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Here are the four most important reasons why you should attend AGRF;

  • Premier platform on African agricultural transformation
  • Convergence of world’s leading thought leaders, policymakers, practitioners from across public sector, private sector, and civil society
  • New business deals
  • New relationships and B2B opportunities

The AGRF forum has emerged as Africa’s leading “platform of agriculture platforms” that brings together a range of critical stakeholders in the African agriculture landscape, including African Heads of State and Governments, ministers, farmers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society, scientists, development partners, and technical partners to discuss and develop concrete plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa.

The 2017 AGRF intensified the spotlight on agriculture as the key driver of African economies and established what it will take to ensure agriculture and agribusiness are driving inclusive and sustainable rural development. What has been true for the rest of the world is especially relevant for Africa today: Economic diversification and lasting wealth creation begins with a vibrant agriculture sector. In many African countries, agriculture still accounts for more than 70 percent of employment and a significant portion of GDP. It is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and building a better future for all Africans.

The AGRF  2017 explored innovations and actions on the ground that will ensure smallholder farmers and small rural agriculture businesses are at the heart of driving and benefitting from Africa’s agricultural transformation. The Forum promoted good continental and global practices and highlighted projects and programs that seek to develop sustainable food systems, harness indigenous and international innovation(s), cultivate inclusive agri-preneurship, foster resilience, encourage the aggregation, disbursement and investment of blended finance, and facilitate the adoption of modern farming techniques. It looked at how governments, businesses, and other partners are coming through on the political, policy, and financial commitments from AGRF 2016. And also wielded the influence of the region’s largest agriculture gathering of 2017 to secure new commitments and welcome new champions.

Whether people find their fortunes in rice, cassava, or sorghum in West Africa; date palms, olives or wheat in the North; cow peas, bananas or livestock in East Africa; or maize, sweet potatoes or ground nuts in Southern Africa, it is time for all of us—entrepreneurs, governments, donors, financiers and families—to put Africa on a proven path to prosperity. AGRF 2016 created a new agenda for action, one that delivers on the promises secured in 2016 by pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the fields and markets of African agriculture.

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