Skip to content

PARI hosted a side-event at the 6th ICAAA: Rising to Meet Evolving Challenges – Africa’s Agricultural Development Beyond 2020 Vision, taking place on 23-26 September in Abuja, Nigeria.

This event discussed challenges and insights in the growth of Africa’s agricultural sector, featuring researchers from ZEF and young agricultural economic scientists from around Africa. Major topics discussed included Foreign Direct Investments, inclusive value chains and mechanisation in African agriculture.

Conference Participants


 Opening (Oliver Kirui (ZEF))
13:30 – 13:35·       Setting the scene: Introduction into Program of Accompanying Agricultural Research for Innovation (PARI)


·       Introducing the presenters and the panelists

 3 presentations (7 minutes each)
13:35 – 14:001.     Adetoyinbo Ayobami (Nigeria): Organizational structures, gender and upgrading strategies for smallholders in local value chains


2.     Zaneta Kubik (ZEF): Foreign Direct Investments in African agriculture and food sectors

3.     Divan van der Westhuizen (S. Africa): Rising tractor use in SSA

4.     Thomas Daum (UoH): Mechanization in African Agriculture

 Moderated Panel Discussion on agro-industrial transformation in Africa
14:00 – 15:25      Panelists:


1.     Dr. Edward Mabaya: Manager of Agribusiness Development at the African Development Bank & President of the AAAE

2.     Dr. Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura: Vice President of the AAAE, Strategy and Policy Manager at the African Academy of Sciences

3.     Dr. Kashi Kafle: Research Economist, International Water Management Institute

4.     Dr. Hugo de Groote: Principal scientist and agricultural economist, CIMMYT

Questions, comments and discussions amongst the panelists, selected scholars and from the audience directed to the panelists
 Closing remarks
15:25 – 15:30Closing remarks and key take home messages (moderator)