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The Future of Agriculture, Operation Feed Africa, Operation Feed the World

The Current State Of Agriculture In Africa

The most important sector in the African Economy is Agriculture. It contributes about 15 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of sub-Saharan countries and employs more than 60 percent of the continent’s labour force.

Africa is home to 60 percent of the worlds arable land and Agriculture accounts for 75 percent of Africa’s domestic trade. Despite the massive social and economic footprint of Agriculture in the region, Africa‘s full agricultural potential still remains untapped. In a recent analysis conducted by McKinsey, it was determined that Africa could produce two to three times more cereals and grains, which would add 20 percent more cereals and grains to the current
worldwide 2.6 billion tons of output. Similar increases could also be seen in the production of horticulture crops and livestock. This is clearly illustrated in the
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Africa is agro-ecologically and climatically diverse, with agro-environmental zones ranging from the tropical rainforests in West and Central Africa, to the dry and arid zones of the Sahel. This diversity offers both opportunities and challenges: while a wide variety of crops and commodities can be produced across Africa, a range of unified solutions are required in order to overcome the varying bottlenecks that continue to limit the agricultural potential of the different countries and regions on the continent.

The cost of failing to adopt a joint approach to Agriculture will further widen the untapped growth potential of Agriculture in Africa, leading to increased inequality between African countries with some having more tools and agricultural skills than others, thus high poverty rates and an increased dependency on imports.

One African Market through the AfCFTA can create a more
competitive commercial environment for agriculture, encourage more investment in a modern, dynamic, productive, inclusive, and sustainable agricultural sector that can lift millions of Africans out of poverty.

Africa was a net exporter of food products up until the 1980s. High
economic growth from the early 2000s and rapid increases in
population drove up domestic demand for food. All the while falling raw commodity prices along with weak infrastructure and low levels of investment in agricultural development contributed to reduced agricultural exports. As of 2019, the continent‟s agricultural trade balance was – $18.4bn, with an annual food import bill of roughly $68.5bn between 2014 and 2019.

In a recent speech delivered by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina President, African Development Bank Group at the 94th annual US Department of Agriculture Outlook Forum – “The Roots of Prosperity”, He stated that: “…agriculture has the potential to completely transform Africa
and feed the world. But as my mentor Norman Borlaug always
said: “you can’t eat potential”. You can only leverage, transform
and use it.”

Even as we go forward and create opportunities to harness the
potential of the Agricultural sector in the continent, it is also a
requirement to build an enabling environment for the global growth of the African agricultural sector. This is to ensure that Africa lives up to the expectation of being able to not just feed itself, but also feed the world. This therefore brings us to the goal of the conference which is to leverage not only continental growth and competitiveness but global growth and competitiveness.

The conference is our opportunity to start a global conversation about the
Agricultural sector in Africa, based on the following scope:
• Leveraging our regional experiences and expertise with a view to developing singular framework upon which we can solve our Agricultural challenges in Africa with a country tailored approach.
• Challenges plaguing agriculture in Africa, which are hampering our ability to feed the continent and the world with a view to solving them. As well as recommendations to exploit the full potential of the agri-food value chain to feed the continent and the world.
• We aim to position Africa as a global food destination and the greatest exporter of food and its by-products.

This two-day hybrid conference from the 20th to the 21st of September 2023 will include 5,000 attendees, 30 high profile speakers, news and media coverage globally of up to 1,000,000 people with excellent virtual execution guaranteed. At the end of this summit, we will publish a white paper interpreted in all African Languages that will be submitted to the African Union headquarters, Heads of State and Presidents, which will eventually be passed as a bill for onward implementation in their respective countries. We will also
introduce and attach Youth Ambassadors that will help with implementation of
the white paper for the Africa we want.

Striking The Bull’s Eye

Strategic Objective of the Conference


To design a singular agricultural framework that cuts off agricultural imports and increase exports in 30 years.
➢ To discuss the way forward for the rapid digitisation of the Agricultural sector.
➢ Rapid mechanisation of the Agricultural sector in Africa.
➢ Driving aggressive industrial food processing in the continent.

2023 Mission

Values are our bedrock



To create a sustainable agricultural framework for the Africa we want by leveraging skills, technology and collaborations.


To be the leading strategic and implementation partner with the different stakeholders in Africa both private, public and government to deliver the Africa we want by 2063.

Organizing Companies

The Association of African Startups

The Association of African Startups

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The Just Ibe Company

The Just Ibe Company

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Arielle For Africa

Arielle For Africa

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Organizing Teams

• Organizing Chair: Just Ibe
• Organizing Vice- Chair: Edith Njage
• Head of Communication & Public Relations: Renee
• Chief of Finance & Partnership: Adaobi Ossai
• Chief of Implementation: Feruz Semere
• Chief Ambassador: Meha Jouini

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2023 Speakers

Just Omomo Ibe

Edith Njage

Ajola Jallow

Sunil Dahiya

Adetokunbo Adewoyin

Edobong Akpabio

Femi Adekoya

Lilian Oyugi

Dr Ayman Shelaby

Ms Nandi Mkwanazi

Zengani Mbambara

Tariq Ishmail

Sharon Idahosa

Rose Chimila

Pretty Kubyan

Tlale Matseke

Meekness Kapaale

Mpho Mogodiri

Our Approach to


Our Methodology

The conference will follow the format of a round table
engagement forum where experts from Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western, Central Africa and the Diaspora share various Agricultural challenges and solutions.

At the end of the forum, the African Government
STAKEHOLDERS Engagement Forum (AGSEF) team will be tasked with the compilation of a white paper for the
presentation of real time solutions identified by industry experts for African governments and necessary stakeholders to help us achieve exponential results in Agriculture across the different areas of growth identified.

Beyond the Conference


The following outcomes would be delivered following the
conference to all attending nations for execution;

1) A country specific approach to solving the identified
Agricultural challenges.
2) A regional approach to solving Agricultural challenges
3) Stakeholder engagement strategies with farmers on the
solutions identified to guide implementation.
4) Government stakeholders engagement solutions to ensure
implementation across associations, public and private sectors.
5) Bi-annual monitoring systems to ensure success and provide for adjustment based on results.
6) Presentation of the white paper to select government bodies and NGO’s across Sub-Saharan Africa.



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Just Omomo Ibe is a Multifaceted and Visionary Business leader with a critical focus on rebuilding the African Economy through Entrepreneurship, Education, Youth & Trade.

She is a result-driven, persistent, and determined economic growth and development consultant and a lead consultant at The Just Ibe company with a key focus on Sales, marketing, business communications, sustainable economic development, and digital strategy. As an economic growth consultant, she empowers entrepreneurs through her work with The Association of African Startups, providing them with the tools and knowledge to build sustainable businesses. Her passion extends beyond individual success - she founded the Just Ibe Foundation to directly empower communities and uplift vulnerable populations.

Ibe is a strong advocate for collaboration across the continent. She co-founded the African Government Stakeholders Engagement Forum, fostering dialogue between governments and businesses to tackle shared challenges. Additionally, her One African movement aims to unify Africans and create a sense of continental identity, attracting investment and fostering a collaborative environment for all.

Just Omomo Ibe is currently a certified time management specialist with distinctions from the London graduate school. She is also a certified sustainable development expert from the international business management institute, a certified behavioral economy, and marketing psychology expert, a certified economic growth and development expert, and a certified government economic policy expert. 

She currently serves as a ministry gift through the Kingdom Influencers Global Ministry, an end time apostolic ministry, equipping men to establish the kingdom in the different mountains of influence.

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Adaobi is a seasoned professional with over 13 years of corporate experience across Africa, specializing in business process improvement. She excels at mapping, identifying inefficiencies, redesigning processes, and benchmarking for growth and expansion. As a certified environmental scientist, she co-founded Earthlight International Limited in 2018, focusing on waste management education and recycling operations in Ibadan, Nigeria, while also aiding other recyclers with business support and locally manufactured machines.

In 2022, Adaobi became a co-owner of Elvaridah Consulting Limited, a firm that offers strategic planning and sustainable business solutions to help companies scale. She launched a COO grooming program at Elvaridah's training institute in early 2024 placing them in organizations where they are able to execute on the business owner’s vision driving the team to excellence. Additionally, Adaobi contributes to the tech industry by developing solutions in inventory management, proptech, and fintech. Recognized for her visionary leadership and transformational style, she enjoys traveling, forming partnerships, and coaching SME owners, with her spiritual growth guiding her values and business endeavors.

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A distinguished Serial and Social Entrepreneur, Edith is fervently committed to fostering job creation, entrepreneurship, STEM education, and sustainability amongst African Youth. She is notably recognized for her strategic leadership as a newly appointed Board Member for the AIESEC International Supervisory Group in Canada and as the Chair of Beyond Africa. These initiatives have pioneered inclusive sales systems that empower under-represented groups across Africa, impacting over 200,000 young individuals by facilitating business expansion into new markets including healthcare, education, and technology.

In 2019, She co-founded Arielle Roaring for Africa Ltd (ARFA), a Social Enterprise tailored to support entrepreneurs throughout their business journey. ARFA has already aided over 5,000 entrepreneurs in 11 African countries, leveraging a global network of experts across multiple industries. Additionally, Edith has played a pivotal role in establishing Africa’s Brain Hub, focusing on STEM education and innovative solutions to climate change and financial inclusion.

Edith also serves as vice president of the Hasa Growth Network, providing substantial financial access to African businesses, and is a prolific author and mentor, having written “In the Fullness of Purpose: A Journey of Passion, Purpose, and Pursuit.” She frequently extends her expertise as a Business and Executive Coach and as a Faculty Member for the Association of African Startups, significantly contributing to the upskilling of African entrepreneurs.

She holds a Master of International Business with a major in Disruptive Innovation and a Master of Science in Finance from HULT International Business School, in addition to first-class honors in BBA. Edith’s work, spans 77 different countries worldwide, a testament to her global perspective and diverse expertise.

Beyond her professional achievements, Edith is an avid reader, podcast show host of “The Young Black Female CEO,” and an engaging public speaker, continuously inspiring a global audience of leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Jamila Idris is an entrepreneur with expertise in performance management and organizational development. An alumnus of the prestigious Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship (KIF), she has multidisciplinary experience working in the academia, development sector and public service.

She is passionate about helping high achievers create wealth through Joy, Peace and Fulfillment. Also, she is the creator of the High Performance Accelerator. A unique coaching program that helps entrepreneurs, executives and emerging leaders get the most important tasks done and create desired results without stress, confusion or overwhelm. 

Jamila is a mental health professional and an advocate for mental health awareness. She has coached clients in different and diverse fields including high level entrepreneurs.

She has served in leadership capacities internationally and has served as a member of key government decision making councils.

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Feruz is a driven professional with a diverse background in business administration, entrepreneurship, and cybersecurity. With a passion for empowering African entrepreneurs, Feruz co-founded and currently serves as a board chair and director at Arielle for Africa, a dynamic organization dedicated to fostering growth and innovation in the African business ecosystem.In addition to her work with Arielle for Africa, Feruz has excelled in various roles in the corporate world. Starting as a Business Development professional at SAP, she demonstrated exceptional skills in cultivating relationships, identifying business opportunities, and driving revenue growth. 

The commitment to staying at the forefront of technology and security led her to join Darktrace, world’s leading Cyber AI technology. Currently, Feruz is leveraging her expertise in the cybersecurity industry as a professional specializing in Third Party Risk Assessments at CyberGRX. In this role she plays a crucial role in evaluating and managing the potential risks associated with third-party vendors, ensuring the security and resilience of organizations against cyber threats.

Feruz’s pursued a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Stavanger, where she gained a solid foundation in key business principles and practices. Building on this foundation, she went on to earn a Master's degree in International Business Management with a major in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

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Modupe Rachael-Adeyemi is an experienced Executive Virtual Assistant with a proven track record of supporting C-level executives. With over 4 years of experience in providing top-notch administrative support, calendar management, travel coordination, and project assistance, she is dedicated to helping busy executives stay organized, efficient, and focused on strategic priorities. 

She is also a Tech-savvy Virtual Assistant who thrives in utilizing the latest tools and technologies to enhance efficiency and organization.

She excels at managing digital files, setting up workflows, and integrating various software platforms for tech educators, academies, and coaches.

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