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5th Commercial Farm Africa

14-15 Mar, 2017 - Dar es Salaam

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

About Event

“Agriculture transformation through value additions

and innovative technologies!”

“How farms adapt to new market conditions and commodity prices?”

According to an UN report, the world population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 & 9.7 billion in 2050. In order to feed the growing population, countries around the world are looking for arable land for agri investment to ensure their food security. Africa with over 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land seems a natural choice for investors! 


Public and private sector can play a bigger role to transform Africa’s agricultural sector by modernizing and introducing innovative technology to the farm, increasing farm productivity, investing in agro related & value-added processing industries, investing in transport infrastructure & post-harvest storage facilities. 


How will agricultural commodities prices perform this year? How are farms adapting to new market conditions and commodity prices? What are the strategies to adopt to reduce production cost and increase productivity? 


CMT’s 5th Commercial Farm Africa Summit brings together leading industry experts to share insights and experience in transforming Africa’s agri value chain! 

  • Find out from HE Hon. Dr Charles J. Tizeba, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries on opportunities in Tanzania’s agri potential 
  • Find out more on land banks in Tanzania and the availability for agriculture investment from the Tanzania Investment Centre
  • Latest on production economics & access to markets including how farms adapt to new market conditions and commodity prices from Olam International
  • Dangote Rice shares the development of rice value chain through small holders farmers to meet growing demand in Africa
  • Export Trading Group discusses global agri commodities market trends and the development of agri commodities exchanges in managing risk
  • Join Stanbic Bank & Fanisi Capital for an interactive panel on innovative financing of agribusiness in Africa
  • Leveraging public private partnerships for impact in African agribusiness by DAI
  • Agromoz Agri Business De Mozambique spells out Commercial farm investment & management in Mozambique while Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation (CSTC) shed lights on cassava plantation investment & value added project in Tanzania
  • Malawi Mangoes shares insights on the role of commercial farms in Malawi and the challenges in developing downstream processing sector
  • Learn from Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) on maximizing profits through cooperative union in the Ethiopian coffee sector
  • Latest on data and imagery in agriculture to improve yield, efficiency and sustainability from SGS Precision Farming Services
  • Adopting climate smart agriculture practices in Africa to mitigate climate risks and food security to be discussed by ETG Farmers Foundation
  • Nestle’s  perspective on their  sustainable & strategic sourcing strategy in Equatorial Africa
  • Netafim shares the drip irrigation and precise irrigation in Africa
  • More sessions on development of small holders farmers, input materials accessibility, modernization & mechanization of farms, meeting rice demand 
  • Network with who’s who in the agri value chain! 

Act now! Register with your team at www.cmtevents.com to enjoy group discount! For more information, contact grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg


4th Commercial Farm Africa | 07-09 Oct, 2015 - Lusaka


"Good networking conference & well organized”




African Export Import Bank


“Been valuable, practical, useful, helpful ideas & experiences”



“Very satisfied and proud to visit Zambia and participate in this conference”

Mahgoub & Son Group

"A one-stop shop Forum to a quick update on the Africa Agriculture current position & available opportunities” 

Intrade Co. UK


“Well organized, very informative”



“In totality, I enjoyed my first visit to Lusaka and this conference!”

Optichem (2000) 


“This event was very well organized”

Silverland Zambia

Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact fiona@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9138

News Feed

Old Mutual Investment Group Reaffirms Commitment To African Investment

Posted on : 01 Aug, 2016


Old Mutual Investment Group has announced a deal to increase its overall stake in African agriculture investment group, UFF African Agri Investments, to 49%. The partnership builds on the relationship between the two companies, and investment opportunities of up to $500 million into African farmland is predicted over the next three years.

With its specialist expertise and focus on agricultural investment in Africa, UFF African Agri Investments has long been a fund advisor to Old Mutual Investment Group, and the partnership is a natural progression for the two companies.


As the largest manager of real assets in Africa, Old Mutual strongly believes in the potential of agricultural investments across the African continent.  While agriculture has gained huge momentum globally, it is still in its infancy in Africa, and presents significant investment opportunities. According to Old Mutual CEO Diane Radley, “Increasing populations across the continent will lead to a significant demand for agricultural produce, with a 70 percent total increase in agriculture production needed to feed the more than nine billion people expected to inhabit the earth in 2050, of which 25 percent will be in Africa.”


The UFF and Old Mutual partnership is a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Investments in farmland. All farms are assessed and monitored on compliance to International Finance Corporations standards on environmental, social and governance standards encompassing standards. In addition, the portfolio’s farms implement a comprehensive education, healthcare and/or housing program, with 6 percent of rental revenues reinvested into social economic projects to benefit farm workers.


Co-founder of UFF, Duncan Vink endorses the partnership, stating that Old Mutual is fully aligned with their vision on the significant opportunities in African agriculture and wanting to make positive change on the continent. He adds, “Agriculture is a vital economic driver in Africa given a number of socio-economic factors, including population growth, poverty and unemployment. These factors present acute challenges and make unlocking our agricultural potential not just an attractive option, but a necessity.”


Find out more about investment opportunities in the farming sector in Africa, at the 5th Commercial Farm Africa.


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Farm & Plantation investors/owners, Asset management companies, Private equities, investment banks & agricultural funds company, Fertilizer suppliers, Seeds, biotech & agro-chemicals producers/traders, Machinery companies, Tax & legal experts, Insurance & risk management consultants, irrigation industry, food companies/buyers, agri commodity traders, government organization and investment board
Mr. M D Ramesh
President and Regional Head - South & East Africa, Olam South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 10:45 AM

.Ramesh has made a distinguished career expertise in Agriculture /Food Commodities and Africa. His geographical supervision consists of 20 countries in Central, South and East Africa. His current strategic business unit employs over 3,000 people including 50 top global managers. He serves on the Olam's Global OPCO and ManCo.

Ramesh joine....
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Mr. Craig Hardie
Co Founder & former Joint MD, Malawi Mangoes
Day 2 [Wed 15, March], at 09:40 AM

Craig Hardie is the Co-Founder and former Joint Managing Director of Malawi Mangoes, an inclusive agribusiness in Malawi. Along with his business partner Jonathan Jacobs, he created an organisation which in five short years: raised US$55m in investment from a blend of private and public sector investors (including the International Finance Corporation), created a blended supply chain of Rain Forest Alliance certified, drip-irrigated anchor farms and a burgeoning smallholder programme affectin....
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Ms. Heloise Smith
Executive & Head of Consumer sector : East Africa, Stanbic Bank
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 01:45 PM

.Heloise is the Head for the Consumer Sector East Africa in Stanbic Bank, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has almost 20 years of experience in financial services, and has been working on the African continent in various capacities in the public and private sector since the early 1990s. In a previous role as Head: African Telecoms and Media for the ....
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Ms. Vanessa Adams
Director/Chief of Party, USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub implemented by DAI
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 02:15 PM

Vanessa Adams has over 20 years of professional experience, including with Fortune 500 companies in the US. She has fourteen years' experience working in 27 African countries with businesses and farmer cooperatives to increase productivity, meet buyer specifications, access finance, and compete in international markets. She partners with governments, donors and businesses to develop and implement strategies which increase productivity and international trade, expand investments, improve busin....
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