• AGM cafés: another way of thinking about Africa
  • AGM cafés: another way of thinking about Africa
  • AGM cafés: another way of thinking about Africa

AGM cafés: another way of thinking about Africa

Platform dedicated to agribusiness in Africa, Africa Grenier du Monde, innovates with AGM Cafés. A concept away from the big forums a dozen participants gathered around a personality to debate a theme that invites to reflect on the challenges of the continent. To issues related to agriculture in particular. An initiative of Charlotte Libog. We met her at one of the AGM Cafés.

 

By Dounia Ben Mohamed

 

May 11, Sheraton Hotel in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. 7 pm and dust, the participants arrive one after the other, starting immediately the exchanges. The teacher of ceremony, Charlotte Libog, founding president of Africa Grenier du monde, presents to each other. When the guest of the day arrives, David Djipi, a serial entrepreneur. The meeting can start. Charlotte begins by recalling the concept. “Thank you for having responded to our invitation, you are more numerous than expected which confirms the interest of this type of appointment. AGM cafés offer a more favorable framework for exchanges than during major forums and conferences. Given the demand, we will increase to two per month. ”

“AGM: An information platform, but also a platform for advocacy for agricultural entrepreneurship.”

In the meantime, the session takes place according to the format intended by its initiator: concept away from the big forums a dozen participants gathered around a personality to debate a theme that invites to reflect on the challenges of the continent. To issues related to agriculture in particular. The passion of Charlotte, founding president of Africa Grenier du Monde, a platform dedicated to agribusiness on the continent. “I was a computer scientist, originally working quietly in a big box, a colleague who lived easily thanks to agriculture convinced me to be interested. I threw myself a little by chance with my husband. We started buying several hectares in a region of Cameroon, my home country. The adventure ended in a fine failure. But I did not give up: it confirmed me in the urgency of putting in place a tool so that this does not happen to others. That’s how AGM was born. An information platform but also a forum for advocacy for agricultural entrepreneurship. “And the young woman stressed:” Agricultural entrepreneurship has always existed but today we face 30 years of agricultural policy failure. If we do not move, we private sector, to plead our cause, we will not advance. ”

30 years of agricultural policy failure

The scenery being planted, the participants present themselves in turn. Students, entrepreneurs, analysts, already present in the sector of agriculture in Africa or tempted by the adventure, in search of precisely “concrete” information. David Djibi is a graduate of a major engineering school in Paris and trader for fifteen years before returning to Cameroon to start farming in 2007. He founded DJIPI AGRO-INDUSTRIE, a specialized company In the production, collection, processing, marketing of agricultural and forestry products, located in the coastal region of Cameroon in the towns of KOMBE and KOMPINA. At the head of a plantation of more than 500 ha, he became a billionaire thanks to agriculture. An experience that he will share with the audience, multiplying the recommendations and warnings. “I started off with beginner mistakes like everyone else and as I progress, I adapt,” says David. Everything you invest at the beginning of your project will bring the entire life of the operation! ”

“Everything you invest at the beginning of your project will bring the whole life of the operation!

It continues throughout the evening. More than three hours each will share their experience, good practices, obstacles encountered and ways to circumvent them. What is the whole objective of the AGM cafés, meetings in small groups designed to create synergies in a collaborative approach. Before leaving, the audience will have another appointment, on 18 May, for an exchange around Pierre Alexandre Moussa, CEO of JT AGRO, who will share his experience. That of an agri-food structure illustrating perfectly a model of economic cooperation between the peasantry and the private sector on the one hand and environment-friendly on the other hand.

 


 

Author: Dounia Ben Mohamed // Photos: Edition Cafés AGM of 11 May © DR

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