Initiative Aims to Modernize African Agrifood Systems

Thursday, July 08, 2021
Initiative Aims to Modernize African Agrifood Systems

ASABE announces the launch of a new initiative, the Alliance for Modernizing African Agrifood Systems, that will be the focus of two days of special programming at the 2021 ASABE Annual International Meeting. 

Organized by a subcommittee of the Society's E-2050, Global Engagement committee, AMAA will promote the modernization of African agrifood value chains to strengthen food security, drive economic growth, and improve quality of life.

The initiative has four pillars:

  1. Promote technology and methodology development, assessment, and deployment appropriate for African agrifood systems
  2. Enhance entrepreneurship and business development
  3. Enhance building workforce development
  4. Support the development of infrastructure and policy framework

Special programming taking place July 13 and 14 at the ASABE Annual International Meeting will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with modernizing African agriculture. Headlining the event is Ndidi Nwuneli, co-founder and managing partner at Sahel Consulting, Nigeria. Other invited speakers include: 

Gajendra Singh, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium for Sustainable Intensification
Kenton Dashiell, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture 
Joseph Mpagalile, FAO
Benard Ngwene,  Africa bei AGCO Corporation
William Kisaalita, University of Georgia
Cynthia Mene, Inspire Africa
Maria Jones, ADMI Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss
Greg Deason, Purdue Foundry
Soji Adelaja, Michigan State University

Watch the video introduction below, and register for the 2021 annual meeting at