Agribusiness Congress East Africa to feature Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation speaker in Dar es Salaam in January

Stakeholders to drive innovation and develop East Africa’s agricultural sector

Some 400 agriculture experts are expected at the Agribusiness East Africa conference and exhibition in Dar es Salaam from 28-29 January during which Mercy Karanja of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will deliver a keynote address.

Says Amore Swart, Agribusiness East Africa’s programme director: “Agribusiness East Africa was born from the need to stimulate the business of agriculture in Africa – and especially the eastern region of the continent. As an overarching agribusiness focused event, the conference will bring together key public and private stakeholders, from across the East African agricultural sector.”

One of the keynote speakers at this year’s conference will be Mercy Karanja, Senior Program Officer/Senior Regional Advisor – East Africa Agricultural Development from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the United States. Discussing the need to build momentum in agriculture in East Africa, Ms. Karanja will be presenting the latest figures on agricultural development in the region.

The event will feature both a conference and exhibition running over two days, from 28-29 January 2015, at the Serna Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It will be the epicentre for agricultural development in East Africa.

Says event director Amore Swart:  “we are very pleased that Mercy Karanja of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has confirmed to address our delegates. Her keynote address will focus on the need to develop and support agricultural development in East Africa. This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about their plans for and opinions on the development of East Africa’s agribusiness.”

Agribusiness East Africa

Some 400 agriculture experts are expected at Agribusiness East Africa which will represent the entire agribusiness spectrum: from input suppliers, agro-processors, traders, exporters, retailers, commercial farmers, processors, policy makers to government and associations.

Supported by the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, and hosted by the Agricultural Council of Tanzania, Agribusiness East Africa enjoys endorsement from several prominent private and public sector stakeholders throughout the East African region.

H.E Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania / Event 2014


The Agribusiness East Africa conference programme covers topics such as: East Africa as an Agribusiness Investment Destination; Driving the business mind-set in the East African farming community; Finance; Post-harvest losses and sustainable practices; and empowering emerging farmers.

Leading speakers include:

Stephen Muchiri, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern African Farmers Federation, Kenya

Felix Mosha, Chairman, East African Business Council, Tanzania

Geoffrey Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer, SAGCOT, Tanzania

Mercy Karanja, Senior Program Officer/Senior Regional Advisor –East Africa Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States

Gerald Masila, Executive Director, Eastern African Grain Council, Kenya

Carter Coleman, Chairman, Kilombero Plantations, Tanzania

Jacqueline Mkindi, Executive Director, Tanzania Horticulture Association, Tanzania

Dr Sinare Y. Sinare, Chairman, Agricultural Council of Tanzania, Tanzania

Exhibition: Tuesday, 28 January – Wednesday, 29 January

The indoor and outdoor exhibition will feature a number of leading solutions providers of innovative agriculture related products. Delegates and visitors will have the opportunity to meet with these companies and others to discuss their needs.

Innovation and technology will be at the forefront of the exhibition where some of the leading suppliers in the industry will display their services and solutions.  Top companies include Lonagro and John Deere, Syngenta, Afrivet, Ari Trading Post and FMD.


Delegates and visitors can register online at Or text your name and the code “regme” to +255 685 169 442 to enquire about reserving your conference seat.

Agribusiness East Africa dates and location:

28-29 January 2015
Serena Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Contact for media:
Marketing Manager:  Taryn van Zanten
Tel: (+27) 12 997 2552
Cell: (+27) 82 333 0662

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