Craving 4 Development, in collaboration with SL Agcelerator has hosted a three-day Symposium celebrating the 3rd edition of the PAN-AFRICAN SYMPOSIUM ON AGRICULTURE.
The vision of the symposium is to create a regional knowledge and partnership-based platform that helps harness the power of youth involvement in Agriculture and the potential of agricultural innovation, food sovereignty as well as investments and connected supply chains in Africa.
The Symposium aimed at setting in motion, an initiative that allows practical knowledge sharing, export readiness, and exposure to systems, businesses, enablers, and innovations to build robust frameworks and agro-industrial companies, with enhanced human capital, interconnected networks of experts, well-structured and accessible markets, and opportunities for sustained collaborations.
This third edition of the Pan African Symposium on Agriculture brings 23 African countries together from December 5th to 7th 2022 with a focus on Strengthening Agrifood Supply Chains in Africa. The event recorded 11 million engagements on social media and trended in 8 African countries for its 2nd edition held in Dakar, Senegal in November 2021.
The Pan African Agrifood Chain was founded by Mrs Aminata Kane Balde and co-founded by Tafadzwa Chiganga and Tolulope Aina.
In an interview, Mrs Kane said that the overall objective of the Symposium is to support African youth to take advantage of the great African opportunities in terms of sustainable production and value addition, access to markets, partnerships and investments. And at the end of the symposium, they should be able to provide better opportunities to develop linkages between African markets, build capacities and transfer technologies, and ensure that young Africans are equipped to foster sustainable production and value addition in the agricultural sector. The engagement of the Local and Regional Private sectors in value chain development and export-oriented growth strategy is also included in the scheme.
The Symposium was structured to suit the varied needs and diverse stakeholder expectations. The various themes were discussed in breakdown sessions to allow a more thorough understanding of the issues: The villages were set up to showcase products and services as well as innovations that are representative of the African ‘Agrientrepreneurial’ potential.
Many African countries were represented and a Rainbow of African expertise and diversity was also displayed.