AGRF 2016

2016 AGRF

Africa Green Revolution Forum 2016

The 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) hosted in Nairobi by the Government of Kenya, AGRA and its partners, delivered a massive infusion of both financial, political and policy commitments to African farmers and agriculture businesses on a continent eager for new, more inclusive opportunities for economic growth. The Forum attracted more than 1,500 delegates from 40 countries, including African Heads of State, global business leaders, government ministers, farmers, agribusiness firms, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society groups and scientists, as well as international development and technical partners. They pledged more than US $30 billion dollars in investments over the next 10 years to increase production, income and employment for smallholder farmers and local African agriculture businesses.This is the largest single package of financial commitments ever delivered to African agriculture. It is backed by the broadest coalition ever assembled to support a transition from subsistence to income-earning agriculture in Africa. The AGRF partners concluded the meeting by embracing a detailed action plan that commits them to achieving specific milestones over the next 16 months as part of the “Seize the Moment” campaign that also served as the theme for AGRF 2016.

Africa Agriculture Status Report 2016

A decade of intense domestic attention to farmers and food production has generated “the most successful development effort” in African history, with countries that made the biggest investments rewarded with sizeable jumps in both farm productivity and overall economic performance. This is according to the 2016 Africa Agricultural Status Report released by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) at the 2016 Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Nairobi.The document provides an in-depth and unsparing review of an incredibly active ten-year period for African agriculture — one that AGRA frames as a prelude for potentially big things to come. The analysis served as a curtain raiser for AGRF, which attracted heads of state and high-level officials from around the world.The report finds that “after decades of stagnation, since 2005 much of Africa has enjoyed sustained agriculture productivity growth,” and as a result, poverty rates have declined in places like Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. The report notes that agriculture has had its biggest impact in countries that moved quickly to embrace the African Union’s Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP)

Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze - 2016 Africa Food Prize Winner

Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, the immediate former President of the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize at the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi. The Africa Food Prize Committee, chaired by Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, selected Dr. Nwanze for his outstanding leadership and passionate advocacy in putting Africa´s smallholder farmers at the center of the global agricultural agenda. “Dr Nwanze is a model for how a great leader can make a difference in the lives of people on the ground,” said Obasanjo. “Whether that leader is the head of a global institution, a head of state or a head of small organization, Dr Nwanze’s accomplishments on behalf of African farmers are a reminder of what’s possible when you combine passion, good ideas, commitment, focus, hard work and dedication”.Alongside his tireless advocacy, Dr. Nwanze is credited with reorienting IFAD´s work to focus more on making small-scale farming a viable business, as well as expanding IFAD’s presence in developing countries to increase the organization’s effectiveness. The Prize also acknowledges Nwanze´s courage in reminding African leaders to go beyond promising development and change to delivering it.“I would like to dedicate this award to the millions of African women who silently toil to feed their families,” said Dr. Nwanze. “No nation has been able to transform itself without giving women the same rights and opportunities as men. Our hope for future generations rests with African women who bear and raise our young people who will shape the African continent in the years to come.”

Seize The Moment 2016

The campaign, “Seize the Moment” was first launched in April 2016 at the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP) Partnership Platform in Accra, Ghana. It has quickly become a rallying point for accelerating work around the African Union’s 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The campaign is a moment for private sector to unite key stakeholders in the agricultural landscape around a common agenda of stimulating the acceleration of agriculture-led structural transformation at country and regional level that would ensure better lives for millions of farmers and families especially women and the youth.It is a moment for governments to strengthen execution; to move beyond bold strategies, reforms and policies and focus on stronger implementation and accountability mechanisms that can drive investments, partnerships and actions to catalyse an inclusive agricultural transformation.It calls on Non-State Actors to unite and convince African governments, regional institutions, development partners and other key stakeholders that our future lies in the speedy transformation of our nations’ agricultural sectors through the commitments agreed to under the 2014 CAADP Malabo Declaration.

2016 Africa Food Prize

That agriculture is Africa’s largest source of income and the biggest opportunity to eliminate poverty across the continent cannot be over-emphasized. Neither is there any doubt that the sector requires increasing technical solutions and motivation of key players along the value chain, to make it attractive enough to benefit of millions of vulnerable groups.The launch of the Africa Food Prize (AFP) in 2016, previously known as the Yara Prize, cannot have come at a better time, with the agriculture sector in Africa requiring more investment, innovation, and motivation to achieve an agricultural transformation that creates a new era of food security and economic opportunities for all Africans.The Africa Food Prize began as the Yara Prize, and was established in 2005 by Yara International ASA in Norway to honor achievements in African agriculture. Moving the Yara Prize to Africa in 2016 and rechristening it the Africa Food Prize gave the award a distinctive African home, African identity and African ownership.The significance of the Prize borders on the recognition of outstanding efforts by individuals and institutions at transforming people’s lives through agriculture. What is fundamental is that: “The Africa Food Prize seeks to encourage, inspire, reward, and celebrate excellence to bring about transformation in the agriculture sector in Africa,” says H. E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Chair of AFP.The US$100,000 prize is awarded annually at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF).