Africa Agtech Expo and Forum the latest international agriculture technology expo and conference to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, will be launched from 15 – 16 Oct 2019 by Spire Events, a leading global events company specializing in large scale conferences and expos. This is the first time a major international agricultural technology expo has been supported by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and held in Lagos.
This inaugural event aims to attract regional and global investors, government officials, agribusiness executives, agtech entrepreneurs, startups and farmers to network and learn about the latest technology innovations which is revolutionizing the agricultural sector in Africa and beyond.
What to expect at Africa AgTech Expo and Forum 2019
Africa AgTech Expo and Forum 2019 has separate 2 days conference, with the free-to-attend exhibition, hosting the region’s leading agribusiness & technology providers.
More than 1500 attendees and 50 exhibitors are expected to converge in Lagos for this flagship showcase. Key government Ministers and officials from Nigeria and beyond are also expected to be at the event to share on the latest government agricultural policies.
Immense potential of African agriculture sector and current level of technological implementation
Agriculture is Africa’s largest industry, contributing around 15% to its total gross GDP. Yet a traditional, manual approach to agriculture has kept yields below full capacity. Nigeria is no exception, with limited adoption of technologies being one factor for the country’s challenges of rising food imports and declining levels of national food self-sufficiency.
Technology is catching on slowly in the developing world due to challenges like shortage of capital, lower literacy rates and limited mobile telephone usage. However there has been concerted efforts by indigenous African companies and MNCs to bring smart farming technologies to Africa and its impact is becoming visible across the continent. Therefore, potential for further growth of technology implementation in the African agriculture sector is immense, with plenty of opportunities for technology and service providers to be part of this transformation.