Mark York is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at Harvard University. As part of Harvard’s EconCS Group, his research includes alternative credit assessment algorithms, crowdsourcing, and fundamental machine learning. Previously he consulted as part of McKinsey’s agriculture practice, serving clients across Africa and the Americas. Mark was the first to bring machine learning to Cargill’s grain trading unit. He is the Co-Founder and President of Tractors for Africa, which provides mechanization services and input credit to 1,000 farmers in northern Ghana, and he plans to launch a pay-as-you-go solar irrigation startup in Côte d’Ivoire upon graduation.
African agriculture is at once an immense challenge and opportunity. With proper investments, we could increase production by hundreds of billions of dollars annually, with equal potential in processing and retail. The continent closed 150 agtech funding deals for $482.3M in 2021, but much more is needed. Come join Africa’s foremost agri investors, agtech entrepreneurs, and downstream and upstream operators as they outline how to realize the sector’s potential via better business models, talent and investment.