– Accelerate2030 goes LIVE with Impact Hub –

Achieving Food Security in Africa: The Role of Innovation in Smallholder Farming

Join Impact Hub and Accelerate2030 for a lively discussion on how impact-driven entrepreneurs are playing a vital role in achieving the progress towards the SDGs. This particular session is going to focus on SDG2 – Zero Hunger in the context of Africa inviting entrepreneurs and stakeholders from the region.


Mrs. Astou Dia: IH Abidjan Co-Founder and Founder at A to A Partners 

Astou is the founder of A to A Partners, a business and relationship coaching firm that helps individuals and groups transform their teams and their businesses. She is also one of the co-founders of Impact Hub Abidjan an incubator and accelerator based in Abidjan. Before starting her own ventures, Astou was Associate Partner and Office Director at Dalberg, a strategy consulting firm focusing on international development.

She has worked with private corporations, governments and donors in areas such as agriculture and food security, health, governance, youth employment, access to finance, and women economic empowerment. In the agricultural sector, Astou has led various engagements, in West, Central, and East Africa, spanning sectoral studies (institutional framework, value chain analysis, etc.), program design (financial services for SHF, women participation, etc.), identification of investment opportunities (investment cycles analysis, identification of bankable operations, etc.), and impact evaluation (midline and endline program evaluations).


Mr. Husameldin Elnasri – IH Khartoum Co-Founder and Managing Director at Dabara Consulting Company Ltd.

Experienced Strategy and Business Development professional with more than 18 years in Africa and Middle East. An award winning MBA and Tutu African Leadership Fellow. Worked in camps at the tropics and conflict affected states as well as board rooms in big cities and enjoyed it all. Helped conglomerates, consortiums, startups, MDBs, NGOs, Social Enterprises and Fortune 100 companies to refocus their strategies and fix their game. Enjoys learning new things, tells great stories, takes long hikes and takes great photographs. And yes Very Optimistic.

Specialties: Agribusiness Strategy, Program Management, Agriculture Value Chain Analysis, Dealership Development, CSR, Fragile and Conflict-affected States, Blue Ocean Strategic Thinking and Planning.


Andrew Lala – Head of Supply Chain Development at Ignitia AB

Andrew Lala is the Head of Supply Chain Development for Ignitia AB, a Swedish technology company that provides climate and weather information services where he helps smallholder farmers and supply chain actors adapt to climate change and improve productivity. He was previously Senior Advisor at TechnoServe, an international organization that develops business solutions to poverty alleviation, where he led the High Margin Agriculture practice designing programs to create value for farmers and multinational companies through green growth strategies. He was also the Deputy Country Director for Haiti where he helped implement large, public private partnership programs around sustainable sourcing. For this work, he has been featured as the case protagonist in the Harvard Business School Case Study entitled “Haiti Hope: Innovating the Mango Value Chain.” Prior to TechnoServe, he launched a last-mile distribution social enterprise in Burkina Faso, where he was previously a Peace Corps Volunteer, to bring solar technology to rural, unelectrified areas of West Africa. He holds a Masters degree in international business and development economics from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he was a Charles Francis Adams Scholar.  

His key interests include: Climate Smart Agriculture, Agtech, Agribusiness, Supply Chain Management, Business Development, and Impact Investing.


Francis Obirikorang  – CEO @ Agrocenta

Francis Obirikorang is the CEO / Co-founder of AgroCenta; an agricultural value chain technology platform that focuses on using innovative technologies to empower smallholder farmers. He began his career working with Esoko, an agricultural technology platform in sub-Saharan Africa that focuses on market information for small farmers via mobile technologies. Francis currently heads the AgroCenta management and is responsible for business strategy, company growth and innovation. 

Impact-driven and passionate about AgTech development in Africa, Francis has led AgroCenta’s strategy working with over 75,000 smallholder farmers to provide direct market linkages to processing companies such as FMCGs, Breweries, Exporters and Feed Producers.

Aimed at supporting the launch of the 2021 edition of Accelerate2030 SDG venture scaling programme, Impact Hubs in Africa will be hosting Partners, Investors, Subject Matter Experts and Entrepreneurs to an SDG 2 (Zero Hunger)-themed session titled “Achieving Food Security in Africa: The Role of Innovation in Smallholder Farming”

Highlights will include:      

Examining the effects of AgTech in the areas of Production and Market Access.

  • Small Transformative Industry Units for Value Added Products
  • Improving Productivity for Smallholder Farmers
  • Connecting Smallholder farmers to Local and Regional Markets


Join us on September 24th at 1pm GMT / 2pm GMT+1 / 3pm CEST&CAT for a 90-minute panel discussion to be inspired and learn more about how open social innovation can contribute to effective pandemic response. Register now, and go LIVE with us!

Fill out the form below to register for this edition and get the details to join it.

Please note: Due to technical restrictions, this online session is limited to 300 attendees. Whilst every registrant will receive a recording of the session, the LIVE event is on a first come first serve basis. The event language will be English.

September 24th
1-2.30pm GMT / 2-3.30pm GMT+1 / 3-4.30pm CEST&CAT
Achieving Food Security in Africa: The Role of Innovation in Smallholder Farming
Astou Dia, Impact Hub Abidjan Co-Founder & Founder at A to A Partners