The 10th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) drew thousands of delegates to rethink Africa's food systems to deliver a more resilient, better nourished, and more prosperous future for all.

10,400+

delegates

320

speakers from around the globe

78

virtual & hybrid sessions

1000+

investment & partnership meetings

US 4.7 billion

worth of investment opportunities presented in more than 20 value chains investement opportunities

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Highlights from the AGRF Virtual Summit 2020

The launch of the 2020 Africa Agricultural Status Report, Feeding Africa’s Cities, assessing the opportunities, challenges and policies required to enable African farmers and agribusinesses serve the rapidly growing urban food markets.

The Agribusiness Deal Room this year, which drew around 208 businesses, 55 financial investors, 20 business development service providers and 54 anchor buyers, saw over 1,000 investment and partnership meetings take place. This is a space curated by AGRA and partners to nurture productive, business and investment partnerships in the African agri-food ecosystem.

The 2020 winners of the Africa Food Prize (AFP) and the GoGettaz Agripreneur Award were announced. Dr. Catherine Nakalembe and Dr. André Bationo shared the $100,000 Africa Food Prize for their exceptional contribution towards the promotion of food security across the continent.

AGRF Virtual Summit 2020 Communique

More than 10,000 delegates - including Heads of State and Government, Ministers, former Heads of State and Government, heads of international agencies, CEOs of global, regional and national business companies, farmers and youth representatives - joined the 2020 AGRF Summit. The Summit confronted Africa’s challenges in driving inclusive agricultural transformation, to address the new challenges caused by COVID-19, to improve the continent’s resilience and to chart a path forward. The Tenth Annual AGRF Summit was held virtually from 8 to 11 September 2020. This was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The AGRF is the premier platform for leaders from across Africa and around the world to advance concrete plans and to share knowledge in order to tap the enormous potential of agriculture to drive equitable and sustainable growth across the continent. The Summit was hosted under the leadership of His Excellency Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda. AGRA serves as the AGRF Secretariat, with resources and technical support provided by another 26 partners and sponsors under the AGRF Partners Group.

Read the full Communiqué with Decisions and Commitments from the AGRF Virtual Summit 2020.

About the AGRF Virtual Summit 2020

The 10th edition of the annual AGRF in Kigali Rwanda, saw Heads of State, Government Ministers, Civil Society, and Business Leaders resolve to use the flourishing urban food markets as a launchpad for growing the continent’s agricultural investments into stable businesses.

The AGRF, the world’s premier forum for advancing Africa’s agricultural agenda, drew a large and diverse crowd of more than 10,400 delegates from all over the world to analyze the state of African agriculture under the theme, Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa.

The theme was a call to action to rethink Africa’s food systems in order to deliver a more resilient, better nourished, and more prosperous outcome for all. During the Forum, technical assessments, policy analyses and political discussions reached a new level of consensus that could accelerate the efforts to reach the goals in the Malabo Declaration, and make farming in Africa more productive, profitable, sustainable and inclusive.

During the four-day summit, delegates explored innovative ways to streamline the continent’s agricultural value chains. Until now, traditional hurdles have made it hugely difficult for Africa’s farmers to sufficiently serve the rising urban food demand.

Agripreneurs, youth entrepreneurs and business leaders showcased innovative models, ready for investment and scaling, while scientists, researchers and thought leaders demonstrated ways in which policy amendments and innovative technology could lead to stronger agricultural value chains.

Partners

The AGRF Partners Group is made up of 26 leading actors in African agriculture all focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent's growing economies. Members include: African Development Bank (AfDB), African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), African Union Commission (AUC), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Bayer AG, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), CGIAR System Organization, Corteva Agriscience, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Government of Rwanda, Grow Africa (AUDA-NEPAD), IKEA Foundation, International Development Research Center (IDRC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mastercard Foundation, OCP Group, Rockefeller Foundation, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), Syngenta Foundation, UPL Limited, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Yara International ASA.

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 AGRF VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2020 PROGRAM

Monday 7 September
Tuesday 8 September
Wednesday 9 September
Thursday 10 September
Friday 11 September

PRE-SESSION

09:30 – 10:45

Partner Event Report

Traditional Vegetables: Power on Africa’s Plate

Organizer: World Vegetable Center

Ensuring a healthier Africa demands a smart, sustainable food system to deliver diets rich in nutritious, plant-based foods. Traditional vegetables can contribute to food systems that nourish people, not merely feed them. Africa is home to a large number of plant species with the potential to invigorate the continent’s horticultural value chain – yet these traditional vegetables remain untapped and underutilized.

Traditional vegetables support nutrition-sensitive agriculture under climate change. They generally are more nutrient-dense than most commercial vegetable crops, have lower water requirements, are adapted to poor soils, and have higher resistance to pests and diseases. The biodiversity of traditional vegetables is endangered by displacement with high-energy staple crops. Most traditional vegetables are not registered in national catalogues, lack promotion and support for their use, and lack conservation infrastructure. Success stories like African eggplant, okra and amaranth show research and breeding can convert underutilized traditional vegetables into commercially successful crops. Other traditional vegetables could take a similar path if research unlocks their potential for income generation and nutrition for the benefit of local resource-poor populations.

09:30 – 10:45

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Agro-Innovation: How Can We Solve Old Problems with New Ideas?

Organizer: Israeli Government

Explore the opportunities for collaboration between Israel and African countries in implementing new approaches and technologies to traditional value chains in order to increase productivity and improve sustainability. Israeli agricultural innovators will provide insights into the unique problem-solving mindset that enables both food and nutrition security and thriving export markets. This session will highlight the importance and complexity of introducing new solutions and technologies to traditional value chains and agricultural practices, including the required steps from all stakeholders to achieve a value chain approach to problem-solving.

A panel will present select projects in African countries, discuss the growing opportunities, and analyze their experience of introducing agro-innovation to African markets for traditional value chains in order to increase productivity and improve sustainability. Expanding collaboration between Israeli and African companies and organizations will be explored to achieve a sustained agricultural transformation and economic growth.

9:30 – 10:45

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Unlocking Sustainable Financing for Africa’s Food Systems through SMEs

Organizers: AFEX, SAFIN and AGRA

The session will promote a shared understanding of the critical role of agri-SMEs in enabling a transition towards inclusive and sustainable food systems in Africa. It will consider the impact of the COVID-19 on African agri-SME finance, including needs and opportunities for positive change in terms of access to finance for agri-SMEs by illustrating a number of positive business model options for agri-SMEs and/or for financial service providers and investors that can be scaled or replicated for broader impact on African food systems.

Partner Event

11:00 – 12:45

Food Systems Dialogues – Food Governance Strategies at the National and City Level

Organizers: FOLU & EAT with support from SUN Movement; GAIN (Urban Governance for Nutrition), Alliance: Bioversity-CIAT

Building the food system of the future requires dialogue. Join the conversation with a food systems dialogue that will directly input into the AGRF Forum. Views of diverse actors will be explored to help establish the key ideas about governance strategies at the national and city level.

Pre-registration required.

11:00 – 12:45

Agri-Mechanization Solutions via South-South Triangular Cooperation

Organizers: AGRA and IFAD

The goal of the session is to strengthen South-South Cooperation in transferring and increasing adoption sustainably the mechanization experience and technology from Global South countries to priority African countries, to accelerate farmer-led mechanization, increase productivity and promote agricultural transformation. The joint session showcases the collaboration between IFAD, AGRA and IFPRI; through SSTC, to disseminate solutions and technologies in Africa and Asia that engage the private sector in support of rural and urban development. With a focus on increasing agricultural production and productivity, these technologies will impact rural smallholder farmers, small and medium-sized enterprises, women and youth, governments and development partners.

The output of the webinar is to raise
• Promote solutions and create awareness.
• Showcase innovative private sector driven rural solutions in Agri mechanization and input systems;
• Discuss the applicability and scalability in African countries;
• Discuss the challenges encountered in the eco-system and expectations for the future;
• Broker partnerships among public and private sector to increase adoption and scale up the solutions;
• Discuss key interventions required from governments, multi-lateral organizations and NGOs to create an enabling environment;
• Leverage South-South Triangulation Cooperation to exchange knowledge and broker partnerships; and
• Scale up innovative solutions.

11:00 – 12:45

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Creating Inclusive Food Markets by Linking Certification and Finance

Organizer: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

The objective of the event is to stimulate a policy dialogue among actors involved in access to finance for agricultural producers in Africa, especially in Least Developed Countries, to identify financial models for sustainable and resilient agricultural production, as well as its enabling polices and mechanisms.

The dialogue among financial service providers, government representatives, producers and standards setting bodies will explore how sustainable agriculture practices through certification can be leveraged as tools to potentially mitigate financial risk and enable producer access to finance.

The dialogue will discuss:
1) Best practices from selected innovative investment cases in African certified agricultural producers
2) Investors' requirements, risks and opportunities to grant finance to sustainable agricultural producers
3) How certification can be leveraged to mitigate financial risk and to build farmer resilience

11:00 – 12:45

Partner Event Report

Connecting Youth-Led Innovations to FAO’s Programs in Africa

Organizers: FAO/CTA and GenAfrica

FAO (in partnership with AGRF and CTA) is organizing “a Digital Agri-food systems Matchmaking Event: Connecting youth-led innovations to FAO’s programs in Africa”. The event will bring together different technical Units of FAO, partners, and young innovators in digital agriculture, for interactions on areas of common interest and, most importantly, for initiating discussions on concrete partnership opportunities, and possibly conclude deals.

Main objectives include:
(a) To exchange information on food systems development programs of FAO (and partners) in Africa as well as on youth-led agricultural innovations.
(b) To discuss potential areas of collaboration and partnership in promoting youth-led digital innovations for the transformation of food systems in Africa; and
(c) To provide a matchmaking platform/marketplace for FAO, its partners and young innovators.

11:00 – 12:45

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The Key Role of SMEs in Serving Urban Food Markets

Organizer: COLEAPCP, AKADEMIYA2063, European Commission (DG International Cooperation and Development), PAFO

This panel will discuss new opportunities for the agri-food sector and the value chain actors offered by rapid urbanization, population growth, regional integration processes and free trade agreements in the continent. Private sector companies and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the drivers of economic growth in Africa. SMEs source directly from millions of farmers across the continent and operate along the value chain providing multiple services (processing, transport, packaging, transport...). They employ millions of people, including women.

This panel will share various experiences and successes from policy, research, finance and private sector experts. It will focus on the investments and changes needed to strengthen quality and safety in the food reaching urban centers. It will showcase innovative solutions in key areas of the value chain, including finance, technology and knowledge.

11:15 – 12:45

The Rice Race: Making Self-Sufficiency a Reality in West Africa

Organizer: UPL and GIZ

3.5 billion people rely on rice as a daily staple and 19% of dietary energy globally is met through rice. The need for increased resilience and food security has taken on a new significance in the wake of COVID-19, since the region’s ability to meet increasing demand through local production slipped and West Africa relies on Asia for 40-50% of rice imports.

Developing local rice cultivation as a route to food self-sufficiency in thriving rural areas form a central pillar of several regional and government policies across West & Central Africa, but many obstacles and challenges remain. Making a reality of these aspirations has become even more pressing after the COVID-19 put a hold on international trade. We require a re-think on public and private sector collaboration from the ground up.

The Rice Race draws together change-makers from government, agri-inputs, donor partners, trade and production to set out the solutions needed for rice self-sufficiency and meet the ECOWAS target of reducing rice imports to zero by 2025. The session will explore how cultivation and agronomy for smallholder farmers, the rice value chain actors, and government and regional policy can be aligned to make a reality of self-sufficiency in West Africa.

13:00 – 14:00

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Transforming Agri-SMEs and Farmer Organizations in Africa

Organizer: Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance (AMEA)

African SMEs (the Hidden Middle) are dynamic but how can they generate inclusive, sustainable food systems if most Farmer Organisations (FOs) are not professional or bankable? AMEA argues there are currently insufficient drivers for FOs to reform and create value for their members. However recent investments in new business models and financial facilities creates a window of opportunity to develop a system which incentivizes and supports FO’s to become viable businesses. AMEA will make 5 proposals for how this system should be developed and you will tell us whether you agree.

13:00 – 14:00

Round Table: Sustainable Agricultural Intensification to Feed the Cities and Grow Africa

Organizer: Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI)

Innovation in sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) supports the profound changes needed in rural and urban food systems. Taking a question-based approach, the session will explore: What are the rural-urban links that need to be strengthened to sustainably feed African cities? What will future agricultural systems in Africa require in terms of innovation in SAI, given rapid urbanization? How can innovation best be supported to achieve the priority environmental objectives of SAI in Africa? What are the perceived priorities for the major investors in innovation in SAI, and how may they need to change? What are the major policy constraints to generating and adopting innovation in SAI, and how can these be overcome?

The panel will answer questions and includes leaders from the new global Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI) which promotes innovation to rapidly transform food and agricultural systems in the Global South.

13:00-14:00

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Bridging the Gap between Investors and Governments

Organizer: TBI

This session, under the Chairmanship of the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, connects insights from agribusiness and investors with perspectives from government leaders and technicians. The objective is to identify key impediments and explore what is needed to accelerate direct investment in large agriculture and food ‘flagship’ and ‘greenfield’ projects, that can generate economic growth, improve local and regional food security and jobs, and provide export opportunities. The session aims to:

1) Make clear the information and enablers private investors and value-chain actors need from governments to make an investment commitment
2) Understand governments’ priorities for large scale investment projects in the agriculture and food sector, and what they are doing to accelerate private-sector investment into these large state projects
3) Identify key impediments on both sides, and explore what additional information and actions are needed to unblock these

15:00 – 16:45

Scaling for Food Systems Transformation in the PLUS-COVID-19 Era

Organizers: Agriculture and Rural Development Working Group of the Scaling Community of Practice, Syngenta Foundation, USAID, AfDB and CGIAR

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of global and national food systems, but also created unexpected opportunities for local organizations and technologies to quickly fill the gap, including agile small and medium-scale enterprises, data-powered digital tools for agriculture, and empowered local leaders and organizations. These experiences of innovation and adaptation in response to COVID-19 are relevant to the larger challenges facing African food and agricultural systems to become more resilient, environmentally sustainable and deliver more healthy diets.

This session will explore how scaling principles and Covid-19 experiences can help inform a pivot from recovery to broader systems change and transformative impact at scale. Public and private sector leaders will discuss the lessons and opportunities presented by Covid-19 for their organizations, announce major action commitments to accelerate scaling up in African agricultural systems, and discuss priorities for research, policies and actions going forward.

15:00 – 16:30

Towards a Gender-Responsive Agricultural Policy Landscape

Organizer: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Women play a critical role in feeding cities through their roles in production, aggregation, marketing, and processing. Yet, from limiting access to resources and information to supporting small food processors to access finance, information and markets, government policies play an important role in either enabling or constraining women’s success in the sector.

This session explores the ways that gender-responsive agricultural policies can and have an enabling effect in building more inclusive agriculture and food systems. Extending beyond merely addressing how government policies can enhance women’s contributions in agricultural systems, the session also focuses on strategies to increase women’s participation in developing and implementing agricultural policies.

15:00 – 16:45

Integrating African Food Systems through the Lens of SME Champions

Organizer: AfDB

The overall objective of the session is to start telling the African food system and agriculture value chain stories with the voice of the shapers and movers on the ground – SMEs. We will assemble the voice of those SMEs categorized in production, post-harvest, logistics, storage and cold chain solutions, processing, and ag digitalization to co-create roadmaps that would paint the picture of an accelerated transformation. The session would also have analytics and infographics so that participants are able to visualize the key statistics around the current food system, the step changes and transformed food system in the next 5 years and 10 years.

The outcome would be to REIMAGINE the transformation of the food system, specific enablers for step-change and identified priority policy actions, as articulated through the voice of Champion SMEs that make up key value chains. Messages would be conveyed to the conveners of AGRF as input into the longer journey towards the Food Systems Summit.

15:00 – 16:45

Demand-Driven Transformation of Food Systems in Africa

Organizers: Rockefeller Foundation and IDRC

Over the past five decades, global food systems and human dietary patterns have changed substantially, with shifts from traditional diets predominantly composed of healthier, minimally processed foods towards modern diets laden with unhealthy processed foods. This situation is contributing to rising global malnutrition (specifically, obesity), exacerbating environmental degradation, and perpetuating social and economic inequities, particularly in low and middle-income countries.

The objective of this session is to explore how research can be leveraged to build healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in Africa through demand-driven policies and interventions. The session will also provide a platform for the International Development Research Centre and The Rockefeller Foundation to announce a new research partnership titled “Catalyzing Change for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems”.

15:00 – 16:45

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Excellence in Agronomy 2030

Organizers: BMGF, USAID, BMZ, DFID, NORAD, DGD and IITA

The session aims to discuss progress with the Excellence in Agronomy (EiA) 2030 initiative to the private and public sector stakeholder community interested in the sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems. It will seek demand from public and private partners around the EiA 2030 R4D agenda, including initiatives led by AGRA and explore linkages between EiA 2030 and other initiatives operating in the agronomy-at-scale space. Finally it will receive feedback from the stakeholder community, including investors, on key thematic areas for integration in EiA 2030.

17:00 – 18:30

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A Soils Initiative for Africa

Organizers: ASARECA, FARA, AFAAS, RUFORUM and Colorado State University

Africa has suffered a secular decline in the health of its soils. This decline has substantially reduced agricultural productivity across the Continent and threatens food security and global environmental sustainability. The deterioration of soil quality and loss of arable land has enormous consequences for economic growth and human well-being—particularly for Africa’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Despite advances in soil science, and the achievements of many soils projects, programs and institutional frameworks, success in reversing decline in soil health has been fragmented and local in nature. Progress at scale has been elusive. The session will build upon considerations presented in a recent briefing note posted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Considering a Soil Initiative for Africa, January 2020 - https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/sites/default/files/report_soils-initiative-africa_20200131.pdf).

This session will consider the urgency of addressing soil degradation in Africa at scale. It will discuss important building blocks for doing so – and identify gaps and challenges to achieving a scaled response. The session will present the substantial economic consequences of inaction and will review some of the ongoing efforts to improve soil health on the Continent, while considering opportunities for concerted action. Panelists will examine the types of strategy, investment, collaboration, and technical support needed for farmers and their partners at every level to raise the health and productivity of Africa’s soils to improve the future of rural livelihoods and Continental food security. The session will conclude with a Call to Action by the AUC for a Soils Initiative for Africa.

17:00 – 18:00

Rise up together: Women’s Role in Transforming African Food Systems

Organizer: CGIAR Gender

Moving forward on agriculture in Africa and achieving sustainable, productive food systems hinges on establishing gender equality.

This requires changing the norms and policies that favor men today to include women’s preferences, realities and ambitions. First, because women have a right to the same opportunities and the same benefits from agriculture, natural resources and food production as men. Second, because only when women are able to participate, on equal footing with men, in the urgently needed transformation of food systems will we be able to sustainably defeat hunger and produce enough, and good enough, food under the ongoing climate emergency.

Join the newly established CGIAR GENDER Platform for this launch event, which will seek feedback on select research priorities and aim to establish diverse partnerships so that we, together, can advance a portfolio of promising, practical, useful solutions for gender equality in agriculture.

17:00 – 18:30

Agriculture Technologies for Feeding Cities

Organizers: TAAT, IITA, AfDB, BMGF, ICRISAT, ICARDA, IITA, CIMMYT, ICIPE, IFPRI, FARA, NARES, IWMI, ILRI, AfricaRice, WorldFish, AAFT and Private Sector

Through a well-organized technology delivery framework, The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) directly contributes to “Feeding the Cities” through the accelerated deployment of proven high yielding, drought tolerant, climate-smart and nutrient-rich crops improved breeds of livestock, fish production, and linking farmers to markets for sustainable agricultural transformation. The Program is promoting nutrient-rich commodities, and engaging youths and women across all value chains.  

The event shall begin with keynote addresses on African agricultural transformation and addressing the role of TAAT within that. This will then be followed by examples of success stories on the ground, coming from cassava and wheat program value chains.   The discussions will highlight what TAAT brings to a country and how technologies and partnerships are helping farmers across agro-ecological zones of the Continent to feed Africa.

17:00 –18:00

Effectiveness of Agri-Business Incubation in Emerging Markets

Organizer: Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction (Rockefeller Foundation; Iowa State University)

Effective urban food markets must achieve two goals to serve Africa’s future: to provide essential food supplies and to be economic engines for growth. Excessive PHL is a chronic symptom of ineffective food supply chains. While improved technologies can reduce loss, sustained implementation of such tools has been disappointing. Dynamic SME-based food systems are needed to achieve sustained, scaled adoption. Based upon field research and experience, including the recent YieldWise Initiative, this session will document catalytic actions needed to accelerate SME engagement in food value chains. Initiative within and across the public, social and private sectors will be emphasized.

17:00-18:00

Building the Second African Fertilizer Summit Agenda

Organizers: AAP / ReNAPRI - IFDC, AFAP and APNI

The session is envisioned as an important consensus-building step in the Abuja II Fertilizer Summit framework, an African Union initiative spearheaded by AAP/ReNAPRI and IFDC to develop a broad coalition of support for promoting sustainable agricultural productivity growth and resilience in Africa. In the end, feeding Africa’s cities will require sustainable agricultural productivity and resilience. Growing research evidence shows that greater use of organic and inorganic fertilizers and attention to sustainable soil health management are essential elements of holistic strategy for raising agricultural productivity in sustainable ways. The keynote speaker will lay out this vision and strategy to guide the Abuja II framework to raise fertilizer use rapidly and sustainably in Africa and to achieve sustainable agricultural transformation in the region.

The Abuja II Summit will guide African governments to leverage growing urban markets to address the challenge of low agricultural productivity through improved soil health.

Theme of the day: Resilience

Sunrise

10:00 – 10:45

Highlights of the day

Each morning get the highlights of the upcoming day, understand the themes under discussion, and find out all the interesting places to interact with thought leaders.

10:00 – 10:45

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

Parallel Sessions

11:00 – 13:00

Developing Resilience Frameworks for Sustainable Production and Consumption (Resilience & Adaptation)

Chairs: FAO, AGRA and IKEA Foundation, with support from DFID, CGIAR, CTA, USAID, Kickstart International

The parallel session will showcase cities with the best practices on sustainable food systems. Appropriate innovations, and enterprises for building resilient food systems will be identified. The commitments made during the AGRF 2019 climate and resilience declaration will be revisited.

11:00 – 13:00

Women-led Resilience Strategies [Women in Agriculture]

Chairs: IDRC and AGRA, with support from BMGF, UN Women, CIMMYT, CGIAR, GAC, AWARD, AWEP Kenya, FAO, USAID, CARE, ILRI, AfDB, AWAN

Women agripreneurs and farmers have faced particular challenges during the pandemic. From increased violence to lack of market access, women have had to create new strategies to cope. Hear about the most innovative solutions from input distribution at farmer level to feeding children in cities.

11:00 – 13:00

GoGettaz Agripreneur Competition Finale
Generation Africa

Chairs: Yara and AGRF, with support from AfDB, IFAD, USAID, SACAU, MCF, Syngenta Foundation, Syngenta, FAO, Wasafiri, CTA, Corteva

Generation Africa is proud to bring together young entrepreneurs, innovators, movers and shakers in Africa’s agri-food sector and present inspiration from 10 young agripreneurs competing for this year’s prestigious GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize. The scene will be preceded by key messages from Generation Africa Steering Committee (Steerco) members, Generation Africa Steerco Co-Chairs and Generation Africa Co-Catalysts.

Midday

13:00 – 14:00

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture sessions will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

Results Factory

14:00 – 15:30

Policy Symposium - AASR Report Launch: Feeding Africa’s Cities

This year’s AASR focuses on Feeding Africa’s Cities. It assesses the opportunities, challenges and policies required to enable African farmers and agribusinesses to serve these rapidly growing urban food markets. The main goal is to see how smallholder farmers can Feed Africa’s Cities, drive food security, rural prosperity, and inclusive economic growth in a Food systems perspective- good for people and environment. This is a good opportunity for us to bring together viewpoints and lessons to define the agenda and practical next steps with policies, programs, and investments. This is in line with this year’s AGRF theme of Feeding Africa’s Cities.

14:00 – 15:30

Building Resilience through Data and Digital Platforms

Digital platforms and innovations can promote adaptation and resilience in sub-Saharan Africa’s food systems, especially in the wake of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the locust outbreak and famine.

This session will explore how digital solutions for Africa’s agricultural sector can be accelerated for maximum sustainability, inclusivity, and scalability through:
• Profiling game changing digital innovations
• Highlighting how governments have used digital to respond to crises
• Proposing ways to take innovative digital solutions to scale

Plenary & Headliners

16:00 – 18:00

Opening Ceremony

THEME FOR THE DAY: RESILIENCE – Building a more sustainable and inclusive future
Sequence 1: Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will launch the Virtual 2020 AGRF as a key platform to continue advancing the continental agenda, particularly in light of multiple challenges from climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of the summit, Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa, will be highlighted with a call to action to rethink our food systems and rise to the market opportunity of an urbanising Africa to grow the agriculture sector to create jobs and nourish the planet.

Sequence 2: Eminent Leaders in Conversation

A pace-setting session involving eminent leaders from Africa and around the world discuss the status of food systems in Africa and the urgent need to build resilient systems. The Leaders will discuss feeding cities through the lens of intra-African food trade, international trade, regional and domestic food supply chains in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and discuss how we can bounce back better, and leverage markets as an engine of economic recovery.

Sequence 3: Feeding the Cities: A Civic Call to Action – Led by Mayors

In light of rapid expansion in Africa’s cities and food markets this plenary session will respond to the newly launched AASR and discuss the way forward for African cities, connecting a rapidly urbanising population and the markets it creates to a plan for agricultural productivity.

Sundowner

18:15 – 19:00

Red Threads

Fireside Chat - Leveraging market systems to improve resilience

In a fireside chat, guest speakers will provide comments on key outcomes of the day and additional insights on strategies to deliver healthy, safe, affordable and accessible food to cities

18:15 – 19:00

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture session will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

Theme of the day: Nutrition and Health

Sunrise

10:00 – 10:45

Highlights of the day

Each morning get the highlights of the upcoming day, understand the themes under discussion, and find out all the interesting places to interact with thought leaders.

10:00 – 10:45

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture sessions will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

Parallel Sessions

11:00 – 13:00

Reaching Urban Food Consumers through Resilient Supply Chains [Food Systems & Nutrition]

Chairs: FOLU and HarvestPlus, with support from Rockefeller Foundation, AfDB, SACAU, FAO, DFID, CTA, GAIN, USAID

This session will examine policies, technologies, and investments that are needed to make food systems supply chains more responsive, reliable, and resilient for urban populations in Africa. The merits of local, regional, or global supply options will be interrogated and amplified and mechanisms for connecting smallholder producers with urban consumers will be defined. Technological and product innovation can further improve the nutritional content of foods and increase access to more-nutritious foods among urban populations.

11:00 – 13:00

Feeding and Employing Africa’s Urban Population

Chairs: AGRA and AUC, with support from BMGF, AfDB, FAO, USAID, SACAU, DFID, CTA, Grow Africa, World Bank, Tony Blair Institute, NEPAD, ASARECA

Ensuring a whole-of-government approach to deliver agricultural transformation for economic recovery/growth is critical to urgently feed and employ rising urban African populations. Countries and RECs want to advance and implement their policy and political commitments as well as priorities of AU CAADP goals and targets. Governments will step up capacity to attract agro-investments for economic recovery and responsiveness to changing market dynamics, and to accelerate the rate of growth of agriculture and food systems in particular.

11:00 – 13:00

Maintaining Technology and Input Delivery Systems [Sustainable Productivity]

Chairs: OCP, AFAP and YARA, with support from Syngenta Foundation, USAID, AfDB, AGRA, FAO, BMGF, Corteva (DuPont), UPL, CTA, Bayer, Syngenta

Rural retail agro-dealers and their suppliers face many challenges when selling and distributing agricultural inputs to smallholder farmers, including high transaction costs, stock-outs, and working capital constraints, and pressing needs such as acidic soils and major pest outbreaks.

Midday

13:00 – 14:00

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture sessions will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

Results Factory

14:00 – 16:00

Policy Symposium – Advancing Nutrition and Gender

Sequence 1: Engaging Nutritionally Vulnerable Urban Consumers

In light of COVID 19, how do we better identify high-risk and high-priority groups in urban environments? How do we ensure that policy to improve urban food systems reaches and benefits the more vulnerable communities?

Community leaders that work in vulnerable communities, urban focused businesses; urban poverty/vulnerable population interest groups; funders; and academic researchers will:
• Improve data collection on the drivers of malnourishment and reliable food options
• Create a “demand-led” process by these communities for the options they want for more affordable, nutritious food options
• Monitor impact in terms of nutrition, health, livelihoods in an integrated way

Sequence 2: Making the Most of Gender Based Financing

Using evidence-based findings, the Women in Agriculture Thematic Platform will hone in on the methods need to identify and fund women entrepreneurs who are part of the hidden middle that link farmers to the value added processing, retailing and food service sectors in urban centres across the continent.

The Results Factory will create coherence among the initiatives to Finance the Hidden Middle of Women SMEs: • Highlight the most effective interventions based on data
• Hear directly from women on the terms and operations of finance that have empowered them
• Mobilize the combined investments, including AFDB’s $42 billion commitment in gender-based financing
• Directly link women to digital solutions to further their access to market and finance

14:00 – 16:00

Farmers Forum

Africa’s farmers are a vibrant community. Mixed or specialized; local or global; urban or rural – food producers discuss the paths that drive their sustainability. Expect some hard talk about how to survive recent challenges and increase resilience.

Plenary & Headliners

16:00 – 18:00

THEME OF THE DAY: NUTRITIOUS FOOD: Create demand for African products that fuel diverse, healthy diets with the safety and quality every consumer needs

Sequence 1: Building Back Better - Growing the Continent (1 hour)

This Policy Symposium will discuss the UN The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI 2020), the ongoing pandemic, and feeding the continent. The symposium will discuss the special focus of this year’s report on transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets. Focus will also be on cost and affordability of healthy diets around the world, by region and in different development contexts. There exist a “hidden” health and climate-change costs associated with our current food consumption patterns. It is therefore, important to discuss the cost savings of a shift towards healthy diets that include sustainability considerations. The discussion will also include the critical investments, and importance of policy changes needed to transform current food systems and make them able to deliver affordable healthy diets for all – crucial to reaching SDG2 - Zero Hunger.

Sequence Interlude - Short video on Nutrition (2 mins)

Sequence 2: Growing Africa’s Food – African Leaders Unpack Nutrition Indicators (1 hour)

Practitioners will respond by showcasing how we can create demand for African products that fuel diverse, healthy diets with the safety and quality every consumer needs. African food and African food products generate agriculture-driven economic growth in Africa that develops urban food markets, fosters urban-rural linkages, and contributes to reducing poverty and hunger in Africa. It also celebrates the rich food culture across the continent.

Sundowner

18:15 – 19:00

Red Threads

A Future for Youth through Agriculture

In a fireside chat, high-level guests will provide ambitious ideas for accelerating job-creating innovations in the agriculture and food systems sectors that will Grow the Continent. This session will pay particular emphasis employment opportunities for young people the youth population.

18:15 – 19:00

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture sessions will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

18:15 – 19:00

Special Event - Strengthening the Ecosystem for Young African Agripreneurs
Generation Africa

Chairs: Yara and AGRF, with support from AfDB, IFAD, USAID, SACAU, MCF, Syngenta Foundation, Syngenta, FAO, Wasafiri, CTA, Corteva

Generation Africa as a platform together with like-minded institutions are supporting collaboration to improve the ecosystem for agripreneurship. Three consistent members of the year-round Generation Africa Members working Group, shall be discussing an action plan on how to serve young agripreneurs’ needs better, noting opportunities to collaborate on finance, education, business support, policy reform and advocacy.

Theme of the day: Markets and Trade

Sunrise

10:00 – 10:45

Highlights of the day

Each morning get the highlights of the upcoming day, understand the themes under discussion, and find out all the interesting places to interact with thought leaders.

10:00 – 10:45

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture session will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

Parallel Sessions

11:00 – 13:00

Innovative Financial Solutions for Africa’s Agribusiness Sector [Agri-Business & Deal Room]

Chairs: IFAD, USAID and AGRF with support from AfDB, OCP, AFAP, FAO, BMGF, Grow Africa

This session will explore how innovative development finance solutions can help Agribusiness enterprises grow, scale and reach their full potential to transform and support livelihoods.

11:00 – 13:00

Strengthening Agri-Food Data Systems [Regional Food Trade]

Chairs: DFID and AGRA, with support from BMGF, CTA, IFPRI, Kofi Annan Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, AfDB, USAID

This session will explore ways of advancing sustainable food and nutrition security data and market information gathering through use of digital technology in crop production forecasting for decision making.

11:00 – 13:00

Implementing Continental Agri-Food Policy Reforms under the AfCFTA Framework

Chairs: AGRA and AUC, with support from BMGF, AfDB, FAO, USAID, SACAU, DFID, CTA, Grow Africa, World Bank, Tony Blair Institute, NEPAD, ASARECA

Countries and Regional Economic Communities (REC) are advancing and implementing their policy and political commitments as well as priorities of AU CAADP goals and targets. Stepping up governments’ capacity to attract agro-investments is essential for economic recovery and responsiveness to changing market dynamics, and to accelerate the rate of growth of agriculture and food-systems.

13:00 – 14:00

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture sessions will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

Results Factory

14:00 – 15:45

Ministerial Roundtable (by invitation only)

Implementing Continental Agri-Food Policy under the AfCFTA Framework

The 2020 virtual AGRF Ministerial Roundtable Session provides a platform and collective moment for planning to build back better by taking stock of where we are with regards to policy reforms, partnerships, and financing towards achieving the 2025 Malabo Declaration target of ending hunger in Africa.

At the end of this session, it is expected to see greater enthusiasm towards:
• Discussing opportunities for investing across agriculture and food systems in the face of COVID-19
• Reviewing progress towards implementation of CAADP
• Utilization of the Biennial review outcomes to inform policy, political and financial commitments at national level as well as countries publicly committing to prioritizing their agricultural sector as an economic driver for wealth creation and income generation for smallholders.

Moderated Round table Discussion

14:00 – 15:45

Markets and Trade Symposium

Harmonizing Market and Trade Policies and sourcing in Africa

Private sector leaders join political leaders, development partners, to take the steps to make continental free trade a reality while fostering the development of creation of rural – urban supply chain systems:
Areas for discussion include:
• Short and more effective supply chains including import substitution
• Quality, standards and local sourcing of food
• Trade facilitation initiatives like e-phytos
Digitization of data/market information collection and dissemination for food and nutrition security

14:00 – 15:45

Youth Townhall with Mr. Strive Masiyiwa

In sub-Saharan Africa, innovative and ambitious young agripreneurs are creating exciting agribusinesses that deliver on untapped opportunities in the agrifood sector. If fostered by a supportive ecosystem, that includes innovative financing, capacity development and a supportive policy environment, these ideas can progress faster and more successfully along their journey to growth, scalability, and impact.
Join the Youth Townhall and hear from young agripreneurs as they share their key challenges and brainstorm solutions.

Plenary & Headliners

16:00 – 18:00

THEME OF THE DAY: Markets and Trade: Build interconnected African markets that create opportunities, right from rural small holders to urban supermarkets

The Great Debate: Food, Markets, Trade and Agriculture in the context of COVID

The continent has been challenged to find a path for food security in the face of COVID19. The interplay between food, markets, trade and agriculture will be explored in the Great Debate among some of the leading minds on agri-food policy. Focusing on how to build back better, it will help focus discussion on the most pressing policy decisions before Africa.

Sundowner

18:00 – 19:00

Red Threads

Fireside Chat - Building Interconnected African Markets

This fireside chat will have speakers reflect on the key outcomes from the day and provide additional perspectives on the opportunities to foster public sector enabled, private sector led advances in trade across the continent and around the world.


Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture session will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, literature and more!

Theme of the day: Food Systems

Sunrise

10:00 – 10:45

Highlights of the day

Each morning get the highlights of the upcoming day, understand the themes under discussion, and find out all the interesting places to interact with thought leaders.

10:00 – 10:45

Culture Track

The culture track is an educational and exciting moment for participants to breathe outside the main sessions. Three culture session will run per day featuring daily exercise, healthy recipes, music, art, design, and Literature and more!

Parallel Sessions

11:00 – 13:00

Expanding the Universe of Investment-Ready Agribusinesses [Agri-Business & Deal Room]

Chairs: IFAD, USAID and AGRF with support from AfDB, OCP, AFAP, FAO, BMGF, Grow Africa

Driven by urbanisation, population growth and increasing food demand worldwide, Africa’s Agribusiness sector has the potential to grow into a USD 1 trillion industry in the next 15 years, from a current status of USD 3 billion. If mobilized in an inclusive and sustainable manner, agriculture can be a driver of economic transformation, combating poverty, enhancing food & nutrition security and providing jobs and income to millions of households.

11:00 – 13:00

Accelerating the Growth, Sustainability, and Inclusivity of Digital Agricultural Solutions [Agtech & Digitalization]

Chairs: OCP and CTA, with support from SACAU, USAID, BMGF, DFID, AfDB, AGRA, Syngenta, Bayer, MaMo Panel

Discussions will anchor on coming up with concrete outcomes to increase the overall sustainability of digital solutions for African agriculture.

11:00 – 13:00

Sustainable Productivity for Resilience in African Food Systems [Sustainable Productivity]

Chairs: OCP, AFAP and YARA, with support from Syngenta Foundation, USAID, AfDB, AGRA, FAO, BMGF, Corteva (DuPont), UPL, CTA, Bayer, Syngenta

The session will focus on preparing farmers, input suppliers, agro-dealers, and the broader productivity ecosystems to come back to growth and profitability. Focus will be on financing arrangements and mechanisms to reduce external dependencies to meet the compelling urban market.

Results Factory

13:00 – 14:45

Financing Food Systems through Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The Deal Room Results Factory drives home the impact of agribusiness enterprises – often smallholder farmers and rural SMEs – that are the backbone of sub-Saharan Africa’s economy and the main producers of food. They have a high potential for growth and can drive social development for their communities and countries. Innovative development finance solutions can help agribusiness enterprises grow, scale and reach their full potential to transform food systems across the continent.

At this year’s AGRF, the Agribusiness and Deal Room Results Factory session will support the growth of agribusinesses in Africa through:
• Matching SME’s with investors and financial institutions
• Governments presenting investment opportunities in their countries
• Signing new term sheets

13:00 – 14:30

Africa’s Vision for Food Systems

This session will frame Africa’s vision of an ideal food system for the future; one offers fair livelihoods, healthy diets, and sustainable consumption and production.  Looking at the role for national food plans and furthering the food systems dialogues the session will help craft a path for Africa’s voice in the Future of Food Systems.

Plenary & Headliners

15:00 – 18:00

THEME FOR THE DAY: Food Systems: Building back better and Defining the food systems Africa wants and being part of a multi-stakeholder vison for Africa and the world on the future of food.

• Highlights montage of the AGRF Summit 2020 – (5 mins)

Sequence 1 - Defining Food systems for the Africa we want – 40 minutes

This plenary session will discuss the opportunities and challenges, and place of food systems in reviving African economies and the opportunity to feed Africa’s growing urban population. It is now more urgent than ever that food systems are transformed to reduce poverty, improve food and nutrition security, and improve the quality of natural resources and ecosystem services by investing in enterprises and innovations to build a more sustainable and inclusive future.

Sequence 2: High-Level Presidential Panel Discussion – Bringing it all ‘home’

Based on the discussions of the four-day summit, the Heads of State (HoS) and Government will highlight strategies to strengthen food security on the continent, post- COVID-19, and in view of the upcoming 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit.

Sequence 3: Africa Food Prize and GoGettaz Awards Ceremony

Award of the GoGettaz Agripreneurship Prize
Award of the Africa Food Prize

End of Ceremony and End of Summit.