2017 African Green Revolution Forum Calls for Action on Growing Economies and Jobs through Agriculture

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In an effort to harness the enormous potential of Africa’s agriculture sector, the 7th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) explored innovations and actions to ensure smallholder farmers and small rural agriculture businesses drive and benefit from agricultural transformation on the continent.

Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President and CEO of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and Dr. Daniel Karanja, COO & Vice President, attended the forum, which took place from September 4-8, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The 2017 forum theme was “Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: Growing Economies and Jobs through Agriculture”.

Organized by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an African organization that aims to place farmers at the heart of growing economies on the continent, AGRA relies on a network of partners who mobilize resources and invest in agricultural transformation in Africa.

On the opening day of the forum, the African Development Bank hosted a side event at its headquarters in Abidjan on youth agripreneurship. Moderated by Dr. Karanja, the  panel session, “Agripreneurship, Enterprise Development and Access to Finance”, focused on actionable plans to create decent jobs, build job placement agencies and strengthen business management skills in Africa’s agricultural value chains. Panelists included Dr. Nedelcovych; Edson Mpyisi, Ag. Coordinator, ENABLE Youth of AfDB; Lilian Uwintwali, Chief Executive Officer of M-AHWII, a mobile and web software developer company; among others.

IGD President also joined a distinguished panel in a session that focused on creating jobs and promoting entrepreneurship towards food security.