“The knowledge, experience and goodwill in evidence at this forum shows that we have everything we need to succeed. It is up to us working together to drive the necessary change in our respective communities and organisations.”

H.E. Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda

 

“The majority of Africans still earn their livelihood directly or indirectly from the land. Agriculture therefore deserves the concentrated attention of Africa’s policy-makers, scientists and entrepreneurs. Fortunately, we know what works .”

H.E. Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda

 

“We have to make sure that African farmers make the most out of the partnerships already in place to ensure agriculture transformation in the continent.”

H.E. Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda

 

“We must remember to carve out a special place, for women, at the heart of all our interventions, to experience the transformation we expect, and to which we are indeed entitled.”

– H.E. Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, the First Lady of Rwanda, Chairperson of Imbuto Foundation and Unity Club. 

 

“95% of Ghanaian farmers are small-holders. Deepening rural poverty has helped migration towards cities. This is largely because of failure of policies. That is why we have launched a major programme to support poor farmers”

H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana

 

“It cannot be right that the continent that has 25% of the world’s agricultural lands produces 10% of the world’s output of food. These are the disconnects in Africa that should give us all pause for concern…these facts tell us that there has been systemically a failure of policy. Until we sit down and work out what we need to do, we should stop blaming other people for our problems. We have to deal with our reality and find solutions for our situations – it has to be our responsibility.”

H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana

 

“A practical step towards achieving real transformation in the continent is opening up trade across the borders. We need all African countries to come together and embrace this mindset.”

H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana

 

“Gabon ports 90% of food. $620 million for a population of 1.8 million. This is a huge opportunity to improve agriculture and processing in the country.”

H.E. Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, Prime Minister, Republic of Gabon

 

“African nations must work together and support one another if we have to transform the agriculture sector. We have to lead, we have to measure and we have to grow.”

H.E. Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, Prime Minister, Republic of Gabon

“Why struggle to access the markets in Europe when we can’t access the market next door? We have made it easier to export to Europe than to export to Ghana or Rwanda.”

– H.E. William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya

 

“Agriculture is a key contributor to our economy in Kenya. More than 70% of Kenyans earn a living through the agriculture industry.”

– H.E. William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya

 

“We have agreed that evidence based leadership is going to guide us going forward.”

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA

 

“With leadership that is committed to what we want to do in agriculture, there is no way we cannot grow and see our economies grow.“

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA

 

“We cannot have a paradox when 70% of the people who work in agriculture are women & so few of them own the land”

Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman, Econet Group

 

“How will African youth lead? African youth will lead by closing the age gap in agriculture, knowing the average age in Africa is 19 and the average farmers age is 60

Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman, Econet Group

 

“We know each of us can only make a little difference – but together we can make a change. Sustainable results can only be achieved if we work together with many partners”

Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Head of Rural Development and Food Security, BMZ, Federal Republic of Germany

 

“We can’t talk about the farmers and agribusinesses both small and large, we must talk WITH them. Development can only happen through true partnerships.”

Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Head of Rural Development and Food Security, BMZ, Federal Republic of Germany

 

“We are delighted that African heads of state have taken leadership on this transformative agenda. We have been pushing for agriculture to take its rightful place on the agenda of the World Bank. And we’ve seen a tremendous response.”

Mr. Andrew Ndaamunhu Bvumbe, Executive Director, World Bank

 

“True partnerships means having a shared vision. Partnerships should be transformative, make change, and be results-driven.”

Mr. Andrew Ndaamunhu Bvumbe, Executive Director, World Bank

 

“These are entrepreneurs who have been inspired to make a difference – to help transform agriculture for future generations and to encourage young people to see the potential in farming and agribusiness.”

– Mr. Michael Hailu, Director, CTA

 

“We cannot achieve the sustainable development goals if Africa does not achieve the sustainable development goals; Africa cannot achieve the sustainable development goals if we do not focus on agriculture.”

– Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA

 

‘We are in parnership with AGRA, the Africa Development Bank, GROW Africa, and many others, and we are looking to partner with others to ensure we achieve the same goals”

– Mr. Andrew Ndaamunhu Bvumbe, Executive Director, World Bank

 

“Africa can feed itself and the world if the agriculture and food systems are transformed sustainably.”

– Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO, GEF

 

“I’d like to congratulate the organisers of this event. The results from the discussions for the last three days are vital in shaping the future of agriculture.”

– Prof. Joao Bosco Monte, President, Brazil Africa Institute

 

“We have engaged in benchmarking tours to Africa and Brazil and we have seen tremendous results as we have seen more Brazilians coming to Africa to explore opportunities of investment.”

– Prof. Joao Bosco Monte, President, Brazil Africa Institute