Senekal Farm: Birth place of life-long AAA membership: Anchoring South African agricultural investments in Africa

Agri All Africa | 21 April 2016


Senekal Farm: Birth place of life-long AAA membership: Anchoring South African agricultural investments in Africa

Agri All Africa (AaA) client-farmers convened at the Senekal Farm to discuss acceleration of strengthening of management platforms to ensure the successful implementation of agriculture investments in prioritised destinations in Africa. Countries identified inter alia: Zambia, Nigeria, DRC, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Namibia and Sudan.

Featured in the meeting were current opportunities to make a difference in agricultural development and upliftment, as well as potential future. Focal areas of investment were discussed.

The client-farmers, AaA structures including three board members, diplomatic representation, and agribusiness value chain representatives, including PB Projects, Senter360, and AFGRI were represented on the Senekal Farm discussing agricultural investment opportunities and how to minimise risk and create assurance into Africa options.

Consensus was achieved that the cooperation among the key elements and actors are essential to reach proper managed and implementable projects that will change the lives of people on the ground inclusive of commercial viability for all stakeholders.Charl Senekal of Senekal Boerdery as an AaA Board Member expressed his satisfaction as well as willingness to support projects that are processed through the AaA value chain.

Senekal expressed gratitude for attending participants and contributors in this meeting. He stated that it must be repeated in other parts of the country.  Dr Theo de Jager, Chairman of Agri All Africa, President of Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO) and Southern African Confederation of Agriculture Union (SACAU) concluded the event by summarising the value proposition stating that the establishment of the Life-Long Membership Foundation makes sense.

"Other farmers and role players should also have access in these investment opportunities as identified and processed by Agri All Africa" said de Jager.Dirk Hanekom, CEO of Agri All Africa explained the increased capacity of the AaA platform by the appointments of Mr Landon Romano, Chief Financial Officer, Dr Johann Kotzé, Director - Strategic Development Planning, and Mr Johan Jonker, Project Developer for Western Africa with the emphasis on Nigeria.

The amount of interested farmers who are contacting AaA on a daily basis have increased to such an extent that the capacity of AaA must be strengthened, as well as to give support to the AaA platforms that were formed in Zambia, Nigeria, DRC, and on the verge of being launched in Angola, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

Andre Botha, AaA Katanga, DRC has stated emphatically that his confidence in these structures are high as they approach business opportunities with a full social upliftment agenda which is deemed critical for sustainability of farming operations in Africa.

Nicky Shabolyo, First Secretary in the Zambia High Commission Offices in Pretoria, was present at the meeting. He highlighted practical aspects to enhance implementation of projects in Zambia and confirm their commitment of support to investors.

Meanwhile John Rocha gave an intriguing overview of investment opportunities in Angola and highlighted the pitfalls as well as the ways to circumvent them. He invited AaA and its members to experience the Angolan landscape and confirmed the intention to establish the AaA platform as a matter of urgency in Luanda.

---Dirk Hanekom –
CEO (Agri All Africa)
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Original source: Agri All Africa


  1. Dr. Ian Manning
    28 Apr 2016

    In which parts of Zambia's customary area has land been obtained, on what terms, and with whose agreement.

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