2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit in Johannesburg on 25-26 September

September 4, 2018 at 3:04 pm

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit: Launching Successful Commercial Indoor Farming in Africa and its Cities

The 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit will be held on September 25 – 26 at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.  With the agriculture sector at the centre of ongoing discussions and debate around transformation and economic empowerment, this 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit is not only timely, but highly relevant.

Organized by Magenta Global, the two-day Conference includes a dynamic offering of engaging presentations and panel discussions.  It will bring together all agriculture stakeholders – from policy makers, trade and investment promotion agencies, farmers (both smallholders and commercial farmers), credit and agri-financiers, agri start-ups, and system integrators under one roof to learn, share and implement the latest developments and opportunities presented by vertical farming, urban greenhouses, green roofs and controlled environment agriculture.

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

The latest joint ventures and partnerships will be highlighted, case studies shared and strategies robustly debated.  New trends, opportunities and technologies will be showcased, once again providing the perfect platform for extraordinary networking opportunities for all Summit participants.

With rising issues on climate change (floods and droughts), rapidly-growing city populations and insect infestation becoming an increasing trend affecting crop production across Africa, there is an urgent need to explore alternative sustainable farming to ensure food security.

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

From America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, Urban Agriculture has been making waves globally as a solution to these issues.  Modest versions of Urban Agriculture have surfaced in some African countries like Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana and South Africa.

Vertical Farming, Green Houses and CEA Technology

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Into its second year, the Urban Agri Africa 2018 will look at general trends, barriers and investments into Vertical Farming, Green Houses and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Technology.  This year’s event will also take a peek into other forms of Urban Farming such as Alternate Protein Farming and Vertical Aquaponics Farming to Cultivating Algae, Prawns and Mussels and how Urban Farming is making agriculture more attractive to young farmers and agripreneurs and creating decent employment opportunities.

The Summit will feature exciting presentations on investment opportunities for food production in an urban environment, capital-raising and financing, available technology enabling indoor farming, and plant factory business models.

Expert Speakers at the 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Some of the expert speakers at this Summit include: Roger Tuckeldoe, Director of Smallholder Development at the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa; Prof Michael Rudolph, Managing Director of Siyakhana Multipurpose Cooperative; Michelle Adelman, Managing Director of Go Fresh, Botswana; Aliyu Abdulhameed, MD & CEO of Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL), Nigeria; Esther Ndumi Ngumbi, Research Fellow at University of Illinois, USA; Peter Chege, Owner of Hydroponics Africa, Kenya; Inge Kuschke, Agriculture Analyst at Greencape; and Thato Moagi, Managing Director at Legae La Banareng Farms, amongst others.

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Supported once again by the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) along with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Summit will be attended by some 200 participants from the African continent, Europe, USA and the Middle East and Asia.

“Africa has unique opportunities for urban farming, especially vertical farming and if properly designed and implemented, could offer exciting solutions to sustainable food production. As part of our support for youth in farming, participants at this Summit will pay a visit to La Pieus Aqua South Africa where 16-year-old Rikaliza Reinecke is the owner of this lovely Commercial Aquaculture and Aquaponics Farm just outside Pretoria.” ~ Maggie Tan, 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit Organiser Magenta Global’s CEO

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Important Topics

  • Developing Policies for Urban Agriculture for Food Security – Contributing Factors
  • Practical Urban Farming Techniques Ideal for Meeting the Challenges of Urbanisation and Climate Change
  • Vertical Aquaponics Farms to Cultivate Algae, Prawns and Mussels – Current Cultivation and Challenges for Commercialisation
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Mining in the Next Generation of Vertical Farms
  • “Africa Needs its Own Version of the Vertical Farm to Feed Growing Cities”: What is the Best Model for Africa – Updates after the First Edition.
  • Understanding the Various Technologies Used in Vertical Farming and Learn From Regional Presentations
  • What are the Latest Research Available on Controlled Environment Crops
  • Renewable Energy: Challenges of LED-based Farming in Africa
  • What Should Those Planning to Start a Farm Consider? Lessons from Some of the Biggest Indoor Vertical Farms
  • Exploring Practical Case Studies of Different Forms of Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming
  • Endogenous Clocks and Their Role in Optimising Productivity for Indoor Farming
  • What Will Hybrid Technology Bring for Vertical Farms in Africa?
  • Financing Models to Consider for the African Landscape
  • Different Stages, Different Investment Strategies: Laying the Groundwork
  • From Traditional Farmer to Vertical Farmer

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Travel & Venue Info

The 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit will be held at the Sunnyside Park Hotel on September 25 – 26.  Situated in the heart of Parktown, one of Johannesburg’s oldest and most elegant suburbs, the Sunnyside Park Hotel is the essence of the heritage that both South African and international travelers have come to relish in.  Built in 1895, the hotel is both a National Monument and Heritage site.

The Sunnyside Park Hotel
Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
PO Box 3017, Houghton 2041
Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact: Macdonald Mofokeng
Phone: +27 11 640 0400
Email: macdonald.mofokeng@sunnysideparkhotel.com

Visitors to South Africa must hold a valid passport.  Nationals of most countries are required to obtain visas to enter the country.  Please check with your respective South African High Commission, consulate or travel agent for the latest status.  Invitation letter for travel visa will only be issued after receipt of full payment of fees.

Special Invitation to Visiting Foreign Delegates!

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Provided by the Johannesburg Convention Bureau, take advantage of the Post-Summit Tour on Day Three to visit the city’s most exciting sights.  Watch out for tour details on the REGISTER (Travel & Venue Info) page.

Registration & More

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Contact: Cathy Lim, International Business Director, Magenta Global Pte Ltd
Phone: +65 6846 2360 / Fax: +65 6747 0178
Email: enquiry@magenta-global.com.sg or cathy.lim@magenta-global.com.sg

Register now to book your seat at this engaging Summit!

Urban farmers can take advantage of a Special Greenroofs.com Urban Farmer Participation Fee of US$399/registrant.

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~ Magenta Global


2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

About Magenta Global – Owner & Organizer
Magenta Global Pte Ltd is a premier independent business media company that provides pragmatic and relevant information to government & business executives and professionals worldwide. The organization provides the opportunity to share thought-provoking insights, exchange ideas on the latest industry trends and technological developments with thought leaders and business peers. With a strong focus in emerging economies especially in Africa, Middle East & Central Asia, Magenta Global works in partnership with both the public and private sectors.

Media Contact:
Jose Carpio
International Marketing Manager
DID: +65 6846 2366
Email: jose@magenta-global.com.sg

Grow. Smarter. Cities. The City of Atlanta’s 2nd Annual AgLanta Conference March 27th & 28th

March 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Atlanta, GA. – (March 21, 2018) – Global thought-leaders in urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) will convene in the City of Atlanta on March 27th and 28th at the 2nd Annual AgLanta Conference to share new technological advances in the field and discuss how cities can better plan for the future by making local food systems more resilient worldwide.

Smart Ag for Smart Cities AgLanta Conference 2018

“Atlanta is honored to host some of the best and brightest minds in the urban and controlled environment agriculture sector,” said Mario Cambardella, Director of Urban Agriculture for the Mayor’s Office of Resilience. “We believe new and innovative ideas come from these gatherings which help our city become more resilient in an ever changing world.”

This year’s theme “Smart Ag for Smart Cities”, comes at a time when cities are facing major challenges with aging infrastructure, technology and transportation systems. A rise in the interest of “Smart City” resilience strategies is sweeping the world as leaders look to mitigate the effects of complicated problems like global warming coupled with catastrophic weather events and food insecurity. Rather surprisingly, local food production through urban and controlled environment agriculture have been largely left out of the conversation.

“Urban agriculture has the ability to solve many of the challenges that cities are facing today,” said Henry Gordon-Smith, founder of Agritecture Consulting, the firm that organized the AgLanta Conference. Agritecture Consulting is developing structured frameworks for urban agriculture production and distribution in an effort to make cities more resilient. “Part of our mission at Agritecture for the next few years is to help cities see the critical role urban agriculture can play and conferences like AgLanta accelerate the discussion.”

Featured speakers include Otis Rolley, Regional Director of North America 100 Resilient Cities, a global initiative supported by the Rockefeller Foundation that assists cities to become stronger in an increasingly challenging world environment; Vonnie Estes, 2017 winner of the Rosalind Franklin Award in Biotechnology and an expert in Ag innovation; Ambassador Andrew Young; Robyn Metcalfe, Director of Food + City; Jeff Bisberg, CEO of Illumitex; Mark Korzilius, Founder of Farmers Cut and Viki Radden, CEO, Honor Harvest, to name only a few.

The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience is hosting the conference and expecting 300 attendees representing a wide range of disciplines including urban planners, architects, entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, and urban farmers for this premium networking and knowledge sharing opportunity.

Atlanta is the perfect location for agribusiness to set root. It is home to a business-friendly environment with abundant and affordable workers, innovative technology resources, and thought-leaders in the burgeoning urban agriculture industry. Aggressive population growth projections coupled with the quality of life benefits the City of Atlanta has to offer creates the ideal setting for work in the urban agriculture industry. As of December 2015, Atlanta is one of a handful of cities with an Urban Agriculture Director, dedicated to working on food access generating policy, advocacy, and development.

Furthermore, Southern Company, the nation’s 2nd largest utility company, will again be a banner sponsor for the AgLanta Conference. Southern Company believes that locally sourced produce is not only healthier and more sustainable, but also that it can also be highly marketable and lucrative. Thus, Southern Company and the Mayor’s Office of Atlanta are proud to recognize and support the positive health and community outcomes from this budding industry.

Join us next week on March 27th and 28th at the South’s only CEA focused conference. For press passes or to interview the organizers please contact Mario Cambardella (Mcambardella@atlantaga.gov) or Jessica Toledano (jessica@agritecture.com).

For more information about the AgLanta Conference, please visit http://www.aglanta.org.
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Mario Cambardella
Director of Urban Agriculture
Mayor’s Office of Resilience

Jessica Toledano
Director, External Affairs
Agritecture Consulting





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March 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm

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The Premier Urban Agriculture Conference in Atlanta

Back for its 2nd year, the AgLanta Conference is a premier urban agriculture conference organized by Agritecture and hosted by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience.   Urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation will be showcased, and AgLanta 2018 promises to foster community engagement and generate economic development as well.

AgLanta.org is the South’s biggest urban agriculture community, coming from the Mayor’s Office of Resilience in the City of Atlanta.  We all know a city with a strong local food economy is a resilient city, and AgLanta.org explores the smart technologies and strategies that connect agriculture with the city of Atlanta.

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Can a City Really be “Smart” without Agriculture?

Cities and companies around the world are recognizing the growing demand for local food coupled with an ever growing urban population.  As a result, urban and controlled environment agriculture has emerged as a promising and viable solution.

Urban agriculture and CEA can work together to drive food access, economic development, as well as social, environmental, and health benefits.

Smart Ag for Smart Cities

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Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing pattern of cities and conferences focusing on the “Smart City.”  These conversations tend to encompass everything from IoT to energy efficiency, but almost always leave agriculture out of the picture, which is why this year’s theme is “Smart Ag for Smart Cities.”

30+ Speakers

AgLanta Conference 2018 will feature 30+ speakers across seven Smart Agriculture and Smart Cities topics.  Also, there are bonus workshops and two huge keynote speakers.  Otis Rolley, Regional Director, North America with 100 Resilient Cities, is the Day 1 Keynote Speaker.  Otis’ entire career has been dedicated toward resilience and urban development in the private, non-profit and public sectors.

Vonnie Estes, a consultant in ag innovation and the 2017 winner of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Biotechnology, is the Day 2 Keynote Speaker.  Vonnie is one of the leading female executives in the biofuels industry and will be speaking about the role of Big Data in agriculture and emerging biotechnologies as they apply to urban agriculture.

See all of the Speakers.

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Workshops, Exhibition Hall & Panels

Two workshops, an exhibition hall, and panels covering a range of critical Smart City topics will be featured —each with a particular focus on the multiple roles Smart Agriculture will play in making cities more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

Not to be missed, workshops include “Smart Food Access Planning”: How to use GIS and other data sets to target local food enterprise solutions for food insecure neighborhoods and “Smart Policy for Smart Agriculture”: How farmers and policymakers can formulate strategies for the 2018 Farm Bill and beyond.

Imagine Future Cities with Agriculture

Join us on March 27 and 28 in the City of Atlanta to connect with experts in urban agriculture and smart cities.  We can envision the future of cities – on the ground, inside buildings, and on the rooftops and walls!

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AgLanta 2018 will be held at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.  We’re only two weeks away ~ Aramis and I will see you there!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

The How-to’s of Rooftop Farming in “The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm”

February 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Urban agriculture is very hot right now and rooftop farming even hotter, not to mention extremely important. Annie Novak, the co-founder and head farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, the nation’s first commercial greenroof row farm (2009) in Brooklyn, says “If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up!”


Annie is also the author of the just released The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm (2016, Ten Spreed Press/Penguin Random House) where she draws upon her years of experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer, manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, and founder and director of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program.  In the 256-page paperback she shares best practices for cultivating vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees.

“Featuring the brass tacks on green roofs, container gardening, hydroponics, greenhouse growing, crop planning, pest management, harvesting tips, and more, The Rooftop Growing Guide will have you reimagining the possibilities of your own skyline.” ~ February 16, 2016 Press Release


Annie researched, visited, and interviewed rooftop farmers and gardeners from across the country and shares these stories of amazing urban agriculture greenroofs in the U.S. and the world.  Learn more about The Rooftop Growing Guide and see the full list of experts and sites profiled plus resources at The Rooftop Growing Guide website.


“We want greener skylines, healthier cities, and more hands gardening (up above or down below).” ~ Annie Novak

I certainly couldn’t agree more, and rooftop farming is the way to go!  You can also purchase “The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm” for only $23.00 in Greenroofs.com’s Bookstore from Amazon.com.


Reprinted with permission from The Rooftop Growing Guide, by Annie Novak, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.  Photographs copyright © 2016 by Annie Novak.

Happy reading and greening,

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP