Vertical Farming in Africa to Boost Growth at September Urban Agri Summit
  Aug 1, 2017     News, event, organic, agriculture, sustainable agriculture

International experts, regional authorities, investors and stakeholders from the agriculture sector will gather on September 7th & 8th in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the inaugural Urban Agri Summit 2017The two-day event will serve as a springboard to support the successful launch of Vertical Farming, Greenhouse and Controlled Environment Agriculture across Africa's urban landscape to help address the needs of the continent's rapidly growing populations.

Various initiatives have already been undertaken by South Africa to spur innovation in its agriculture sector. Africa has unique opportunities for vertical farms and Controlled Environment Agriculture. Vertical farming (including its variations) is one of the most innovative approaches that can be tapped as part of an effort to grow fresh, healthy, nutritious and pesticide-free food for consumers. 

This industry event is supported by the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) and by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). 

Controlled Environment Agriculture, Vertical Farming and advanced greenhouse methods are bound to completely transform food systems in developing countries and developed countries alike. We at the AVF believe the global Vertical Farming market is now ready to make a notable impact on the agricultural sector in Africa. - Stephane Razzon, AVF.

Highlights of the Summit will include insightful presentations and engaging panel discussions by international organisations and experts from Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the USA, combined with a technology showcase.

We are very excited that the Urban Agri Summit will be taking place in Johannesburg this year. Our 2017 Agriculture Market Intelligence Report has shown that there are significant opportunities for farmers, investors and businesses in CEA in the region. The Urban Agri Summit is a great platform where international experiences and ideas are shared, influencing opportunities and overcoming barriers to the growth of the CEA market. We believe the summit is a great opportunity to not only support the growth of the CEA market in South Africa, but also support South Africa’s transition to a more resilient green economy." - Jana Jordaan, GreenCape.

To register for the summit, or for more info on it it, click here.