FEMCOM has gained visibility on an international level as a result of its CEO, Mrs Katherine Ichoya’s participation at the 3rd AGCO Africa Summit 2014. The Summit took place on 20th January, 2014, at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin, Germany, during the international Green Week fair in Berlin to reach out to an international audience.
The Summit attracted over 200 participants. Among these were Presidents and Ministers of African nations, politicians, economists and CEOs of multinational and regional companies. This was a high level Summit which had prominent Speakers including Hon. John Agyekum Kufour, Former President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the John A. Kufour Foundation; Hon. Robert Sichinga, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Zambia; Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Freight; Mrs Katherine N. Ichoya, CEO of FEMCOM; and Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany.
As one of the invited Speakers, the CEO participated on the panel discussion "Political Instruments to Enforce Technology and Skills Development." Speaking at the Summit, Mrs Ichoya said, "companies that are investing in Africa need to focus on empowering agriculture by beginning with training the woman farmer as most of the rural farming is done by women. Agricultural innovation cannot be a success if it does not involve full and equal participation of women."
In his speech, Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture in Germany, highlighted that “achieving global food security for everyone is one of the greatest challenges of our time and in spite of the huge efforts undertaken, we are still miles away from achieving the first UN Millennium goal of halving the number of people suffering from hunger by 2015.”
Just like the COMESA Cluster Development Programme initiative, “the Federal Agriculture Ministry is keen to invest more in the training of farmers in order to have multipliers on the ground. Currently, the Federal Agriculture Ministry together with industry, support training and further training courses on modern sustainable production methods and training in the use and repair of machinery,” said Dr. Friedrich.
The third AGCO Africa Summit was a joint initiative of AGCO, Bayer CropScience, DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, Rabobank, De Lage Landen, and the John A. Kufuor Foundation. The theme of the Summit was “Agriculture in Africa – Innovation in the Field” and it focused on the further development of agriculture in African countries.