The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) brought together more than 2,000 policy, decision makers and technocrats from Africa’s agricultural sector. It is hosted by the Alliance for Green Revolution Africa (AGRA) and its stakeholders in the agriculture industry. This year, the forum was dubbed “Grow Digital” and focused on agriculture leveraging on digital technologies. With the growth in availability of mobile phones especially by farmers, and availability of satellite imagery, technologies such as block chain, artificial intelligence, machine learning; can be leveraged to advance the digital revolution. The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is a platform for global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move African agriculture forward.
During a series of presentations and roundtable discussions, participants shared experiences challenges and opportunities in various ICT-led agricultural subsidy distribution programs as well as lessons learned in implementing programs proven to increase crop yields, farm productivity and incomes for farmers. The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is a platform for global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move African agriculture forward.
The AGRF is considered the world’s most important and impactful forum for African agriculture, pulling together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward. It is hosted by the Alliance for Green Revolution Africa (AGRA) and its stakeholders in the agriculture industry.
Dr. Emmanuel Nkurunziza attended as a speaker during a panel session on digital innovations to strengthen resilience of small holder farmers in African food systems. Dr. Nkurunziza emphasized on the need for creating an enabling environment to prompt the required digital transformation through policies and inclusion of the youth. This is only possible if there is an enabling environment, investments are made in sound policies, capacity development of the youth to use technologies such satellite imagery. The youth can then drive the digital revolution by developing innovative, affordable, accessible & sustainable digital solutions for farmers.
Two side meetings were held to discuss the planned implementation of the RCMRD-AGRA project that seeks to strengthen the capacities of governments in four countries in Using Earth observation technologies to monitor downstream investments, track and report on CAADP (Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program)/SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and national strategic planning goals. The project is being implemented in Malawi, Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Ghana. The team met with the Ghana Directors in the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Ms. Dannson welcomed the planned project implementation but reiterated that there is need for a clear identification of gaps that takes into account existing efforts and systems. The team informed them that a baseline capacity assessment has been done to identify the gaps that need to be met in each country and further consultations would be held during the inception meetings.