Nigeria: Transforming Agribusiness through Investment

Presented by

The Corporate Council on Africa
and The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Nigeria: Transforming Agribusiness through Investment Recap

On Tuesday, April 10, CCA and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria hosted a full-day forum and exhibition entitled, “Nigeria: Transforming Agribusiness through Investment” at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The forum highlighted Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda and opportunities for American companies to invest in Nigeria’s agricultural growth. In attendance were more than 600 public and private sector representatives from Nigeria and the United States. Panels consisted of high level private sector representatives and senior government officials including Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru; Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi; the Governors of Ekiti, Kaduna, Kwara and Rivers states; Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Ade Adefuye; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Darci Vetter.

Transformation was a central theme of the event, as Nigeria seeks to reduce reliance on food imports and recapture its former status as West Africa’s primary food producer. Strong representation from the highest echelons of government underscored how important the agricultural sector is to Nigeria. Setting the tone for the forum, Minister Adesina opened with a keynote presentation of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, which showcased Nigeria’s plan to incentivize private sector investment in strategic agricultural value chains. Central to Nigeria’s long term growth plan is the development of cassava, rice, sorghum, cocoa and cotton, and audience members learned more about specific opportunities in each of these priority crop value chains. The forum examined Nigeria’s agribusiness investment climate and financing framework, highlighted private sector success stories and explored specific investment opportunities in each Governor’s state. Between panels, participants took advantage of networking opportunities and learned more about Nigerian states and American agricultural companies at a trade exhibition, which occurred throughout the program. 

CCA continues to be the leading American organization committed to establishing and building the trade and investment relationship between the United States and Africa. As the continent’s most populous country and third largest economy, Nigeria holds particular strategic importance to the long term economic relationship between the United States and Africa.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Closing Reception hosted by The Embassy of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria:
6:00 - 9:30 pm

Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel





Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd.

World Cocoa Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Where

  • Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    2660 Woodley Park Road NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20008