Attend The Maiden Edition Of Agbeloba Agribusiness Forum 2013

October 22, 2013

Ekiti State Government hereby announces the maiden edition of Agbeloba Agribusiness Forum 2013 themed “Engaging Ekiti Competitive Resources for Nigeria’s Agri-food sector”, to be held from 29th -30th October, 2013 at Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, Ikogosi, Nigeria.

Forum Highlight
The forum, a combination of High-Level Plenary Sessions, Technical Workshops, Pre-organized One-on-One Business Meetings, a business Market Place, Networking dinner and Governor’s parley, Public- Private Sector Dialogue (PPD) and feature of documentaries on Ekiti Agribusiness sector, its achievements and Agriculture/Tourist site-seeing, is expected to generate public and private sector discourse and partnerships for the actualization of the State’s Agricultural Agenda.

Dialogues will cover key policy issues and in-depth conversation on how the private and public sector (both internal & external) stakeholders can play a greater role in agricultural development programmes of the State. It will further highlight the imperative of youth participation in the agriculture value chains.

Participants will have access to a unique networking platform, as well as the opportunity to showcase products and services. Also, in a bid to encourage strategic investments in the State agribusiness sector, Ekiti State Government will be sealing important deals, while adequate platform will be given to youth enterprises in search of mentor-mentee arrangements.

Why attend the maiden edition of Agbeloba Agribusiness Forum 2013

1.    Build strategic collaboration between the State Government, Business, Development partners and other level of Government
structure.
2.    Discuss the State’s institutional framework and support for agribusiness, investment, planning and promotion.
3.    Gain fresh insight on agribusiness model innovations which have a positive on food security, employment generation and wealth
creation.
4.    Discover financing options and investment opportunities, and how to optimize, Agri- food value -chain in Ekiti.
5.    Identify inclusive Agri-food value chains with added focus on –border and regional value chains that have impact on the state
agricultural sector.
6.    Benefit from a veritable platform to meet key investors, policy and decision makers and dialogue on sustainable strategies
7.    Discuss strategies and policies to improve smallholders’ access to finance and markets;
8.    Foster a consensus of roles and opportunities of the private sector in sustainable and inclusive agribusiness sector
9.    Discuss critical challenges of mechanizing and marketing HVC –Cocoa, cassava, Maize, Soybean, Rice, Poultry products,
processed products
10.    Explore new models for Inter/Intra-regional value chain development across State
11.    Locate and access agricultural funding interventions and available financial solutions – Banks and agricultural financing products;

Discussant
Discussants include His Excellencies Dr. Kayode Fayemi/Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola/Raji Fashola – Governors of Ekiti, Osun and Lagos respectively, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Daouda  – Toure – UN System Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha – Chaiman Senate Committee on Agriculture, Gbenga Oyebode – Chairman Okomu Oil, Louise Setshwaelo – FAO Representative, Aare Afe Babalola, Sir Remi Omotosho, Chairman – Standard Chartered Bank, Bernardo  Cocco – UNDP Country Director, Peter Bolt – CEO DADTCO, Aig Imokhoede – MD Access Bank Plc., Bisi Onasanya – MD First Bank Plc., Evelyn Oputu – MD Bank of Industry, Mohammend Santuraki – MD Bank of Agriculture, Ousmane Dore – Resident Representative AFDB, Prince Julius Adelusi Faluyi – CEO Juli Phamacy, Dr. Chris Okeke – Chairman Nigeria Starch Mill, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan – National President Poultry Association of Nigeria, Commissioners of Agriculture (Ogun, Osun, Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Edo, Kano, and Enugu States), and many others.

Who Should Attend

Investors (from Nigeria, Africa, Europe, American, Asia e.t.c.) Farmers (Youths, existing commercial and smallholders operators), financial Institutions, Regional Entities, Development Partners, and Civil Society Organisation working to achieve food security in Nigeria, SMEs, Donors, Researchers, Federal/State Government Officials, Agriculture/Agribusiness Companies (farming equipment manufacturers, consultants, producers and suppliers of  agricultural product – seeds, fertilisers, equipment e.t.c.), Trade and Business Associations e.t.c.

Register Now
To ensure your place at the Agbeloba AgriBusiness Forum 2013, register through:
http://ekitistate.gov.ng/media-centre/agbelobaagribusinessforum/
or call Ilesanmi(0803 502 4381), Fatoba(0803 580 1293), Borisade(0705 376 3522) or Odesanmi(0806 124 0128).

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