed the Jacaranda Agricultural Show 2015 as one that must demonstrate the ‘Transforming Face of Agriculture on the African Continent.” In order to achieve AaA goals we are urgently looking for support to launch this platform. More than 35 African countries as well as investor countries elsewhere were invited to participate and many will also be involved in this exhibition. All energy spent need to converge on deliberate and responsible agricultural growth – an integral part of the AaA vision. In 2016 we are looking forward to double this effort - and with proper warning and preparation time we are convinced that this event will resonate over the continent. This will pave the way for similar events in Africa and dramatically increase the international participation of the diplomatic community as well as agricultural input companies with an international footprint into Africa. This also applies even wider internationally as African agricultural expertise is also expanding to other parts of the world as proven with the recent involvement in projects such as in Portugal (Alqueva project). AaA is indeed a new beginning - of a platform that we embraces the dreams for this continent in our hearts, able to be adapt to serve its constituency – continuing with or starting with successful primary agricultural production projects by African farmers. The AaA structure is making provision for a Big data division; a Project division and an Agencies Division. It is work under construction and will stay fluid until the best model is decided upon when the governing body of AaA endorses the decision. We look forward to embark together on this exciting path of development with similar value based interested a partners. A special word of thanks must be going to our major sponsor – Senter 360 - if you observe what they have achieved during their exhibition you will realise where dreams can go in Africa! Also to all our other stakeholder support - thank you so much - we look forward to your continuous support also by formalising the relationship with applying for membership status. Dirk Hanekom – CEO (Agri All Africa) August 2015 Enquiries: Helene Swanepoel (+27 83 2687655 or hswanepoel@agriaa.com)
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Reshaping Agriculture in Africa