Kigali, 5 September 2022 (TDI): The 12th annual summit of the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Africa’s leading platform for advancing the food and agricultural agenda on the continent will be held from September 5-9, 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda.

The theme of this year’s AGRF summit is “Grow. Nourish. Reward- Bold Actions for Resilient Food Systems.”

The 12th annual summit of the AGRF, Kigali, Rwanda.

Moreover, the AGRF 2022 Summit, will be held in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda and the AGRF partner group.

The forum will reflect on the coordinated large-scale action by leaders, institutions, investors, coalitions, and people to hasten the process of converting commitments made into actionable strategies and advancement on the ground.

Furthermore, the AGRF summit will convene leaders from governments, businesses, civil society, and international organizations alongside innovators, financiers, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, and youth.

Consequently, the entities shall put forward and develop game-changing strategies for a food-secure Africa and food systems that promote wealth for people, the planet, and each other.

Significance of theme 

The AGRF 2022 Summit will seek to find catalytic solutions to:

  • Grow coordinated and extensive action by stakeholders across numerous sectors.
  • Nourish innovations and cultivate country solutions that will turn the commitments made into actionable strategies and advancement on the ground.
  • Reward and commend champions and commemorate country pathways.

In addition, the AGRF summit 2022 will also focus on the continuing interventions and measures necessary to mitigate and address the interactions between climate, fragility, nutrition, and social inclusion, as well as the necessary accelerators.

Key Outcomes

The AGRF Summit 2022 aims to deliver the following objectives:

  1. An Inclusive voice: Create an inclusive African Voice on food systems transformation.

  2. Innovations Spotlight: Highlight innovations in food systems.

  3. Shared priorities: provide a platform for alignment on shared continental priorities.

  4. Resources: Mobilize resources and catalyze solutions.

  5. Climate Action: Strengthen the coordinated African voice on climate action.

  6. Country Leadership: Provide a forum for nations to demonstrate leadership and share best practices.

Additionally, the session of the Food Trade Coalition for Africa shall adhere to the theme “Driving safe food trade in Africa.”

It will provide evidence-based approaches to investing in food safety for regional trade and supporting the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

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Remarks by AGRF former Chair

According to Hailemariam Dessalegn, former Ethiopian Prime Minister and Chair of the AGRF, collective action will be required to accelerate development and effect genuine change.

Moreover, healthy food and livelihoods are essential to a healthy nation. He added that all sectors must work together to achieve results for the earth, the people, and prosperity.

However, African governments should take the lead in these initiatives by prioritizing and incorporating multiple objective policies, such as those that call for nutritious meals, a fair wage for farmers, and policies that address climate change and other environmental fragilities.