The World Food Prize Foundation

2017 Side Events

Making Farming Cool: Investing in Future African Farmers and Agripeneurs

10/18/2017 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Salons A, B, & C | Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Dr. Dianah Ngonyama

The panel discussion will highlight experiences and the future outlook for empowering African youth to create and take up innovative, new employment and entrepreneurship opportunities throughout the agrifood system, from lab to fork, on the continent. The event will also feature ten young African agripreneurs, who are part of the IITA/African Development Bank's ENABLE-Youth Program and are interested in engaging US university and businesses communities around Des Moines.

Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Akin Adesina, 2017 World Food Prize Laureate and President, African Development Bank Group
  • Dr. Jennifer Blanke, Vice President for Agriculture & Human Development, African Development Bank
  • Dr. Beth Dunford, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID and Deputy Coordinator for Development, U.S. Feed the Future 
  • Dr. Julie Howard, Director of Agrifood Youth Opportunity Lab, Michigan State University
  • Mr. Parmesh Shah, Global Lead for Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Jobs, the World Bank
  • Dr. Chiji Ojukwu, Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank
  • Dr. Neal Gutterson, Leader, Research & Development - Agriculture Division, DowDuPont™
  • Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University
  • Ms. Haowa Bello,  Ms. Lilian Uwintwali,  Mr. Kwama Ababio and Mr. Noel Mulinganya - ENABLE Youth Agripreneurs
  • Moderated by Dr. Mima Nedelcovych (President/CEO, Initiative for Global Development) and Dr. Dianah Ngonyama (President, Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora)

RSVP Information:
Register Here

Points of Contacts:
Dr. Dianah Ngonyama
Dr. Daniel Karanja 

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