Smart Agriculture: African Agriculture in the 21st Century
DATE: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
TIME: 11:00-12:00pm EASTERN (8:00am PACIFIC)
COST: $40 (Non-Member) | $0 (CCA & ABP Members)
Africa is home to 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land. Approximately two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is dependent on agriculture and the sector is responsible for generating one-third of the continent’s GDP. Despite these advantages, agribusiness in Africa is still not approached as a business.
The African agribusiness industry has the potential to address global food security challenges, contribute even more to GDP and employ more Africans, especially youth. This webinar will discuss how value-addition, improved supply chains, mechanized processes and technology-driven innovation can revolutionize African agriculture.
PANELIST: Patricia R. Sheikh
Agribusiness Director | Corporate Council on Africa
Patricia Sheikh is an agricultural trade and development expert having worked for over three decades in this field. Ms. Sheikh is currently the Agribusiness Director at the Corporate Council on Africa. In this role, she is responsible for promoting trade and investment between the United States and nations of Africa for member companies. Ms. Sheikh’s last position in the Federal Government was the Deputy Administrator, the Office of Capacity Building and Development, Foreign Agricultural Service where she was responsible for the global leadership of USDA’s trade and development objectives and programs. Ms. Sheikh also oversaw all global activities regarding the implementation of food assistance, trade capacity building, and agricultural development programs.
Ms. Sheikh holds a B.A. in History and Political Science with a minor in economics from Notre Dame of Maryland University and an M.A. in International Relations from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Sheikh has numerous awards acknowledging her accomplishments, including the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award (2001) and the Presidential Rank Award (2007).
PANELIST: Bruce Cameron
Director, Agriculture and Project Finance | Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Bruce D. Cameron is a Director, Agriculture and Project Finance at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He is currently leading OPIC’s overall efforts to support projects in the Agriculture and Food sectors in developing countries. He has worked at OPIC for over 20 years. Mr. Cameron previously worked for the Washington Operations Office of McDermott International, a multinational energy services company, on issues ranging from power project development, oil and gas, and defense and energy government contracts. Mr. Cameron also worked as an architectural staff member at the Northern Virginia architectural firm of Temple Washington and Associates. Mr. Cameron holds a MBA as well as a professional Architecture Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech).