Is big business a force for good for African farmers?

18:00-20:30 | 7 December | London

Fast-forward 30 years, will Africa be feeding the world with an efficient and productive food and farming sector? Or will it be struggling against challenges including water, climate change, poor investment and missed opportunities?

These questions are the basis for our public discussion about what role, if any, big business can play in ensuring the successful development of Africa’s agri-food sector. Sign up to be in the audience using the form below.

We’ll discuss

This seminar will bring together an expert panel to explore the role of multinationals in Africa’s agri-food sector. Topics for consideration will include:

  • What are the paths to prosperity for Africa’s farmers and food sector?
  • What are the challenges facing the sector in Africa?
  • How much of an impact do multinationals currently have on African agriculture?
  • Are they a help or hinderance to farmers and suppliers?
  • Do ideas such as inclusive business - linking low-income communities to the supply chains of larger multinationals - work?

Our panel

Chair – Eliza Anyangwe, former editor of the Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network and writer on international development and gender

Na Ncube, director, Global Native, a charity supporting agriculture and development in Africa

Bill Vorley, principal researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

John O’Keeffe, president, Diageo Africaa global consumer beverage company with breweries and subsidiaries across Africa 

Catherine Krobo Edusei, managing director, Eden Tree, a fruit, herbs and vegetable business, based in Ghana.