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 forum is guided and supported by the AGRF Partners Group, which is currently comprises a coalition of 15 leading actors in African agriculture, including 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 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, Syngenta, 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 18 countries across the continent focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economies.