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Testimonials

They came, they experienced and they want to share their thoughts about it with you.

 Marie Claire Matamba

CEO - Agrimat Gabon

 Marie Claire Matamba

"I won the Award last year and managed to develop my business. This year I am back because I want to find investors and meet with people representing financial institutions. I want to go even further with my business."

Richard Rogers

Sr Program Officer, Market Access; Global Development - BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

Richard Rogers

"The AgriBusiness Forum provides a great opportunity for businesses, governments and foundations like ours to network as there are very few opportunities to have stakeholders across the continent actuallly assembled in one place."

Khaled Al-Aboodi

CEO - Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Khaled Al-Aboodi

"For us AFIF is a very important conference and with its focus on SMEs it is an event we do not want to miss!"

Lina Keyter

CEO - Agri Academy of South AFrica

Lina Keyter

"EMRC assisted us in developing affordable finance model for our farmers, we had farmers present as well as experts from EMRC and we have been introduced to many valuable partners."

Heike Ruttgers

Head of Portfolio Management and Policy Division in the ACP Department - EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK

Heike Ruttgers

"As there is a growing potential in this [Africa] continent it is very interesting to learn more, to meet people and to learn more about the opportunities this continent has to offer. It is very interesting to bring the two sides together."

Lebogang Motlana

Director, Regional Service Centre - UNDP ETHIOPIA

Lebogang Motlana

""We decided to partner with AFIF 2015 and EMRC in order to be in a position to take advantage of the many small and medium enteprises. We felt as UNDP that we could put forward the message about impact investment and set up the networks we would like to see in Africa."

Rock Emmanuel Ngouoto

Head of Credit - Trust Merchant Bank

Rock Emmanuel Ngouoto

"I can say that we have learnt a lot during the Forum. From the business side, I have received already two loan applications."

Philippe Villers

President - GrainPro Inc.

Philippe Villers

“Just a note to thank you for an exceptional productive  conference. As a  result of the opportunities to meet potential partners and customers at the EMRC conference in Johannesburg GrainPro was able to  arrange follow up meetings with two ministers of  agriculture and several potential partner organization.  For us  this  was  clearly the  most  valuable conference in Africa this year and  we look  forward to next year’s. We would love to have an opportunity at next year’s meeting to  report on the  progress in the use of hermetic  storage to protect  grains and  crops that is  taking  place in Africa.”

David McEvoy

Head of Institutional Relations - Trust Merchant Bank

David McEvoy

"In our view the agriculture and food sectors will play as important a role, if not a more important role, in ensuring the economic viability of the Congo as is the case in other African countries. For that reason it is very encouraging to see the attention been given by the Congolese government, and other key stakeholders, to this very important subject."

Elaine Jones

Executive Director Pfizer Ventures - PFIZER INC

Elaine Jones

We put the emphasis on entrepreneurship. I want to support young companies with innovative ideas so I thought it would be a great opportunity to come and meet other investors who are active in this market and look for other opportunities for us to make direct investments in.

Nuradin Osman

MD Africa and the Middle East - AGCO International

Nuradin Osman

"AGCO is aware of the important role young people and job creation play in agriculture. Government and the Private Sector need to come together to make agriculture more attractive to young people. Mechanizing agriculture combined with training is a great way to increase agricultural productivity and incomes and will engage more young people in the industry as they can move away from the physical labour to technological thinking and can increase their productivity."

Tom Derksen

Managing Director Agriculture - SNV EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

Tom Derksen

“The issue of finance is key and a core element in promoting inclusive and sustainable agribusinesses. There is a need for innovative financing mechanisms to serve the missing middle SMEs by providing equity investments and loans. There are a number of interesting examples, but now is the time to bring these emerging solutions to scale.”

Zano Mataruka

Senior Investment Officer - IFC - INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION

Zano Mataruka

"Since 2012 IFC has stepped up efforts to support Africa’s agribusiness sector. We are developing new products, such as local currency financing, risk sharing facilities, and comprehensive support to farmers through intermediaries. IFC also aims to further integrate its advisory services with investments, to provide more comprehensive support."

Jean Claude Hoolans

MILUNA SARL, DR Congo

Jean Claude Hoolans

"The AgriBusiness Forum is very interesting for us as we work in agriculture and we are looking for finance so this is the place to meet potential partners."

Judite Macuacua

Wissa Ltd., Mozambique

Judite Macuacua

"For four days I was surrounded by people from across the world either working in the same field or looking to invest. I learnt so much, made important contacts and most of all it gave me enormous self confidence."

Munira Jauad

Rumu, Guinea Bissau

Munira Jauad

"It's great to participate in such international events as it allows us to establish contacts with institutions and entrepreneurs. Since my participation in the last AgriBusiness Forum in Johannesburg I have been in contact with an English importer and now I am waiting for him to visit Guinea Bissau." 

Ephraim Turahirwa

CEO of the Banque Populaire du Rwanda, Rwanda

Ephraim Turahirwa

"We came to meeting strategic development partners with whom we can partner in access to finance for this sector. We also learnt about best practice from others so as to introduce area based tailored models from those that have been successful elsewhere to Rwanda's agribusiness value chain."

Dr Harinaly Andrianjafy

Proimpex, Madagascar

Dr Harinaly Andrianjafy

"I established global contacts thanks to the AgriBusiness Forum. I even was able to creat partnerships; with one company from Uganda and an association from Argentina."

Rahim Dhrolia

African Milling Company, DR Congo

Rahim Dhrolia

"The AgriBusiness Forum is a stepping stone for the country. It creates that pool of knowledge that is essential to get the private sector moving forward."

Olinda Fondo

Agro-Comercial Olinda Fondo (ACOF), Mozambique

Olinda Fondo

"For the first time ever I received funding for my project and this is thanks to the fact that I attended the AgriBusiness Forum 2012. When I was there I met the head of Rabobank Foundation who put me in contact with people in Mozambique which led to me accessing funding. It was exceptional."

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