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The new generation in Africa is better educated than ever before. The African youth faces large opportunities and challenges for promoting development. Feeding Africa is a most urgent challenge. Food production in Africa is mainly in hands of smallholders and rural households. These producers are crucial for economic development and food security in urban and rural areas. Access to land, finance, knowledge, inputs and markets are critical for improving farmers’ yields and income. Dutch companies, government and NGOs have been working with African partners on these issues for decades. Join the discussion on June 22nd. Read more.

Prominent speakers and guests confirmed:
Mr José Graziano da Silva, DG FAO
Mr Berry Marttin, Rabobank Nederland, Member of the Executive Board.
Ms Sharon Dijksma, Dutch State Secretary of Agriculture
Dr Akinwuma Adesina, former Minister of Agriculture Nigeria 
Mr Ishmael Sunga, The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) 
Ms Reina Buijs, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr Henri van Eeghen, Cordaid
Mrs Irene Visser, The Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC)


Monday 22 June 2015, 9.30-17.30 hrs


Rabobank - Duisenberg auditorium

Croeselaan 18, 3521 CB, Utrecht


Please register before June 1st on



9.30 Registration of participants

10.00 Opening by Mr Jos van Gennip chairman Socires Foundation and foodFIRST

10.05 Welcome by Rabobank Mr Berry Marttin

10.15 Speech Mr Graziano da Silva DG FAO

10.30 Response audience

10.45 Speech Mr. Ishmael Sunga SACAU

11.00 Response audience

11.15 Speech Mrs S. Dijksma – State secretary Agricultural Affairs

11.30 Response audience

11.40 Presentation by FrieslandCampina with young Dutch and Kenian dairy farmers

12.00 Speech Dr Adesina Former Minister of Agriculture Nigeria

12.15 Response audience

12.30 Lunch in foyer

Special lunch for Students with VIP guests (on invitation only)

14.00 Introduction on The Future of Farming and Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa:

Myths and issues on smallholders, conflict areas, and rural youth, by Professor Dr Ruerd Ruben (WUR)

14.20 Talk show “Makkinga meets …”

Hosts: Andrew Makkinga and Prof Dr Ruerd Ruben (WUR) at a round table with experts

How to make African smallholders more efficient – farming, food and finance?.

How to invest in smallholders and food security in post conflict regions and fragile states?

How to provide careers for young men and women in the rural agro-food sector?


Prof Bekele Shiferaw Addis Abeba University (Ethiopia)
Dr Steve Wiggins, ODI (UK)
Mr Kees Verbeek – former NMB bank director Tanzania (NL)
Cynthia Makena, farmers organization (Kenia)
Dr Lia van Wesenbeeck,VU University (NL)
Mrs Rabha Bandas (South Sudan)
Heleen Bos, Rijk Zwaan (NL)
Edii Mukibii, NGO school youth (Uganda)
Mr Gerishom Boiyo, IICD (Kenia)

15.40 Tea break

16.10 Continuation of the round table discussion

17.00 Responses by:

Mrs Irene Visser (NABC)
Hr Henri van Eeghen (Cordaid)
... (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

What 3 things have you learned today and what would resolution do you take home to your domain and collegues.

17.20 Follow up and thank you by foodFIRST

17.30 Drinks (till 18.30)

Event details

From June 22, 2015
Till June 22, 2015
Supported events
Utrecht, Netherlands