08-11 Sep

Online & Global

About AGRF Virtual Summit

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.

Who is attending

  • Current and Former Heads of State and Government
  • Agriculture and Finance Minister
  • Central Bank Governors
  • Top and emerging private sector industry
  • Representatives of farmer organizations
  • Eminent leaders of global and regional development institutions
  • Key non-governmental implementing partners

Why Attend

Build Back Better

There has never been a time when innovation and collaboration is more needed – for the continent, food security, and for your own operations. AGRF will be helping build the food systems of the future.

Be heard

Our programmes are formatted to allow you to give input, ask questions & interact with AGRF, its partners, speakers, and fellow attendees. Your opinion will help influence future policy and research initiatives.

Learn from the experts and the field

AGRF engages leading practitioners and those driving work on the frontlines from across the globe who share deep insights & knowledge on current issues & challenges. Their cutting-edge & innovative solutions will help you enhance the role you play in Africa's food system.

Join communities & thrive

Each of our thematic focus is working on issues of importance to Feed the Cities and Grow the Continent. You will meet some of the continent's most talented young leaders, farmers, business people, development experts, and academics.

Expand your network

News ideas & new partnerships will drive this year's networking sessions & platforms. You with have access to all attendees where you can meet & engage virtually. Connections will be made. Deals will be sparked.

10 years of AGRF

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.

Key outcomes

A commitment to and charter for adopting affordable, safe, healthy and resilient food systems policies in cities, leveraging on rural production

Countries to commit to strengthening rural-urban supply chain systems with expedited infrastructure and certification

Join & progress with each of our thematic focus areas where you will come together with like-minded communities to launch new actions & drive agendas forward.

Countries reaffirm their commitment to support the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) through the promotion of agriculture trade agreements

Commitments from supermarket retail operators to prioritize sourcing of African climate smart products

Finance and link youth to urban markets and value chains.

Stimulate digital farming initiatives that drive quantum leaps in agricultural production and urban markets.

Help governments adopt the right sets of investments and policies to boost urban demand for rural agricultural supplies.

Partners

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.

Agribusiness Deal Room For Matchmaking

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.