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Strathmore University Business School will host over 350 agribusiness investors and other key stakeholders in our 3rd annual convening: The 3rd Annual Agribusiness Investors summit 2019 on March 7th and 8th 2019.
The theme of the summit is: Post-harvest management and its impact on food security and nutrition.
Strathmore University Business School, in collaboration with both local and international partners, continues to provide world-class solutions in our local context towards increased agricultural production and improved livelihoods.
Through the 2019 summit we will achieve this through 2 components as follows:
The first component of the Agribusiness Investors Summit 2019 involves discussions in value chain focused working groups.
There is a need to develop solutions that will significantly reduce losses during harvest and on-farm storage, as well as off the farm along the value chain to the market. The working groups will be split into the following value chains:
Each working group will focus on the following areas:
The second component of the Agribusiness Investors Summit 2019 will involve panel discussion sessions and will provide forum for impactful conversations and discussions around the following thematic areas:
Strengthening the link between good nutrition and good health
In 2017, an estimated Sh150 billion worth of food was wasted or lost in Kenya (National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS)), even as farmers struggled to earn a decent income and Kenyans in certain regions were faced with starvation fueled by drought and lack of access to good quality food. An economic survey highlighted significant post-harvest losses of up to ksh.19 billion due to poor storage and handling for crops including Irish potatoes, beans, tomatoes, pineapple, sorghum and millet. Postharvest treatment largely determines final quality, regardless of whether a crop is sold for fresh consumption, or used as an ingredient in a processed food product.
Poor food handling, poor storage and sanitation, manual harvesting and challenges in transportation of food to markets, lack of access to markets are all critical challenges that agri-prenuers all over Africa grapple with, that attribute to the high levels of post-harvest loss. A huge percentage of this wastage is also attributed to consumers who buy more than they need and a large percentage of agri-prenuers who do not possess the right knowledge and skills to manage their produce. What are the right solutions or responses to post-harvest loss?
The government also has a very critical role in facilitating and promoting food security and good nutrition. Countries that achieve greater food security generally have strong political emphasis on agricultural policies and economic incentives for production, research and extension services.
In Kenya, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled the ‘Big Four’ in 2017 to focus on key basic needs critical in uplifting the living standards of Kenyans. Food and nutrition security and manufacturing are key in the ‘Big Four’ agenda, however how do these translate to solutions for and from the agri-preneur? Should we shift focus to indigenous foods not traditionally considered as staples? How do we strengthen market systems and information and data systems? What opportunities are there in value addition for agri-preneurs as a solution to post-harvest losses? What role will the government play in supporting these initiatives and towards achievement of the ‘Big Four’ agenda?
There is a need to develop innovative ways of preserving and storing food to increase shelf life and maintain quality, to develop better supply chains and create faster routes to market and to explore processing and value addition as opportunities to increase margins and build livelihoods.
Reducing post-harvest waste and losses will create social and economic benefits at all levels of the value chain. It will mean better quality of food, higher incomes for the agri-preneur, increased employment opportunities and improved livelihoods.
The following sponsorship packages are available:
Diamond Sponsorship: KES 450,000/-
Platinum Sponsorship: KES 300,000/- (2 available slots)
Gold Sponsorship: KES 150,000/- (6 available slots)
Exhibitors: KES 35,000/- (15 available slots)
Attendee: KES 7,000/- (300 available slots)
Package Details – Early bird offer 6000/- until January 5th 2019
*Payment at the gate: Ksh.7000/-
To reserve your slot or to make an enquiry, please get in touch with the Summit Manager, Veronica, on +254 729 089308 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Coordinator, Brian Juma on +254 706 907111 or email@example.com
Date: 7th – 8th March 2019
Early bird (upto 15th Jan 2019): Ksh.6000/-
Payment at the gate: ksh.7000/-