Photo SIMA African Summit 2017


Following the success of its creation in 2017, 2nd edition of this conference organized by AXEMA and SIMA in collaboration with Farmer’s Weekly magazine South Africa.

Stimulating economic growth in Africa rural areas, first and fore mostly through agriculture and the food industry, should be at the top of Africa’s development agenda. 

« Agribusiness in Africa: positioning agriculture as a business sector »

This will be the theme of the 2019 SIMA African Summit edition.
Main topics to be discussed will be:

  • Scaling up agricultural production through technology and mechanisation
  • Establishing a thriving agro-processing sector in Africa

About ten speakers, all agribusiness experts and directly interested by its development in Africa will share their point of view and experiences.

Hosted by Denene Erasmus, a renowned and multiple award-winning South African journalist and columnist from Farmer’s Weekly South Africa. This event will be followed by an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas over a cocktail.

0:00:24 Introduction by Denene Erasmus
0:05:10 Presentation of Langelilhe SIMELA
0:18:10 Presentation of Benard NGWENE
0:28:25 Presentation of Youssou DIAGNE
00:39:20 Presentation of Jean-Christophe DEBAR
00:48:50 Presentation of Antoine DELABRIERE
1:04:50 Presentation of Matthieu BRUN
1:17:15 Presentation of Josef KIENZLE
1:29:40 Round Table and Questions-Answers
1:54:05 Presentation of Mireille M’BAYIA
2:01:20 Presentation of Philippe GIRARD

Tuesday 26 February, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Hall 4 mezzanine

Most of the speeches will be delivered in English, simultaneous translation headphones will be available (both ways French<->English).

Thanks again to all participants!

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The speakers

Photo de Denene Erasmus

Farmers Weekly South Africa

Journalist / Columnist

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Photo d'Abdelmajid Ezzar
Abdelmajid EZZAR

PAFO (Panafrican Farmers’ Organization)


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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Leader of the Mechanization task team, agricultural Engineer / Plant Production and Protection Division

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Matthieu BRUN

Club Demeter / Sciences Po Bordeaux

Club Demeter consultant and researcher at Sciences Po Bordeaux in the « Les Afriques dans le monde » (Africas in the world) lab

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Antoine Delabrière

Fénéon Delabrière Avocat

Lawyer, OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa) expert

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Photo de Langelihle SIMELA
Langelihle SIMELA

ABSA - Agribusiness Division (South Africa)

Business Development Manager

Over twenty years of professional experience in implementation of agriculture development programmes in Africa. She will mainly speak about small scale farmer development & technology for African farming conditions

Photo de Benard NGWENE

AGCO Corporation Africa

Agricultural Advisory Manager

Involved in defining mechanization solutions for small holders and emerging farmers in Africa, to improve their production, sustainability of their systems, and livelihoods.

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Youssou DIAGNE

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Senegal Country Director

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Philippe GIRARD

AXEMA (Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers Union) - JCB SAS France

AXEMA Vice-President - Managing Director JCB SAS France – Responsible for North and West Africa Territories

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Siaka Minayaha COULIBALY

Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d’Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire agriculture Ministry Chief of staff

Jean-Christophe DEBAR

FARM - Fondation pour l’agriculture et la ruralité dans le monde


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