***Forum will be held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 4th-6th September***
***Delegates will look at partnership and financing models to facilitate smallholder and agri-business cooperation***
Media are hereby notified of the forthcoming African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which will bring together over 150 leading figures and experts, including African heads of state, farmers and business leaders. AGRF 2013 will take place in Maputo, Mozambique, from 4th – 6th September.
The Forum – organised by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and partner organisations – will focus on scaling up and financing inclusive agribusiness through transformative public private partnerships.
Keynote speakers will include:
· H.E. President of Mozambique Armando Emilio Guebuza
· H.E. Tumusiimi Rhoda Peace, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
· Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of Econet Wireless and Vice Chair of AGRA
· Jørgen Ole Haslestad. President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International
· Jane Karuku, President, The Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Through sessions and workshops, conference delegates will look in-depth at:
· Inclusive business models that facilitate smallholder farmer participation in value chains
· Innovative financing models that stimulate growth and development in the agricultural sector
· The place of public-private partnerships under the AU’s Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program
About the African Green Revolution Forum
The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is an initiative which seeks to bring together African heads of state, ministers, farmers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society, scientists, and other stakeholders to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa. The Forum focuses on promoting investments and policy support for driving agricultural productivity and income growth for African farmers in an environmentally sustainable way. The Forum consists of on-going stakeholder engagements as well as major events which bring together a significant number of stakeholders to review progress and re-strategize. The first major Forum event was an international convening held in Accra in 2010. The second one was held in Arusha, Tanzania in 2012.
AGRF sponsors and partners of AGRF include:
· Rockefeller Foundation
· OCP Group
· African Union
· Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
· African Development Bank
The AGRF 2013 will be held in Maputo, Mozambique, and will be attended by over 150 high level government officials, Non-governmental and other public and private sector organizations investing in Africa’s agricultural future – stakeholders who share the objective of improving and scaling up the productivity of Africa’s smallholder farmers. The overall theme for AGRF 2013 is ‘scaling up and financing inclusive agribusiness through transformative public-private partnerships’. The AGRF will have three sub-themes:
· Inclusive business models – what are the scalable models of smallholder inclusion into commercial agricultural value chains or that provide effective market access?
· Innovative financing models – what are the scalable models to stimulate growth and value chain partnership expansion in Africa
· Review of CAADP – key concerns in the next 10 years in relation to public-private partnerships for agriculture development
For more information, visit www.agrforum.com
About the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
AGRA is a dynamic partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. AGRA programs develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment. AGRA advocates for policies that support its work across all key aspects of the African agricultural value chain from seeds, soil health and water to markets and agricultural education.
AGRA’s Board of Directors is chaired by Kofi A Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ms Jane Karuku, former Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General of Telkom Kenya, is AGRA’s president. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK’s Department for International Development, USAID and other donors, AGRA works across sub-Saharan Africa and maintains offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and Accra, Ghana
For more information, visit www.agra.org