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Increasing Agricultural Productivity in Africa is top priority! Experts share latest trends at Large Scale Farming in Africa Conference in Cairo.

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A quiet – and green – revolution is already growing in Africa, led by scientists, farmers and politicians. Scientists are developing new and improved crop varieties. The continent’s farmers are putting into practice techniques like drip irrigation. African governments are making transforming agriculture a top priority with fertilizer subsidies and other beneficial policies:

“In Tanzania, farmers plant early-maturing maize to escape the damage caused by an increasingly unreliable rainy season. Over 300,000 farmers in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are using micro-dosing techniques to increase yields and reduce fertilizer use. For the last 4 years, Malawi has not only met its own food needs, but has also become able to export to its neighbors. Rwanda’s agricultural production has grown by 13 per cent and 17 per cent in the last two years.” ~ The Daily Monitor, 23 March 2010

Kenyashifts from rain-fed agriculture to stem food crisis” ~Daily Nation, 19 March 2010

In the Southeast African nation of Malawi, large new government subsidies for chemical fertilizer have led to bumper crops of corn.…Already following Malawi’s lead are Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, all of which have announced plans for expanded fertilizer subsidies.” ~The New York Times, 21 Feb 201

What do these trends mean for Agri-investment in Africa?
How will they change the nature of investment and project management?

Answers to the above questions will be provided at the upcoming Large Scale Farming in Africa conference, meeting in Cairo on 20-21 April 2010, where SGS, Dina Farms & Syngenta Agro are sharing perspectives on water and soil management as well as increasing farm productivity through technology. Not to be missed sessions include:

  • SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT FOR LARGE FARMLANDS – MAKING GAINS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
    Addressed by: Mr. Stuart Shepherd, Soil/Leaf Analytical Service Director
    SGS South Africa (PTY) Ltd
  • WATER MANAGEMENT FOR AGRI-INVESTMENT IN EGYPT
    Addressed by: Mr. Tamer Hassan, Operations Director
    Dina Farms
  • INCREASING FARM PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
    Addressed by: Dr. Shachi Sharma, Key Account Development Manager
    Syngenta Agro AG

The Large Scale Farming in Africa conference program offers perspectives from regulators and investors on the policy environment, investment climate & project case studies, as well as the latest on increasing agri-productivity. Conference participants can look forward to clarifying their top concerns and questions on investing in Africa.