The First Annual Agricultural Transformation Summit
December 4-5, 2018
Recognizing that the Foundation’s mission entails an accelerated decline in global tobacco demand, the Foundation’s Malawi-based Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) will support efforts to develop and diversify Malawi’s tobacco-dominated economy, lessening traditional reliance on the tobacco sector.
The ATI’s first annual Summit will convene key private sector actors engaged in developing commercially viable agricultural value chains in Malawi with the intent of catalyzing new partnerships and initiatives that will support smallholder farmers in diversifying crop production and improving economic opportunity, thus leading to sustainable change.
Please join us in Lilongwe, Malawi, on December 4-5, 2018, as we engage the private sector to chart an action-oriented way forward to transform Malawi’s agricultural sector into a more profitable and equitable landscape. See agenda and speakers.
We will also be announcing several new Malawi initiatives, including:
- The Center for Agricultural Transformation
After an extremely competitive selection process, the ATI will announce the winning consortium with whom we will partner to establish an Agricultural Center of Excellence in Malawi, focused on science, technology, and innovation, as well as business incubation and commercialization.
- Digital Financial Services (DFS) for Smallholders’ Challenge Fund
We will announce a Digitization of the Agricultural Sector Challenge Fund RFP focused on incentivizing the fintech sector to test innovative models of reaching smallholder farmers.
- LUANAR Scholarship Announcements
We will announce a brand new LUANAR scholarship fund for full tuition and other living expenses for exceptional students with a future in innovative agriculture, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Lilongwe.
- The 2nd Round of the Agricultural Transformation RFPs
We will continue to promote our active multimillion-dollar grant facility for commercially driven concepts that have the potential to transform smallholder farmers’ livelihoods. This grant can be found on our website here.
What: Economic Diversification Conference
Dates: Tuesday, December 4–Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Location: Bingu International Convention Center (BICC), President Walmont Hotel, Umodzi Park, Lilongwe, Malawi
Please direct all inquiries to ATISummit@thepalladiumgroup.com