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01.12.2016

Report on GFIA Africa edition

The GFIA Africa Edition 2015 held in Durban, Republic of South Africa with 120 remarkable speakers and over 300 exhibitors from 40 countries across the world.

The program started with preseason activities on Saturday 28th November, 2015 which lasted until Monday 30th November, 2015, during which 50 roundtable discussions were held. The main conference started on Tuesday 1st December, 2015, with an opening ceremony speech from Michael Hailu, Director, CTA Netherlands, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Former Prime Minister, Somalia and Tny Nsanganira, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda.

A high level panel was held on Tuesday 1st December, 2015 with Given Lubinda, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Zimbabwe, Vincent Bamulangaji Ssempijja, Minister of State for Agriculture, Uganda, Peter Staude, CEO, Tongaat Hulett, South Africa, Dr. Theo de Jager, President, Pan African Farmers’ Organization, South Africa and Daniel Gad, MD, Omega Farms, Ethiopia as speakers and M. Hailu as moderator. Presentations were made on this same date on Protecting and Enhancing Crops with Integrated Solutions: Where Biologicals and Chemicals Meet, Climate-smart Solutions: Preparing for Tomorrows’ Climate, Building Climate Resilience and Rethinking Agricultural Investment and Finance.

Several speakers made presentations on 2nd December, 2015 on ICT Revolution, Developing Agro-industry, Agricultural Mobile Games: What Options for Sustainability and for Engaging Youth? Sustainability Increasing Productivity and Value, Drones in Agriculture: Stepping in to the Future. I made my presentation on this same date under the topic Drones in Agriculture: Stepping in to the Future and the title of my presentation was UAVs: Granular Remote Sensing Solutions to Leverage Smallholder Agriculture.

I presented along-side with Etienne Labuschagne, Senior GIS Developer, ESRI, South Africa, Dieudonne Harahagazwe, Regional Associate Scientist, International Potato Center, Kenya, Walter Volksmann, CEO, Owner/ Founder, Micro Aerial Projects, Namibia and USA.

More information can be found on the GFIA Africa website.