Rwanda will host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) next year and also serve as the seat of the organization going forward, a statement from AGRF Partners Group said in a statement. By Region week

 

 

 

The group made the announcement on September 6 in Accra, Ghana during the 2019 AGRF. The statement revealed that the move followed a competitive bidding process.

The AGRF is considered the world’s most important and impactful forum for African agriculture, pulling together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward.

AGRF is now well established as the premier platform for leaders from across Africa and the world to advance concrete plans and share knowledge to tap the enormous potential of agriculture to drive equitable and sustainable growth across the continent, according to its organizers.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (in Rwanda) said that winning such a position was an indicator that Rwanda’s institutions are strong and have concerted and coordinated efforts.

« Rwanda’s hosting of AGRF 2018 featured the largest attendance on record and the leadership of H.E. President Paul Kagame, both in presiding over that historic gathering and in his broader commitment to the transformational power of agriculture, has set a model for all to follow, » said Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Desalegn was this month announced as the Board Chair for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and as chair of the AGRF Partners Group.

« The AGRF Partners look forward to working closely with the Republic of Rwanda in this new approach, particularly under the committed leadership of H.E. President Paul Kagame, » he observed.

The AGRF Partners noted that Rwanda’s partnership as the home country of AGRF will also increase accountability and commitment of the continent’s leaders to use the forum as a focal point for delivering on the goals laid out by African Heads of State and Government in the African Union’s Malabo Declaration, United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Africa Agenda 2063.

AGRF is a partnership of institutions that care about Africa’s agriculture transformation.

The AGRF Partners Group is made up of a coalition of 21 leading actors in African agriculture all focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economies.

AGRF has taken place in eight different countries over the last decade, ensuring that awareness, models, lessons, and the political will required to drive an inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa grow steadily across the continent.

« We are honored to be the home country for AGRF and are committed to working closely and collaboratively with our many partners across Africa and around the world to ensure the continued growth and influence of AGRF as the voice of Africa’s smallholder farmers and agriculture businesses, » GerardineMukeshimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, told Rwanda’s state-run media, News-Times.

Talking about the implications of the move, Minister Mukeshimana said it will boost Rwanda’s agriculture sector, and become a leader in shaping the Africa agriculture transformation agenda.

« It will attract the private sector in agriculture, and income to our tourism industry as the forum attracts close to 3000 participants, » Mukeshimana said.