1 September 2014

Africa: Agriculture Experts to Meet in Addis

An annual interactive forum discussing issues related to African agriculture is to kick off on 2 September 2014 in Addis Ababa.

The forum will look at, among others, emerging challenges in the sector, food storage, use of inputs, and markets.

The meeting, known as the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), has attracted 1100 participants from different aspects of the agricultural development continuum, including but not limited to research, policy, and academia.

"So far, it has been confirmed that there will be 46 different sessions addressing different themes that are important to agriculture on the African continent," said Irungu Houghton, the AGRF Senior Advisor.

Some of the important issues to be discussed include climate change, with a major focus on adaptation to the phenomenon, the use of climate-smart agriculture to boost agricultural productivity under changing climatic conditions, and how to accelerate strategies for combating climate change.

The other important issue to be discussed and debated, which has made headlines in several African countries for all the wrong reasons in the recent past are land rights and land security.

"We are also going to look at issues related to inclusive-agriculture, to ensure that women and youth have access to needed inputs, including credit, and that they are able secure legitimate land title deeds," said Houghton.

This year's event has attracted different players including those from the transport and energy sectors.

Some of the outstanding personalities expected to address the forum include H.E. John Kufuor, the former President of Ghana; Mr. Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations; Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Founder of Econet Wireless and Board Chair for the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), among many other respected dignitaries.

Source: agra.org

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