MEDIA ADVISORY: African Development Bank’s Leadership4Agriculture Forum

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and Grow Africa is organizing the first high-level convening, Leadership4Agriculture (L4Ag) Forum, on November 28 at the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The invitation-only L4Ag Forum, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, will be held on the sidelines of the AU-EU Summit on November 29-30, 2017.

This action-oriented Forum will assemble influential leaders – African high-level officials, private sector leaders and community champions – for dialogue, advocacy and policy action to drive Africa’s agriculture transformation.

Guided by recent findings from the World Bank’s 2017 Enabling the Business of Agriculture Report and the 2017 Africa Transformation Report by African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), the L4Ag Forum will focus on harnessing agriculture and agribusiness as an engine of economic transformation in Africa.



African Development Bank headquarters, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire


9:30AM      Opening Session:

Welcoming Remarks

  • Dr. Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development | African Development Bank Group


Opening Keynote:

President Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank


  • Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director, Africa Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation


10:00AM    Presentation  – Overview and Objectives of Leadership4Agriculture Platform:

  • Dr. Chiji Ojukwu, Director for Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank


10:15-10:30AM    One-on-one interviews, as requested.



MORE INFO: For more information and to access the full program, click here and press release here. The Opening Session from 9:30-10:30am is open for on-the-record for coverage. The remainder of the forum is closed to the press.

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