BLOCK COMMODITIES IS THE LEADING AGRITECH COMPANY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Deploying new disruptive technologies to maximise value in African agriculture
Innovation to disrupt African agriculture.
Block is building an ecosystem to optimise agricultural activity and production using a blockchain-powered platform integrated with machine learning, predictive behavioral analytics and data-driven marketing.
By 2050, 1 in 4 people on the planet will be African. Producing enough food for the growing population is a huge challenge and a crucial opportunity for economic growth, investment, education and poverty reduction.
With about half of the world’s uncultivated arable land and an income in excess of $700 billion annually, agriculture is Africa’s largest economic sector. Yet, Africa depends largely on food imports to feed its population. Increases in productivity and production are the way to turn this reality around and ensure food security on the continent.
Turning smallholder farmers into commercial producers is not only the best way to achieve global food security; it also offers a path out of poverty and hunger.
Mr Cleverly was called to the Bar in 1990, and subsequently founded Trafalgar Chambers establishing himself as the youngest head of chambers in the last century. In addition to his legal work, Mr Cleverly is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Made in Africa Foundation, a UK non-profit organisation established to assist the development of the African continent by providing first-stage funding for the feasibility studies and business development of large-scale infrastructure projects based in the region. He is also a regular presenter on TV and radio, and a contributor to newspapers and magazines on subjects regarding Africa and African development.
With a distinguished career spanning 25-years, Mr Pungong has advised governments, multinationals and private sector institutions across Africa on strategy, operation, and general management issues. In his current role as Senior Partner and Oil & Gas Leader for Africa at Ernst & Young (EY), he leads the firm's transaction advisory and assurance work within the energy practice. Prior to EY, he spent 14 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he was a member of PwC's Africa Leadership team, and Managing Partner for the firm's Sub-Saharan Africa Francophone team, leading the firm's expansion efforts across Francophone Africa. In his other activities and functions, Mr. Pungong currently serves as Honorary British Consul to the Littoral Region in Cameroon. A Fellow at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Mr. Pungong, was also selected as one of the prestigious Young Global Leaders by the Davos World Economic Forum in 2009, earned an MA degree with first class honors in Mathematical Statistics from Oxford University, and received advanced executive training at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Yale School of Management in global leadership, management and organisational leadership.
Mr Simmonds is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who served as the Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness in Lincolnshire, from 2001-2015. Most recently he held the ministerial position of Foreign and Commonwealth Minister for Africa and as such he has a deep knowledge of the business and political landscape across the continent. During his parliamentary career Mr Simmonds also held a number of shadow ministerial roles, including for Health, International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and Education. He is also the Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, which focusses on promoting trade and investment by facilitating engagement between Government and the private sector throughout the Commonwealth.