About Agribusiness & Science Week (AASW8)
The AASW is the main continental platform of all stakeholders involved in agriculture and agribusiness research and innovation in Africa. This platform assembles over 1,500 stakeholders every three years to take stock of progress on research and innovation, share information, network, create business alliances, and map out priorities for joint action. The last AASW (the 7th edition) was held in Kigali, Rwanda in June 2016.
The 8th AASW will focus on a topical issue on the continent, that is, strengthening linkages between agribusiness and science plus innovation to improve the continent’s productivity and competitiveness in agro-industry. To underline the shift in the event’s thematic focus, the AASW brand has been tweaked from “Africa Agriculture Science Week” to “Africa Agribusiness and Science Week”.
The event, which is co-organised by Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the African Union's Comprenhensive Africa Agriculture (CAADP) XPA partners, aims to strengthen partnerships with the private sector, investors and policy makers. The target audience for the AASW includes farmers, researchers, investors, development agencies, and country pavilions. The event is expected to host at least 1,000 delegates, with over 65% being international participants.
Date and Location
Date: 5-8th June, 2023.
Location: The International Convention Centre (ICC) - Durban, South Africa.
AASW8 Content and Thematic Areas
The AASW8 will feature an opening plenary session which shall include a high-level panel session and award of the FARA leadership price; plenary sessions, parallel session, side events (workshops) focusing on the event’s theme and on how to harness opportunities provided by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a broad-based Agritech Expo, research-to-business match-making sessions, and an investment forum. The event will also have field visits to selected agribusiness projects to demonstrate the opportunities and challenges in agricultural advancement and establishing agro-processing zones. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in science and business discussions and connect with investors, innovators, researchers, and farmers across the entire agricultural value chain.
Additionally, the event will cover five thematic areas:
- Science - business Nexus to Boost Intra-African Trade.
- Nutrition Sensitive and Gender-Responsive Food Systems.
- Climate Resilience, Natural Resource Management and Farming Systems Transition.
- Knowledge Management, Digitalisation and Youth Entrepreneurship
- Policies, Institutions and Capacities.
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