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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.


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Thursday, February 17 • 16:00 - 17:30
(REF 1716AA) Africa and agriculture: 23 per cent of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP comes from agriculture: Lessons for innovation policy making - Convened by Tingo

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Africa and agriculture
Approx.  23 per cent of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP comes from agriculture


Agriculture is by far the single most important economic activity in Africa. It provides employment for about two-thirds of the continent’s working population, especially women, and for each country, it contributes an average of 30-60% of GDP and about 30% of the value of exports.

Unfortunately, 50-70% of those who make a living from farming, live in extreme poverty, especially among smallholder farmers, who manage 80% of the continent’s farmland.

Although climate-smart technologies, improvements in land, water, seed and pest management have improved crop harvests, commercial banks and underwriters do not provide the necessary financial support and credit, especially for micro, small and medium enterprises.

In this session, we will speak with leaders from the emergent agriculture fintech sector and see how their solutions provide financial inclusion and how it is impacting African farmers and rural communities at large.

Panellists will include:

Dozy Mmbuosi -CEO and Cofounder of Tingo and Tingo Mobile - Nigeria
Dakshesh Patel - CFO Tingo and Tingo holdings - Zimbabwe
Barry Palte - Chairman ImpactRooms
Daniella Kwayu- CEO and Founder PhemaAgri - Tanzania
Sandra Boafo Agyiri - CEO and Cofounder Agra Circa - Ghana
Nixon Gecheo- Chief Digital Officer, AGRA (Alliance Green Revolution Africa) - Kenya
Gibson Muriuki - Managing Director Feather Hub - Kenya

Speakers
avatar for Dakshesh Patel

Dakshesh Patel

Group CFO, Tingo Group Nigeria
Joined Tingo Group in July 2021. Strong fintech and African experience and leading Tingo’s Uplist to the NYSE and strategy for growth of its Agri-Fintech business in Africa.  Daks has extensive experience in banking and payments.  Formerly CFO of NatWest’s Global Debt and Investment... Read More →
avatar for Nixon Mageka Gecheo

Nixon Mageka Gecheo

Senior Program Officer Digital Solution & Systems for Agriculture, AGRA
Nixon Mageka Gecheo is a technology, data and public policy expert with a multidisciplinary skill set and over 15 years of experience in developing, implementing development projects, for both governments and international organizations, focusing on the use of emerging technologies... Read More →


Thursday February 17, 2022 16:00 - 17:30 CET