Session

The Practice of Crop Production and Biofortification

This session will Spotlight best practices to adopt, key business strategies to employ and possible challenges faced in the production and sale of bio-fortified crops - providing insight to participants on the pathways to success in the value chain.

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About the session

The crop production value chain is the largest of all value chains in the agric sector with the bulk of practitioners consisting of smallholder farmers.
With the growing concern on malnutrition in Nigeria, more farmers are advised to embrace the practice of cultivating biofortified crops like yellow cassava, yellow maize, orange-fleshed sweet potato, and beans bio fortified with iron. Others included the high-yielding, iron-rich pearl millet and zinc-biofortified maize, wheat and rice.
With an estimated two million children in Nigeria suffering from severe acute malnutrition according to UNICEF, the need for biofortified crops is paramount.
In this session, crop production and biofortification experts will dig deep into their wealth of experience and provide the audience with detailed contexts on the best practices/strategies to employ and how to overcome the challenges faced in the crop production andbio fortification value chain.


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What will be covered?

In this technical session, a moderator will engage expert panellists on the best practices to adopt, key business strategies to employ and possible challenges faced in the value chain – based on their personal experiences. The moderator will ask a series of questions to spotlight important talking points along the value chain and sustain the conversation with follow-up questions from the conversations. The talking points are divided into 5 major sections highlighted below.


  • How can one raise finance for growth in his crop production business or other parts of the sector (opportunity available to raise finance)?
  • What are the steps one would take to raise finance for scaling one's business in his crop production business or other parts of the sector?
  • How long does the process take to raise funds – How can one make it faster?

  • What is the best production technique/strategy for maximum productivity as regards crop production and biofortification?
  • What are the most common and demeaning challenges you have faced in your business journey in the Nigerian Agricultural ecosystem - How did you overcome these challenges?
  • As a piece of advice to younger agribusiness entrepreneurs, what route will you advise them to take to become profitable and successful in their agribusiness (crop production and biofortification) faster than you did?

  • Which markets in the crop production and biofortification business have the highest opportunity to make the maximum profit from production output?
  • What are the best techniques for product positioning in the crop production and biofortification sector to gain maximum profit for one's products (what is the best time to sell and to whom)?
  • How does one continuously identify better entry points into new markets in the crop production and biofortification sector in Nigeria?

  • How does one effectively Brand and network all products in the crop production and biofortification or aquaculture industry to be able to go and become a market leader?
  • How can one build a profitable relationship for brand growth with market industry leaders?

  • What are the criteria needed to get a registered agribusiness in Nigeria with all the required and needed certifications?
  • How do I locate, approach and form a profitable partnership with companies abroad who need my goods?

Schedule

Tue, 27 Sep, 2022

13:00hrs, GMT + 1

Global

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