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.
The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is considered the world’s premier forum for African agriculture, bringing together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward.
Africa is rising, with signs of prosperity and progress in the lives of millions of individuals and entire economies. But for all of the signs of progress, Africa still needs to move from food shortage to surplus, drive beneficial continental trade, and create millions of jobs and opportunities, particularly for women and youth. This is even more important in the face of climate change and growing populations across the continent. Business and progress as usual is not enough for Africa’s aspirations. We must do more and do it more successfully.
Since its inception, the AGRF has been a platform for advancing Africa’s agricultural agenda to achieve its development goals. Initially established as an annual “African Green Revolution Conference” by Yara International ASA in Norway in 2006, fostering public-private partnerships and mobilizing investments into African agriculture, the conference moved to the African continent in 2010 with the championing of the late Kofi Annan to take an African identity as the African Green Revolution Forum and ensure leadership and broader engagement of African stakeholders in the continent’s agricultural transformation agenda. Over time it has grown into the world’s most important and impactful forum for African agriculture, with an unrivalled power to convene top leaders, thinkers and implementers in African agriculture across private, public, development and non-profit partners, and academic and research sectors.
At the turn of AGRF’s 10th anniversary, the Forum is committed to taking its agenda and impact several notches higher. With five years left to achieve the vision and goals laid out in the Malabo Declaration and ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Forum is driving a more intentional agenda with more partners.
The Forum, which now consists of an annual Summit and many thematic platforms and activities through the year, brings together partners to energize political will and advance the programs, investments, and policies required to counter the major challenges affecting the agriculture sector and achieve an inclusive and sustainable agricultural transformation across the continent. It works explicitly to help African countries and the continent to make continuous progress to achieve the visions set in the Malabo Declaration and related Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Africa’s Agenda 2063. It also seeks explicitly to draw stakeholders around a common purpose – to unleash the full potential of Africa’s millions of smallholder farmers and their families who earn their livelihoods from small-scale farms and provide about 80% of the food and agricultural products consumed across the continent.
By helping scale the required policies, programs, and investments, the Forum supports governments and partners in the African agricultural landscape to transform the lives of millions of smallholder farmers, grow African businesses, and put a good number of countries on the path to a sustainable agricultural transformation. The results include significant impacts on food security, nutrition, job creation, rural development, resilience, incomes, and empowering individuals and countries to drive their own future that will ensure this is Africa’s Century.
AGRF is an alliance of partners that care about, commit to and drive inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa. Currently, these 23 partners include: Government of Rwanda, African Development Bank (AfDB), African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), African Union, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CGIAR, Corteva Agriscience, Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Department for International Development, UK (DfID), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Grow Africa -a Centre of Excellence of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), MasterCard Foundation, OCP Africa Group, Rockefeller Foundation, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), Syngenta, UPL, USAID, and Yara International ASA.
The AGRF Secretariat is hosted by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), itself a member and an African-led institution focused on putting farmers at the center of our continent’s growing economies.
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.