Panel discussion at the Agritech Africa conference is underway at Meetings Africa 2019

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 Agritech Africa will take place from 17-19 June, 2020 in Cape Town at the CTICCWinning of the bid to host this international conference was resultant of Meetings Africa.

The official media launch of Agritech Africa 2020 took place at Meetings Africa in Johannesburg on the 27th of February. In attendance at the press release was a panel of esteemed speakers and experts from the SADC region to weigh in on agriculture in Africa through a panel discussion.

Delegates were addressed by Chief Convention Bureau officer, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo and Corne Koch, Head of the Cape Town Convention Bureau. Agriculture in the SADC region faces many challenges, including climate change, access to markets, mechanization and demands from population growth.

“Feeding Africa is a high priority. We want to be self sustainable”. “At Agritech Africa we want to showcase what Africa can do in terms of research and development. We are looking for partnerships” – Dr. Thulasizwe Mkhabela highlights the importance of new technology as well as bringing the youth into the agricultural sector.

Addressing the press was Ambassador Bene L. M. M’Poko of the Democratic Republic of Congo, highlighting the challenges of agriculture in Africa: “The Agritech Expo will give attendees the opportunity to take knowledge back home. Utilisation of technology is key”.

“Agriculture & tech are key economic enablers, the knowledge sharing that a conference such as Agritech Africa 2020 will bring is unsurmountable. The impact beyond the event & how it can positively impact Africa food production is very exciting”, says Corne Koch.

“The food security of the world will depend on what Africa can deliver” – Mr. Miller Matola CEO of Milvest.

Voiced was also  the need to take advantage of events like Agritech Africa 2020 to grow the sector. There is an alignment between the agricultural sector, technology, science and tourism. Agricultural tourism is a big part of the Western Cape, which is part of the reason why the province was chosen to host Agritech Africa 2020.

Excitement builds for what these partnerships and collaborations will bring for Africa in 2020? Join us on 17th June 2020 !

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