Côte d’Ivoire has been unveiled as the host of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF).
The annual high-level event gathers African heads of states and governments; farmer organizations; business leaders and captains of industry; thought leaders; development partners; researchers; and finance and investment leads to share their insights, expertise and experience on avenues to develop inclusive and game-changing agribusiness models for Africa.
AGRF 2017 will call for Governments across the continent, private sector players and development partners to move from agricultural commitments to action to accelerate Africa’s path to prosperity, inclusive growth and creation of decent jobs.
Political, policy and financial commitments of more than $30 billion were made at AGRF 2016 which was held in Nairobi, Kenya under the theme
Seize the Moment: Africa Rising through Agricultural Transformation.
“Agriculture is now back at the top of Africa’s development agenda as an economic driver for inclusive and sustainable development. We now need to harness this surge of support to ensure it creates decent jobs and drives economic growth across the continent,” Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) said.
Agriculture contributes 26 per cent of GDP; 40 per cent of all export revenue; nearly 75 per cent of non-oil export revenue; and employs close to 60 per cent of the population in Côte d’Ivoire.
The country is a leading agricultural powerhouse and a hub of expertise in improving smallholder farming. It was chosen for its leadership in placing agriculture at the heart of its economic transformation.
The West African nation is one of few African countries that have made the biggest investments in agriculture resulting in sizeable increases in farm productivity as well as overall economic performance, an example of the sector’s potential to turn the continent’s economic fortunes.
Through its National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP), Côte d’Ivoire has empowered farmers and placed them at the heart of its economic transformation. The first phase of the project boosted the country’s agricultural to over 17 million tons in 2015 from 11 million in 2012.
In phase two, the NAIP will take a more integrated approach that includes water resource management, health, electricity and education to help lift farmers out of poverty and stimulate the country’s economy.
Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Côte d’Ivoire expressed the country’s delight at the recognition of its efforts and confirmed Côte d’Ivoire’s commitment to continually improve the sector to enhance economic development.
Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB) reaffirmed that through its Feed Africa Strategy, the Bank will raise its financing of agriculture to over $24 billion in the next 10 years.
The 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) will be held in Abidjan from 4th to 8th September 2017 under the leadership of President Alassane Dramane Ouattara, focusing on Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: Growing Economies and Jobs through African Agriculture.