Economic growth hinges on agricultural transformation

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in collaboration with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, organized a stakeholders policy dialogue on Agricultural Transformation in Ghana at University of Ghana. The agricultural transformation policy dialogue focused on four policy areas identified by the two organizations as key priorities in transforming agriculture in Africa, which was drawn from the 2017 African Transformation Report. The report showed how a transformed agricultural sector can drive overall economic transformation in Africa. The four key areas focused on includes Land reform, Agro-processing, Skills development and employment, and Markets. In his remarks at the event, Dr. K. Y. Amoako, President of ACET indicated that Agriculture can lead economic transformation in many countries in Africa, provided farm productivity is harmonized and linked to manufacturing and other sectors of the economy through agro-processing. “Building on this report ACET will collaborate with AGRA to develop policy platforms in 5 countries namely Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ugandan and Tanzania to help push transformation agenda drawing from ATR 2 and other research. The two organizations have identified four keys priority areas in enabling agriculture-driven economic transformation. They are Improving functioning of Markets, Improving skills, Improving Land tenure and Supporting agro-processing. The framework of this collaboration will be the Agriculture Chapter of the Pan African Coalition for Transformation (PACT),” Dr. Amoako noted. He emphasized that the dialogue will help governments and local policymakers to gain information and support, as they design and implement innovative policies for economic transformation. “To start the process for Ghana, ACET and AGRA are hosting the Ghana Transformation Forum which will bring together key stakeholders to deliberate on how to leverage ATR ll to support the Government of Ghana in its transformation agenda. To this end, ACET and AGRA have commissioned four in-depth studies on the four key priority areas identified. These reports will be the basis for discussions at the Ghana Transformation Forum. The outcomes of this initial meeting will be used as an input to the larger Africa Transformation Forum (ATF) planned for June 2018 in Accra, where the PACT Agriculture Chapter will be launched,” Dr. Amoako reemphasized. The event brought together relevant stakeholders in agriculture and agribusinesses, including policymakers, Economist, Students, private sector, civil society, academia, development partners and various youth in agricultural networks. frica (AGRA) congratulated Tanzania on this milestone. “We are proud to be part of this process. The Government of Tanzania has once again demonstrated what dedicated leadership can achieve. As agriculture is the surest path to Tanzania’s inclusive economic growth, we will continue supporting the Ministry in the implementation of this strategy.”

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