ZAMBIA is among scores of African countries to attend the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kenya this coming September.
The conference is expected to bring together the continent’s heads of state to share insights on how to create and leverage financial resources in developing game-changing and inclusive agribusiness models for Africa.
This year’s event will consist of plenary sessions, break-out sessions, business to business (B2B) meetings, the Africa Food Prize and informal networking opportunities.
At the AGRF, leaders would come together to advance the policies and secure the investments that would ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families—and realize the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It would bring together heads of state and government, farmer organisations, business leaders and captains of industry, eminent thought leaders, development partners, researchers, finance and investment experts.
Invited speakers include Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and African Development Bank (AfDB) president Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.
Others are AGCO vice president Dr. Rob Smith, YARA president and CEO Svein Tore Holsether, AGRA board chairperson Strive Masiyiwa and the organisation’s president Dr Agnes Kalibata.
In a region challenged by climate change, rapidly growing urban populations and an urgent need for jobs, agriculture offers solutions, providing a clear path to food security and employment opportunities for all Africans.
Through collective efforts such as this conference across the agriculture sector, there are innovations, institutions, programmes and policies that work.
The gathering is a collective opportunity to highlight the best elements of Africa’s agriculture and the changes that are allowing farming families to lift themselves out of poverty by embracing farming as a business.
It is up to the leaders to build on this progress – quickly, efficiently and at the speed and scale required to secure Africa’s rise through an agricultural transformation.