AGRF 2021 Summit


Pathways to recovery and resilient food systems

The evidence is clearer than ever. We need to transform our food systems, and we need to do it now. 2021 is a critical year for recovery and food system transformation.

The AGRF 2021 Summit is critical for Africa’s agriculture and as a defining moment to highlight and unlock many of the political, policy, and financial commitments and innovations the continent has achieved and needed to advance the commitments made at the Malabo Heads of State Summit and towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Food is the critical link required to tackle some of the world’s major crises including hunger, poverty, and climate change, but we must act quickly guided by research and data on what works and what doesn’t. The AGRF Summit will provide a platform for governments and communities; including youth, women, civil society, and other stakeholders around the world to discuss their food systems; and identify ways to strengthen such systems. To achieve global impact, we must be guided by local actors – leaders and innovators who have created evidence-based solutions that have been tailored for the local context and taken to scale. This way we will be successful in achieving positive results for everyone, everywhere.

Collaboration across actors will be key to achieving transformation. That is why this year’s AGRF Summit is closely aligning with the UN Food System Summit (UNFSS) to raise global awareness and catalyse momentum towards the commitments made. As part of the Summit’s contribution to the UNFSS, the AGRF Summit aims to elevate the single coordinated African voice to the UNFSS and identify immediate actions and steps that need to be taken to accelerate progress and recovery towards inclusive agricultural transformation.

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Our Impact


The AGRF Summit 2020 in numbers 2020 will go down in history as one of the most challenging years of our times.

10,400+

Delegates

US$ 4.72bn

Investment priorities

154

Countries

1,000+

Partnership meetings

23,286

Virtual Sessions

212+

Organisations


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Thematic Platforms


AGRF advances its mission and work throughout the year to achieve targeted outcomes largely by working through a set of thematic platforms. Ten thematic platforms and thematic working groups have been prioritized for the AGRF to deliver under its current strategy against its priority goals.

Agri-investment & SME finance

Target outcome

Increased public and private investments in agriculture; stronger pipeline of deals and SMEs ready for investment

Regional trade

Target outcome

Increased public and private investments in agriculture; stronger pipeline of deals and SMEs ready for investment

Rural & Market development

Target outcome

Expanded local agroindustry and value chain development; improved policy and investments in agriculture, particularly for irrigation, mechanization, value addition.

Food systems & nutrition

Target outcome

Improved food and nutrition security.

Resilience & adaptation

Target outcome

Improved food and nutrition security.

Policy & state capability

Target outcome

Effective and inclusive policy design and implementation; strengthened capacity for evidenced based planning, implementation and review.

Youth employment in agriculture

Target outcome

Expanded local agroindustry and value chain development inclusive of youth; improved and scaled youth policies and programs

Women in agriculture

Target outcome

Expanded local agroindustry and value chain development inclusive of women.

Agtech & Digitalization

Target outcome

Increased capacity to generate, analyse, and use data, information, knowledge, tools, and innovations.

Inputs

Target outcome

Stronger and sustainable agricultural input systems; Increased agriculture production and productivity

News & Updates


Here is the latest from our newsroom

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Jul 29, 2021
AGRF and Heifer International Launch Pitch AgriHack 2021

Competition provides cash grants to innovators, increasing use of technology and creating jobs across Africa’s agricultural sector Nairobi: The AGRF and Heifer International today announced the […]

Jul 17, 2021
Side Events – 6 September

Side events are an enriching, dynamic part of the AGRF.  At the upcoming AGRF, which will be held from 7-10 September 2021, the side events will be on the preceding day […]

Jul 9, 2021
AGRF 2021 to focus on partnerships, inclusivity and commitments in food systems resilience

In a critical year for food systems transformation, 140 distinguished delegates from the private sector, governments, civil society, media, and development partners gathered at the Sankara […]

Affiliates


The AGRF serves as the world’s premier forum for advancing Africa’s agricultural agenda to achieve the vision and goals laid out in the AU Malabo Declaration, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Africa’s Agenda 2063.

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Partners


The AGRF Partners Group is made up of a coalition 26 partners all focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economies.

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, Heifer International, 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.

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