No region has embraced urbanization as rapidly as Africa has, creating immense potential for African entrepreneurs and SMEs. More »

With 60% of the world’s remaining available cropland in Sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s 9 billion people in 2050 will depend on farmers in Africa. More »

With 20% of the world’s population, 15% of the land and only 4% of the global GDP, businesses in Africa have enormous potential to grow. More »


To unlock Africa’s true agricultural potential, new capital, skills and technology are essential

Over 60% of the world’s unexploited cropland is in Africa, compared to 31% in Latin America and 8% in other regions

The production of several staple crops will lag behind the demand in the developing world by 2030

Difference between failure and success: doing stakeholder engagement right

Investors that finance local companies in African emerging markets are confronted with a myriad of challenges. Many of these bear little semblance with those usually confronted in other operating environments. Getting to grips with these unfamiliar realities requires assessing how local entrepreneurs address the changing environments on the ground, which are characterized by loose governance/regulatory frameworks and a platitude of risks.

Meanwhile, local African companies wanting to attract investments need to demonstrate that they have sound approaches to address risks and opportunities associated with their operations. This requires, inter alia, undertaking effective stakeholder engagement; or in other words, building solid relationships with individuals/groups who are affected or have an interest in their projects.

Effective stakeholder engagement in emerging markets is not ‘another tick in the box’. It is a vital process that can bring multiple benefits for companies (i.e., reduced legal, security costs and potential fines); and it can increase their competitive advantage (i.e., enhance corporate reputation; identify new markets and easier access to project finance; improve information about local distribution networks, inclusive growth and value chains).

Calling all Africa Investors in New York

Investing in Africa is the latest buzz in emerging marketing investment funds and family offices around the world. Encompassing 50 percent of the top 10 fastest growing countries in 2011, Africa, once viewed as too risky to invest in, is a beacon of hope for investors and entrepreneurs. Investors are downloading reports by McKisney and other global consulting firms on Africa at record speeds, to educate themselves and plan their entry into Africa’s diverse and promising market.

Surprisingly, there are a limited number of events on investing in Africa in New York City, the financial capital of the US. To change this, a band of Africa thought-leaders, investors and enthusiasts are hosting a networking event at Pranna Restaurant (79 Madison @ 28th St.) on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30pm.

Led by Zoravar Dhaliwal, Tuesday’s event promises to convene investors, entrepreneurs and executives that are keen to conduct business in Africa. This event is the first in a series of events that seek to highlight emerging investment trends and develop a community in New York that is committed to doing business in Africa.

You will hear from Wale Adeosun, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Kuramo Capital, and Zoravar Dhaliwal, Managing Director of Osaka Capital and Managing Editor of, on their experience investing and working in Africa. The event will be held at Pranna restaurant in the charming cellar on the lower level.

This event is hosted by, in collaboration with Osaka Capital,, Community Lab, Benedict Lehman LLC, the Africa Business Club at Kellogg School of Management and the Series on Impact Investing at NYU.

Time: Tuesday, April 24th @ 6:30pm
Location: Pranna Restaurant (79 Madison @ 28th Street)
Price: Free