AGRITEC ID Plenary Session I - EMRC ProfilePresentation Transcript
The Millennium Goal Challenge In September 2000 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Millennium Declaration. The declaration devised a plan to achieve a set of Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) whose primary objectiveis to cut poverty in half across the globe by the year 2015. At EMRC, we have taken up this challenge.
Vision EMRC’s work focuses on Africa and the growing of cross and intra-continental sustainable business partnerships in both the public and private sector to spur Africa’s development and growth. We thus contribute to fulfill the 8th Millennium Development Goal: develop global partnerships for development
History Established in1992, EMRC has almost two decades of experience.During this time EMRC has promoted business partnerships with the developing world and has organised business forums in key decision making capitals of the world such as Amsterdam, Rome, Lisbon, Cape Town, Paris, Kampala and Brussels.We have pioneered economic and agricultural knowledge-sharing trade missions to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Spain, Israel, Cameroon and India. In the last 3 years only, EMRC has gathered around 3000 professionals who share the goal of creating business partnerships for economic growth and development.
Action We aim to achieve these goals through: - The organisation of our annual business forums and economic trade missions in Europe, Africa and Asia that bring key decision makers, entrepreneurs, investors, bankers, development partners, industry experts, and rain makers together- The Project Incubator Award: An EMRC initiative to promote innovative and bankable projects.– The continuous development and nurturing of the EMRC community through business development services offered to our members – Our publication and distribution of Dialogues magazine that promotes our members’ projects and activities
Business Forum & Missions Our Forums and Missions provide the ideal platform for participants to: Strengthening / Building Capacity for an evolving and responsible private sector Explore & investigate business opportunities and projects in Africa’s emerging markets Make the most of the opportunity to do business networking Find potential partners and investors through our business matching service Explore Sustainable joint ventures and partnerships Our partners and experts Illustrate the latest developments and global policies Demonstrate financial, marketing, business solutions & benchmarkingShare their expertise, innovation and news from their research, experience and specialisation,
Community The EMRC Community Our community is an international business membership network composed of SMEs, large enterprises, financial institutions, governments, international organisations that endeavor to promote successful and durable business relationships between community members, matching synergies and generating trade. This dynamic network encourages the exchange of best practices and knowledge It also promotes innovation sharing to contribute to the success of our members.Our swift reaction, our thorough follow-up and support of our members’ projects in Africa goes a long way towards creating more South-South and South-North partnerships As members of the EMRC Community, you receive regular news, updates and project development assistance from our growing international team.
Among our Partners Republic of Uganda Partners Over the years our forums and missions have been supported by our friends, sponsors and partner organisations who have played a vital role in helping us champion the growing of business partnerships for the sustainable development of Africa: Governmental bodies: Department of Agriculture of South Africa, the European Union, the African Union, the Government of Uganda. Multilateral Development Organizations : the African Development Bank, GDPRD, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Bilateral agencies USAID, MCC, the Netherlands Development Bank (FMO), the French Agency for Development (AFD) UN agencies i.e. the UN Global Compact, ITC Commercial Banks i.e. Yes Bank, Stanbic Bank, Rabobank, Absa, Academic/ Research Institutes: INSEAD, Wageningen University Global brands i.e. Heineken , Monsanto, Novus, Marg Group, Yara, KPMG
Team Our team is the heartbeat of EMRC We are a multicultural & multilingual team at EMRC. We come from 7 countries and 3 continents and speak 9 languages between us. Our shared values are: Innovation Entrepreneurship Enthusiasm Partnership Diversity Integrity TransparencyWe are all passionate about fulfilling the EMRC organisational goal of growing meaningful partnerships for sustainable development in Africa.
AGRITEC ID – EMRC 20 – 21 JanInternational Business Forum 2011 LisbonBOOSTING AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION IN AFRICA• Africa plays a vital role in the increase of food production to ease food shortages• Africa can contribute significantly to solving the projected 70% increase for food demand by 2050• We believe the private sector plays the most important role in upscaling agricultural innovation and productivityHow do we do it?• Small-scale entrepreneurs must be integrated in the value-chain• Focus on Capacity building – to create a more efficient agribusiness• Provide farmers with training, technology, and support to improve their smallholder agribusiness operations• Tap into and improve on Indigenous knowledge• Increase commercial opportunities and access to markets• Help smallholder farmers improve their business ideas so that they can access finance• Drive for a large-scale increase in agricultural investment• Governments and policy makers must • Ensure basic education for all, so that all women and men can effectively use their training and technology to meet basic needs • Improve the business climate and conditions to attract investorsAnd how do we do all that?Put the right strategic Private and Public partnerships in place to make things happen and drive innovation
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