Making our mark through trade fairs and exhibitions

The month of September saw a number of activities marked in Kenya and Uganda. The Africa Agribusiness Academy participated in a big way. On 18-19 September 2014, the 1st National Dairy Event organized by Agri-ProFocus Uganda, Uganda Investment Authority and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation was held in Kampala.


The Event brought together different stakeholders to share information, dialogue and do business together in order to improve quality in the dairy subsector. The aim of the event was to facilitate quality improvement in dairy products and the entire value chain. Tens of companies and individuals also got the opportunity to exhibit and showcase their products and services.


From the AAA, Emmanuel Tayebwa (RELINE), Stephen Birungi (Farm Support Limited), Catherine Oosterwijk (Happy Cow), Farid Karama (Sulma Foods), Kenneth Kasaine (Maparasha Company Limited), Lucas Kaaya (West Kilimanjaro Dairy Products), Jimmy Angubo (Meridian Chain Limited), Said Havugimana (Haji Enterprises) and Wondirad Abreham (Value Chain Coop) participated in the conference.


The members enjoyed the great networking opportunity during the one on one sessions and exhibitions, the educational material and live demonstration of cutting edge technology to enhance their businesses. The conference was followed by the launch of the Dairy CoP on 20 September 2014 in Kampala for the selected members in the dairy sector.


The interim CoP leader Dr Stephen Birungi chaired the meeting and launch where it was agreed upon that the members come up with a working document that will help in assessing how the AAA members are affected by the country situations in the dairy sector and suggest possible recommendations. The aim of the Dairy CoP is to articulate, share and develop professional practical knowledge about dairy value chain, build and exploit partnerships among the dairy value chain actors and other relevant sector players and to contribute to the development of the dairy sector in Africa.


A few days later, 24-26 September 2014, the 10th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition organized by the Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA) was held in Nairobi. Catherine Oosterwijk and Emmanuel Tayebwa participated in the three day event. The conference brought together players in the dairy value chain.


The conference had eight topical sessions from strategic information on the world and continental dairy industry outlook, trends, future projections, practices opportunities and challenges to policy issues impacting on dairy industry development, trade and competitiveness and sustainability to technical issues of interest to players along the value chain.


There was also latest technologies, market trends, integrated solutions, latest dairy processing techniques, amongst others items on exbihition. Both member benefitted from networking during the conference. Emmanuel got contacts and business deals with regard to obtaining dairy equipment.


The last week of September 29-5 October 2014 saw ASK International trade fair in Kenya. Members from Uganda and Kenya participated. There was lots to see in the different exhibition stands from agricultural value chain, extension services, financial and education services, government institutions, parastatals, small and medium enterprises amongst others.


Some potential members also visited the AAA stand to get more information about it. A lot of business was conducted during the one week exhibition. We hope to continue making our mark in more trade exhibitions.