SIMA, the Paris International Agri-Business Show, will cater to a growing demand from African participants through the SIMA African Summit and a visitor promotion programme in 13 African countries
SIMA 2017 will focus on finding concrete solutions for the farming industry. The aim of the whole event is to help farmers develop a sustainable, high-performance type of farming by showcasing an exhaustive offering that will be of interest to all farmers.
According to the organisers, SIMA has seen regular increases in the numbers of its visitors from African countries – 11 per cent increase in numbers from 37 countries over two editions. This includes institutional partners like ministries of agriculture and embassy representatives and private agricultural operators, as well as key influencers and crop and livestock farmers. To support this growing demand, the show has introduced a visitor promotion programme in 13 African countries.
The 2017 event will also host the SIMA African Summit. This event alludes to the agreement that was entered into between the European Agricultural Machinery Committee (CEMA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 2015 to promote wider usage of sustainable agricultural mechanisation in developing countries.
It will bring together professionals from the agricultural sector, as well as exhibitors and African institutional partners on two key occasions: the inauguration of the show on 26 February 2017 in the presence of African ministers and ambassadors and a conference on the theme “Agricultural mechanisation in Africa: the best strategy for establishing a foothold on this market” on 28 February with an address from the FAO and contributions from the network of farm machinery cooperatives, exhibitors from Africa, etc.