10) ICRISAT and CII to catalyse Indo-African agri-business

Following the success of Brussels based EMRC’s (formerly European Marketing Research Center) AgriBusiness Forum 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa and the recent, Inaugural Africa-India Economic Mission to Hyderabad, India, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) will assist Indian entreprenurs to strengthen ties with their African counterparts at the forthcoming AgriBusiness Forum-2010 in Kampala, Uganda.

Kampala, the bustling capital of Uganda, is the official host city of the 2010 edition of the AgriBusiness Forum, which will be jointly organised by the Government of the Republic of Uganda and EMRC from 3 to 6 October 2010 at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala. EMRC hopes for a strong representation of the Indian agro-food sector in Kampala.

“ICRISAT continues to champion public-private partnership in agricultural research for development. Being headquartered in India, and our presence and work in Africa, give us the platform and the opportunity to support and enhance South-South collaboration, which includes agri-business networking and partnership between Indian and African companies.” says Dr William Dar, ICRISAT Director General.

Idit Miller, EMRC Managing Director said, “We have chosen Uganda as the host country as it not only presents excellent business incentives to attract foreign direct investment, it also provides a great example of an African agriculture-based economy with substantial natural resources and an impressive economic growth rate. Today, India ranks among the top 5 in farm output worldwide, and agriculture plays a great role in India’s socio-economic development. Together with ICRISAT and CII, we invite and encourage any interested players from the Indian agro-food sector to join us in the city of Kampala in October.”

The EMRC AgriBusiness Forum 2010 will focus on the theme of “Food Security: a Business Opportunity” with the overall aim of boosting the African agro-food sector through the design, planning and implementation of diverse agricultural projects; discussions and presentations relating to the theme and tailor-made EMRC Business-to-Business sessions will facilitate cross-continental and inter-continental business introductions and partnerships.

Current AgriBusiness Forum 2010 partners include Rabobank, FAO, USAID, Stanbic Bank, Syngenta Foundation, the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), KPMG, NOVUS and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) as well as the host, the Government of the Republic of Uganda. Supporters of the forum include the East African Community (EAC), the European Union and Winrock International.

Over 400 delegates from Africa, Europe, America and Asia are expected, representing the private and public sector, international organizations, micro-financers, investors, bankers, agriculturalists, NGOs, project developers, owners and more. In preparation for this prestigious event, EMRC, ICRISAT and CII have jointly announced an Indian delegation to the forum. ICRISAT will be responsible for the coordination of the Indian representation at the AgriBusiness Forum 2010, while CII will mobilize its members to participate. Interested participants can contact and register early as the delegation is going to be limited to 20.

For further information, please contact:

Abdul Rahman Ilyas, Chief Operating Officer, Agri-Science Park@ICRISAT a.r.ilyas@cgiar.org

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