Transforming Africa's Agricultural Value Chains Through Mechanization

London, UK

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development and Malabo Montpellier Panel are pleased to invite you to a discussion on Transforming Africa’s Agriculture Value Chains Through Mechanization

Wednesday 12 September 2018, 6pm
Committee Room 16, House of Commons, UK Parliament, Westminster, London

Africa has the least mechanized agricultural system in the world. Yet, there are several examples across the continent where innovative technologies and successful mechanization practices are improving the capacity of smallholders and other operators to grow, store, process, transform and transport their crops and products.
This discussion draws on the Malabo Montpellier Panel’s latest report, Mechanized: Transforming Africa’s agriculture value chains, whichsystematically analyses the steps taken by countries at the forefront of progress in mechanization.

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Mechanization is not just about tractors. Successful mechanization along the whole value chain will have to be a priority in future development and growth agendas for African smallholder agriculture. Mechanization is also not just about technology either. Rather, its success depends on investment in research and development, technical capacity to build and operate machines, availability and maintenance of spare parts, financing, adaptability to local needs, application to different environmental conditions, and impact on local employment. Increasing the uptake of mechanized technologies along agricultural value chains therefore requires a comprehensive, systemic approach.
Thus, speakers will explore the technological, policy, and institutional innovation opportunitiesavailable to substantially increase the uptake of mechanization across the continent, and offer examples of innovations that have substantially improved the lives of smallholder farmers.

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  • Kerry McCarthy MP, All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development (chair and moderator)
  • Debisi Araba, Director, Africa Region, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Malabo Montpellier Panel member.
  • Simon Winter, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation.
  • Jehiel Oliver, CEO and Founder, Hello Tractor.
  • Iris Krebber, Head of Agriculture, Directorate General for Economic Development, DFID.

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