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The 2012 AgriBusiness Forum was organised around topical issues, including the role of the private sector in stimulating agribusiness-driven inclusive market development; access to finance for agri-food growth; innovative technologies; and the development of inclusive business models in the agribusiness sector.

The AgriBusiness Forum 2012 was attended by a contingent of over 350 participants from 50 countries around Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The 2012 Forum was a continuation of the decisions announced in the Johannesburg Declaration signed at the AgriBusiness Forum 2011, which called for all the key players in the public and private sector to take concrete action to leverage Africa’s agricultural potential and support the development of the African food industry.

The Forum was also an opportunity to demonstrate how innovation and technology enable small producers to significantly improve their standard of living, for example through drip irrigation, portable greenhouse kits, or data and climate information sent to farmers via mobile phones.

Presentations also supported the concept that innovation is also taking place through the development of inclusive business models: Several multinational companies on the continent are substantially increasing their purchases from local producers, especially small producers, rather than importing food from outside of Africa. This is approach is growing across Africa in order to benefit all those involved in the value chain.

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