Obasanjo Leads Team To Chair 2018 Africa Oil Week

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, will lead a team of established personalities who will chair this year’s Africa Oil Week in November.  

Others are Rt Hon Mark Simmonds, Former Minister for Africa MP, United Kingdom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Mr. Carlos Lopes, Former Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

They’ll be working alongside the Africa Oil Week Industry Advisory Board, to bring you the very best, content-rich conference experience, uncovering the latest trends, topics, and deal-making opportunities Africa-wide.

Over 1,100 professionals from across the globe take part in Africa Oil Week every year - making the show the meeting place for the continent’s oil and gas industry. Africa Oil Week will take place on take place from 5 to 9 November 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Government officials, NOCs, majors, independents, lawmakers, technical experts, and more meet in Cape Town every year to define the continent’s energy future – and to expand business cooperation.

This year the event will look at will not only reflect on the experiences and learnings from a quarter century of exploration and production, but will set the agenda for new projects, partnerships and business transactions that will determine the future of the continent’s hydrocarbon sector.

GE & Marinus Energy To Build Waste Gas To Power Plant In Ghana

As developing countries embrace innovation that will guarantee faster solutions to energy challenges, GE Power and Marinus Energy has announced a pilot project to capture Isopentane gas and use it as a fuel source for generating electricity.

The Atuabo Waste to Power Independent Power Project ("Atuabo") will be the first TM2500 power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa to use Isopentane gas as a fuel source and will run on GE's latest TM2500 gas turbines. This Isopentane gas would otherwise have been flared.

"Not only is the Atuabo waste to power plant enabling our company to lead in innovative energy solutions in Ghana, but by using a fuel source which would otherwise have been flared as waste, we are further reducing emissions and costs," said Mr. Fred Asamany, Strategic Advisor of Marinus Energy.

"This is good for our business, the climate and eliminates the potential environmental hazards facing the local community. GE is offering an innovative solution which gives us the confidence to move from pilot to commercial operations" he said.

In the first phase, Atuabo will convert the Isopentane fuel into up to 25 megawatts (MW) of power, generating enough electricity to supply power for more than 100,000 Ghanaian households. As additional gas is brought onshore, the plant is expected to add on additional gas generating units up to a capacity of 100 MW.

Additional Isopentane fuel will eventually be stripped off an offshore gas supply and processed at Atuabo by the Ghana National Gas Company. The gas turbine will start on lean gas and transfer to the Isopentane mix over time, and the power plant is intended to operate at base load throughout its life.

"The TM2500 unit will provide unrivalled speed to deployment and flexibility to support the immediate needs of our customer - Marinus Energy, and then seamlessly transition to deliver capacity over the long term as they expand their operations" said Leslie Nelson, CEO of GE's Gas Power Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"The Atuabo project will add yet another TM2500 gas turbine to the existing fleet of ten units in the country earlier deployed in 2016" he said. 

With more than 200 units deployed and over 5 million operating hours of experience, GE's TM2500 has proven flexibility can help bridge the power gap for short- and long-term energy planning, stabilize the grid, or reach and power remote locations.

The TM2500 mobile power plant - a trailer-mounted gas turbine generator and containerized balance of plant - can be relocated to other power plants during operation, and maintenance outages, or to remote areas.

The TM2500 can also achieve full power approximately within 10 minutes making it ideal for providing a base-load bridge to permanent power installations or generating backup power for factories and industries.

In 2017, GE released several announcements reinforcing its commitments to strengthening the power sector in Ghana. The 400MW Bridge power project will be the first LPG fired power plant in Africa and the largest LPG fired power plant in the world, while the 200MW Amandi power plant will be one of the most efficient power plants in the country and will generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than one million Ghanaian homes.

In addition, GE will set up an M&D (Monitoring and Diagnostics) center in Ivory Coast which will provide the digital data and analytics service to improve the performance of GE equipment in the region.

GE works with the government, corporate customers and other stakeholders in Ghana to support economic growth through infrastructure development in the power, healthcare and transport sectors. In 2014, GE opened a 200-capacity permanent office in Accra, and now has over 100 employees - 95% of which are Ghanaians.

Dangote Refinery Engineers Promise To End Fuel Scarcity

Returnee indigenous India trained graduate engineers of the Dangote Refinery have promised to deploy the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to ensure Nigeria is saved the embarrassment of fuel scarcity when the refinery come on stream.

The engineers who described their experience as second to none in the history of Nigeria oil and gas sector said never again would Nigeria experience fuel scarcity as the Dangote refinery would be operated in the most efficient manner.

Dangote Oil Refinery Company had in preparation for takeoff sent in batches local Graduate engineers to Bharat Refinery in India, arguably the biggest in the world for training in refinery operation and production.

The nation is anxiously awaiting the Dangote refinery with a capacity to produce 650,000 bpd to commence operation as the country's four refinery have gone comatose.

Reliving their experience to the management of the copy on return one after another, at the Refinery premises at Lekki, Lagos the engineers said they had both theory and practical training in India and they are also having a very rare opportunity to witness a refinery of the Dangote's size being built from the scratch.

Opeyemi Oyedepo, Process engineer and Igwe John, petroleum and gas engineer told the management how they are made to be part of trouble shooting during their training, a development that has boosted their confidence that Dangote Refinery with most modern facilities will eradicate perennial fuel scarcity in Nigeria.

Speaking further on the benefits of the training to Dangote Refinery, the engineers stated that the company would henceforth enjoy increased value of human asset; improved ability to implement and realize specific goal within timeframe.

The Graduate engineers also listed as part of the benefits efficient refinery operations and adherence to quality and standard.

In his comment, Technical Adviser to Dangote Refinery, Engr. Babajide Soyode expressed satisfaction that the best of the graduate engineers were selected as attested to by the the trainer's in India.

He said the management was proud of the engineers as they have displayed a thorough understanding of what they learnt in India.

On the choice of India for the training, Engr Soyode said India has the biggest refinery in the world and are ready to train young engineers unlike the disposition in Europe and other part of the Western world.

The company's Director of Human Capital Management and Project Support, Mohan Kumar, while presenting the returnee engineers said the company is laying a solid foundation for take off with the training of the engineers.

He said the young engineers were trained at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in India on how to manage the operations of the refinery. Kumar added that the engineers had gathered fundamental practical knowledge about refinery.

According to him, the engineers are recruited and trained to witness the building of the refinery from scratch. He said the engineers spent two months in classroom training and three months on the job training.

Kumar explained that the engineers were trained by experts who had over 45 years experience in refinery operations, stressing that the training became imperative due to the commitment of Dangote Group to promote local content by developing indigenous capacity.

He stated that "the engineers are expected to also transfer the skills acquired to other Nigerians when the refinery comes on stream".

Energy Summit In Abidjan To Explore West Africa's Gas & Energy Markets

EnergyNet will host the second Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Côte d'Ivoire from 24-25 January 2018 - a strategic platform for project evolution and partnership development.

The conference will discuss opportunities for cross-border power projects and potential gas investments across West Africa.

At the first Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in January 2017, His Excellency Thierry Tanoh, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies summed up the relevance of the summit with his statement.

“The importance of the theme (Regional Energy Cooperation Summit) is well established in the light of the needs of African countries in terms of access to different energy sources, including renewable energies".

The 2018 Summit will review outcomes from last year's meeting, identifying next steps and bringing together ECOWAS decision-makers and global energy investors to advance regional partnerships and interconnection projects.

Programme Manager Valeria Aruffo commented; "Given the abundant reserves from many West African gas fields which will firstly be harnessed for power and domestic use, the summit will instigate the conversation surrounding the sub-region's booming global gas market.

We'll focus on export and import capacities, balancing domestic obligation and regional trade, and of course the role of LNG in facilitating gas development in the sub-region."

With the overarching theme of regional integration in West Africa, the summit will gather ECOWAS energy ministers and government representatives, heads of utilities, regulators, power developers, technology providers, financiers and multilateral agencies from across West Africa to discuss how to unlock investments for the development of power projects.

Alongside partners ENGIE, Manitoba Hydro, Metka, Wartsila & Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the Summit is officially endorsed by Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), ANER, Energy Commission Ghana and the Electricity Company of Ghana.

Access Power, FMO Launch Second Edition Of Solar 'Shark Tank' Competition

FMO, the Dutch development bank, and Access Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets, announced the launch of the 2018 FMO Access Power Solar 'Shark Tank' Competition following the competition's successful first installment in 2016 at the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference.

The initiative is aimed at helping local solar power developers that require development support to make their innovative solar projects more impactful.In order to be considered for the grant, the proposed projects must be located in Asia, Africa or Latin America and be based on solar PV technology.

They should also meet the capacity criterion of 10MW or more, and be at an advanced stage of development (preliminary feasibility studies should have been completed).

Furthermore, eligible projects should have an innovative or impactful angle to the project that can be developed with support of the grant. Proposals will be screened and scored by a pre-selection committee assembled by FMO and Access Power.

Four shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their projects and answer questions from a panel of judges in front of a live audience on the 15th of February 2018 during the second edition of the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference, co-organized by FMO and Solarplaza in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 15 and 16 February. The winning project will be announced at the end of the session during the event.

The winner will receive a $100,000 grant towards the development costs of their project from FMO and Access Power. In addition to that, Access Power will pre-qualify the winning proposal of the Solar Shark Tank competition for the 2018 edition of the Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition, subject to meeting ACF qualification requirements. Access Power will provide the ACF winner with technical support, financial structuring and development process management.

Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman of Access Power, commented: "Following the competition's successful launch in 2016, we are thrilled to have once again partnered with FMO to promote and help development of early stage solar projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In 2016 we received over 36 of applications from 21 countries and 2018 looks set to build on that success. We look forward with great interest to receiving this year's entries and hearing the judge's final decision during an exciting live event at the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference in Amsterdam".

Jurgen Rigterink, CEO of FMO, added: "FMO is proud to partner again with Access Power to help improve access to energy in the regions in the world where it is most needed. The entries of this year's competition will all contribute to clean and affordable energy, making it possible for people to improve their livelihoods. We look forward to an inspiring event".

Application procedures close on 5th of January 2018. Visit the Solar Shark Tank page on https://goo.gl/aeoEKg or https://goo.gl/Cn8w9h to download the application form.

 

 

 

GE's Hardware And Digital Upgrades Help Increase Efficiency At Azito Power Plant In Ivory Coast

To improve performance and provide valuable insights and visibility into plant and turbine operations, GE's Power Services announced it has signed an agreement with Azito Energie S.A. to upgrade two gas turbines at the company's combined-cycle power plant.

GE's hardware upgrade and Operations Optimization digital solutions will help increase power output by up to 30 megawatts (MW) and will equip Azito with the insights it needs to increase efficiency and improve operations at the power plant. The project, located in the Yopougon district of Ivory Coast, marks GE's first GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine upgrade order in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"As the electricity sector has undergone significant reform in Ivory Coast, new regulations have helped foster a more welcoming environment to help Ivorians gain access to electricity," said Luc Aye, managing director of Azito Energie. "At the center of this agreement with GE is our commitment to provide the people of Ivory Coast with access to more reliable electricity. With GE's upgrade package and digital solutions, we will produce more power, improve the efficiency of the plant and reduce our carbon footprint."

In addition to increasing power output by up to 30 MW, upgrades on the turbines are expected to deliver a combined-cycle efficiency increase, resulting in significant fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions. GE's solutions will also extend inspection intervals for the gas turbines, reducing maintenance and repair expenses—which, in turn, will reduce overall plant costs and result in improving profitability.

"With the Azito power plant producing more than a third of the electricity in Ivory Coast, these improvements will have a wide-reaching impact on the country's energy landscape" said Elisee Sezan, general manager, GE's Power Services business for Sub-Saharan Africa.

"Until two decades ago, the country was heavily reliant upon hydroelectric power and fell into an energy crisis when the electricity output from its dams was drastically reduced due to droughts. With this project, we look forward to supporting Azito Energie in its efforts to help Ivory Coast achieve its strategic energy objectives to increase existing plants' efficiency and double the installed capacity it had in early 2013 by 2020."

The installation of GE's Predix*-based Operations Optimization solution will provide numerous operational benefits at the Azito plant. Slated for installation in mid-2018, the software will equip Azito with deep insights and key performance indicator (KPI)-based analytics to help improve overall plant performance.

It delivers enterprise data visibility across power plant and fleet-wide footprints, providing a holistic understanding of operational decisions. The solution also can provide operational benefits such as: 

Improved reliability and availability via enhanced predictivity.

More accurate performance monitoring and forecasting.

Dispatch enhancement via improved visibility into plant capability.

Lower production costs and asset generation forecasting for improved asset dispatch.

"With GE's Operations Optimization software, Azito will be able to improve productivity across its worldwide fleet with fact-based actions that align to KPIs," said Narendra Asnani, Executive Sales Director, GE's Power Services business for Sub-Saharan Africa. "It will also enable them to tackle operational issues, meet business demand, align people and systems, and reach true plant capacity while reducing cost and downtime." 

GE is a historical player and a pioneer in Ivory Coast, particularly in the power sector. For example, the first ever gas turbines (Vridi, 1984), the first independent power production project (Ciprel, 1994) and the first combined-cycle power plants in the country (Azito and Ciprel, 2015) all run mainly on GE technology.

In 2015, the company demonstrated its commitment to help bolster the Ivorian power sector to meet future demand increases and challenges with the signing of a cross-sector Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Ivory Coast.

In the MoU, GE agreed to support the country in attaining its infrastructure development goals, which include adding 1 gigawatt of power to the Ivorian national grid.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco Lends Hand To Gas Summit

On November 29 to 1 December 2017, Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, The 'Gas Options North and West Africa Summit' and The 'Africa Renewable Energy Forum' will assemble some of the most active national and international public and private stakeholders to forge partnerships, finalise deals and glean the most important developments taking place in Africa's energy and power sector.

Travelling to Casablanca to join these high-level discussions, the Forums have confirmed the participation of 5 Ministers of Energy including:

Honourable Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Honourable, Patrick Eyogo Edzang, Minister of Water and Energy, Gabon

H.E. Honourable Minister Maliki Alhousseini, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali

H.E. Honourable Jorge Seguro Sanches, Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal

Hon. William Owuraku Aidoo, Deputy Minister for Power, Ministry of Energy, Ghana

H.E. Honourable Senator Tsitsi Muzenda, Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe

With the support and attendance of high level experts from Cheniere, Siemens, Shell, White & Case, Wärtsila, Clarke Energy, Karpowership, DBSA, DLA Piper, ENGIE, Fieldstone Africa, Jinko Solar, ACWA Power and Alfanar, the Gas Options: North and West Africa Summit and the Africa Renewable Energy Forum will collaborate with distinguished experts such as Amina Benkhadra, Director General, National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), Leila Farah Mokaddem, Country Manager of Morocco, of the African Development Bank, Marie-Alexandra Veilleux-Laborie, Director, Head of Morocco, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Koffi Klousseh, Director of Project Development, at Africa50,  Rafael Huarte, Lázaro, Director, International Gas Union (IGU), and Khalid Berradi, Chief Operations Officer, of OCP Policy Center.

Some of the most pressing topics to be discussed will include, what is the long-term commitment of the private sector in making renewable energy profitable and affordable, What new technologies are promising to change the course of renewable energy development, should Governments and DFIs be developing more guarantee and risk mitigation instruments and the potential of the Gas IPP procurement programme as an anchor for industrial growth.

Dubai Chamber Set To Host Global Business Forum On Africa

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced the list of sponsors and supporting partners for the fourth Global Business Forum on Africa, which will be hosted on November 1-2, 2017, in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, this year’s Forum bears the theme “Next Generation Africa” and has received considerable support from major companies and institutions in the UAE and abroad.

The Forum lends itself across diverse topics and in-depth debates to find sustainable solutions, explore financing opportunities, encourage investment partnerships and explore growth prospects and challenges.

The list of sponsors and partners includes: Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) as gold sponsor, and Standard Bank – South Africa, Invest Africa and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photographic Award (HIPA) as supporting partners.

Dubai Media Incorporated was announced as broadcast partner, while the list of media partners includes a number of leading local, regional and international media entities.

His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of the Dubai Chamber, said: “We appreciate the great interest in the fourth edition of the Global Business Forum on Africa and the efforts our partners have exerted to ensure the success of the event.

Their support is guaranteed to have a significant impact on our mission to promote Dubai as a global hub for entrepreneurship, which, in turn, further promotes the Forum as an ideal platform for exploring Africa’s future economic prospects.”

The fourth Global Business Forum on Africa, the largest event of its kind in the region, is expected to attract 1,000 top-level participants, including government and corporate decision-makers, African heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, prominent CEOs, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, government officials, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.

The event is part of the Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum series, which focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America. The series has hosted 10 heads of state, 74 ministers and dignitaries, 5,400 executives, and a host of decision makers from 65 countries to date.

Dubai Chamber is collaborating with the Economist Group to develop the content of the forum. The previous Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai attracted more than 1,000 participants, while more than 100 bilateral investment meetings were held during the event.

 

Sonangol Says Bureaucracy Is Not Favoring Oil Development In Angola

In a meeting with João Lourenço, the new President of Angolan, Sonangol EP, along with several oil operators, said bureaucracy in the oil sector is ‘unfavorable to the overall development of the industry.’

Reinforcing the alignment with the concerns of Sonangol's partners, and anticipating some solutions, the statutes of Sonangol have recently been revised in light of these identified issues.

A hierarchical level has thus been eliminated in the approval pyramid, which will make the whole process of analysis much faster, including approvals of the operators' dossiers.

Other critical areas for improvement have also been identified, which require total dedication and specialization due to their importance in the business. These include: the management of the concessionaire; the review of old approval processes that have long existed within the company; and the replacement of the Ex-CEO who oversaw the concessionaire's management and the relationship with its operators.

These functions are now being carried out by two Directors who guarantee full commitment to the best management practices and the appropriate treatment of the challenges to the sector.

In the recent meeting with the President, Sonangol's commitment to the ultimate goal of defending and protecting the interests of the Angolan State were reaffirmed.

Sonangol has maintained a constant and transparent dialogue between the operators, the company and the government in order to advance the interests of the national industry.

In July of this year, Sonangol held an international roadshow at the headquarters of the main oil companies to discuss investment plans in Angola and the challenges facing the industry. This event was accompanied by meetings held with each of the operators based in Angola.

Sonangol reached an agreement with the operators to significantly increase the competitiveness of the national oil industry. As a result, production costs per barrel fell by 48% from 2014 to 2016, and cost-cutting and investment efforts led by Sonangol resulted in additional savings of US $ 1.7B in 2017.

Sonangol has also worked with the operators to identify new investment opportunities. Despite the reduction of recent investment in Angola, which is no more than a reflection and consequence of reduced investment worldwide, there are still very interesting opportunities in both oil and gas, which is enough to keep production levels attracting profitability for the long-term future.

In Sonangol's opinion, investment in this opportunity goes through for better management of costs and projects in industry.

The meeting ended with a strengthened feeling that the company is on the right track and in total harmony with our partners in responding to the challenges facing the industry.

The creation of a joint team led by the Ministry of Petroleum, which includes the Ministry of Finance and Sonangol, show the alignment of the main decision-makers in the analysis of the most competitive framework for this sector in Angola.

 

The Board of Directors at Sonangol remains highly involved and strongly committed, together with all the players of the national oil industry, to fulfill its mission of increasing revenues for the Angolan State.

Africa Eyes $1trn Food Market To Restart African Economic Growth

The Africa Agriculture Status Report, which was launched this week in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast, at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Cote d’Ivoire, says that a growing food market in Africa, which may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030, will substitute imports with high value food made in Africa.

According to the report, agriculture will be Africa’s quiet revolution, with a focus on SMEs and smallholder farmers creating the high productivity jobs and sustainable economic growth that failed to materialise from mineral deposits and increased urbanisation.

Despite 37 percent of the population now living in urban centres, most jobs have been created in lower paid, less productive services rather than in industry, with this service sector accounting for more than half of the continent’s GDP. Smart investments in the food system can change this picture dramatically if planned correctly.

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa which commissioned the study said Africa has the latent natural resources, skills, human and land capacity to tip the balance of payments and move from importer to exporter by eating food made in Africa.

“This report shows us that agriculture involving an inclusive transformation that goes beyond the farm to agri-businesses will be Africa’s surest and fastest path to that new level of prosperity.” She said.

To succeed, Africa’s agricultural revolution needs to be very different to those seen in the rest of world. It requires an inclusive approach that links millions of small farms to agribusinesses, creating extended food supply chains and employment opportunities for millions including those that will transition from farming.

This is in contrast to the model often seen elsewhere in the world of moving to large scale commercial farming and food processing, which employs relatively few people and requires high levels of capital.

The report highlights the opportunity for Africa to feed the continent with food made in Africa that meets the growing demand of affluent, fast growing urban populations on the continent looking for high value processed and pre-cooked foods. Furthermore, it advocates that this opportunity should be met by many of the continent’s existing smallholder farmers.

Currently part of this growing demand for Africa’s food is met by imports. These amount to $35bn p.a. and are expected to cost $110bn by 2025 unless Africa improves the productivity and global competiveness of its agribusiness and agriculture sectors.

The report acknowledges that the private sector holds the key to the transformation of the food system so far. “Impressive value addition and employment is being created by SMEs along value chains in the form of increased agricultural trade, farm servicing, agro processing, urban retailing and food services.

Large agribusinesses like seed companies, agro processors and supermarkets are also playing an increasing role in the food value chain in many regions,” said Peter Hazell (IFPRI), the technical director of the report.

However, the study is clear that left to the private sector alone, growth in the agrifood system will not be as fast as it could, nor will it benefit as many smallholder farmers and SMEs as it could. Government support is needed to both stimulate and guide the transition.

As a high priority, governments need to create an enabling business environment and in particular, meet targets to invest ten percent of GDP in agriculture, agreed at the 2003 African Union (AU) Summit as part of The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The report also urges governments to nurture a globally competitive food production sector through measures such as increasing infrastructure investment in secondary cities and towns, improving the reliability of energy and water supplies, building more wholesale market spaces, promoting open regional trade, identifying and investing in first mover crops and introducing stricter standards for food safety and quality. 

The authors also call on governments to stimulate new private public partnerships for more innovative financing and insurance provision which can lead to increased resilience for farmers and their households. While globally agricultural insurance is a $2 billion business, Africa accounts for less than two percent of the market.

Other fiscal stimulus measures suggested include improving financial regulations, developing better credit-reporting processes, opening up special economic zones, supporting digital warehouse receipt systems and sharing risk with lenders through credit guarantees and matching funds.

The report points out other new opportunities to target support presented by digital technology such as satellite tracking and big data. These can help locate new high value agri-economic zones and smarter financing and food security polices, especially in the face of climate change.

“Smart support is just as important as scale of support for Africa’s highly diverse group of famers and agribusinesses. To step up their game, businesses needs assistance tailored to distinct groups of viable small farms and agribusinesses at different development stages, rather than blanket support for all,” added AGRA President, Dr. Kalibata.

The report’s authors conclude that although progress is being made, Africa needs to pick up the pace if it is to compete globally and turn itself from importer to exporter by feeding its people with food made in Africa.

“Hopefully the prize of a rapidly growing and valuable market for food made in Africa will spark widespread political will and attract the best business talent to build a high value food sector,” said Peter Hazell.

“This private public partnership will be essential to provide the trinity of high productivity employment, sustainable economic growth and food made in Africa for Africa and the world.”

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