AGRF Podcast


Youth Agripreneurs; Africa’s Secret Weapon

Oct 25, 2020

The youth demographic, making up three quarters of Africa’s population, are Africa’s secret weapon in fighting hunger and joblessness.

His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, speaks to youth leaders from across the continent including Innovative and ambitious young African entrepreneurs creating exciting agribusinesses that deliver on untapped opportunities in the agrifood sector. The session seeks to establish a supportive ecosystem, including innovative financing, capacity development and a supportive policy environment for Africa’s young agripreneurs.

Jeff Koinange, renowned Kenyan journalist, author and TV talk show host, moderates the largest and possibly the most engaging panel of the 2020 Virtual AGRF.


Nutrition Plenary 2. Growing Africa's Food; African Leaders Unpack Nutrition Indicators

Oct 15, 2020

Ms. Ertharin Cousin, a Distinguished Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, leads a panel of professionals in celebrating the rich food culture across Africa

with a diverse panel comprising a farmer, an academician, a food processor and leaders of international agencies. The discussion is driven by the need to transform Africa’s food systems in a way that benefits both the African farmer and consumer and panelists unpack the indicators for food systems that balance the demand against local production capacity as well as show how African food products generate economic growth that develops urban food markets, fosters urban-rural linkages, and contributes to reducing poverty and hunger. The session also seeks strategies for reinforcing Africa’s nutrition systems in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, unusual pest attacks and the damaging effects of climate change.


Nutrition Plenary 1. Building Back Better: Growing the Continent

Oct 8, 2020

A panel comprising the world’s best professionals in nutrition, planning and sustainability discuss ways to create demand for African products that fuel diverse,

healthy diets with safety and quality. The panel discusses the United Nations State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report (SOFI), in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while seeking the best practices for successfully feeding the continent. The panel discusses cost-savings measures in food budgets driven by a shift towards healthy diets that include sustainability considerations and addresses policy changes needed to transform existing food systems to deliver affordable healthy diets for all.


AGRF 2020 Opening Ceremony; AGRA’s President Dr. Agnes Kalibata and Panel

Oct 5, 2020

More than one third of Africa’s population lives in urban areas, with this expected to double in the next 25 years.

How can this growing demand for locally-grown agricultural produce be used to benefit the continent’s farmers, while creating jobs and enhancing food security? AGRA’s President Dr. Agnes Kalibata is joined by the Republic of Rwanda's Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Édouard Ngirente, the Hon. Dr. Gérardine Mukeshimana, Rwanda’s Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, and His Excellency Hailemariam Dessalegn, the Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the current Chairman of the AGRF Partners Group.


The Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR)

Sep 24, 2020

The Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) has been published annually since 2013 by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)...

It has grown to be an important handbook for Africa's decisions in plans to transform the continent's agricultural sector. This year's publication assesses the opportunity for Africa's 60 million farms to drive food security and economic growth by serving the rapidly growing urban food markets. On this episode, recorded live at AGRF Virtual Summit 2020, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, president of AGRA and the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Food System's Summit, is joined by a fantastic panel of experts.