Private vs. public ag investment in the Middle East: bridging the gap for greater innovation in the space

There are different goals with ag investments in the private sector vs. the public sector here, and a more coordinated effort between the two can reap greater efficacy and opportunities for all. Attendees at the Global AgInvesting (GAI) Middle East conference, 29 February – 2 March 2016, at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers will delve into this topic and more at this fourth annual conference.

“In the private sector, there is interest in collaborative and internationally-focused investments both up and downstream, while in the public sector, the focus remains on investments that promote food security strategies and policy, largely with a narrower domestic focus,” explained GAI Advisory Board member Nicole Rogers, CEO of Agriprocity, based in Dubai. Rogers said that a focus on creating better public/private partnership models when investing within the ag sector will inevitably breed greater innovation within the space. “We see these projects as key in the future for Middle Eastern market based agri-food investments,” she said.

Rogers is joined by other esteemed advisory board members, including Tarek El Sherbini of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), and Mehmet Mumcuoglu of the International Finance Corporation, in guiding the vision for GAI Middle East.

This vision features a 2016 agenda that is jam-packed with new or updated panels, presentations and interactive workshops, including:Nicole-Rogers-Prof-2016

  • Investment Opportunities in the GCC Agri-Food Sector
  • Agriculture Investment Opportunities in India & Pakistan
  • Investing in Food Security by Addressing Key Challenges in the Supply Chain
  • Optimization of Agriculture Investments in Challenging Environments – Opportunities in Innovation
  • Ag as a Sharia Compliant Investment


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