What if Africa becomes the new frontier for ag?

Farm Forum

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Africa is the greatest unexplored continent for the world of agriculture. Understanding risks and utilizing the tremendous opportunities that Africa can offer to the world’s food production and agribusiness investors will be examined during the 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., from May 18-21.

In a new format for 2014, Symposium sessions will specifically focus on Crop Science, Life Sciences, Africa, Business and Technology, Modern Farming, and The Algae Opportunity by delving into “What If.”

“In terms of landmass, Africa is capable of housing China, the United States, Russia, and Western Europe within its borders. As home to one of the world’s fastest growing economies in terms of GDP, it should become a $1 trillion food market by 2030,” said Aidan Connolly, Alltech vice president and professor at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. “Such a dramatic change would not only transform Africa from being largely dependent on food imports to becoming a potential food exporter. More importantly, it will increase the availability of affordable food and significantly decrease widespread hunger.”

Connolly points out that while this year is the 29th anniversary of the landmark 1985 Live Aid concert that raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa, it is easy to forget that numerous factors could still potentially derail positive vision. Alltech’s Africa session will examine these factors and how they can shape investors’ decisions regarding where to invest in Africa’s food and agribusinesses. How will farmers get access to the technologies they need, and markets to sell in? What countries and markets will achieve the greatest growth? What if the problems of inconsistent farm yields in Africa are addressed? How can Africa exploit its land, sun and rainfall to produce milk, meat and eggs? What if Africa harnessed the power of its oceans for aquaculture? Experts and attendees of the Africa session will scrutinize these questions and more.

Registration for Alltech’s 30th Annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 10. Standard registration after April 10 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs.

Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2013 Alltech International Symposium, 96 percent indicated that they plan to attend again.

For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit or email symposium@alltech.com.