ICCO Intensifies Cooperation with Global Business Roundtable
In August, ICCO’s former CEO Marinus Verweij visited South Africa. Marinus met with Global Business Roundtable Chairman Sipho Maseleku and discussed the developmental challenges in Africa and the roles that the two organizations are taking to tackle poverty and promote economic inclusion.
The Global Business Roundtable (GBR) is a non-profit global professional networking organization that provides a platform for exchange of knowledge and economic development, connecting various stakeholders from the region and globally. Their objective is to point towards solutions that will lead to economic empowerment and development.
GBR and ICCO have agreed to explore joint cooperation through developing a project in South Africa together with AFGRI, a large commercial agri company from South Africa. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed during the next GBR Congress in April 2020. Hélène van der Roest, ICCO’s Regional Manager for Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, will be a speaker at that Congress which will focus on achieving the UN Sustainable Goals, especially through agricultural development in Africa.
Marinus also visited Heineken South Africa head office in Johannesburg and met with Heineken South Africa’s CEO Gerrit van Loo and the BE-FED team. ICCO in South Africa is implementing the Barley Emerging Farmers Economic Development Project (BE-FED) in partnership with RVO, Heineken and Soufflet Malteries.
The BE-FED project is an example of a public-private partnership project that seeks to promote the identification, capacity building and integration of emerging black farmers in the commercial barley production supply chain in South Africa. The project is in its final year and by developing a sustainable local barley supply for Heineken, ICCO’s focus has been on empowering capacity and guaranteed markets access to promote economic opportunities for emerging black farmers in South Africa.
Photo: farmers in BE-FEd program