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The Africa Roundtable N°6

Growing Africa’s Future: Advancing Food Sovereignty through Agricultural Innovation

The Africa Roundtable N°6

May 7, 2024

Africa’s food demand is growing rapidly, and its food industry is projected to be worth $1 trillion by 2030 (McKinsey). With 65% of the world’s unused arable land (African Development Bank), the agricultural sector holds immense potential for growth, beyond the continent. But unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential comes with significant and interlinked challenges, from the impact of climate change to an infrastructure gap, and fractured supply chains.  Farmers are already tapping into new digital tools to increase crop productivity, reduce harvest-loss and improve digital access in agriculture, especially for women. In the sixth edition of The Africa Roundtable we explore how the continent can unlock its full potential as an agricultural powerhouse.

The Africa Roundtable in Berlin 2024

Growing Africa’s Future: Advancing Food Sovereignty through Agricultural Innovation


Opening Remarks
Christine Mhundwa
Moderator, Deutsche Welle
Rhoda Berger
CEO, Global Perspectives Initiative
8:00 am
Growing Africa's Future
H.E. Albert M. Muchanga
Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union
H.E. Cem Özdemir
Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Germany
8:25 am
Towards Transformation
Nathalie Delapalme
CEO, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Amandla Ooko-Ombaka
Partner, McKinsey
9:00 am
Solutions for Sovereignty
H.E. Amani Abou-Zeid
Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union
Birgit Pickel
Director-General for Africa, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Amadou Hott
Special Envoy of the President, African Development Bank
Gerald Chirinda
CEO & Founder, Future Africa Group
9:55 am
Closing Remarks
Gregor Darmer
CEO, Global Perspectives Initiative

Contact Persons

Stephanie Igunbor,

Supported by

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Global Solutions Initiative

Future Africa Forum

McKinsey & Company

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

BDI Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie

BMZ Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung


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