Former Ethiopia PM arrives in Ghana to urge leaders to prioritize agriculture in accelerating food security, poverty eradication
NAIROBI, Kenya: June 27 June 2021 – Former Ethiopia Prime Minister and Board Chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) , H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, arrived in Ghana today on the third leg of a pan-African mission to urge leaders to prioritize investment in agriculture for food security and strengthened economies.
His visit is coming ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit in September, where the world’s leaders will evaluate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 2 the eradication of hunger from the continent.
The AGRA delegation includes the organistion’s President, Dr Agnes Kalibata. They will meet with the president of Ghana H.E, Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday 28 June. The AGRA delegation will also meet with development partners and conduct field visits.
As well as lauding the progress that Ghana has made to advance the country’s inclusive agriculture transformation, they will brief President Nana Akufo-Addo on preparations for the AGRF 2021 Summit to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in September.
Established in 2006, AGRA is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. Together with our partners, we catalyze and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farming households in 11 African countries by 2021.
The AGRF is the premier forum for African agriculture, bringing together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward. The Forum is designed to energize political will and advance the policies, programs and investments required to achieve an inclusive and sustainable agricultural transformation across the continent.