Accra International Conference Center 3-6 September
AGRF is the world’s premier forum for African agriculture, pulling together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to discuss and commit to programs, investments, and policies to achieve an inclusive and sustainable agricultural transformation across the continent
The AGRF, together with its many follow-on activities, is designed to energize political will and to keep top level agenda items, including Malabo Declaration commitments and related indicators from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), the Sustainable Development Goals, and Africa’s Agenda 2063 high on the list of Heads of State and ministers. AGRF rallies these leaders and various stakeholders around a common purpose – to unleash the full potential of Africa’s millions of smallholder farmers and agriprenuers who provide about 80% of the food and agricultural products consumed across the continent and generate millions of jobs and inclusive economic growth.
Initially established as an annual “African Green Revolution Conference” by Yara International ASA in Norway in 2006, the conference moved to the African continent in 2010 with the championing of the late Kofi Annan to take an African identity as the African Green Revolution Forum. This ensured the leadership and broader engagement of African stakeholders in the continent’s agricultural transformation agenda.
The Forum now consists of an annual event combined with thematic platforms and many activities throughout the year to ensure continuous progress over time. It has cultivated an unrivalled power to convene top leaders, implementers, thinkers, and investors in African agriculture across private, public, development and non-profit partners, and academic and research sectors.
Past editions were hosted by Heads of State in Tanzania in 2012, in Mozambique in 2013, in Ethiopia in 2014, in Zambia in 2015, in Kenya in 2016, and in Cote d’Ivoire in 2017. AGRF 2018 in Rwanda was the biggest yet, in terms of delegates, countries represented, and outcomes. Under the leadership of H.E. President Kagame and the theme of Lead. Measure. Grow. Enabling New Pathways to Turn Smallholders into Sustainable Agribusinesses, AGRF 2018 brought together over 2,800 delegates from 79 countries with a resounding mission to transform agriculture in Africa. With energy at a new high, the Forum raised awareness and political commitment around the CAADP Biennial Review and the importance of evidence-based leadership and policy making, as well as pledged to deliver billions of dollars in new investments for agriculture and agri-business, with aims to triple trade in agriculture between African countries.
By helping scale up the required policies, programs, and investments, the Forum supports governments and partners in the African agricultural landscape to transform the lives of millions of smallholder farmers and put a good number of countries on the path to inclusive economic growth through sustainable agricultural transformation. This results in significant impacts on food security, nutrition, job creation, rural development, resilience, incomes, and empowering individuals and countries to drive their own future.