4-8 September 2017. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. African Green Revolution Forum 2017. The theme for the seventh “2017” AGRF is “Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: Growing Inclusive Economies and Jobs through Agriculture”.

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is a platform for global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move African agriculture forward. Established in 2010, the Forum has emerged as Africa’s premier platform that brings together a range of critical stakeholders in the African agriculture landscape to discuss and develop concrete plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa.

The Forum is technically and financially supported by an AGRF Partnership Group that includes: the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Rockefeller Foundation, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), IDRC, YARA International, Mastercard Foundation, SACAU Groupe OCP Africa, Syngenta, the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, GROW AFRICA, AGCO Corporation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AGRA is the implementing partner for the Forum and hosts the Secretariat at its head offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

Extracts of the programme:
4 September.  IDRC Side Event (Closed) PRE- EVENT: Dialogue on Research to Support Agricultural Transformation in Francophone Countries of West and Central Africa 
This all day session has a separate program that examines the transformations under- way in West African agriculture, and the challenges faced by smallholder production systems.

4 September. PRE- EVENT Agripreneurship, Enterprise Development and Access to Finance and Youth Leveraging Agricultural Research, Technology and Innovation to Grow Agribusiness AfDB, FAO, IGD, SACAU
Session 1: 

  • Dr. Daniel Karanja, Vice-President, IGD  (moderator)
  • Dr. Chiji Ojukwu, Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, AfDB 
  • Mr. Amadou Fall, Vice President and Managing Director, Africa NBA 
  • Mr. Edson Mpyisi, Ag. Coordinator, ENABLE Youth, AfDB 
  • Ms. Zenebech Mesfin, Coordinator, GAAAP Secretariat 
  • Dr. Mima Nedelcovych, President and Chief Executive Officer, IGD 
  • Mr. Steve Tawia, Director, Investments and portfolio Management, AECF 
  • Ms. Lilian Uwintwali, Chief Executive Officer, M-AHWII 
Session 2:  (see below video)
  • Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director, AWARD  (moderator)
  • Ms. Vanessa Moungar, Director, Gender, Women and Civil Society, 

AfDB PANELISTS

  • Mr. Peter Awin, Founder, Cow Tribe (Ghana) 
  • Mr. Japhet Sekenya, Chief Executive Officer, BIOTET (Tanzania)
  • Mr. Tendai Mugovi, Founder, Sorghum World (Zimbabwe) 
  • Ms. Oluwayimika “Angel” Adelaja, Founder, Fresh Direct (Nigeria)
  • Mr. Ken Lohento, ICT for Agric. Program Coordinator, CTA 
  • Mr. Ishmael Sunga, Chief Executive Officer, SACAU 
  • Ms. Emanuela Gregorio, Economist, Department of Gender, AfDB DEMOSTRATION OF FOOD CUISINE PLATFORM 


5 September. Pre-event. Launch of the 2017 Africa Agriculture Status Report: The Business of Smallholder in sub Saharan Agriculture.
KEYNOTE: Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, 2016 Africa Food Prize Winner and AGRA Board Member PANELISTS

  • Dr. John Ulimwengu, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI 
  • Sir Gordon Conway, Director of Agriculture for Impact and Professor of International Development, Imperial College London 
  • Ms. Maimouna Coulibaly, Founder, Faso Kaba 
  • Mr. Karim Sy, Founder, Jokko Labs

5 September. PRE-EVENT Evidence and Policy Dialogue for Better Outcomes in Agriculture and Food Security in AfricaThe imperatives of Improving Nutrition for Africa’s Growth and Development – Malabo Montpellier. Launch of new MaMoReport ‘Nourished: How Africa Can Build A Future Free from Hunger & Malnutrition’

  • Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Africa Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Malabo Montpellier (Panel MODERATOR)
  • Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA (Panel Co-Chair)
  • H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania (KEYNOTE)
  • Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, former President of IFAD (KEYNOTE)
  • Prof. Sheryl Hendriks, University of Pretoria (KEYNOTE)
  • Dr. Debisi Araba, Africa Director, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) 
  • Mr. Tom Arnold, former Director General IIEA and former SUN Coordinator 
  • Ms. Nachilala Nkombo, Interim Executive Director for Africa, ONE 
  • Dr. Joachim von Braun, Professor University of Bonn and Malabo Montpellier Panel Co-chair 
5 September. PRE-EVENT: Next Generation Agriculture Fair SACAU, AfDB, FAO, CTA and AGRA This session has a separate program that includes a youth fair that showcases several organizations. 
Participants will rove between institutional presentations after the panel discussion. 
Mr Ishmael Sunga, Chief Executive Officer, SACAU (moderator)
Dr. Chiji Ojukwu, Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry, AfDB (KEYNOTE)
YOUTH FAIR: CTA, AfDB, MCF, IDG, FAO, AgriProfocus, GAAAP, AAIN, AWARD 
  • Mr. Tony Nsanganira, Program Director, FAO 
  • Dr. Alex Ahiro, Chief Executive Officer, AAIN 
  • Mr. João Bosco Monte, President, Brazil Africa Institute 
  • Mr. Michael O’Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, Exim Global 
  • Dr. Mima Nedelcovych, President and Chief Executive Officer, Initiative for Global Development 
  • Mr. Alemayeu Konde Koira, Senior Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods, Mastercard Foundation

6 September. SYMPOSIA: Creating Jobs and Promoting Entrepreneurship towards Food Security in the 21st Century 
Session 1

  • Mr. Edwin Macharia, Partner and Regional Director, Africa, Dalberg (moderator) 
  • Mr. Noor Ullah, Global Head of Agriculture, Acumen 
  • Dr. Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow of Global Agriculture, Chicago Council  
  • Mr. Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, European Union Commission 
  • Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Agriculture, Republic Ghana Mr. Simeon Ehui, Manager, Agriculture Global Practice for Africa, World Bank 
  • Mr. Jean Louis Billon, Chairman, SIFCA 
  • Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Head, Rural Development and Food Security Division, BMZ 

Session 2:

  • Ms. Beauty Manake, Chief Executive Officer, Kungo Farms (moderator)
  • Dr. Joachim von Braun, Professor University of Bonn and Malabo Montpellier Panel Co-chair 
  • Ms. Awa Caba, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sooretul 
  • Mr. Santiago Alba-Corral, Associate Director, Food Security, IDRC 
  • Dr. Mima Nedelcovych, President and Chief Executive Officer, IGD 
  • Ms. Isolina Boto, Manager, Brussels Office, CTA 
  • Ms. Jenne van der Mheen, Manager International Cooperation Africa Wageningen UR 
  • Mr. Sambou Coly, Program Manager, Finacial Inclusion, Mastercard Foundation 
  • Ms. Tacko Ndiaye, Senior Officer for Gender, Equality and Rural Development, FAO Africa Region
7 September. Session. Post-Harvest Management and Ensuring Quantity, Quality, and Standards for Market – Rockefeller Foundation 
  • Mr. Edward Rege, Founder, PICO (moderator)
  • H.E Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union 
  • Mr. Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director, Africa Rockefeller Foundation 
  • Dr. Chiji Chinedum Ojukwu, Director, Agriculture and Agro Industry, AfDB 
  • Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Vice President, Country Support and Delivery, AGRA 
  • Mr. Bukar Tijani, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, FAO 
  • Mr. Bhubinder Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Agro Z Textiles Limited 
  • Mr. Abdou Matieyedou Kolambique, Managing Director Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Program, IITA 
  • Prof. Dembélé Ardjouma, Director General, National Laboratory for Agricultural Development

7 September. Session. Increasing the Pool for Agriculture Focused Blended Finance: A Catalyst for Accelerated Transformation in African Agriculture – AfDB and AGRA

  • Mr. Sean de Cleene, Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, AGRA (moderator)
  • Mr. Joost Oorthuizen, Chief Executive Officer, IDH 
  • Mr. Niraj Shah, Senior Investment Officer Global Agribusiness Group, IFC 
  • Mr. Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food Security, and Nutrition, European Union Commission 
  • Mr. Stuart Bradley, Founding Partner, Phatisa Private Equity Fund 
  • Mr. Chris Clubb, Chief Executive Officer, Convergence Mr. Peter Van As, Senior Partner and Chief Portfolio Officer, Phatisa Private Equity Fund 
  • Ms. Carolin Gunmans, Senior Consultant, Enclude 
  • Mr. Michael Hamp, Senior Technical Advisor, IFAD 
  • Ms. Jenny Sharrarr, Investment Officer, KfW 
  • Dr. Pierre Ackah Angniman, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, FIRCA

8 September. Session. The Digital Revolution and African Agriculture Theme: Harnessing the Digital Revolution for Agricultural Transformation AGRF Talks on Big Data, ICT, Geo Spatial Technology and The Future of Farming in Africa 

  • Dr. Lee H. Babcock, Researcher, Agricultural Head of Grameen Foundation and Former ICT4Ag (moderator)
  • Dr. Debisi Araba, Regional Director, Africa, CIAT 
  • Ms. Liisa Petrykowska, Chief Executive Officer, Ignitia 
  • Mr. Ayodeji Balogun, Country Manager, AFEX Nigeria Ms.Esi Nana Sekyiamah, M.D, Tulaa in Ghana 
  • Mr. Michael Hailu, Director, CTA 
  • Ms. Salah Goss, Vice President – International Development, Mastercard 
  • Dr. Ramadjita Tabo, Director, ICRISAT 
  • M. Soro Kypea, Directeur général, Agence Nationale du Service Universel des Télé-communications (ANSUT) 
  • Hon. Willy Bett, Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Kenya 
  • Mr. Stephen Muchiru, Chief Executive Officer, EAFF

This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.

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