The expo is aimed at bringing the agricultural value chain under one roof and open a vibrant platform for agribusiness experts
By David Kipkorir
Kenya is set to host the 6th edition of Africa Agri Expo in February 2023 amidst dwindling growth in the agricultural sector.
The expo, which has been endorsed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, aims at bringing the entire agricultural value chain under one roof and open a vibrant platform for agribusiness experts, top global companies, key policy makers and other stakeholders to explore the commercial opportunities in the continent through effective meetings and networking sessions and increasing agribusiness opportunities for smallholder farmers in the region.
The sector registered contraction in 2022
The move comes as Kenya’s agricultural sector continues to register contraction attributed to poor weather.
It contracted by 0.6 per cent in Q3’ 2022 compared to a corresponding expansion of 0.6 per cent growth in Q3’ 2021, but which was an improvement from preceding contractions of 2.1 per cent and 0.7 per cent recorded in Q2’ 2022 and Q1’ 2022, according to the Cytonn Annual Market Review.
The contraction during the quarters is attributed to unfavorable weather conditions witnessed during the period, as well as increased costs of agricultural inputs such as fertiliser.
The 2-day event – AAE 2023 will take place February 8-9 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and is designed to provide solutions to farmers, agribusiness professionals, agronomists and government representatives.
Some of the key areas of focus during the event include irrigation, crop protection, technology, food safety and security, mechanisation, investment opportunities as well as government policies.
The event themed ‘A Gateway to Agribusiness in Africa’ will highlight the advancements in technologies for agriculture value chain, food security, nutrition, crop protection, water management and ways to mitigate post-harvest losses in Africa through the sustainable use of machines and technology as well as boosting productivity and profitability of farmers.
TAB Group’s (organizers) chief executive officer, Mr Tahir A Bari, says the event will bring together African & Global agriculture professionals to explore the market, introduce new products, innovations, tech advancements, high yield solutions and address the storage, supply chain and distribution issues in the region.
“In addition to the networking and exhibiting opportunities, this event will also facilitate a comprehensive conference featuring panel discussions, Q&A sessions and keynotes from regional and global industry experts and policymakers. Reforms in agriculture regulations and policies, agro chemical advances, irrigation & mechanization, warehousing and distribution solutions, investment opportunities and disruptive technologies transforming Africa’s Agribusiness industry will be the core topics of discussions on the agenda.”