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Beyond the deal: financing agri-entrepreneurs for sector-wide impact [cancelled]

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The UK Government hosted the UK-Africa Investment Summit on 20 January 2020 in London and brought together businesses, governments and international institutions to secure investment deals, create jobs through new partnerships and showcase the UK’s unique offer to Africa. The Summit also showcased the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa to UK businesses and investors.

The continent is home to 8 of the 15 fastest growing economies in the world but still African countries currently receive less than 4% of foreign direct investment. The Summit supported strong partnerships to support growth in Africa and the UK. A key concern from the deliberations however, was how to ensure such investment delivered maximum impact in a range of social dimensions in support of the Sustainable Development Goals of the continent.

As a follow-on from the Summit, the UK Government is organising an post-summit symposium entitled Beyond the Deal:  Financing agri-entrepreneurs for sector-wide impact on 2nd April 2020.


  • Discuss ways to increase the effectiveness and impact of agri-business investment for economic growth and sustainability based on the research reports to be presented;
  • Present opportunities for additionality between investors and investment support stakeholders to develop financing mechanisms and products that contribute towards increasing the impact for investing in smallholder agribusinesses; 
  • Identify evidence needs of the investor community to commission (through DFID and BMGF programmes) actionable research that contributes towards reducing the perceived risks of investing in smallholder agribusinesses; and 
  • Reflect on strategies to increase monitoring, learning and impact assessment across the sector. 


  • Research Presentations 
  • Panel discussions 
  • Networking


  • Rachel Turner, Director, Economic Development, DFID
  • Justin Highstead, Executive Director, Gatsby Africa
  • Kola Masha, Managing Director, Babban Gona
  • Katherine Tan, Program, Development Policy Finance Officer, Gates Foundation

Event registration closed.

Date And Time

02-04-2020 05:00 PM to
08:00 PM

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