The Future Agro Challenge Global Championships will for the first time, in its third leg be held in South Africa. Another first for us is hosting our Championship in joint collaboration with the Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Grand Challenge, in what will be the Global Agripreneurs Summit 2017. SWFF is a programme developed to help farmers around the world grow more food using less water, enhance water storage and improve the use of saline water and soil to produce food.
The Global Agripreneurs Summit is a one of a kind four day vibrant event that brings the latest innovations in food, agTech, and agriculture. The Global Agripreneurs Summit 2017 will offer a varied programme participated in by top-notch industry leaders, investors, agripreneurs, farmers, thinkers, government representatives and innovators. The event is a highlight on the industry calendar and led by Future Agro Challenge in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation, USAID, Sida through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the South African Department of Science and Technology, also a co-host of the GEC.
Themes for this year’s Summit include food, agricultural technology, and agriculture innovation to adopt to tomorrow’s world; increasing the global nutritional value of food and securing water from food, as well as, increasing the global GDP contributed from agriculture.
The programme includes an Innovator Coaching Camp; One to One Investor Sessions; the Innovation Marketplace where the agripreneurs will display their innovations, finishing up with the 3rd Future Agro Challenge Global Championships on 15 March where the winner of this year’s challenge will be announced.
Official representatives attending to acknowledge the Global Agripreneurs Summit include Deputy Director General from the Department of Science and Technology, David Ferguson, Director of USAID Center for Development Innovation at the Global Development Lab, USAID Mission Director/Ambassador, Netherlands Ambassador Ms. Marisa Gerards, Ambassador of Sweden Ms. Cecilia Julin, Jan Huesken, Netherlands Deputy Ambassador.
Organisations dedicated to support agripreneurs that will be attending include Soros Economic Development Fund, IFC World Bank, Databank Agrifund, Moringa Fund, TAF African Agriculture Fund, Standard Chartered Bank, Elea Foundation, Techstars, and Global Business Angels Network to name a few.
Both the Innovation Marketplace, where innovators will display their innovations from March 14-15, and the 3rd FAC Global Championships on March 15, will be open to the public. For more information or to attend please register here. or find out more.
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