1st Inter-Regional Agricultural Symposium
Date: 8th to 9th September, 2023
Agriculture is the backbone of many African economies, providing a living for millions and significantly contributing to economic growth and development. Despite the importance of the sector, many subsistence farmers continue to face numerous challenges that impede productivity and growth. The 1st Inter-Regional Agricultural Symposium aims to address these challenges by encouraging agricultural partnerships, knowledge sharing, and business growth.
Theme of the 1st Inter-Regional Agricultural Symposium
The theme of the 1st Inter-Regional Agricultural Symposium, “Local Wealth Creation,” is centered on empowering farmers and agricultural businesses to create wealth within their local communities. The focus on co-operatives and aggregation highlights the importance of collaboration and collective action in achieving sustainable growth and development. Partnerships with national and international markets are crucial for farmers to access new customers, increase sales, and expand their businesses. Finally, the regional story emphasizes the unique challenges and opportunities within each participating country and the importance of sharing knowledge and best practices to improve the overall agricultural sector in the region.
- Local Wealth Creation
- Co-operatives and Aggregation
- Partnerships to reach National and International markets
The Regional Story
Subsistence farmers have limited resources to work with but still they produce, and in many ways manage to deliver quality products to the market. Through all the risks and climate challenges they still aspire to feed their communities and the nation. Opportunities are still present in allocating proper programs and support to maximize production and retain sustainability and growth to reach international market. Corporates, Association, Federations and Organization have huge roles in advocating for policies and regulations that can address some of these challenges
The Objective of the 1st Inter-Regional Agricultural Symposium
We intend to build solid partnerships of market trade, policy sharing, project Implementations and business growth with other African countries who have shown remarkable growth in their agriculture sector. In one voice call all stakeholders to account for development and growth of subsistence farmers. In different platforms across the world, we see corporative being invited to attend to address such challenges and limitations subsistence farmers face; this event aims to have these organizations deliver all solutions and adopted programs and systems to assist farmers directly affected to implement such transformations.
The Benefits of the 1st Inter-Regional Agricultural Symposium
- Opportunities for brand explosion regionally
- A good CSI opportunity and allows the company to work closely with farmers and hence forming relationships and unity
- Company product brands will be mentioned at every opportunity, further internalizing the tag line.
- Good opportunity to interact and promote company vision, objectives and what you stand for regionally
- Profiling the company as a company of choice which ploughs back profits.
Location and Future Events
The first Inter-Regional Agricultural Symposium will be held in Lesotho, and it will be the first in a five-year series of symposiums that will rotate between five countries. Botswana will host the next symposium in 2024, followed by Namibia in 2025, Zimbabwe in 2026, and Mozambique in 2027. The symposium aims to promote regional integration and knowledge-sharing by rotating between different countries, while also highlighting the unique challenges and opportunities within each participating country.
We intent to build solid partnerships of market trade, project implementations and business growth with other African countries who have shown remarkable growth in their agriculture sector. we intent to have an audience of farmers that all policies, regulations, systems and programs identified can be presented to them as the implementers. Participating countries are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. The event will rotate between 5 countries for 5 years.
- 2023 – Lesotho
- 2024 – Botswana
- 2025 – Namibia
- 2026- Zimbabwe
- 2027 – Mozambique
The 1st Inter-Regional Agricultural Symposium is an excellent opportunity for businesses, farmers, and policymakers to come together and discuss the challenges facing Africa’s agricultural sector. The symposium aims to promote sustainable development and empower subsistence farmers to create wealth in their local communities through partnerships, knowledge sharing, and business growth. Participating in the symposium provides numerous benefits for businesses, including increased brand exposure, the opportunity to participate in CSI initiatives, and the opportunity to form valuable partnerships. The symposium, with its emphasis on collaboration, provides a unique platform for participants to learn from one another and collaborate to build a stronger community.