In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tenth Annual Summit of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which brings together over thousands of delegates from governments, the civil society, the private sector, research community and development partners will be held virtually from 8-11 September 2020 and will be co-hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the AGRF Partners Group.
Organized under the leadership of H.E. President Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, this year’s Summit comes at an unprecedented time when African major cities especially those that mainly rely on imported food face a looming hunger crisis following implementation of lockdowns in several countries to contain the spread of COVID-19. It also comes at a time Africa is faced with several other challenges that include climate change, malnutrition, poverty, emergence of pests such as desert locusts and fall armyworms and now coronavirus. The AGRF Summit will inspire and call for the adoption of concrete action and commitments from governments, the private sector, farmers and processors, and other stakeholders in the agriculture and food systems sector.
The theme of the summit, Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa, is a call to action to rethink our food systems to deliver resilient, better nourished, and more prosperous outcomes for all.
As the AGRF celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year, the Forum will reflect on progress made over the past decade and the priorities for the years ahead to achieve Africa’s aspirations.
Significant progress has been made in African agriculture, but there is still a long way to go. Africa is rising, with 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 trade, and create millions of jobs and opportunities, particularly for women and youth.
The AGRF Partners Group is made up of a coalition of leading actors in African agriculture all focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent's growing economies. Partners currently include the 23 institutions and actors represented below.
The AGRF Secretariat is hosted by AGRA on behalf of partners; itself an African-led institution that works in 11 countries across the continent. The Government of Rwanda serves as a long-term host of the forum, championing its agenda throughout the year and hosting the annual Summit in all even years, i.e. 2020, 2022 and 2024. The Chair of the AGRA Board, also serves as Chair of the AGRF Partners Group.
The Agribusiness Deal Room is a matchmaking platform that convenes stakeholders from the entire eco-system to facilitate partnerships and investments in African agriculture. The Deal Room is expected to attract close to 200 companies, 15 government delegations and 50 public and private investors exploring a wide range of investment opportunities.