Some moments deserve a special mention.
AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2015
"This is a moment for all the entrepreneurs from Tanzania. I am not only representing Raphael Group but also all the business people in my country who believe in what they do. This is a very special moment for me and everyone back home.”
Agro-Comercial Olinda Fondo (ACOF), Mozambique
"For the first time ever I received funding for my project and this is thanks to the fact that I attended the AgriBusiness Forum 2012. When I was there I met the head of Rabobank Foundation who put me in contact with people in Mozambique which led to me accessing funding. It was exceptional."
The role of the private sector has never been more important for the future of agriculture in Africa.
Financial inclusion remains a pressing concern in developing countries, and those without access to formal financial services may find it hard to access credit and savings facilities.
The commodity boom may be over, and barriers to doing business are everywhere. But Africa’s market of 1.2 billion people still holds huge promise.
Just improving farm yield is not enough to lift families and communities out of poverty – we also need to change the systems in which smallholders operate.