Former Ethiopian PM and AGRA Board Chair, H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn in Tanzania for high-profile conversations on food systems transformation

Dar es Salaam. Former Ethiopian Prime Minister and board chair of the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Hailemariam Dessalegn arrived in the country yesterday, Friday, July 9, 2021.

H.E. Dessalegn is expected to meet President Samia Suluhu Hassan for discussions on the government’s priorities on the food systems.

Tanzania would be the fifth country after H.E. Dessalegn’s successful visits to Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

“Key to his visit is the mobilization of political leaders and the private sector’s participation in promoting agribusiness as a way of stimulating food security and increasing household income,” he said.

His visit comes at a time when Africa is prepared for the UN Food Systems Summit in September, where the world will take stock of the progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the commitment to end hunger and poverty by 2030. 

H.E. Dessalegn will also use the opportunity to invite President Suluhu to the 11th AGRF summit slated to take place in Nairobi, Kenya between September 7 and September 10, 2021.

H.E. Dessalegn will engage AGRA staff and partners in reviewing the impact of their work in the country’s pursuit of an agricultural transformation.

To complete his four day tour of Tanzania, the H.E. Dessalegn will engage AGRA’s staff and partners in reviewing the impact of their work in the country’s pursuit of an agricultural transformation.

About AGRA

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.

More information: https://agra.org/; Rebecca Weaver, rweaver@agra.org

About AGRF

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.

More information: https://agrf.org; Catherine Ndung’u cndungu@agra.org

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