As the world emerges from COVID, this year has reminded us again how globally interdependent we are. Smallholder farmers and vulnerable populations including women and youth are likely to be among the most affected.

The Food Systems dialogues and summit throughout 2021 have taught us all so much about re-thinking food and agriculture globally and locally. As the world emerges from COVID, this year has reminded us again how globally inter-dependant we are. With the pressures on global food and fertilizer prices, Africa is again under pressure for food security. Smallholder farmers and vulnerable populations including women and youth are likely to be among the most affected. 

AGRA will be co-hosting and engaging in several events with the aims of:

Championing a common Africa position to transforming food systems

Ensuring the African voice is heard on the impact of converging crises of the war in Ukraine, rising energy and food prices and availability of agricultural inputs

Convening key partners to further the delivery on the food systems transformation agenda galvanized through the UN FSS Summit at the end of 2021

Moving forward on ensuring agriculture is an attractive and economically viable pathway for Africa’s youth.

Outcomes of these discussions will feed into the AGRF 2022 Summit agenda

Our programme:

Interactive Dinner: Averting a Hurricane of Hunger Registration, Sun, May 22, 2022 at 20:00 (CET) (supported by AGRA)

Sunday 22 May, 20:00 – 22:00 (CET), SDG Tent

Our food systems are faced with multiple shocks from the pandemic, increasing cost of food and fertilizer, a war in Ukraine and with other regions also torn by conflict, and climate risks on the increase.
How do we best mitigate and respond to short-term emergencies, and grow a nature-positive food future for people and planet?

A leadership Call to Action to drive youth employment and agripreneurship in Africa (hosted by AGRA)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 17:45 – 18:30 (CET), SDG Tent Café, Promenade 139, Davos

Farming remains the largest employer of youth, hence, there is an urgent need to make farming profitable for young people. Unlocking youth engagement and participation in Agriculture will create an opportunity to resolve food systems challenges as well as open pathways for meaningful employment for African youth. This session explores how to create an enabling environment for youth to prosper in agriculture, fostering an ecosystem that will inspire the youth to view agriculture as an attractive and well-paying career engagement. Speakers include: Dr. Agnes Kalibata Former UN Special Envoy for Food Systems and President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Ishmael Shunga, CEO, SACAU, Simon Winter, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation, and Nadi Albino, Deputy Director Partnerships, UNICEF.

8 Harvests to 2030: Moving from Food Commitments to Action for Africa (hosted by AGRA)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 09:30 – 10:45 (CET), SDG Tent, Earth, Promenade 139, Davos

In this session, leaders of food systems commitments and key stakeholders vital to delivery will discuss opportunities and challenges in implementing commitments in support of country-led national pathways for food systems transformation. How do we ensure coordinated action to achieve the scale needed to transform food systems in support of SDGs? Initiative leaders will outline different approaches and discuss how to collaborate and coordinate between initiatives for scale and impact. Government leaders, heads of multilateral institutions and private-sector leaders and civil society will discuss effective models for multistakeholder collaboration on delivering on National Food Systems Pathways into Strategies and Investment Plans.
Speakers include: Dr. Agnes Kalibata Former UN Special Envoy for Food Systems and President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Martin Bwalya, Ag. Director of Knowledge Management and Programme Evaluation, AUDA-NEPAD and Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Managing Board Rabobank.