Leveraging Strategic Partnerships

Smallholder farmers play a vital role in the achievement of global food security. However, the potential they possess cannot be unlocked except through investments and strategic collaborative efforts. At Babban Gona, we believe in the power of strategic partnerships and we leverage on them to reach thousands of rural smallholder farmers. Our work with smallholder farmers ensures they transition from subsistence farming into commercial enterprises, simultaneously impacting positively on food security and tackling rural poverty.

Babban Gona, represented by our MD, Kola Masha alongside our partners at EDFI* Management Company represented by Dimitry Van  Raemdonck will be speaking on a panel assessing the “Challenges and opportunities for agricultural investment-State of play and prospects for the Future” with other panellists and speakers including  Baudouin Michel (Member of the Task Force for Rural Africa), Suzanne Van Tilburg (Rabobank, Global Head Corporate Relations), Elizabeth Nsimadala (Eastern Africa Farmers Federation) EAFF, Jerry Parkes (Director, Injaro),  and Salma Seetaroo (CEO, Ivoirienne Noix de Cajou).

This African Union – European Union Agriculture Ministerial Conference, the third in the series began today the 21st of June in the city of Rome, Italy. A product of an AU-EU partnership, it has this year been themed ‘Agriculture, Our Future: Promoting Sustainable Regional Agricultural Value Chains’. Given the central role of the agricultural sector within the economies of most African countries, this conference will involve high level discussions and debates on how to further unlock the potential for positive rural transformation and an inclusive and sustainable agricultural system within Africa.

*EDFI-European Development Finance Institutions

Live streaming of the event will begin from 14:30 (CEST)




 Parallel sessions:



  • Session 1: Panel on agricultural investment
  • Session 2: Panel on agricultural research and innovation
  • Session 3: Panel on digital solutions in agriculture
  • Session 4: Panel on sanitary and phytosanitary standards and food safety

 Side events:

  • Side event 1: TFRA recommendations, with focus on climate action
  • Side event 2: Continental strategy for geographical indications in Africa
  • Side event 3: Africa Food Safety Agency (AFSA)
  • Side event 4: Opportunities and benefits for women’s engagement with the agri-buisiness development
  • Side event 5: Modernizing Africa’s agricultural value chains
  • Side event 6: Financing ETC