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The AgriBusiness Forum 2011 gathered agribusiness leaders and decision makers and addressed the pressing issues impacting Africa's agricultural sector and the hurdles still facing those wanting to be entrepreneurial within the African agri-food sector.

The Forum was jointly organised by EMRC and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with Rabobank Foundation and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO).

Agribusiness Forum 2011 was one ofthe year’s most important international gatherings on the African continent. It was an opportunity not just to take stock of the current situation of agribusiness on the continent, but also to chart a way forward for the sector.

The Forum was attended by a large contingent of around 450 participants from almost every single country in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as 20 other countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

In addition, over 1000 business-to-business meetings were organised amongst those looking for funds and those wishing to invest in sound and innovative projects in Africa.

The forum culminated in the Johannesburg Declaration on Inclusive African Agribusiness Public-Private Partnerships, through which representatives from the private sector, government and civil society pledged to work together to develop and leverage Africa’s agricultural potential.

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  • Facilitate access to finance
  • Connect businesses horizontally and vertically
  • Create an exchange of know-how
  • Engage the relevant Public-Private dialogue
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