Agenda & Speakers

The 2024 Agenda is currently being curated.

UAW2024 is your platform to learn and share ideas on how to revolutionize agriculture and bring the industry into the technology-enabled future.


We invite abstracts of not more than 300 words with an empirical that will be of interest and relevance to urban and small scale agriculture practitioners and policy makers especially in Africa. Possible themes may include – but are not limited to – the following:

Urban Agriculture:

  • Case studies of urban agriculture in Africa and/or around the world
  • Economic possibilities and challenges of urban agriculture
  • Policy framework and governance practices
  • New technologies and green infrastructure for growing food in cities
  • Perspectives on liveability, liveliness and conviviality of urban food production
  • Peri-urban production and the urban-rural interface
  • Agri Start-Ups – challenges and opportunities
  • Leveraging Data to Unlock Farm Efficiency and Profitability

Small-Scale Agriculture:

  • Budgets for successful small-scale operations
  • Keys to Success: A Grower’s Toolbox
  • Small Plot Drip Irrigation Design
  • Microfarming: Crop rotation, pests and disease management
  • Success stories from Growers

Email with your presentation topic and abstract.


Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi

MEC, Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Premier, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Aliyu Abdulhameed

Managing Director & CEO, Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL)

Prof Gert Venter

CEO, Ecogrow Kweekhuise, South Africa

Roger Tuckeldoe

Director of Smallholder Development, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa

Dallas McMillan

CEO, Rhizo Sciences, Canada

Graeme Smith

Founder and Principal Consultant, Graeme Smith Consulting, Australia

Henry Gordon-Smith

Managing Director, Agritecture Consulting, USA

Thaven Naidoo

Southern Africa Regional Coordinator, Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)

Dr Michael Magondo

Chief Idea Surfer, Wouldn’t It Be Cool (WIBC), South Africa

Naudé Malan

Associate Professor Business Management, University of Johannesburg, and Council Member, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa

Adeyinka John

Senior Manager for Research, Strategy, Innovation, Result Measurement & Impact, NIRSAL, Nigeria

Angel Adelaja

CEO, Fresh Direct, Nigeria

Prof Michael Rudolph

Director, Siyakhana Multipurpose Cooperative, South Africa

Jana Jordaan

Sustainable Agriculture Analyst, GreenCape, South Africa

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Mlibo Bantwini

Executive Officer, Dube TradePort, South Africa

Michael Koch

Marketing Agronomist, Haifa Group, Israel

Jeremy Rich

Founder, Aqua Vegetables & Co-Founder, Future Farms, South Africa

Theo Niezel

Director, Aqua Vegetables, South Africa

Paul Sheppard

Co-Founder, Halon Energy Partners & Co-Founder, Future Farms, South Africa

Peter Chege Gichuku

CEO, Hydroponics Africa, Kenya

Lynn Gunning

Managing Director, NFT Hydro, South Africa

Thato Moagi

Managing Director, Legae La Banareng Farms, South Africa

Peter Douglas

Managing Director, Carbon Negative Solutions

Inge Kuschke

Agriculture Analyst, Greencape, South Africa

Rikalize Reinecke

Owner, La Pieus Aqua, South Africa

Michelle Adelman

Managing Director, Go Fresh, Botswana

Alex Ho

Regional Director for Middle East, Africa & South Asia, Enterprise Singapore

Thato Mugonda

LED Coordinator, Centre for Supplier Development, and Director, Legae La Banareng Farms, South Africa

Zandile Kumalo

Founder and CEO, HyHarvest, South Africa

Kenneth Obayuwana

Principal Consultant, Agricelerate Global Consulting, UK

Agrotosh Mookerjee

Managing Director and Chief Actuary, Risk Shield Consultants, Zambia

Dr Zorodzai J T Maroveke

Founder and CEO, Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust, Zimbabwe

Trenton Birch

CEO and Co-Founder, Cheeba Cannabis Academy, and Founding Member, Friends of Hemp South Africa

Dr Dalal AlGhawas

Founder, Agrifood-Agribusiness Consultant, SWAPAC, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong

Veronica S. Aswani

Vice President, African Association for Vertical Farming, South Africa, Founding Partner , Kijani Blue Agribusiness, Stakeholder Relations Director, African Women in Agriculture (AWiA) CEO of Wavunow

Dr Tshililo Farisani

Entrepreneurship & Leadership Expert, UKZN, South Africa

Dr Peter C Gichuku

CEO & Founder, Hydroponics Africa, Kenya

Michael Linus Ouma

Thought Leader, Founder & CEO, Mbeko Empire, Kenya

Ma Joye

Founder, Umgibe Farming Organics & Training Institute, South Africa

Daniel de Sousa

Founder, The Farm Nearby, South Africa

Juan Fourie

Commercial Manager, Bosman Van Zaal, South Africa