Harnessing the next wave of innovation and technology for a sustainable African agriculture sector

Editorial Team
Editorial Team

Africa Agtech Expo and Forum, the latest international agriculture technology expo and conference to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, will be launched from 15 -16 October, 2019 by Spire Events, a leading global events company specialising in large scale conferences and expos. This is the first time a major international agricultural technology expo has been supported by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and held in Lagos.

This inaugural event aims to attract regional and global investors, government officials, agribusiness executives, agtech entrepreneurs, startups and farmers to network and learn about the latest technology innovations which is revolutionising the agricultural sector in Africa and beyond.


Africa AgTech Expo and Forum 2019 has separate two days conference, with free-to-attend exhibition, hosting the region’s leading agribusiness and technology providers.

More than 1,500 attendees and 50 exhibitors are expected to converge in Lagos for this flagship showcase. Key government ministers and officials from Nigeria and beyond are also expected to be at the event to share on the latest government agricultural policies.

Immense potential of African agriculture sector and current level of technological implementation

Agriculture is Africa’s largest industry, contributing around 15 percent to its total gross GDP. Yet a traditional, manual approach to agriculture has kept yields below full capacity. Nigeria is no exception, with limited adoption of technologies being one factor for the country’s challenges of rising food imports and declining levels of national food self-sufficiency.

Technology is catching on slowly in the developing world due to challenges like shortage of capital, lower literacy rates and limited mobile telephone usage. However there have been concerted efforts by indigenous African companies and MNCs to bring smart farming technologies to Africa and its impact is becoming visible across the continent. Therefore, potential for further growth of technology implementation in the African agriculture sector is immense, with plenty of opportunities for technology and service providers to be part of this transformation.


  • Strong top-level government support

The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has given its full support for Spire Events to organise the inaugural Africa AgTech Expo and Forum 2019 in the country.

This event will showcase the potential opportunities available in the country’s agricultural sector for technology providers and investors to boost food production and economic growth in the country.

  • Quality Conference Topics

Top notch speakers will be sharing insights on the latest technological trends and developments shaping the agricultural sector. These topics include:

  • IoT, blockchain and AI applications in agriculture.
  • Drone technology in planting and crop maintenance.
  • Fertiliser optimisation and automated irrigation practices.
  • Smart and vertical farming.
  • Data analytics, web and mobile apps for small scale farmers etc.

Start-ups are vital in the African agricultural technological transformation narrative and will also be showcased at the conference and expo.

  • Experienced global events organiser with profound understanding of investment opportunities and challenges within Africa

“Spire Events is honoured to be selected by the Ministry as the organiser for the Africa AgTech Expo and Forum 2019” according to Daniel Radziszewski, Managing Director, Spire Events (Singapore).

Daniel further adds that “we have organised various large scale mining, energy and investment expos and conferences across Africa over the last decade and will tap on our extensive global expertise and experience to deliver an invigorating and world class event in Lagos.”


There are opportunities to sponsor, exhibit, speak or simply attend as a delegate for this event. Special group and early bird rates are also available. Enquiries can be sent to Mahesh.babu@spire-events.com and more information is also available on the website https://www.africaagtechexpo.com

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