Zoominar #1 – Series 2:Dialogue with Agribusiness Incubators and SMEs in North Africa


Zoominar #1 – Series 2:Dialogue with Agribusiness Incubators and SMEs in North Africa

Zoominar #1 – Series 2 Dialogue with Agribusiness Incubators and SMEs in North Africa 

  • Thursday, 1 April 2021 @11:00 - 13:00 (GMT+2) 
  • To attend, please make sure to register here


The purpose of this Zoominar is to share results, gather stakeholder feedback and validate the results of a study on Agribusiness Incubation and Acceleration in Africa. The aim of the study has been to map, analyse and provide assessments of the best practices and critical success factors for agribusiness incubation and acceleration, while defining gaps, opportunities and discussing future prospects of establishing and operationalising agribusiness incubation/acceleration models in Africa. 

The study is a joint collaboration between the African Union (AU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and has been undertaken by the Agripreneurship Alliance. Some of the preliminary findings and highlights from the study include:

  • New, but growing: Significant increases in incubators and accelerators registered in the region since 2010. Out of the 350 Incubators mapped through the study, 120 are purely agriculture focused
  • Nearly 50 percent of incubators are in just 5 countries (Ghana, Kenya, South-Africa, Nigeria, and Uganda). There is a wide spectrum of Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs), established by Government sponsored organizations, UN Agencies, Banks, Universities, NGO’s, and the Private Sector
  • Limited incubators engaged in agri-processing. Only 10 out of 350 Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs) have any sort of pilot processing facilities.
  • Potential of Ag-Tech Incubators hampered by lack of advanced software engineers. Some incubators like Wennovation in Nigeria had to start their own IT coding schools.
  • Limited cross-fertilization of knowledge among incubators/accelerators. There is a potentially immense opportunity to learn from each other on the management and operating models, training, and mentorship programmes and services offered to the entrepreneurs.

Structure and Panelists

Find out more about our speakers and the full agenda from here. The Session will be conducted in English Simultaneous translation is available in French, & Arabic

i. Opening of the webinar and welcome by Rachid Serraj - Delivery Manager RegionalInitiative on Small Scale Family Farming – FAO Regional Office for Near East and NorthAfrica (FAORNE), Cairo (Egypt) (5 minutes)

ii. Introduction of the Webinar by the Moderator (5 minutes) Dalia Abulfotuh FAORNE

iii. Presentation: Feedback from the Study and the input from the 4 sub-regional webinars (15minutes) Anne Roulin – President, Agripreneurship Alliance

iv. Panel Discussion (45 minutes)


  • Agri-rowad, Egypt: J. Dorra Fiani
  • Hadina Rimtic, Mauritania: Zeinebou Abdeljelil
  • INRA, Meknes, Morocco: El Houssain Bouichou
  • Deloitte, Tunisia Sabà Nefzi Senior Consultant & Agripreneur Young agripreneurs share their experience - Fresh source  Farah Emara and Ahmini Meher Khelifi (10 minutes) 

    How to attend

  1. Only registered participants will attend, please find the registration link here
  2. Please note that the session will start on time on 1 April 2021 at 11:00 – 13:00 (GMT +2)
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 For further inquiries please feel free to contact: [email protected]