How Will You Lead?

New Campaign Unveiled to Spur Visionary Leadership to Boost African Agricultural Growth

An exciting new campaign to mobilize public and private sector leaders in Africa and beyond to intensify agricultural transformation in the continent was launched at the just concluded African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Dubbed #HowWillYouLead, the two-year campaign will celebrate visionary leadership while showcasing the development opportunities that present when leaders commit to transformational goals. This is in line with the 2018 Forum’s theme of Lead. Measure. Grow.

The campaign will offer leaders across the entire spectrum of society an opportunity to bring their progressive ideas and projects to the fore, while encouraging their increasingly young followers to play active roles in the quest for economic development. More than 60 percent of Africa’s estimated 1.2 billion people are under the age of 25, and it was unanimously agreed that involving this group in key decision-making processes remain a sure strategy for inspiring engagement.

The #HowWillYouLead campaign was inspired by the signs of progress and growing prosperity for millions of people across the continent. In the past 15 years, for instance, the continent has seen the emergence of 36 agricultural growth poles and nine corridors, covering at least 3.5 million hectares of land in 23 countries. Growth poles, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), are simultaneous, coordinated investments to support self-sustaining industrialization in a country.

Such efforts are among the critical strides towards the achievement of the greater aspirations for the continent’s agricultural revival. This is happening at a time most African nations are gearing towards middle income status in the next 30 years, with a few others aiming for higher income positions.

With the knowledge that nearly all developed countries in the world have grown through a first stage of agricultural development, it is expected that African countries will achieve an even greater economic rejuvenation by training their sights on the goal.

Visionary and accountable leadership is essential to this inclusive agricultural transformation. Africa’s future will depend on committed and innovative leadership and regular and rigorous measurement to drive the growth required for agricultural transformation.

The campaign will seek to celebrate these kind of leaders and use their voice to challenge other rally others and build a mass of leaders committed to growing Africa’s economy through agriculture.

 

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