Kampala, Uganda | IAN KATUSIIME | Under the theme of Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food Systems, 500 guests will meet in Nairobi, Kenya in September for this year’s AGRF Summit to brainstorm on new commitments to the future of African food systems and showcase how resilience will be built out of leadership at all levels.
The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Summit will have a special focus on the role of women and youth in transforming the continent’s food systems with various issues faced by these groups expected to dominate the discussions at the First Ladies Forum and the Youth Hall respectively.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead the discussions alongside experts from the private sector, government, farmer organisations, and a lot more from Sept. 6-10 at the 2021 AGRF summit. Up to 10,000 participants will join the summit virtually from more than 150 countries. There will be focus on accelerating progress towards the development of resilient food systems on the continent.
The former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and AGRF Board Chair, Hailemariam Dessalegn, said that he was inspired to see Africans leaders make Agriculture as priority but noted that a lot more needed to be done.
“Now more than ever we must prioritise inclusive agricultural transformation. We must work collaboratively to ensure that policy, technology and finances respond to the needs of our farmers. This is critical to achieve zero hunger across the continent and around the globe,” Dessalegn said ahead of the summit.
Co-organized with the Government of Kenya, with the support of 26 partner institutions, this year’s Summit comes at a pivotal time when global voices convene under the Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) to shift the conversation on how food is produced and consumed and the role it plays to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
As part of its contribution to the UNFSS, the AGRF 2021 Summit aims to elevate the single, coordinated African voice, by identifying immediate actions and steps to be taken to accelerate progress towards the development of resilient food systems.