Africa Investment Forum Roundtable Presents Agribusiness Investment Opportunities Ahead of Market Days 2021



Africa Investment Forum Roundtable Presents Agribusiness Investment Opportunities Ahead of Market Days 2021

As a sector, agriculture has been underfunded with investment to date, and the Africa Investment Forum’s vision is to be a catalyst for significant investment.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, October 10, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Africa Investment Forum organized a roundtable to present two agrifood agreements worth nearly $ 400 million as part of the preparation for its upcoming 2021 market days.

Investment opportunities, drawn from the Africa Investment Forum pipeline, will be presented in their entirety during Market Days, which will be held from December 1-3 in Abidjan. The virtual roundtable, organized by the Atlantic Council, took place on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

During the roundtable, members of the AIF team presented an overview of the transactions to investors.

The first, which requires $ 345 million in capital, involves building and operating a food market that will serve around 15 million people in an area that is expected to be Africa’s largest food trading area. It would also serve as a market where farmers would bring produce to sell to potential customers at retail or wholesale prices. Besides farmers, the food market will provide livelihoods for fishermen, meat and dairy producers and wholesalers.

The second agreement presented concerns the scale-up of a dairy milk production and packaging company in a country of the Southern African Development Community. The project sponsors have a good operational track record in the agricultural sector and have entered into a sales agreement with a large international food and drink company for milk production. The deal, valued at $ 50.2 million, has strategic value to the national government and provides an opportunity for local production of a product that is typically imported. There is also potential for job creation and local skills development.

The roundtable also featured a roundtable with Begna Gebreyes, Senior Vice President, Africa Finance Corporation; Deji Adebusoye, Director, Sahel Capital; and Nimrod Gerber, Managing Partner, Vital Capital. Panelists discussed Africa’s role in global supply chains, bottlenecks to agricultural productivity, infrastructure limitations and other issues relevant to the agro-food sector. They agreed that Africa still lacks the processing capacity to add value to its raw materials, cocoa being cited as an example.

Agriculture and agribusiness is one of the five priority investment sectors under the Africa Investment Forum’s unified response to the Covid-19 pillars (, in addition to energy and climate change, health, ICT / telecoms, and industrialization and commerce.

Africa Investment Forum Senior Director Chinelo Anohu said: “Agriculture is one of the pillars of the African economy: it is the main employer and it is fundamental to transform rural areas, reduce the poverty and facilitate economic growth. As a sector, agriculture has been underfunded with investment to date, and the Africa Investment Forum’s vision is to be a catalyst for significant investments to facilitate growth over the next decade, to improve productivity and income in a fair and sustainable manner.

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