Guilford College and AFAP Explore Collaboration Opportunities

28 Jul 2023

AFAP and Guildford College from North Carolina, USA have agreed to collaborate to promote agri-business development in Africa. Recently, Guilford College, led by their President, Kyle Farmbry, visited the AFAP Headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss opportunities for a partnership.

The discussions were centred around leveraging expertise, resources, and innovative approaches to create a more sustainable and resilient food system in Africa and enhance access to agricultural inputs, technical knowledge, and market opportunities for smallholder farmers and agribusinesses.

“We are excited by what this partnership represents and are keen to exchange learnings with AFAP. This is important to us as we have just introduced a groundbreaking International Food Systems major at Guildford College”, said Kyle during his visit to AFAP.

The International Food Systems major was developed with insights and experiences gained from their Guilford farm and will equip students with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in various aspects of food systems, agriculture, and sustainability.

“The engagement with Guildford College is part of AFAP’s ongoing partnership drive to identify and collaborate with educational institutions from across the world. This approach will enable AFAP to impart its vast sectorial knowledge and experiences whilst receiving new and innovation ideas from academia”, says Michael Sudarkasa, AFAP, CEO.

Concrete areas of collaboration will be identified within the next month and will include an internship exchange program with AFAP hosting students from Guilford, and a collaboration with a university in South Africa to enhance research and dissemination of learnings on building sustainable agri-food systems.