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Equatorial Palm Oil: progressing with Liberian plans. The firm's long-term plan is to become a sustainable, low-cost African producer of crude palm oil through the reactivation and development of both existing plantations and the company's land bank in Liberia.
Sept 11, Proactiveinvestors.com
The UK government-owned development finance institution, CDC Group, is to make a $20m investment in farming and agribusiness in sub-Saharan Africa.
Oct 11, Africa Fund Manager
Zambia to set up $150 million sugar plantation. Spanish and Indian investors are competing to invest in a $150 million sugar plantation that Zambia plans to set up this year, a senior official has said.
Nov 11, Africa Echo News
Sub-Saharan Africa, which holds 60% of the world's remaining uncultivated land suitable for farming, is seeing a surge of interest from foreign investors. Sovereign wealth and private equity funds are also diversifying into African agricultural farmland investments.
However, developing agribusiness in Africa has many challenges including political instability, security of tenure, lack of transportation systems, financial risk guarantee and infrastructure challenges to name a few.
How are companies addressing these challenges? What are the key success factors to consider when embarking on an African venture? What business models work best?
CMT's 2nd commercial farm Africa Summit brings together leading experts to share insights on the opportunities and challenges in agri investment in emerging Africa!
You will network with key decision makers from
- Farm & plantation investors/owners
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|Here's what our delegates said about our Large Scale Farming in Africa and 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum:|
Excel Crop Care – Good opportunity to interact with people in the commercial agri sector
Standard Chartered Bank – Excellent networking opportunity
Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya – The conference was very informative and interactive
Agri-SA – It broadened my perspectives and introduced me to people, topics and sources to add value to our initiatives in Africa
Agricultural Management Company – The conference provided a great entry and network for establishing our market entry strategy to the MENA region
Kenana Sugar Company – Size of conference was good for intimate discussion and ability to meet everyone; Good topics and good networking opportunities
Polyserve – Very useful
Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (The Arab Republic of Egypt) – It was very interesting and beneficial with good opportunities to get acquainted
Farmsecure Holdings – Thank you for arranging a brilliant conference
Eurasia – Well balanced, well organised, well attended, overall a satisfactory experience and interesting enough. Glad to come back!
Karuturi Global – It was an eye-opener with relevance to East Asia
Phyto Agricultural Group Ltd– It was informative and useful
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The international business leaders and decision makers are convening in Dubai to share valuable information and updates at the 2nd Commercial Farm Africa meet next week on 31 Jan-01 Feb, 2012!
The conference is a premier networking & information exchange platform for all Farm & plantation investors/owners , Asset management companies, Investment banks & agricultural Funds Companies, Fertilizer companies , Seed suppliers , Machinery companies , Tax & legal firms , Insurance companies & risk management consultants, Agrochem & biotech companies , Irrigation industries , Government organizations & investment boards and more!
The conference is attracting a growing network of companies keen on forging new collaborations with the key stakeholders in the industry. Here’s a sneak peek at who will be attending this year’s event!
With the agricultural sector growing in Africa, the agricultural equipment market is also evolving. CNH, manufacturer and distributor of agricultural and construction branded equipment is heavily involved in mechanization projects. Its two brands, New Holland Agriculture and Case IH provides specialized equipment to Makeni Ethanol and Power Project (MEP) by Addax Bioenergy in Central Sierra Leone. Reportedly, New Holland will provide its expertise and services by supplying seven medium hp tractors to support the work as the project expands. As a part of Addax Bioenergy’s second project known as The Farmer Development Program (FDP) to ensure food security’, CNH has also delivered easy to use, reliable and highly efficient 41 New Holland TD and Case IH JX tractors in the 80 to 90 hp range to help the farmers become self sufficient. Patrice Loiseleur, CNH’s International Agriculture Projects and Corporate Farming Manager commented that the company will continue to work with Addax throughout the project and employ the best technologies and agricultural practices available for the success of the projects.
As it happens, Patrice Loiseleur is scheduled to participate as speaker at 2nd Commercial Farm Africa to be held on 31 Jan-01 Feb, 2012 in Dubai. In line with program central focus on corporate farming condition in Africa and other emerging markets, equipment requirement for cultivation & harvesting in large projects, he is slated to share a successful case study with his presentation entitled “ Modernization & Mechanization of Corporate Farming Practice in Africa”
Foreign investors are increasingly eyeing Africa’s vast farmlands.The growing interest in African agriculture has increasingly gained momentum in the past several years. Chayton Capital believes that the domestic markets within Africa will experience the same kind of secular growth as seen globally being driven by a variety of global factors including rising population, rising income levels in emerging markets, and a growing scarcity of arable land and water.
Mr. Neil Crowder, CEO, Chayton Africa (Pty) Ltd in his interview with TradeInvestAfrica that they look for political stability and a good legal framework for land investments. He also commented that investment activity into agriculture is increasing within Africa, while there has been well publicized investments made by Middle Eastern and Far Eastern investors looking for food security.
Interview extract from tradeinvestafrica.com
Investment in sub-Saharan Africa’s agriculture has seen tremendous growth recently, with several private equity funds injecting large amounts in the agribusiness sector.Mr. Neil Crowder, CEO of Chayton Africa (Pty)Ltd shares his views on the opportunities and benefits of investing in Africa in his presentation “Assessing Farmland Investment in Africa“ at CMT’s 2nd Commercial Farm Africa to be held on 31 January - 1 February 2012 in Dubai.
Ethiopia has set aside 3 million hectares of land for investors developing large-scale commercial farms. This land has been made available to foreign and local investors said Esayas Kebede director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 3.6 million hectares were made available for foreign direct investment from the National Land Bank. Commercial farming initiatives are expected to help solving food shortage in the country.
Rising commodity prices and growing global concerns over food security are driving increased investment in African commercial farming. Africa is the only huge mass of land that has agricultural potential and needs to be used effectively. Food security is now a major focus. There is a huge demand for food which will not diminish and Africa has the capacity to provide this. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for Africa. As Africa is the one relatively untapped potential source of food it is attracting a wide variety of investors. Attracting foreign investors can facilitate growth of the agricultural sector through commercial expansion. Investment in sub-Saharan Africa’s agriculture has seen tremendous growth recently, with several private equity funds injecting large amounts in the agribusiness sector.
Middle East investors are ploughing increasing amounts of cash into African farmlands as global concerns over food security continue to rise. CMT’s 2nd Commercial Farm Africa to be held on 31 January - 1 February 2012 in Dubai will provide deep insights into opportunities, land utilization & investment policies in African countries like Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Sudan, Namibia, Ghana & Ethiopia.
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Standard Bank sees sugar output growth in Africa
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Standard Bank expects sugar production in Africa to grow, supported by increased demand and firmer prices, its head of investment banking said.
Africa's top bank by assets said it was experiencing an increased appetite for investment in sugar production and processing.
"Globally there is a top-of-mind focus on mineral resources, oil and gas as the most attractive investment opportunities. But in agriculture and sectors such as sugar, Africa has innovative and attractive investment opportunities," Helmut Engelbrecht, the head of investment banking for Africa, said in a statement.
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