WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On June 15-19, 2014, over 500 students, academic, government and business leaders are expected to gather at the Cape Town International Conference Centre for the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum in South Africa. The Forum will be jointly presented by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). Responding to Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness surge, the Forum will address the region’s enormous growth potential, which requires that the agribusiness industry also expand.
Thad Simons, President of IFAMA, comments: “People feed the world and, as agribusiness leaders, it is our responsibility to develop future generations of talent passionate about creating and implementing solutions that will ensure we can overcome the food security challenges in Africa and beyond. We believe that partnerships made through the World Forum – between academics, government and the private sector – are foundational to success. Today we are delighted to announce DuPont Pioneer as a premier supporter of the World Forum.”
The overarching framework for the Forum is People Feed the World, a view that aligns closely with DuPont’s commitment to food security. Jim Borel, DuPont executive vice president, says: “Our sponsorship of the IFAMA World Forum provides an opportunity to collaborate with other leaders in the agriculture industry and with students – a truly unique setting.”
Stephen Hayes, President and CEO of CCA, comments: “The World Forum would not be possible without the support of companies such as DuPont, a global science company working in more than 90 countries to promote and address food security with science-based innovations. As Forum organizers, we are grateful to our friends at DuPont for their ongoing role in accelerating progress, not only at our Forum, but also through their local and global impact on food and nutrition security, each and every day.”
Through the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum, DuPont is helping to further critical collaborations with businesses, non-profit organizations and academics. The engagement of the next generation of agribusiness innovators from around the globe – through the participation of student leaders attending the Forum – is another priority for DuPont.
“There is an unprecedented need for talented and highly-skilled individuals with a desire to make a global impact in terms of food and agriculture. As a result, DuPont set a specific goal to help young people build the skill and will to address food security,” said Borel.
About the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum
Jointly presented by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum will focus on Africa as a region of limitless opportunity, where agribusiness has the potential to be the engine that drives dynamic, unprecedented economic growth and development. Hosted June 15-19, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa, the overarching framework for the Forum is People Feed the World. Interactive discussions and presentations will engage students, academic, government and business leaders and focus on the common and binding factor of the human talent and potential to achieve global nutritional security.
IFAMA is an international management organization based in Washington, D.C. that brings together current and future business, academic and government leaders along with other industry stakeholders to improve the strategic focus, transparency, sustainability and responsiveness of the global food and agribusiness system. IFAMA has over 700 members in more than 50 countries, and serves as an effective worldwide networking organization, bridging the agribusiness industry, researchers, educators, government, consumer groups and non-governmental organizations.
ABOUT THE CORPORATE COUNCIL ON AFRICA (CCA)
CCA is a nonprofit, membership-based organization promoting business and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa. CCA is the premier American organization devoted to U.S.-Africa business relations and includes members from more than 160 companies, which represent nearly 85 percent of total U.S. private sector investments in Africa. CCA’s members represent a diverse pool of industries from Africa’s most promising sectors, including agribusiness, capacity building, energy, finance, health, ICT, infrastructure and security.