African Agri Council

22-24 November 2022   l   ExCel London, United Kingdom

The African Agri Council NPC (AAC), in partnership with the United Kingdom Department of International Trade (DIT), is pleased to host the 5th edition of the African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) from 22 to 24 November 2022 in London, United Kingdom. AAII 2021 will feature global VC, banks, donors, DFIs, family offices, pension funds, agribusinesses and policymakers. AAII will feature selected co-located events, Investment Discovery Sessions (IDS), 600+ pre-scheduled meetings allowing selected deals to take place onsite, private networking meetings, workshops, closed sessions, technical and touristic site visits, engaging networking receptions, interactive exhibition and high level presentations.

“As the pandemic continues to unfold, many companies are beginning to transition from a crisis response to planning for what’s next in the short term, while preparing for long-term changes”, said Ben Leyka, Chief Executive Officer at the African Agri Council NPC. Accelerating shifts in food and agriculture combined with consumer trends during the pandemic have agribusinesses making strategic moves to increase agility, drive growth and penetrate new markets. There’s never been a better time to gather high level stakeholders in food and agriculture in one place to discuss the business of agriculture, policy shifts as well as M&A and private equity deals, said Cindy Euston-Brown, Communications and Marketing Director at the African Agri Council NPC.

The agrifood value chain offers a growing number of attractive investment opportunities, driven by some compelling global trends. Since 2005 the number of funds operating in the sector has exploded by over 1000%, managing over USD 70 Billion in aggregate, according to Farrelly & Mitchell.

Mr. Leyka added, “Investors and financial institutions need to be bold in their reviews to ensure they take advantage of new market dynamics and develop systems and pipelines that allow them to pivot quickly as circumstances change. At the same time, food and agribusiness executives need to be ready to make acquisitions that will help them drive growth as businesses open and economies recover”.

This year’s edition will see the launch of Banking Transformation Africa Summit (BTA) , co-located with AAII 2021. BTA is an event designed for finance executives providing insights on world class digital transformation strategies, bringing together the brightest minds from the most innovative global financial institutions, to discuss ways of building a world class digital banking experience in Sub-Saharan Africa.

AAII and BTA will bring you an event with over 1100 participants, 350+ financial industry investors, and over 85 industry leaders from 50+ countries.

The post-pandemic environment may bear little resemblance to the pre-pandemic world as consumer trends accelerate a shift that has been underway for years; demand for both primary and value-add food is growing in emerging economies and demand in developed markets is tending towards more niche good-for-you products. “This demand is being achieved through cross border M&A activities and is spreading into emerging markets through private equity strategies as a gateway to new markets, secure supply chains and a response to regulatory or tariffs and trade changes” said Mr Ben Leyka.