The World Food Prize Foundation

2019 Borlaug Dialogue Breakout Sessions

U.S. - Africa Forum on Agricultural Technology

10/15/2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hall of Cities, 3rd Floor | Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Elizabeth Guillot

The U.S.-Africa AgTech Forum will bring together stakeholders from government, business, academia and multilateral institutions to take stock of the agriculture sector in Africa and identify opportunities to enhance efficiency, productivity, and sustainability by incorporating technology across agricultural value chains.

This unique event will create a collaborative space for information and best practice sharing in the AgTech space along with establish a platform to address policy challenges in implementing these new technologies. The daylong event will include dialogues ranging from traditional panels to transformation talks on innovative technologies, all with the goal of facilitating investment between the U.S. and Africa.


Mwangi Kiunjuri
Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock,  Fisheries, & Irrigation for the Republic of Kenya 

Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
Minister of Communications for the Republic of Ghana

Dr. Jennifer Blanke
Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development 
African Development Bank

Dr. Ed Mabaya
Manager, Agribusiness Development 
African Development Bank

Parmesh Shah 
Global Lead for Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Jobs 
World Bank

Tavonga Alex Siyavora 
Program Manager 
John Deere

Kommy Weldemarian 
Chief Scientist
IBM Research- Africa

Mark Edge
Director of Collaborations for Developing Countries

Mark Chiavello
Representative of South Africa to the United States
Standard    Ban

Sara Eckhouse
Executive Director
Foodshot Global

Paul Sheppard
Future Farms

Aboubacar Karim

Jehiel Oliver
Hello Tractor

Paul Sheppard
Future Farms South Africa 

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