Smart farming solutions for Africa - upcoming event co-hosted by CEMA & the CTA

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016


CEMA and the ACP-EU technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) are pleased to announce the upcoming Brussels Briefings* on:


Affordable smart farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for African agriculture

on 13 July 2016

at Albert Borschette Congress Center – Room 1A   

Rue Froissart 36 1040 Brussels


This event will bring together African farmers, ag machinery company representatives with field experience as well as experts from International Insitutions committed in enhancing sustainable farming systems in Africa. 

The Brussels Briefing programme will put the focus on: 

  • how affordable & smart technology solutions are gaining ground among African growers, 
  • what are the changes & benefits IT tools can bring for farming communities in Africa,
  • successful public-private partnerships that are helping in advancing agricultural strategies in the ACP countries.

You can see below the Programme




​​8h00-8h45         Registration

9h00-9h15         Introduction and Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office


Introductory remarks: Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat; Director-General, Director, Europeaid, European Commission; Ulrich Adam, Secretary General, CEMA; Kees Blokland, Director, Agriterra, PAFO President; Michael Hailu Director of CTA


9h15-11h00 Panel 1: Setting the scene: Drivers of smart-farming in Africa

This panel will discuss the available tools and approached in support of smart-farming which can benefit the smallholders. It will also discuss public-private partnerships (PPPs) and multi-stakeholder alliances that aim at accelerating investments and transformative change in African agriculture.


  • Smart-farming: trends and new opportunities benefiting small-holders

Josef Kienzle, Leader, Mechanization team, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO

  • Connecting your farm: the future of precision farming for farmers in Africa

Louisa Parker-Smith, External Affairs: Africa and Middle East, Advanced Technology Solutions AGCO Corporation (AGCO)

  • Financing African agriculture and agribusiness development

Thomas Duve, Director, KfW Bankengruppe

  • Smart farming: a priority for farmers in Africa

Theo de Jager, President, Panafrican Farmers Organisation (PAFO)


11h00-11h15      Coffee break


11h15-13h00 Panel 2:  Scaling up successes in smart farming

This panel will look at specific examples of successful smart-farming applications at various levels.

It will also show smart inclusive and sustainable PPPs.


  • PPPs: Upscaling agribusiness successes in Africa

Stephen Muchiri, CEO, Eastern African Farmers Federation, Kenya

  • Proven successful smart-farming technologies : the case of Potato initiative Africa

Frank Nordmann, Grimme

  • Empowering women and youth through capacity building

Eric Kaduru, KadAfrica, Uganda

  • Pooling forces: Machinery rings and cooperatives

Andreas Hastedt, Board member, German Association of Machinery Rings


Networking Lunch  


About the Brussels' Briefings: the ACP-EU technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the European Commission, the EU Presidency, the ACP Group, Concord, and other partners organize regular development Briefing sessions in Brussels on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU-ACP cooperation.