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.

Speakers:

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
Bayer


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


Sara Eckhouse
Executive Director
Foodshot Global


Paul Sheppard
Founder
Future Farms


Aboubacar Karim
CEO
Investiv


Jehiel Oliver
CEO
Hello Tractor


Paul Sheppard
Co-Founder 
Future Farms South Africa 


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