Cape Town, South Africa, to Host 24th Annual IFAMA World Forum and Symposium Agribusiness Development in Africa Key to Meeting Global Food Needs, Ensuring Agriculture's Future

ATLANTA, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) today announced at its 23rd Annual World Forum and Symposium that Cape Town, South Africa, will host the 2014 event. 

The more than 60 food and agriculture industry leaders speaking at this year's World Forum and Symposium focused considerable attention on Africa – specifically the importance of addressing Africa's food security and agribusiness talent needed to ensure agriculture's future. Selecting Cape Town as the site for next year's event will help underscore the importance of addressing these vital needs. 

"People feed the world. And as agribusiness leaders, it is our responsibility to develop future generations of talent passionate about creating and implementing solutions that will ensure we can overcome the food security challenges in Africa and around the world," said Thad Simons, president and CEO, Novus International, and president of IFAMA board of directors.

As part of its ongoing efforts to address industry development and food sustainability in Africa, IFAMA also is excited to welcome the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) to the organization. With its firsthand experience and perspectives, AABS, an association of leading business schools located throughout the African continent, will provide invaluable insights regarding realistic solutions for achieving food security and agribusiness talent development in Africa.

About the 23rd Annual IFAMA World Forum and Symposium
Within the event theme, "The Road to 2050: The Talent Factor" the 23rd Annual IFAMA World Forum and Symposium will focus on how to develop and sustain talent across the diverse value chain of global food production – from smallholder farmers in emerging regions of the world to the sophisticated commercial agriculture practices in mature economies. A who's who of agriculture will examine the technologies and talent development approaches that have the potential to propel Agribusiness towards the achievement of global food security. World Forum sessions and the entire conference agenda and registration information are available online.

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) is a nonprofit organization that unites industry, students, academics, government leaders and other key stakeholders across the value chain of food production and consumption – to improve the global food and agribusiness system in response to the changing needs of the world. Founded in 1990 IFAMA fosters information sharing, knowledge advancement, discussion, debate, networking and career development through members across more than 50 countries. The annual IFAMA World Forum and Symposium is the organization's cornerstone event, where leading experts address the most current and pressing issues in food and agriculture. Visit to learn more. 

SOURCE International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA)


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