Join Us at the Africa Food Systems Forum 2023

Heifer CEO and President Surita Sandosham will be attending AGRF this year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, along with Adesuwa Ifedi, senior vice president of Africa Programs, various country directors and others.

Register to attend virtually at or join us in-person at a variety of events across the conference:

Monday, September 4

Leveraging Innovative Capital for Youth in Agriculture | 12:30pm EAT | Mikumi Hall and via livestream
A session exploring sustainable growth opportunities in agriculture by providing financing aimed at young agri-innovators transforming the agricultural landscape for smallholder farmers. Speakers include Heifer’s Rufus Idris, Teddy Ayele and AYuTe winners.

Herding Change: Sustainable Livestock Innovation for Women and Youth | 4pm EAT | Mkomazi Hall and via livestream
A session shedding light on the transformative power of sustainable livestock practices in Africa, focusing on women and youth entrepreneurship. Heifer is co-sponsoring this event with a coalition of sustainable livestock stakeholders including ILRI, SNV, The Global Dairy Platform and Land O’Lakes Venture37. Speakers include Heifer’s William Matovu and our partner Jemimiah Wanjiku of Digicow.

Tuesday, September 5

VIP Event: GoGettaz Pitches | 11:30 EAT | Youth Dome
A youth focused agribusiness competition organized by AGRA’s Generation Africa. Heifer CEO will be discussing youth on a panel preceding finalists pitching their ideas at this grand finale.

What will it take to double the number of businesses in food systems? | 11:30am EAT
Heifer’s SVP of Africa Programs, Adesuwa Ifedi, will be speaking as a panelist for this session focused on incluseive investment opportunities for agribusinesses.

Deal Room Pitches: Digitally Powering Africa’s Food Systems | 4pm EAT
In this Deal Room session, leading innovations delivering digital solutions on the continent will showcase their business and present growth capital needs. Peter Goldstein, vice president of communications, will moderate the pitching sessions.

Heifer International Networking Cocktail Hour | 6pm EAT
An evening cocktail event focusing on the theme of integrating innovation to transform agriculture in Africa. Speakers include team members from Heifer Ethiopia, Heifer Senegal and Heifer Malawi.

Generation Africa 5 Years Anniversary Cocktail | 6:30pm EAT | Youth Dome
An evening cocktail event to commemorate 5 years of Generation Africa and their work in the youth space. As an Ambassador, Heifer’s CEO will be speaking on a panel session.

Wednesday, September 6

Transforming African Food Systems for Stronger Nutritional Benefits | 9am EAT
Heifer’s SVP of Africa Programs Adesuwa Ifedi will serve as moderator for this discussion on the crucial intersection of productive systems, nutrition, human health and resilient and sustainable food production.

CEO Chat - Social Impact | 5pm EAT
Heifer CEO will serve as a panelist for this session exploring the power of agriculture to create positive social change and address pressing societal challenges.

Thursday, September 7

Deal Room Master Class | 9am EAT & 11am EAT
The Agribusiness Dealroom is a matchmaking platform that convenes stakeholders from the entire eco-system to facilitate partnerships and investments in African agriculture and Food systems. It specifically supports governments and SMEs with access to finance and partnership opportunities.

Friday, September 8

Youth Innovation Awards Ceremony | 9am EAT | Youth Dome
Celebrating youth winners from the GoGettaz and Pitch AgriHack competitions and awarding prizes. Winners receive funding and continued support to scale up their innovations. Heifer CEO will award prizes.