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Kenya to host talks on farming investment in September

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Kenya will host over 1,500 delegates to the six African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from the 5th to the 9th of September, 2016. The forum is expected to advance policies and secure investments that will help better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and farming families.  

AGRF is a platform that brings together global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move Africa’s’ agriculture forward.

Organizers say delegates will share their insights on how to create, align and leverage financial, technical, policy and market-expanding resources to develop game-changing and inclusive agribusiness models for Africa.

Established in 2010, the Forum has emerged as Africa’s leading “platform for agriculture” bringing together a range of critical stakeholders in the African agriculture landscape to discuss and develop concrete plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa.

AGRF believes through their collective efforts across the agriculture sector, there are innovations, institutions, programs, and policies that work.

This year’s AGRF comes at a time when an unprecedented number of leaders in African and in donor countries are in agreement that agricultural development is essential to Africa’s long-term economic growth. The emergence of agriculture as the sector that will determine Africa’s future is reflected in the theme of AGRF 2016: “Seize the Moment: Africa Rising through Agricultural Transformation.”

AGRF offers an inspiring new vision of a future to Africa in which farming as a struggle to survive gives way to farming as a business that thrives. This future can be reality if farmers, businesses, governments, donors and civil society organizations are willing to act now and seize the moment, because the time is ripe for African agriculture.

AGRF underscores that across Africa, big things are happening on the millions of small family farms that have become Africa’s main source of food, employment, and income. Over the last decade, the forum has laid the foundations for a renaissance in Africa’s agriculture, one powered by the enormous progress increasingly evident in farmers who are gaining more options in the seeds they plant, in the fertilizers they use, and in the markets available to purchase their produce.

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.

By Sam Okwakol, Sunday, August 28th, 2016

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