More than 47 countries in attendance at the Investment Food Forum

The African Agri Council hosted the inaugural Investment Food Forum (IFF) virtually on 17 and 18 November to address global agrifood challenges and opportunities. Africa has the potential to be the food basket of the world but, we need to join hands, learn from each other and collaborate not only to become self-sufficient but also increase trade between African countries and cross-continent. IFF hosted 400+ industry professionals from more than 47 countries to facilitate the needed presentations, discussions and networking opportunities.

“The sessions were interesting and the platform is relevant for IFAD in line with its mandate. We would like to thank the AAC for providing IFAD with the opportunity to share its experiences at IFF and we are looking forward to working with the ACC again in the near future.” Brian Kapotwe, IFAD (Zambia)

Key topics discussed among panellists and audience were, bridging the gap between funders, investors and producers; funding requirements and risks; food security and supply chain challenges; climate change and its impact on agrifood; the role of agtech and its future, food processing & alternative protein foods, the value and opportunities of food waste as well as gender inequality as experts looked into education and support initiatives for women in agriculture, where we are, where we going and how can we work together to get there.

“What a great opportunity to have been a guest at the Investment Food Forum 2020 hosted by The African Agri Council (AAC), It was truly a pleasure to have been involved. Global and regional investment opportunities were highlighted and participants were offered a comprehensive overview of the food investment landscape. Being presented with a vast array of role-players, we were so encouraged and excited to be part of this fast-changing and diversified industry.” Rita Pretorius, Afrikan Logistics (South Africa)

Top participating countries were South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, USA, India and the UK. Other countries included Angola, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Togo, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“I found it very interesting. I also enjoyed that it was not only an Africa focused event” Jari Matero, FinnFund (Finland)

The event was primarily aimed at the African agrifood industry but also placed emphasis on Europe, Asia, North and South America. IFF showcased relevant case studies on the current agrifood landscape, challenges, lessons to be learnt and investment opportunities in countries including India, Brazil, Philippines, Ukraine, Germany, Canada, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and more

“Overall it went very well, very good interaction with other speakers and good participation from the audience” - Amy Ward on behalf of three Farrelly & Mitchell speakers (Ireland, Ghana & Saudi Arabia)

We hope to welcome industry professionals, entrepreneurs and agricultural producers to our physical events in 2021 which includes Market Access Africa (MAA), AgriFood Tech and Innovation Summit (AFTI), the African Agriculture Investment Indaba (AAII) and the Investment Food Forum (IFF), dates and venue to be confirmed. Visit the African Agri Council website for more information.

About the African Agri Council NPC (AAC)

The African Agri Council NPC (AAC) is a pan African institution that promotes the development of sustainable food and agriculture in Africa. We are a network of key stakeholders connected to Africa’s entire food and agriculture business value chain.

We work with governments, investors and project owners and developers to accelerate investment into bankable agricultural projects, and bring together food and agriculture buyers and sellers and with a focus on attaining and improving access to regional and international markets.

Our networking platforms bring together thousands of members, partners, government representatives, investors, consultants, technology providers, retailers, farmers, aggregators and traders to connect, share knowledge and together help grow Africa’s agricultural sector. For more information visit

We run four annual events including virtual events. These range in size from 400 to 950 participants. Our African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) held in Cape Town is now Africa's largest agribusiness and investment conference. The Investment Food Forum (IFF), Market Access Africa (MAA) and AFTI Summit have attracted a lot of interest from various stakeholders and partners. As a member, you will receive a discount off the registration fees of our events. Visit to see our upcoming event dates and become a member.

For more information get in touch with:

Cindy Euston-Brown via email or go to