We are increasingly connected

The Brazil Africa Forum breaks down barriers at each edition. In 2020, faced with the biggest humanitarian crisis in recent times, the event was held in an innovative virtual format, connecting - even miles away - the main Brazilian, African and third region leaders and stakeholders.

BAF 2021 is focused on natural resources, severely affected by the pandemic and at risk of irreversible disruption if there are no concrete actions to stop exploration and invest in recovery. The event will show once again that, even though only connected virtually, it is possible to strengthen dialogues, create opportunities, encourage investments and contribute to overcoming this unprecedented crisis.


  • John A. Kufuor

    Former President of the Republic of Ghana

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  • Benedict Oramah

    President of Afreximbank

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  • Donald Kaberuka

    Chairman of the Global Fund, African Union Special Envoy for Africa and Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge Group

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  • Gilbert Houngbo

    President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

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  • Maria Helena Semedo

    Deputy Director-General of FAO

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  • Natália Dias

    CEO of Standard Bank Brazil

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  • Lionel Zinsou

    Fundador e Sócio-gerente do SouthBridge

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  • Otaviano Canuto

    Former Vice President and Executive Director at the World Bank

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  • Martin Fregene

    Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry at the African Development Bank

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  • Agnès Kalibata

    Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

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  • Frannie Léautier

    Senior Partner and CEO of SouthBridge Investments

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  • Paulo Gomes

    Co-Founder of the New African Capital Partners

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  • José Carlos da Fonseca Júnior

    Executive Director of the Brazilian Tree Industry

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  • Patrick Dlamini

    Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

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  • Jennifer Blanke

    Non-Executive Director at African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Ltd

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  • João Bosco Monte

    President of the Brazil Africa Institute

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  • Omar Ben Yedder

    Managing Director of IC Publications

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  • Plenaries

  • Conversations

  • Interviews

  • Showcases

  • Roundtables

  • Webinars

  • Specialized inputs

  • Sideline chats




    Land is the foundation of our economies, and is especially abundant in Brazil and African countries. Mineral resources, for instance, are central to virtually every economic activity in these regions, amounting to gigantic shares of production and exports, but are commonly detached from local welfare. Fossil fuels, mainly oil and coal, form a large part of national matrixes, while also providing stable revenue for exporting countries; nonetheless, they harm the environment and put pressure on sensitive conditions. How can we ensure that natural resources are explored, transformed and used to the benefit of national economies?



    Brazil and African countries are connected by their natural endowments in the form of immense and biodiverse tropical forests, with many resources that can serve the well-being of local societies. Land grabbing, unsustainable exploitation and irreversible damage to natural conditions put these endowments on check. There are, however, ways to conciliate the economically viable with the environmentally responsible, but this requires will and adaptation. How can we safeguard our biodiversity from harm, while creating conditions for economic growth?



    Immense oceanic coastal areas and some of the most important hydrographic basins, lakes and aquifers are in Brazil and in the African continent. Unfortunately, drinkable and usable water resources are becoming more scarce, thus also becoming the privilege of a few. Oceanside communities, at the same time, suffer with lack of support, poverty and insecurity, being usually marginalized from political processes and formal economies, resorting to unsustainable practices. Can we integrate water into our economies in a sustainable way, securing a safe supply to all?



    There is no possibility of dissociation between environmental protection, social resilience and economic development. It is time to reinforce in Brazil, Africa and globally a call to action for joint forces, to make leaders, investors and civil society think of the concrete steps we need to take in order to reshape our understanding of how natural resources should be used. What should we do, and how should we act, to build a better world, one that will not destroy or deplete our natural resources in the years to come?

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    Top Speakers from Previous Editions

    Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus

    Director-General of the World Health Organization

    Akinwumi Adesina

    President of the African Development Bank (AfDB)

    Bronwyn Nielsen

    CEO of The Nielsen Network

    José Ramos-Horta

    1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

    Sarah Anyang

    Commissioner of Human Resources, Science, and Technology of the African Union Commission

    José Graziano da Silva

    Former Director-General of FAO

    Alysson Paolinelli

    Former Minister of Agriculture of Brazil

    Nísia Trindade

    President of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation - Fiocruz

    Carlos Lopes

    Professor of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance of the University of Cape Town

    Bineta Diop

    Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security

    Denis Mukwege

    2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate

    Naledi Pandor

    South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation