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AGRF is the annual meeting of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and world’s premier forum for African agriculture.

AGRF is the annual meeting of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and world’s premier forum for African agriculture.

It pulls together players in agriculture worldwide to discuss and commit to investment, policies and programmes to promote the interests of African smallholder farmers.

AGRF 2019

This year, AGRF2019 is taking place in Accra, where the forum had its African continental launch in 2010.

The return to Accra marks an auspicious moment – it is the first time the Forum has visited an African city a second time, and the conference comes just after the first anniversary of the death of the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The Nobel Prize-winning son of Ghana was instrumental in setting up the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, secured its financial base, and pursued AGRA’s objectives throughout the last years of his life.

Ghana will be paying tribute to him and reporting back on progress in researching a crop that he championed – the orange-flesh sweet potato, a highly nutritious hybrid that could be a game-changer if adopted as a staple in Ghana.

Growing prosperity

Under the theme “Grow Digital: Leveraging Digital Transformation to Drive Sustainable Food Systems in Africa”, AGRF 2019 will focus on harnessing digital technologies to accelerate growth in agriculture and agribusiness across the continent.

While Africa is on the move, with signs of progress and growing prosperity for millions of its people, driven mainly by agriculture, much more still needs to be done. Digital and other new technologies offer innovation and breakthroughs that will allow Africa to unlock the full potential of its smallholder farmers and agribusiness sector efficiently and sustainably.

We must “grow digital” to achieve our aspirations. With the right policies, programmes and investment, the African continent can ensure that smallholder farmers prosper.

AGRF 2019 will explore the practical application of digital innovations such as big data, blockchain and drones, to name just three. Farmers will demonstrate how digital innovations are transforming their household businesses and communities.

AGRF2019 will also seek to broker connections between actors – private and public – so that the forum unlocks the next wave of concrete actions on the continental agricultural agenda.

The Forum will be a landmark moment for Africa’s agriculture where African leaders and partners align to:

o    Leverage digital transformation for evidence-based decision-making and programme implementation for sustainable food systems;

o    Mobilise billions of dollars in agribusiness investment for farmers, SMEs and the private sector;

o    Treble intra-regional trade in alignment with the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement;

o    Agree on commitments to strengthen adaptation and resilience in the face of climate change that heads of state can take to the UN General Assembly.