Conference Programme, October 15th

  • 8:00 - 9:00


Participants will arrive at the venue and receive their badges. During this time, they can begin networking right away, and wake up with a cup of coffee or tea.

  • 9:00 - 9:10

Opening Remarks

A word of welcome will be held by NABC’s Peter de Ruiter and Marina Diboma, including an introduction to FAB FORUM’s moderator.
  • 9:10 - 9:50

Keynote Speeches

To be announced.

  • 9:50 - 10:30

Panel Discussion

The theme of this year’s panel discussion will be: ‘Leapfrogging the agricultural transformation in Francophone Africa: opportunities and challenges’.

  • 10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

This is your perfect opportunity to informally meet up with potential business partners, suppliers or clients.

  • 11:00 - 12:30

Round 1 Workshops (+ Networking Moment)

Very inspiring and interesting topics will be discussed during the first round of workshops. The topics are: healthy and resilient soilsclimate adaptive agricultural practices, Agritech – Geodata, Remote Sensing, AgriDrones and reducing post-harvest losses.

  • 12:30 - 13:30


Another opportunity to informally meet up with potential business partners, suppliers or clients is during the lunch break.

  • 13:30 - 15:00

Round 2 Workshops + Networking Moment

The topic of the second round of workshops is ‘Investing in agricultural innovation in Francophone Africa’.

  • 15:00 - 16:30

Round 3 Workshops (Country-Focused) + Networking Moment

The third round of workshops will be region and country sessions. There will be a focus on the Sahel, Mali, NigerBurkina Faso, Congo-Kinshasa, and Côte d’Ivoire.

  • 16:30 - 17:00

Closing Ceremony

The official closing ceremeony of the FAB Forum 2019. What have been the main lessons learned today?

  • 17:00 - 18:30

Networking Reception

After an exciting day packed with speeches, workshops and other informative content, it is now time to refresh during the networking reception.