Cote d'Ivoire: African Green Revolution Forum begins in Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The seventh edition of the Africa Green Revolution Forum  (AGRF) began on Monday in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, on the theme: "Accelerating Africa's progress towards prosperity: Contributing to the growth of inclusive economies and the creation of jobs through agriculture."

Established in 2010 by an alliance of partners and organized by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, the AGRF is a continental meeting of partners who are concerned, committed and willing to invest in the transformation of the agricultural sector.

AGRF 2017 aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and collaboration between communities, highlighting good practices and innovation and resolving the various challenges facing the agricultural sector.

It is also to emphasise the availability of technical and financial resources that can contribute to the development of the agricultural sector in Africa.

AGRF 2017 will look at a review of the implementation of commitments made in 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, to allocate US$30 billion to transform agriculture in Africa over the next decade.

Highlights of AGRF 2017 include networking sessions and presentation of the African Food Prize on Wednesday; launch of the report on the agricultural situation in Africa; a ministerial round table; and an exhibition.

Others are a symposium on agricultural policies; thematic discussions on finance, inputs, markets and trade; mechanization; and women and young people in the agricultural sector.

More than 750 delegates are participating in AGRF 2017.

At the AGRF 2017 preparation launch ceremony last 13 April, its President Agnès Kalibata declared that agriculture had returned to the top of Africa's development agenda as an economic engine of inclusive and sustainable development.

Agriculture is also one of the African Development Bank's top five priorities with its "Feeding Africa" strategy, whose implementation envisages an investment of more than US$24 billion over the next ten years.
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04 september 2017 16:52:02

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