Delegations from 30 African nations met representatives of German business and international politics at the Africa Business Week.
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Investment in agriculture in African nations is also becoming increasingly attractive for German agribusiness, as shown by the significantly high number of people attending the Africa Business Week in Frankfurt am Main. 1,500 participants from German business and from 30 African nations discussed possibilities for closer economic cooperation.

'Doing business – sharing success' was the conference slogan as delegations from 30 African nations (including ten ministers) met representatives of German business and international politics at the end of April 2013 for the Africa Business Week in Frankfurt am Main, under the patronage of Federal Ministers Dirk Niebel (development) and Phillip Rösler (economics). Investment in agriculture is attracting growing interest also from the German private sector, and was clearly reflected in the programme for this year's Business Week.
 
In the new millennium, Africa has developed into a 'growth continent', testified Mpoko Bokanga of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), explaining that the continent is in a state of enormous demographic change, accompanied by advancing urbanisation and industrial development. With a population growing to around 1.5 billion in 2040 (2000: 775 million), if they wish to ensure their populations are fed, the nations of Africa must invest heavily in agriculture, while at the same time natural resources like land and water are becoming increasingly scarce and the continent has to cope with the effects of climate change.

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