Rwanda’s Prime Minister launches African Green Revolution Forum

African leaders are in Kigali to chat a way forward at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)- a platform for global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move African agriculture forward.

Rwanda’s Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has officially opened the forum AGRF 2018 kicking off a series of discussions that will also involve panels.

« Without leadership, and measuring, Africa will not be able to see the growth it wants. There is need to invest in technologies; strengthen accountability, youth participation not just in farming but the whole Value Chain », the Prime Minister told delegates.

Over 300 international speakers from Governments and Business are at this 4-day forum hosted at the Kigali Convention Centre.

The forum is being held under the theme; “Lead. Measure. Grow”.

Dr. Agnes M. Kalibata President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is among the speakers lined up for presentations during this forum. Dr. Kalibata is Rwanda’s former Agriculture Minister.

Speakers and specialists at this forum are expected to deliver rich presentations that aim at pushing Africa into revolutionarising its agriculture.

“To revolutionize agriculture in Africa, technology and mobile phones should be increasingly adopted as a way to not only to reach farmers but also as a mechanism for data collection and analysis on soil conditions, fertilizer application and climate change,” says Agric Finance Corp – Kenya’s Leading Government Credit Institution.

Delegates at this forum will be issued with the 2018 Africa Agriculture Status Report which offers a detailed exploration of the different levers governments must pull to unleash the potential of their smallholders to deliver both food security and economic growth.

Organizers say the African Green Revolution Forum shall end with the Kigali Declaration.

Despite the recent signs of progress, Africa still needs to move from food shortages to surpluses, boost benefi cial continental trade, and create millions of employment opportunities, particularly for women and youth.

Rwanda has been chosen to host this forum largely due to her progress in placing agriculture at the center of wider economic transformation and strengthening the sector’s role in driving improvements in household incomes, food security, better nutrition and poverty reduction.

This Forum suggests that Africa can and should follow a path similar to that of Rwanda in order to achieve a more prosperous and equitable future.
To realize this dream, we must unleash the full potential of Africa’s 80% – the millions of smallholder farmers and their families who earn their livelihoods from small-scale farms and provide some 80% of the food and agricultural products consumed across the continent.

Bernard Bangda in Kigali

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