The aim of this 5th edition of the forum is to bring together development experts, policy makers, financial experts, African Diaspora entrepreneurs and Diaspora communities to discuss the role and potentials of the African Diasporas, in finding solutions to the challenges of food insecurity and building theagrofood sector. It creates an opportunity to showcase the projects of African Diasporas, foster collaborations and create links to relevant resources and networks.
The 2021 African Diaspora Agrofood Forum will be the 5th edition of the Forum. Conferences willbe held online (via Zoom) on Friday 17th September and an exhibition fair of agrofood products by African entrepreneurs will be organised on Sunday 19th September at the Meise Botanic Garden,Bouchout Castle Meise, Belgium.
The theme of the 2021 Forum is Recovery, Resilience and Sustainability: African DiasporaAgrofood Entrepreneurship in a changing world.
This theme reflects the global impact of theCOVID-19 pandemic and the aspirations of many for recovery and growth in a sustainable economy.As the world recovers and adjusts to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is of interest to know what policies are in place for entrepreneurs in the agrofood sector and how beneficial they are to African Diasporas entrepreneurs.
The contributions of the African Diaspora Entrepreneurs at the forum will also help stakeholders and experts to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected them and their plans for the future.
There will be four online sessions on Friday 17th September 2021:
(1) the first session is Re-strategizing policymaking for a post COVID-19 agrofood sector with policymakers, global agencies, international organisations and diplomats
(2) the second session focuses on African Diaspora entrepreneurs as transnational stakeholders in African development
(3) the third session will be about innovative and scientific researches that are beneficial to the agrofood sector
(4) the fourthsession will focus on beneficial resources for agrofood entrepreneurship.
The exhibition fair will take place during the 'Friends of the Meise Botanic Garden day' on Sunday19th September, 10:00 – 17:30 (CET). It will be an opportunity for African Diaspora Entrepreneurs to promote their projects and present their products to the public.
The Forum is an initiative of the Food Bridge vzw in partnership with the Meise Botanic Garden, Sankaavzw, and COLEACP.COLEACP
The Helping Hand Project