The AGRF is considered the world’s most important and impactful forum for African agriculture, pulling together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward.
First established in 2010, following a three-year series of African Green Revolution Conferences (AGRC) held in Oslo, Norway from 2006-2008, the AGRF has emerged as Africa’s leading “platform of agriculture platforms” that brings together a range of critical stakeholders in the African agriculture landscape to discuss and commit to programs, investments, and policies that can counter the major challenges affecting the agriculture sector on the continent.
Since the first AGRF was held in Ghana in 2010 under the leadership of H.E. President Mills, the Forum has annually brought together Heads of State, Ministers, business leaders, development partner leadership, researchers, thought leaders, farmer organization representatives, youth entrepreneurs, and other critical stakeholders to focus on the actions and policies needed to move the continental agenda forward.
The Forum was hosted by Heads of State in Tanzania in 2012, in Mozambique in 2013, in Ethiopia in 2014, and in Zambia in 2015. The Forum and its momentum have grown considerably over these years, and the AGRF 2016 in Kenya under the leadership of H.E. President Kenyatta attracted more than 2,500 delegates and resulted in commitments of more than US $30 billion dollars to support the continent in investments to increase production, income, and employment for smallholder farmers and local African agriculture businesses over the next ten years. The AGRF 2017 in Cote d’Ivoire under the leadership of H.E. President Ouattara looked at how governments, private sector, and partners were coming through on the 2016 commitments made in Nairobi. It was attended by 1,500 delegates and it had a new set of commitments and partnerships, including close to US $6.5 billion worth of deals in palm oil, pulses, potato, and rice – mainly in West Africa by the private sector. The AGRF 2018, hosted by the President of Rwanda and 2018 Chairperson of the African Union, the H.E. Paul Kagame, in Kigali from 5 to 8 September 2018, brought together over 2,800 delegates from 79 countries with a resounding mission to transform agriculture in Africa. A key feature was taking leadership in agriculture to a new level, both to benefit the millions of smallholders who earn their livelihood from small-scale farms, and to build the economies that make up the African continent.
The forum is guided and supported by the AGRF Partners Group, which currently comprises a coalition of 17 leading actors in African agriculture all focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economies. Partners currently include the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank, the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Corteva Agriscience, Department for International Development (DFID), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Grow Africa, the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Mastercard Foundation, NEPAD Agency, OCP Group, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), Syngenta, UPL, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Yara International ASA.
The AGRF Secretariat is hosted by AGRA on behalf of partners; itself an African-led institution with head offices in Nairobi, Kenya, which works in 11 countries across the continent focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economies.
We have seen through our collective efforts across the agriculture sector that there are innovations, institutions, programs, and policies that work.
This gathering is our collective opportunity to highlight the best elements of Africa’s agriculture, the changes that are allowing farming families to lift themselves out of poverty by embracing farming as a business.
It is time to build on this progress, quickly, efficiently and at the speed and scale required to secure our continent’s future through agricultural transformation.
Our vision is to secure Africa’s rise through an agricultural transformation.
At the very first African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), we came together to advance the policies and secure the investments that will ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families—and realize the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.